The locker room is different for every sport but what remains the same is the constant stream of writers, attendants, public relations folk, coaches, trainers, cameramen and reporters in and out before and after the ball is tipped. Often, you might have one shot to ask a question you’ve been thinking of all year long. If a team is coming in from the Western Conference and you blow a chance to speak because of some lame excuse, you have to wait a full year before you see that team again and will have to settle for other writer’s quotes for your story. Not cool. Get your own stuff by any means necessary. My point is, there are a few writers I know who make sure they get in everything they need every time out.
Someone asked me on facebook, in what way did Malcolm X inspire me personally. While I was transcribing Marc Spears’ interview, it became quite clear. Malcolm inspired a personal confidence devoid of fear. I have a different style than most, but this really has nothing to do with writing. Because of Malcolm, I feel like I can speak my mind in any arena without shouting down those mocking my words out of insecurity. The mind is a weapon. There’s a mental swag that keeps me on the constant lookout to soak up more and more knowledge daily. This was also passed through Muhammad Ali by way of sports…ultimately trickling down to millions of conscious minds looking to create change by the sweat of their own hands spoken through the lens of their own perspective. Whether or not you followed his philosophy, Malcolm X made you think. He challenged you to speak from a deeper concept than what you were used to. Ya better come with something strong because if you didn’t, he would say it all and for the most part he was right. I miss you because you are family El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. We who have more on our minds than just our person are indebted to the service you provided even in death.