Breaking stories, podcasts and relationships are all par for the course in being a great journalist. I represented myself and RESPECT Magazine last week in a sit down interview with Selena Hill and Black Enterprise Magazine.
Although I began my career at 12 years old, hosting Nets Slammin’ Planet, the Nets’ official kids radio show with Albert King, Lynn Wilson and Nets play-by-play guy, Chris Carrino, my footing in journalism out of school was not strictly in sports. I wrote about lifestyle stuff too! The Unibat portable battery charger, PlayStation 4, XBOX One, NBA 2K releases, as well as celebrity news was on my playte!
These were great things.
While doing that, I was also able to build solid relationships with athletes and freelancing at places like the Brooklyn Courier, Queens Times Ledger, SLAM Magazine and MaxPreps. That’s where writing about guys like the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving and University of Michigan football standout Jabrill Peppers came in handy. I’d also write about Thing The Unibat, PlayStation 4, XBOX One, NBA 2K releases, as well as celebrity news.
During my interview on Black Enterprise’s #AskBE Facebook Live chat with Selena Hill, I discussed how it as my time as a staff writer for three years at The Source Magazine, that allowed me to foster strong relationships with A-listers like Shaquille O’Neal, Rihanna, Carmelo Anthony and Charles Barkley and catapult that to the next stage.
I also shared that being front and center questioning NBA commissioner Adam Silver at his press conference when the league banned former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from owning the team was a huge break in my career.
After The Source, I seamlessly transitioned as on-air talent at CBS Radio as host of the top rated podcast, Brown & Scoop. The show featured notable talent, like DJ Khaled, Mark Cuban, Jesse Ventura, David Banner and President Donald Trump’s Director of Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson. Interviews from Brown & Scoop were featured on TMZ, ESPN, Complex, Sporting News, CNN, Politico, The Hill and more.
Additionally, I talked about the importance of professionals having a strong social media presence. The biggest piece that I shared with Hill was: “The major key is that you develop those relationships [and] make yourself memorable.”