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Coffee and Books: The Boys of Dunbar, Legendary High School Basketball Team

October 4, 2016 Leave a comment

The Dunbar Poets high school basketball team in Baltimore produced four NBA players from its undefeated 1981-1982 team: Mugsy Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Reggie Lewis.  In the BOYS OF DUNBAR,sports journalist Alejandro Danois examines their lives and that of their coach Bob Wade in an inner city neighborhood plagued by drugs and violence.


Upcoming Book Interviews In May on Poverty, Pedro Martinez, & Benilde Little

April 18, 2015 Leave a comment

I am taping interviews this weekend with Scott Myers-Lipton, author of  ENDING EXTREME INEQUALITY: An Economic Bill of Rights to Eliminate Poverty; Matt Tavares, author of the children’s book GROWING UP PEDRO and Benilde Little, author of WELCOME TO MY BREAKDOWN: A Memoir. These interviews will air in May.


Final Four: Four Favorite Basketball Books

April 2, 2014 Leave a comment

With the Final Four being played this coming weekend, I thought now would be a good time to recommend some good basketball books in no particular order.

One False Move by Harlan Coben – okay, I threw you a curve ball, it’s a novel published in 1998. But the author is a former NCAA basketball player, and his protagonist, Myron Bolitar, is a former NCAA basketball star turned sports agent/private investigator. This was the fifth of ten novels featuring Bolitar, and in this one he is hired to protect professional basketball star Brenda Slaughter who is receiving death threats.

The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith – a Chicago journalist dishes the dirt on the greatest basketball player of my generation, Michael Jordan, revealing his hyper competitive nature

A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein – Published in 1986, journalist John Feinstein follows Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers during the 1985-1986 NCAA basketball season

Elevating the Game by Nelson George – Published in 1992, cultural critic Nelson George traces the history of African Americans in basketball from 1916 to the late 20th century;





Interviewing James Miller About Book on ESPN June 12, 12:45 p.m.

June 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPNThose Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller

If you love sports news and you want to know the stories and personalities behind the scenes of the biggest name in sports news, ESPN, this is the book for you. With over 700 pages, this is an exhaustive oral history of ESPN from its creation in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen to the recent controversies surrounding the ESPN stars Tony Kornheiser (suspended twice, once for making an unflattering comment about Hannah Storm’s fashion choice in 2009)and Dana Jacobson (suspended in 2008 for being drunk and cursing while on the microphone of a roast of Mike and Mike at Notre Dame). I’m interviewing James Andrew Miller, co-author of the book, on KAZI Book Review Sunday, June 12, 12:45-1pm on KAZI 88.7 FM. Listen live online at

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How the Door Was Opened for More NFL Minority Head Coaches

February 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Jeremi Duru, author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL, is the February 6 guest on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM, at 12:30 p.m. Listen live online at

Advancing the Ball chronicles the campaign of former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman John Wooten to right this wrong and undo decades of discriminatory head coach hiring practices–an initiative that finally bore fruit when he joined forces with attorneys Cyrus Mehri and Johnnie Cochran. Together with a few allies, the triumvirate galvanized the NFL’s African American assistant coaches to stand together for equal opportunity and convinced the league to enact the “Rooney Rule,” which stipulates that every team must interview at least one minority candidate when searching for a new head coach. In doing so, they spurred a movement that would substantially impact the NFL and, potentially, the nation.

Featuring an impassioned foreword by Coach Tony Dungy, Advancing the Ball offers an eye-opening, first-hand look at how a few committed individuals initiated a sea change in America’s most popular sport and added an extraordinary new chapter to the civil rights story.

About the Author

N. Jeremi Duru is an Associate Professor at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law and is among the nation’s foremost authorities on the intersection of race, sports, and law. Professor Duru has authored numerous articles exploring employment discrimination in the sports industry and has lectured on the topic throughout the United States and abroad.