Impact is defined as “the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another.” That definition could easily include Muhammad Ali’s name as a synonym, for he truly epitomized this word throughout his historical existence.
Thirty-Seven opponents felt that impact by way of knockout during his 56 win & 5 loss career. It produced several iconic moments that still resonate today. Most notably were his defense of the heavyweight championship belt against Sonny Liston, the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila.
Each of these fights took on a life of its own due to the impact of his skills, talent and words. Lines like “He might be great but he’ll fall in eight” or “I will do to Buster what the Indians did to Custer” cemented his appeal in the ring.
Ali understood how impactful those words were in the ring and utilized them on the world stage. He questioned the hypocrisy and injustices many faced during his time, unfortunately still today, with the same passion and eloquence he displayed promoting his fights.
His opposition to the Vietnam War during one of the more tumultuous times in U.S history had a major impact on politics, religion and societal views throughout the world. His stand inspired other leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. to voice their views on the war abroad in relation to the realities at home.
Ali’s act of stating his beliefs and the truth in a “free” country cost him three prime years in his career. During that time he never folded and put his own interests ahead of others but remained true to his convictions. Regardless of the punishment and the negative backlash he received from his own country, he defended himself vehemently in every opportunity he got.
I can’t help but wonder how much more Ali would have contributed in today’s landscape if Parkinson’s didn’t rob him of some of his natural abilities. Would Chicago heed his words of not killing each other? Would his love of people in this age of social media touch the hearts of those teetering on destruction? Would his confidence and love of self lift the self-esteem of those that see themselves in him?
Unfortunately we will never know the answers to those questions. But what we do know is that the country that wasted time vilifying him is now praising him as what he has always proclaimed to be….THE GREATEST!
Writing Your First Book / Should I Self Publish?
I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on writing your first book, presented by the Harlem chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Alongside Jim St. Germain, Author – A Stone of Hope: A Memoir and Dr. Keneshia Nicole Grant, Author – The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century. We opined on pain points, benefits and strategies regarding our inaugural voyages into authorship. Feel free to watch for your self and I hope this provides some insight to all those looking to make the same voyage. Enjoy!
What the NFT is a BEEPLE?
On March 11 this year, the digital artist Beeple sold a collage of digital images from his “Everydays” series for nearly 70 million dollars as an NFT, or non-fungible token. And if that sentence confuses you, you’re not alone.
A non-fungible token is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, video, and other forms of creative work. While the digital files themselves are infinitely reproducible, the NFTs representing them are tracked on their underlying blockchains and provide buyers with proof of ownership.” – Wikipedia
Still confused? Let the artist himself explain it, and learn how he went from NFT newbie to making the third most expensive artwork by a living artist in three months. Not to suggest Beeple is an overnight success. The “Everydays” series alone involved creating a piece of art every day since May 1, 2007 – and he hasn’t missed a day.
Check out some of Beeple’s amazing and controversial work below.
Comic Fans: Geek out with Cartoonist KAYFABE
Comics have come a long way since they were just for kids – and anyway, those kids have grown up and rightfully embrace it as an artform. Cartoonish Kayfabe expertly walk you through the finer points of comic creation and appreciation, referencing some high quality images along the way. If you’re a comic geek, you will dig it – especially if you’re into 90’s era and independent comics.