Friday, December 11, 2009

Donaghy media blitzkrieg on NBA Scandal blog

Latest media coverage of former NBA referee Tim Donaghy's book tour and revelations re: NBA betting scandal at my

Sunday, December 6, 2009

BET's American Gangster on Philly's Black Mafia

Black Entertainment Television (BET) has posted the entire (40 min.) "Philly Black Mafia: 'Do for Self'" episode of their wildly popular American Gangster program.  I mentioned the program in a broader context elsewhere, but have never commented specifically on this episode - which is based on my Black Brothers, Inc.: The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Black Mafia (Milo, 2005/2007).  The producer, Henry Schipper, certainly did his homework, much of which never made it into the relatively brief show (covering 40 years in 40 minutes was quite a challenge for him and his colleagues, obviously).  The final product is a great representation of the story, told by several of the people who lived the experience and thus know it best.

Black Brothers, Inc. film update

Saturday, December 5, 2009

NBA Scandal blog updates

Please see for several updates concerning former referee Tim Donaghy, former pro gambler Jimmy "Baba" Battista, and the evolving story.