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AuthorAndre Kimo Stone Guess

Andre Kimo Stone Guess is a writer and cultural critic from the Smoketown neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. He was VP and Producer for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and CEO of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh. He now runs GuessWorks, Inc. with his wife Cheryl.

Dwyane Wade: The Russian Judge


The one thing that truly separates the NBA from the NFL and even MLB is that it is as close to a meritocracy as you can get in sports.   Because of the length of the season and the playoff format, the best team usually wins – when health isn’t a factor.  Because the NFL only has 16 games and playoffs are win or go home, a bad call or a botched play can cost a better team a chance...

Gayle, Kobe, Trump, Cosby, Snoop and the Road to Redemption


The internet exploded yesterday proving yet again that middle ground in this country is eroding faster than the polar ice caps. CBS This Morning posted a clip of an interview that the show’s anchor Gayle King had conducted with former WNBA player Lisa Leslie about the passing of her close friend Kobe Bryant. Although the interview touched on a myriad of topics, the promotional clip on...

Black Music, The Grammys, Commercialism and White Supremacy


The Grammys were held last night in Los Angeles.  The producers of the show had to scramble to put in some content that would acknowledge the untimely death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash just hours before the telecast.  Ironically, Kobe was heading towards the Staples Center to coach a game for his daughter Gigi’s team before he and she became the victims of the tragic accident...

Be Careful What You Ask For…Empathy and the NBA


Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been linked together a lot lately since a video of the two of them talking in a hallway of the Spectrum Center before last month’s All-Star game in Charlotte went viral. When asked about the video by reporters in Milwaukee before the Celtics’ Feb 21st game at Milwaukee, Kyrie responded “It’s a video of me and one of my best friends talking.” These two “best...

MAGA vs. The Hashtags


The midterm elections are 4 weeks from today. The battle lines have been drawn. The spectacle around the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is just the latest factor that will force Americans to choose sides on November 6th. One one side of the aisle are the Republicans and their mercurial populist President who is fighting to “Make America Great Again” and on the other side are...

Project Fi vs. T-Mobile vs. Verizon and My Pursuit of the Perfect Phone Service Solution


In my piece, Apple vs. Google and My Pursuit of Technological Perfection, I chronicled my decision to purchase the new iPhone XS Max to replace my Google Pixel 2 XL even before the Pixel 3 launch on Monday, October 9th – with the caveat that I reserved the right to change my mind. Barring a truly blockbuster rollout by Google, I’m pretty sure that that I’m going to stick with the iPhone...

How I went from wanting to be a writer to absolutely knowing that I am one


There are three things that have helped me make the transition from wanting to be a writer to absolutely knowing that I am one. 1) An ongoing and honest pursuit of self-discovery through self-awareness 2) Using the results of my self-discovery to develop good habits 3) Remembering the advice I gave my 25 year old son Wynton when he was 8 and applying it to myself as a writer. The first two helped...

How the NBA and YouTube TV Swindled Me Out of $50


After obsessively checking the interwebs for weeks to see when NBA League Pass would be available on YouTube TV, I decided to take matters into my own hands yesterday. I contacted YouTube TV customer support to get an update. I started a chat session and the agent promptly told me that she had no information regarding League Pass being added to YouTube TV. I was disappointed but not dismayed...

Apple vs Google and My Pursuit of Technological Perfection


I am a self-professed techno junky. It is my vice of choice. I used to be a die hard Apple fanboy, but have grown tired of their antics over the years, especially since Steve Jobs, who I had the pleasure of working with on the launch of the video iPod in 2005, passed away. It seems as if they have stopped innovating and have decided to polish instead of chisel. Over the past 5 years or so I have...

The Pyrex Dish that Served Up Emmys for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


Last night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won 8 Emmy Awards including Best Comedy Series. A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to start watching the Amazon Prime series. I had read that the show was critically acclaimed and that it had previously won several awards so as it nears the premiere of Season 2, I decided to take it out for a test drive. I am very critical of television series, especially...

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