Inequality Deep in the Hearts of Men

Just goes to show you what is ‘deep in the hearts of men’. I am not naive. I’ve been at this game called life for minute. I’ve seen racism and the reverse of it, objectification, exoticism, condemnation and superiority in all shades and ilk defended with a myriad of lame excuses over my years. I know that the height of hate can thrive to the core of the very people who ‘smile in your face’ everyday.

But how do you can make millions off a huge sport and industry where the players, the engine, the guts and the glory, are at least 75% Black, for 30 years, and not find any kind of appreciation or respect for those who are vital to your success? Never mind those who have astutely advanced their game to become your colleagues in ownership and management. Spike Lee calls it ‘slave mentality’. How do you think yourself superior to heroes like Magic Johnson whose athletic prowess, elegance and inner strength, both helped make the game and uplift humanity? Where is your respect? Clearly, all of Sterling’s wealth is not enough to find him peace. The man is weak, evil and envious!

In 2009, having made his fortune in real estate, he paid $2.7 million to settle a case brought by the US Justice Department which accused him of discrimination against black and Hispanic people. And again, years later, his behavior, sense of superiority and hate proves chronic and impermeable. How ironic that’s it’s his verbal tirade earlier this month with his Black/Mexican lover, who may deviously be using her striking beauty to get what she wants, that publicizes and brings down this clown’s ego in shame. One can only hope. I don’t care how rich you are, you are simply, at the end of the day, human like everyone else. We are all the same flesh and blood, and you must be humble. No one is bigger than the sandbox. No one. The divine laws have a way of always leveling the playing field. So rant all you want.

Here’s a little snippet of his recorded ‘alleged’ tirade…”I’ve known (Magic Johnson) well, and he should be admired. … I’m just saying that it’s too bad you can’t admire him privately. Admire him, bring him here, feed him, fuck him, but don’t put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” He also ‘allegedly’ said “Don’t bring black people to my games’. Are you kidding me!? Since when does he own all of basketball? And should Black people not support a sport where the majority looks like us? And where’s his respect for her? When will everyone come to the realization that we are all one and the same? You’re born, you live and you die. Enough ‘us’ on top and ‘them’ the underling!

It’s unclear whether or not he could or should be ordered to sell the Clippers. He bought the team for $12 million ’81 and it’s now worth $575 million. He may walk away smiling with a tidy profit. If the sponsors continue to walk away, the players and fans will ultimately lose. They’re advocating fan boycotts, etc. but he must be ousted from the league at once. A lifetime suspension from the league is the only option for this affront, audacity and atrocity. There is no other reasonable option. Ideally it should be that he couldn’t own the team, would have to sell and it would be the buyer’s advantage. Wouldn’t that be a sweet sobering retribution. We’ll see what develops at 2. Argh!

Bio | Len D. Henry

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Recent Zoomer lister: Canada’s Top 45 Over 45, Len D. Henry is recognized for his vast experience and successful expertise in live, film, television and online production. As an on-air personality, he’s served as fashion expert on W’s How To Look Good Naked, host and producer of canoe.tv’s online, twenty-episode, underground style series, StreetSeen, and most recently, host/mentor/fashion expert on Style Network’s Wedding Dress Wars. Behind the scenes, as creative director and producer, he’s traveled extensively across Canada, the US, Europe and the Far East, creating and presenting promotions and events for a long list of major lifestyle brands and publications. Henry has been awarded repeatedly for his groundbreaking work, by the likes of MuchMusic’s MMVAs, The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), BravoFACT!, and VideoFACT.

Henry is the visionary founder and a principal at fashcam Corp. – parent company to fashcam™ a groundbreaking, cross-promotion concept mandated to assist Canadian fashion designers employ film and technology to further the promotion of their clothes worldwide. He has since grown the company to also include fashcamCreative, a top agency for the production and implementation of stylish, eye-catching contemporary presentations for products, people and events. Under Henry, fashcamCreative has helmed the brand development for the feature documentary, RasTa (starring Donisha Prendergast, granddaughter of Bob Marley); the direction and production of events and presentations for Aveda Canada and the brand direction for

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Toronto’s yearlong Jamaica 50 Celebrations as well as the creative direction and production of its pinnacle event, the Jamaica Land We Love GALA.

Henry understands packaging and branding. He has spent years making his mark in the pop culture and lifestyle industries – traveled extensively across Canada, the US, Europe and the Far East, creating events for the likes of: Joseph Abboud, Absolut, Aveda, Benneton, The City of Toronto, Civello Salons, Esprit, The Hong Kong Trade Development Council, The Hudson’s Bay Company, La Senza, Northbound Leather, Lee, Levis, Parasuco, Puma, Paul Smith, Roger Edwards Sport, Smirnoff, The Toronto Fashion Incubator, Zellers; Canadian Living, Elle, GQ, Fashion and Flare magazines; FashionTelevision and IdeaCITY.

A maestro of grand scale productions, his notable work include several Canadian ready-to-wear collections; StreetStyle, a two-day alternative fashion street festival; annual awards shows: The BBPA’s Harry Jerome AwardsWomen in Film and Television Toronto’s Crystal Awards; and one-offs such as South African Women for Women’s 10th Anniversary Gala, the Canadian edition of the Smirnoff Fashion International Awards and Canadian Living Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.

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4 | Come Together

A quick vid from the audience – posted on YouTube – another beautiful Civello @ Aveda Congress escapade was developed to fit into the Aveda Congress’ overall theme of “Pow Wow” – a gathering of peoples/tribes/cultures from all corners, coming together as one.

It was titled “4” to reflect on the First Nations lore that we are of four spirits; east, west, north and south – or alternatively: red, yellow, white and black. With this as our foundation and inspiration, we told the story of how these four peoples, who co-existed harmoniously in the beginning, came ultimately to find that we are indeed much better as one.

The gift of this show was that we had a massive screen for stellar graphics created by the brilliant Travis North. The images were amazing, challenging the audience, many a times to separate the real form the surreal.

Brilliant and beautiful, and thankfully, tech-glitch-free. We received a standing ovation. It’s always good when it works.