Claude Johnson To Speak At Stonehill College, Feb. 4

On January 28, 2010, in Community, Culture, History, Motivation, Press Release, by Black Fives Foundation

Stonehill College will host Claude Johnson, founder and president of Black Fives, Inc., for a free public presentation and discussion on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

2010 Marks 100 Years Of Blacks In Professional Basketball

On January 21, 2010, in Business, Community, Culture, History, Motivation, Music, NBA, Press Release, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

One hundred years ago this October, in 1910, the first all-black play-for-pay team, the New York All Stars, were formed in New York City.

Ellen Jenkins Harris Joins Black Fives Advisory Board

On December 10, 2009, in Business, Community, History, Motivation, Press Release, Web 2.0, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

Ellen Jenkins Harris, entrepreneur and daughter of New York Rens star Clarence ‘Fats’ Jenkins, joins Black Fives, Inc. as its newest Advisory Board member.

My Visit With George Crowe, The Last Living Harlem Rens Player

On October 21, 2009, in Community, Culture, Family, Goodwill, Health, History, Motivation, Relationships, by Black Fives Foundation

Crowe, a handsome former pro basketball and pro baseball star who looks much younger than his 88 years of age, still strikes a chord though a man of few words.

If They Only Knew

On July 9, 2009, in Goodwill, History, Motivation, Race, Relationships, by Black Fives Foundation

An early Sunday morning bicycle ride through Harlem leads to sacredness, grace, astonishment, acknowledgment, gratitude, and smiles.

Celtics Great Satch Sanders Remembers Some ‘Harlem Rens’

On July 8, 2009, in Goodwill, History, Motivation, NBA, Race, Relationships, by Black Fives Foundation

Legendary New York Rens players like Tarzan Cooper, Charlie Isles and Pop Gates, and a host of other old-time players took the time to help kids like Satch learn the game.

Sirius Radio Interviews Baller-in-Chief Editor Claude Johnson (AUDIO)

On July 6, 2009, in History, International, Motivation, by Black Fives Foundation

Here’s audio of the live interview of Claude Johnson on Sirius 98 “Hardcore Sports Radio” on July 3, 2009, during a live show called Under Score hosted by Sarah Meehan.

Help Black Fives Win $25,000 For Charity!

On April 25, 2009, in Business, Goodwill, Motivation, Relationships, Web 2.0, by Black Fives Foundation

With a few clicks, you could help Black Fives win a $25,000 grant for charity. Please do this today!

Historical Black Basketball Milestone (1912) For Pittsburgh

On March 9, 2009, in Culture, History, Motivation, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

The success of the Monticello Athletic Association paved the way for other African American teams in Pittsburgh and elsewhere, by showing that any team from any city could produce a champion with enough desire and determination.

Isaacs’ contributions should be honored by Hall of Fame

On February 2, 2009, in Culture, Family, History, Kids, Motivation, Music, NBA, Race, Relationships, by Black Fives Foundation

Isaacs’ biggest contributions came well after his playing days ended. For decades, he mentored youth in the South Bronx at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, the kids not aware at all (usually, until they saw him on TV) that the still-fit elderly man was a trailblazer and a vocal critic of the conditions he and his teammates had to endure, on and off the court. Future NBA legends like Tiny Archibald came through the Madison Square Club as kids, shaped by Isaacs’ big voice and reservoir of stories.

Meet An Ageless Wonder

On January 28, 2009, in Culture, History, Kids, Motivation, Music, NBA, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

This article by Sonja Steptoe is from the Sports Illustrated archives (the “SI Vault”), and originally appeared in print in the magazine’s December 24, 1990 issue. We felt it would be appropriate to re-publish the article here now, in honor of John “Boy Wonder” Isaacs, the former basketball star with the New York Rens (of Harlem) who passed away Monday morning at the age of 93. It’s easy to see why Mr. Isaacs was such a hero and friend to so many.

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