With the NBA All Star Weekend in New York City this year, local television station WPIX 11 has produced One-on-One: A Historic Look at the Journey of African American Basketball in NYC, a film series that highlights the pioneering contributions of Black Fives Era teams and players who paved the way for today’s superstars like Lebron, Kobe, and Carmelo.

The segments, with WPIX 11 News reporter James Ford and producer Kim Pestalozzi, first aired during the week leading up to the NBA All Star festivities, which were in Brooklyn and Manhattan this year.

They featured materials from our historical archive as well as a chance for our Claude Johnson to be on-camera sharing some little known history.

Thank you WPIX for this great opportunity! And thanks to our friend Mark Johnson for the nod.