It’s About That Time!

17 09 2008

Prairie View, Morehouse, House of Funk, Marching Storm, Lalah Hathaway, Anthony Hamiliton, Angie Stone, Jennifer Freeman, Nick Cannon…I truly hope you have your tickets already because this is simply one HOT AFFAIR! If you don’t have tickets yet then what are you waiting for?? Seriously…. $10 for students…$25 for general admission…$45 for reserved. One ticket gets you into everything. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead. Buy your tickets and then come back and read the rest. I swear I’m not going anywhere! So go ahead, I promise I’ll wait……

My Interview with Debbie Allen

Okay so, if you haven’t seen it already then you should check out my interviews  with Debbie Allen and Pete Carroll. Let’s start with Debbie. Here is the interview with Debbie Allen.

John III interviews Debbie Allen on the Set.  She'll be at the ACC!

John III interviews Debbie Allen on the Set.

Debbie was simply a pleasure. Can you say: Down to Earth, Down to Earth, Down To Earth!! Around her I felt something similar to Hampton University’s campus, a sense of trust and genuine care just flowed from her personality. It was no wonder that she is a product of Howard University (again won’t go into the Real HU debate, but those out there KNOW how we do it at Hampton!). You’ll notice that at the beginning of the interview I had to give her a hug. Part of it was her warm demeanor and the other part was a sincere act of gratitude. Not simply for supporting the ACC, but for her part-time role in influencing me on which school to choose. She worked on many projects such as Fame, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Jamie Foxx Show, Everybody Hates Chris, but it was her being director in a Different World that literally touched me. This show was part of the reason I began looking at HBCU’s. It was fun, fresh, exciting and looked like something I wanted to be a part of. I don’t have any regrets and just had to give this woman a hug to express my appreciation.

Real quick: We met with Debbie on a Hollywood set where she was working on a project and if you haven’t been on a set please make it a point to do so. It was an entire city made of cardboard and wood. An absolute trip. You would’ve thought that you were in a completely Different World (sorry had to do it) with cameras and people yelling “Action” instead of a downtown metropolis with people hustling on the way to work.

Coach Pete Carroll

USC 35 and Ohio St. 3: You have got to be kidding me! I was at the game on Saturday and had a chance to see this complete act of domination from USC (trust me this game could’ve been much worse than what the final score was). If you don’t know by now, this is Coach Pete Carroll’s house and I’m guessing that nobody bothered to tell Ohio State and Jim Tressel that! Pete Carroll and I had a chance to chat the week leading up to this game.

USC Football Coach Pete Carroll and John III

USC Football Coach Pete Carroll and John III

Check it out here!

A winner on the field and a winner off the field, Pete Carroll plays for the gold ALL the time and EVERY time which is part of the reason why I’m a fan. He has championships under his belt and still takes the time to go into the community in an effort to make it better. He does this through his foundation called A Better LA.

Trust me, this man actually does more OFF the field than the public will ever know because the media doesn’t cover it (go figure). Case in point: Pete Carroll is in the street playing basketball on a spur of the moment pick-up game with kids and gang affiliated “Joes” that are usually up to no good. He plays with them for HOURS. A truly missed individual who passed away recently and goes by the name of Bo Taylor told me this story. Bo spent a lot of time in the streets with Pete and told me of many many more stories like this that involved him. He always said, “J3, that’s just how Pete is!” A real man doing real things to change the plights that hit so many of our family members in our communities. I always thought back to the basketball story and thought if I was out there and had a chance to play ball with Pete I would probably put down that weapon or set aside that anger for a chance to dunk on him too (he’s good though so don’t try to challenge, you might just get embarrassed).

Last thing about Pete is that he will be coming to our event again this year, YET the man hasn’t been to a college football game as a FAN in YEARS!! He told me he couldn’t wait and was excited to see the Halftime “Battle of the Bands” again. I know that’s right!

So IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME to get your popcorn ready. Get your tickets now and arrive in time to witness showtime in the Coliseum like it has never been done before!

PS: Oh yeah, more interviews coming before the event so stay logged on to to get the latest. I’ve got surprises for you that you just don’t want to miss! And make sure you go find event details to get the latest news on what, where, when and how for Game Day. It’s the true guide for how to maximize your day at the coliseum courtesy of Isidra Person-Lynn. Go do it! Click here!

PSS: Will let someone else close this blog. “Since 1992, I have witnessed many changes. One of the worst changes that could ever take place is the destruction of our communities. Violence should not be an alternative for low self-esteem or poverty and ignorance. No one is too big or too small to play a major role in changing the way our future generation is headed. I believe that if we don’t put our collective minds together and join resources to back up our thoughts and game plans, then we will surely fail our present and future generations.” Bo Taylor, 1966 – 2008.


1 09 2008

Once Upon a Celebrity

Remember when you where young and it seemed as though every bedtime story started with “Once Upon a Time…?”  You would gradually close your eyes and drift off to somewhere safe, somewhere just as comfortable as home, where the smell of dinner cooking in the kitchen superseded what was on television. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some exclusive time with individuals that reminded me of those moments: Nick Cannon, Jennifer Freeman, the Black Eyed Peas‘ own Taboo and several others. You sit down with these celebrities and it hits you like a ton of bricks. I mean, I feel like I’m doing a handful of things all at once, but someone like Nick Cannon is doing even more with much more pressure on him. So many eyes. So many expectations. Unfair comparisons. So many even hoping that he fails. Yet, he makes it happen. I’m talking about everything from hit movies such as Drumline, to chart topping music singles, to a #1 MTV Show, to a clothing line, to a recently VERY publicized marriage to megastar Mariah Carey. The man keeps it moving. I think you get the picture. So let’s fast forward to the day I do an interview with Nick.

John III Interviews Nick Cannon (Click Play Button to Watch)

John III Interviews Nick Cannon

John III Interviews Nick Cannon

I expected him to arrive at the video shoot with people in tow, something like a Verizon commercial gone bad. Well, this wasn’t the case. The door bell rings and Nick is standing there with himself and his right hand man Dorian. That’s it!  No army of PR folks or lawyers– just Nick being Nick. He comes in and we talk about the Angel City Classic and how excited he is to be participating. Nick Cannon, DrumlineHe throws ideas out about how involved he wants to be with the fans attending on game day. We talk about his expectations for his Stop Hating, Educate campaign. We laugh because he was told he can hang out in a small room until the production team is ready to start rolling (you have to understand that the view on the patio next to the pool was absolutely “Hollywood” and that the temperature was pure Southern Cal perfect with a slight peppermint breeze! Not hanging out on this patio would’ve been like hanging a NY Strip Steak around your neck and telling that Rottweiler named Killer sitting next to you to be cool. You might be good for a second or two but otherwise it’s just not happening (***NOTE: KIDS PLEASE DON’T TRY THAT AT HOME**). We also chat before the shoot about a flight that he is about to catch in a few hours to go overseas. Be sure and click the “play” button above to watch the interview produced by Tri Destined Studios.

Taboo:  Black Eyed Peas

Taboo, Black Eyes Peas

Fast forward again.  I’m hanging out with my man Taboo and he begins to talk about his recent hit records with the Black Eyed Peas and his new co-staring role in one of Fall’s hottest movies. (Black Eyed Peas is a hip hop group composed of,, Taboo and Fergie.) We also chop it up about his new reality television series.  (I’ll give you a hint on this one. You’ve seen America vote for the hottest dance Crews, well Taboo is sitting as a judge on the newest American crew to be dropped on the public. And I’m not talking about dance, either).

In the meantime, while I’m sitting in their studio, others are preparing for him to go in and do some recordings while a second camera crew waits for him to do a photo shoot for a magazine. I’m just sitting there glad that we don’t have to wait for his part in our TV commercials and continue chatting about what’s next for the Classic. We hope to bring you that interview soon.

Jennifer Freeman, My Wife and Kids

Jennifer Freeman, Angeles City Classic

Jennifer Freeman, My Wife and Kids

Just as amazing was Jennifer Freeman from “My Wife and Kids,” who will be conducting interviews on Friday and Saturday during the event. She didn’t star on a hit television show for years by accident. Taboo didn’t sell MILLIONS of records on a whim. Nick Cannon didn’t blow the doors open with the hit movie Drumline by chance. Isaac Hayes didn’t become ‘Black Moses’ without practicing how to part seas with his talented singing and writing skills. Lalah Hathaway and Angie Stone didn’t become divas overnight. And the Angel City Classic hasn’t become a focus of each respective celebrity that was mentioned in this blog because they had nothing else to do. Each believed that this event is an excellent way to enhance the many things that they respect and work very hard each day to accomplish. They believe that their voices or talent can be positively used to touch their fans and most importantly the communities that raised them into who they are. Without a constructive effort and focus from them and our familiar families, none would have been able to exist as we now know them.

They believed. They believed, just like you and me, that the vision of ˜Once Upon a Time”isn’t just a story teller’s set up, but rather something that can be accomplished by applying as much effort to TODAY or the immediate PRESENT as possible. How hard are we working TODAY to encourage education and mental growth? How much energy are we willing to put forth on the positive things instead of the negative things that stunt our growth and cultivate our nightmares?? What are we doing RIGHT NOW to constructively and economically build stability within our communities?

We Take Education of Our Youth Seriously

September 27th 2008 is only a highlight of some of these actions that we all should strive to take right now. Come out and be a part of history. It is your decision right here and right now for how our story wants to be remembered.

One thing that I can promise is that at the end of the day on September 27th, 2008 we will all be so exhausted that we can fall asleep to what seemed like a real life “Once Upon a Time” fairy tale! But we have to put in the work and tell someone who can tell someone who can tell someone who can also bring someone to join us. So for now, sweet dreams, ACC fans, I can’t wait to get started on tomorrow!

John III

Angel City Classic COO

Proud Hampton Grad

Angie Stone Performs at5th Quarter

P.S And, in case you are wondering, I did mention names in here that are directly involved in the Angel City Classic. Angie Stone and Lalah Hathaway will be joined by Anthony Hamilton in our “5th Quarter Tribute to Isaac Hayes Concert.” OH BOY!! Have you heard them sing lately? Better yet have you seen Angie Stone in concert??? The woman can sing! And Lalah?!!! And Anthony Hamilton??? Man, I’m not even going to give you all the details here, because I’m going to be writing about it later. Just might even have an interview coming up with each. Stay logged on and you’ll be the first to get the news right here on this blog spot!

In Other News:

September 9
Recycling Black Dollars’

John T. Fleming, CEO

First Tuesday Breakfast Mixer

Bring a fresh batch of cards for networking!

Guest Speaker:
John Fleming, CEO,
Farmer’s Angel City Classic
Papa West Restaurant
4336 Degnan Ave
Leimert Park 310-673-7777

We Have Extended Our King and Queen Scholarship Deadline for Entries to Sept. 12!

Attention High School Seniors! There is still time to enter to win the $5,000 scholarship for King or Queen ($10,000 total!) to be showcased at this year’s Angel City Classic, Sept 27, 2008 at the L.A. Convention Center.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  Click Here to Enter! Celebrates 3 BAAS Media Group and Angel City Classic

Terrorist Fist Bump or Brotherly Unity?

Representatives of our 3BAAS Media Group PR firm will be honored at a Black Weekly function designed to promote the Farmers Angel City Classic. First Fridays Los Angeles is geared to providing professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area a monthly event in which to interact with their peers.

Friday, September 5th, join Founder Fleace’ Weaver and other professionals for First Fridays Los Angeles We Are Kings III, A Celebration of Black Men.

Last month at First Fridays Los Angeles, over 400 people attended. The event was such a success with all the handsome professional brothas in the house that by popular demand “by the ladies”, they will rewind and repeat with “We Are King III” on Friday, September 5th. You are invited to an evening of music, dancing, mixing and mingling as they celebrate professional Black Men and acknowledge their contributions to our lives and community.

We Are Kings III, featuring The Men of 3BAAS, Friday, September 5th
Sheraton Gateway LAX
Lobby and Poolside Lounge
6101 W. Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
7:00 pm – 1:00 am

Reduced Valet and Self Parking!

Cover: $10 before 11pm with RSVP to

From Left:  Kevin Ross, Chairman and CEO; Steven Temple, Accountant and Dwayne Foster, Vice-President, Chief Administrative Officer

Insider Tip: Since you read til the end, leave a great comment about the Angel City Classic, (why you want to go, your experiences last year or what you are looking forward to this year)  and we will pick the best post to win a pair of tickets to attend the Angel City Classic!    Of course, you must register so we can reach out to you to get your hot off the presses tickets to you (Sorry, Anonymous.)  Please post only once! And please do not post private info! We will stop taking entries by Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 at midnight. Good luck! (Yes, feel free to forward to friends so they too can enter!)

Q: But John III, I never win anything. How can I purchase tickets? A: Simple!  Click Here!

Photo OP: CLICK HERE for photos from our Breakfast Rally. Thanks to everyone for coming!

Have Breakfast on Us This Friday!

18 08 2008

Hello again,

John Fleming III

John Fleming III

If you did not receive this message in your email box, you might not be on our mailing list. Please visit to sign up for our email list! Our eblasts will let you know when our blog changes and also the latest, like how to win that BMW and our breakfast this Friday (Please join us!) Get the details below:

The 2008 Farmers Angel City Classic will host a Community Breakfast this Friday and You are Invited! Here are the Details:


Greeks, Women’s Groups, Churches, Professional Organizations,
School Administrators, Elected Officials, Grass Roots Organizers



A Special Community Rally for Education and Our Youth

Friday August 22, 2008
7:30am – 9:30am
(Complimentary continental breakfast until 9:00)

Bethel AME “LA”
7900 S Western Ave (79th & Western)
Los Angeles , California 90047

Reverend Eric Lee, President of SCLC

RSVP by Wednesday August 20 at (626) 791-3847
or at

Countdown Til The Angel City Classic Weekend

2 08 2008

There is so much going on with the Farmer’s Angel City Classic Weekend, I decided to blog about it to keep you in the loop.

Big News from the Farmers Angel City Classic 8/4/08:The Farmers Angel City Classic Launches 2008 Event Tomorrow (Aug. 5)

NEWSFLASH: Tomorrow, (August 5), we host our press conference kicking off the 2008 Classic. Our title sponsor, Farmers Insurance Group, will make a special announcement, plus there are many surprises in store including our partnership with Nick Cannon, who along with his Stop the Hate group is joining our team.

Please join us at our press conference at 10 a.m. at the L.A. Coliseum, 3939 S. Figueroa St., in Los Angeles, if you want the scoop.

In fact, here is a teaser: Our sponsor, Tri Destined Studios (Stomp the Yard) released our 2008 promo video and it takes you into the heart of what to expect at this year’s event. Here is your sneak preview: Click Here to View Video. We are working around the clock to meet our goal to double last year’s attendance–this year we expect 80,000 fans!

What’s new this year? Besides entering to win the BMW 1 Series Give Away, Ticket Giveaways, entering to be the King and Queen and more, we present: The 5th Quarter: As if the game between Morehouse and Prairie View isn’t enough, as if their exciting precision bands aren’t enough, when it’s all over, those in the Coliseum will be treated to what we are calling the 5th Quarter where we pay tribute to Mr. Hot Buttered Soul himself Isaac Hayes. Mr. Hayes performed at Wattstax in the same venue– the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Stay tuned for more details as they come available.


Recently, we taped a show at Time Warner Cable, Baldwin Hills Studio. We call it HBCU Live, and decided to name a segment of our website the same name. This blog is a part of it. We were honored to have Dr. David Brewer Los Angeles Superintendent of Schools who graduated from an HBCU– Prairie View which helped launch his stellar career. View it Now (There are 4 clips, so don’t miss the others.)

We also thank Bernard Kinsey, philanthropist; Harold Hambrick, President, Los Angeles Black Business Expo; Charmaine Jefferson, Executive Director, California Africa American Museum (CAAM) and Luther Williams, HBCU Inter Alumni councils. We’ll bring more interviews and well look back at last year’s show as we look forward with great anticipation to September 27. We hope you will join us!

Check out last year’s excitement by Farmers.

John III,

Proud graduate of Hampton University

PS: Group Tickets are now on sale. Remember if you buy in a group you will most likely sit with your friends or alums from your school. We want all HBCU’s on deck! Click here to order.

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