Category: CY Authors

  • Up, Up and Away: The 5th Dimension Founder, LaMonte McLemore, Talks His Life and His Book, From Hobo Flats to the 5th Dimension: A Life Fulfilled in Baseball, Photography and Music

    LaMonte McLemore is the founder of the Grammy winning musical group The 5th Dimension. The group rose to fame in the 1960s with classic hits including Up-Up and Away, Stoned Soul Picnic and Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In. Though retired from touring and performing, LaMonte is still working on music today. He hopes his latest song, Cease Fire, will be used in peace marches around the world. Mr. McLemore, remarkably, is far more than an award winning musician, as if that is not enough. He has had a long and noteworthy career as a photographer. He was also signed to a major league baseball farm team, in his youth. In photography, Mr. McLemore was one of the individuals who contributed to the early days of African American celebrity media. Along with a partner, he founded a publication called Elegant, featuring rich and famous African Americans. After the magazine folded, he joined with Jet Magazine and for 50 years was the photographer for Jet’s Beauty of the Week feature. The Grammy winner would go on to work with Playboy, Ebony and other publications as well.

  • Bestselling Author Malcolm Nance Discusses His Book, The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies Tried to Steal the 2016 Election

    In the media, there have been questions raised about what the relationship will be like between Donald Trump and the intelligence community. Additionally, there have been questions concerning Mr. Trump’s relationship with Russia. Enter Navy veteran, intelligence expert and NY Times Bestselling Author Malcolm Nance, to give us his input concerning these issues and more. In a book, released a month before Election Day 2016, titled The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies Tried to Steal the 2016 Election, Mr. Nance makes his case for the Russians attempting to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

  • Ric Drasin, Bodybuilder, Former Professional Wrestler and host of Ric’s Corner on YouTube Breaks Down Pros and Cons if Ronda Rousey Were to Go to WWE; Plus, His Book, The Time of My Life, is Now Out

    A few days ago we published an article on CYInterview [see here] on why UFC fighter Ronda Rousey might want to consider joining the WWE, if she decides to end her storied mixed martial arts career. With that in mind, we welcome back bodybuilding legend, professional wrestler/pro wrestling school owner and teacher Ric Drasin, to provide us some analysis on how he thinks Ms. Rousey would fair with the WWE. Mr. Drasin is friends with judo and pro wrestling legend “Judo” Gene Lebell, who Ronda calls Uncle Gene and who, it is reported, helped train her in certain aspects of grappling. Ric says Gene got him his start in professional wrestling back in 1965. The golden age bodybuilder is not one to mince words. He tells us both positives and negatives await if Mr. Rousey were to go to the WWE.

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    Grammy Winning Singer/Songwriter Toni Tennille is Back: Talks Potential Grammy Contention for Best Spoken Word, Looking to Meet Brian Wilson, Her Stint with the Beach Boys, The Captain, Her Future, More

    Earlier this year we welcomed Grammy winner, singer/songwriter Toni Tennille for an in-depth CYInterview about her autobiography, Toni Tennille: A Memoir. Known for her Captain & Tennille hits like Love Will Keep Us Together and The Way I Want to Touch You, which she performed with “Captain” Darryl Dragon, our conversation with the vocalist is one to remember [see here]. With the audio version of her autobiography up for possible nomination in the Grammy category of Best Spoken Word, we welcome back Toni Tennille to talk about the latest news surrounding her book. Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this segment. As someone who grew up with Toni Tennille’s music, Jay gets in-depth with the singer about a variety of topics.

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    UFC Co-Founder Art Davie Talks: Documentary, 12 November; Progress on His Feature Film, UFC Heading to New York, More

    Earlier this month, the author of Is This Legal? The Inside Story of the First UFC From The Man Who Created It, Art Davie, went back to Torrance, California with a documentary film crew. Torrance could well be considered the birthplace of the UFC. The documentary being filmed, 12 November, is slated to air in Brazil first, with future distribution in America. It will focus on the UFC’s first promotion, which took place on November 12, 1993. Understandably, returning to his old stomping grounds brought back memories for Art. We welcome back Art Davie for a chat about the 12 November documentary.

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    MMA Legend Dan “The Beast” Severn Talks His New Book and Career: Amateur Wrestling, Pro Wrestling and MMA; Is Open to Rematches with Royce Grace and Ken Shamrock, With a Twist; More

    Few people have reached the top tier in a variety of sports and entertainment organizations. Dan Severn’s dominance in amateur wrestling, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling makes him one of a select few who has succeeded at that feat. An accomplished amateur wrestler, Severn narrowly missed out on a chance to compete in the Olympics. That represents one of his few defeats in sports competition. “The Beast,” as he’s widely known, has accomplished amazing things in a variety of mixed martial arts organizations. However, it was the UFC that brought him to the top of the mountain. With 101 wins and 26 losses in 127 bouts in mixed martial arts, he is one of the most accomplished men to ever walk into the cage. Aside from MMA, he also achieved greatness in the world of professional wrestling. He had one of the longest reigns as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion and had a memorable run with the WWE.

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    UFC Co-Founder Art Davie Talks with CYInterview at the Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook: Discusses His Book, Is This Legal? Being Made Into a Movie, the Possibility of Connor McGregor Fighting Floyd Mayweather, Jr., More

    Las Vegas is fight central for the United States. Both boxing and mixed martial arts hold gigantic events there, throughout the calendar year. Art Davie, one of the men responsible for starting the UFC and bringing mixed martial arts to a wide audience, lives not far from Las Vegas in the city of Pahrump, Nevada. Mr. Davie, the author of Is This Legal? The Inside Story of the First UFC from the Man Who Created It is now working on the next part of his saga. After being inducted into the Legends of MMA Hall of Fame in 2014, Mr. Davie has been working hard on getting Is This Legal? turned into a movie. Last year, the UFC founder touched on the subject with us. [See our past CYInterviews with Art Davie here and here]. Aside from that, there is no denying that his work on behalf of mixed martial arts should earn him an induction into the Contributor’s Section of the UFC Hall of Fame. It is something he thinks will happen in the coming years.

  • Toni Tennille, Toni Tennille 2016, Toni Tennille Memoir

    Love Didn’t Keep them Together But It Kept them Friends: Talented and Kind, Songstress Toni Tennille, Half of Famous Duo The Captain and Tennille, Talks About her New Book, Toni Tennille: A Memoir; More

    The year was 1975 and the Captain and Tennille song, Love Will Keep Us Together, was tearing up the charts. Toni Tennille and her husband Daryl Dragon aka the Captain were one of the most popular male/female music duos of the 1970s. The also titled album, Love Will Keep Us Together, went on to win the Grammy for Record of the Year. Her life with Daryl Dragon, left her longing to bring out the emotional side of her now ex-husband, but she says it was to no avail. In her new autobiography Toni Tennille: A Memoir, the singer shares the highs and lows of her personal and professional life. Worried what her fans would think of her divorce from Daryl, Ms. Tennille clears the air. From playing at a place called the Smoke House in her early days to performing at the White House, this is Toni Tennille’s story. Living today in Florida near her sister Jane, Toni is happy where her life is and wants to reassure her fans that she and Darryl Dragon are still good friends and speak often.

  • UFC Cofounder, the always insightful Art Davie, talks Shamrock vs. Gracie III, Ronda Rousey’s Loss, More

    It was 22 years ago this month that the world of mixed martial arts was changed forever. It was then that first the UFC took place in Denver, Colorado. One of the key people responsible for it all coming together was Art Davie. Last year we spoke with Art about that very topic, as well as many others, here on CYInterview [see here]. It was Art’s vision, passion and desire, along with that of a few other individuals, to bring the best fighters in the world together for one special night. Over two decades later, the UFC is a worldwide business and MMA is a sport that is popular globally. At the first UFC, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie fought. The two fighters are planning to face off again in February of 2016. It is a testament to famous brand names in the sport and Mr. Davie’s original belief that the best should square off against each other. Today, Ronda Rousey is arguably UFC’s best known fighter, the biggest brand name in the world of mixed martial arts. Her recent loss to Holly Holm made worldwide news and shocked many. However, when it comes to mixed martial arts, it is extremely rare to stay in the game any length of time without tasting defeat.

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    Lea Black at the Miami Book Fair International, Saturday November 21st at 5:00 PM, A Must See

    Over the years, we have had many great moments with the Social Mayor of Miami, philanthropist, author, entrepreneur and Real Housewives of Miami star Lea Black. It was back in April that we attended the first book signing for her first novel, Red Carpets and White Lies [see here]. We followed that up in May when we spoke with Lea for an in-depth CYInterview on her book [see here]. For 20 years, Lea put on The Blacks’ Annual Gala in Miami attended by a who’s who of the city, as well as a variety of A-list stars from out of town. Tomorrow, she will be at one of the biggest yearly city events, the Miami Book Fair International. Mrs. Black will be taking questions about her book and signing copies. Details of the event are below. If you are in the Miami area, go out and see Lea Black at this great event and hear some great stories about the city.