Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bobby Bell - Football Superstar

Cleveland High School in Shelby, North Carolina, was segregated when Bobby Bell attended. He excelled at every sport.

He played football at the University of Minnesota, leaving to play professional football before finishing his degree.

Bobby's career highlights and awards include Super Bowl champion, College Football Hall of Fame, Pro Bowl Hall of Fame, AFL Defensive Player of the Year, and many more AFL and NFL honors. He was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1980.

Fifty years after leaving, Bobby returned to college. In 2015, he completed the last 3 classes he needed, and graduated from the University of Minnesota. 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Reginald "Reggie" Griffin - Wrongfully Convicted

In 1988, Reggie Griffin was serving a 20-year prison sentence. While incarcerated, he was convicted of murdering a fellow inmate, and sentenced to death.

Reggie did not commit the murder. It was 2011 when the Missouri Supreme Court agreed to a retrial, ruling in his favor. Charges were dismissed by the prosecution in 2013, and Reggie was allowed to leave prison.

Innocence Project
Midwest Innocence Project

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Erin

Hot summer nights.

Model: Erin

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tom Devlin: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Book Author

Tom Devlin is involved in numerous projects, and best known as the founder of Rent-A-Center, which he sold for $584 million.

Read more about Tom in his autobiography Playing Through.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jon Fulton Adams - Clothing Designer

Designer Jon Fulton Adams of Queen's Rocket at Kansas City Fashion Week, March 2017.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sonia Warshawski: #48689

As a Polish girl of Jewish faith, Sonia Warshawski 48689 lived in a death camp, and watched as her mother was marched to the gas chamber. 

When Sonia was 19 years old, the camp was being liberated by British soldiers and Sonia was shot. The bullet went close to her heart, right through her, and she survived. 

"Big Sonia" is an inspiring documentary about Sonia's life. Please take a minute to visit the website and Facebook page. 

To support the documentary financially, click here.

48689 is the number tatooed on her arm.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Savannah Liles - Actress

Savannah Liles starred in the movie "Prodigy" (2017), as Ellie, a young genius working with a psychologist.

At eleven years old, Savannah has 11 movie and television credits. 

In 2016, she appeared on The 37th Annual Young Artist Awards television special where she won Best Performance in a Short Film - Young Actress.

Savannah resides in Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mrs. Missouri USA 2017

Lori Brown is Mrs. Missouri USA Universal 2017.

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Milton J. Shelley, Sr. - Vietnam Veteran

Milton J. Shelley, Sr. served with the 9th Infantry U.S. Army, and was wounded in combat. 

He waited 48 years to receive his Purple Heart.

Thank a veteran. Remember the fallen.

The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tricia J. Bushnell - Attorney

Tricia J. Bushnell, a former law professor, is Executive Director of Midwest Innocence Project.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Alvin Brooks

Alvin Brooks: Police officer, Chief of Police, Police Commissioner, community activist, founder of AdHoc Committee Against Crime, civil rights advocate. 

In meetings with Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, he communicated from first-hand experience the correlation of poverty to crime and violence. 

President George H.W. Bush appointed Alvin advisor to the National Drug Advisory Council in 1989, and named him one of America's 1000 Points of Light.

As a police officer in the 1950's, Alvin was asked to participate in a line-up, in plain clothes. He was picked out of the line-up as the perpetrator of a mugging.

Had he not been having lunch with his police lieutenant at the time the crime was committed, he firmly believes he would have been charged.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Ryan W. Ferguson - Wrongfully Convicted

Ryan W. Ferguson was a 17-year-old high school student when he was charged with murder.

He spent nearly 10 years in prison, before being found innocent.

You may have seen him hosting MTV's Unlocking the Truth.

Midwest Innocence Project
Innocence Project

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Nancy Pickard: Author

Nancy Pickard has authored a multitude of novels and short stories.

She has been honored with more than two dozen awards for her writing.

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Patrick Lewallen

Patrick Lewallen

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Matt Baldwin

Matt Baldwin

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Anthony Ray Hinton - Wrongfully Convicted

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of murdering two restaurant managers, a crime he did not commit.

He spent the next 30 years in prison, most of it on Alabama's death row, before the United States Supreme Court overturned his conviction.

In January, 2016, Scott Pelley conducted an interview with Anthony for CBS's "60 Minutes", and you may follow this link for a written synopsis.

The Midwest Innocence Project

Innocence Project

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Christian Micheal Shuster: Designer

Christian Micheal Shuster's modern clothing-design labels are ChristianMICHEAL men's wear, and sHe by cM.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Ciara

Model: Ciara Barton

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Elise


Model: Elise Hardenburger

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Miss Kansas City's Outstanding Teen

Kaitlyn Rigdon is Miss Kansas City's Outstanding Teen, 2017.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Contemplating Red Bull

A moment of meditation on the runway with the Red Edition of Red Bull at Kansas City Fashion Week.

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Model: Preston Jeffrey Parsons

Friday, March 3, 2017

Art Still - NFL Football Defensive End

Art Still played ten seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs

Art was selected to play in the Pro Bowl four times, named Chiefs Most Valuable Player twice, and a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.

He was eventually traded to the Buffalo Bills, where he played two seasons.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Ernest Foltz - Drummer

Blues drummer Ernest Foltz entertains an enthusiastic, full-house audience.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Go Red For Women Fashion Show

Runway. Photographs © 2017 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved. 
Model on left: Alexa. Model on right: Lexy   Makeup: Shannon Nemec

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mark A. Norell, PhD

Dr. Mark A. Norell is a paleontologist and molecular geneticist, who is Division Chair and Macaulay Curator, and Division of Paleontology Professor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

He is acknowledged as one of the most important living vertebrate paleontologists.

Dr. Norell's articles appear often in major scientific journals, including Science and Nature (cover story), and Time magazine listed his work in the 10 most significant science stories for three years.

He was named a New York City Leader of the Year by the New York Times.

Please enjoy this New York Times article, and this Wall Street Journal article.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Runway Model - LaRae Fashions

This dress is by designer Madison Durant of LaRae Fashions.

Model: Brynn Shaffer
Hair: Travis Harland
Makeup: Shannon Nemec

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Jennifer Tierney

Jennifer Tierney is the owner, designer, and in this image, the runway model for J.tierina Designs.


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dan Verbeck: Radio Reporter and Newsman

After working two years for newspapers, Dan Verbeck enjoyed a distinguished 48-year career reporting news on the radio.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Henry W. Bloch

Henry Bloch co-founded H&R Block in 1955 with his brother Richard.

It was through the U.S. Army Air Corps he received graduate training at Harvard University School of Business.

In 2001, Henry was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame.

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Kevin Willmott: Producer, Screenwriter, Director

Kevin Willmott was the executive producer and co-writer of Chi-Raq, a Spike Lee movie. 

He also wrote and directed feature movies including C.S.A.: Confederate States of America, Gordon Parks Elementary, Ninth StreetJayhawkers, The Only Good IndianThe Battle for Bunker Hill, and more.

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Cynthia J. Popp: Producer, Director

Cynthia J. Popp won an Emmy® for producing The Bold and The Beautiful, and two awards from the Directors Guild of America for the same television show. 

She also directed episodes of Frasier, Jacob's Edge, and Passions.

Presently, Cynthia is Chief Executive Officer of Elocin Entertainment, and a partner in 2North Entertainment.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Angelo Pizzo: Screenwriter, Producer, Director

Angelo Pizzo began his career at Warner Brothers Television, then moved to Time-Life Films.

He and David Anspaugh wrote the movie Hoosiers (1986), which earned two Oscar nominations, and was named best sports film of all time by ESPN and USA Today.

In 1993, Angelo wrote and produced the movie Rudy, and in 2005 he did the same with The Game of Their Lives.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pakistani Style

MH is a confident, fashion-forward Pakistani woman.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jason London

Jason London is a television and movie actor whose many credits include Dazed and Confused, Jason and the Argonauts, CSI, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, 7th Heaven and more.

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Barry Washboard Barnes

Barry Washboard Barnes plays the washboard, and is often seen playing with Ernest James Zydeco Band.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Max and Vincent Modeling Mens Apparel

Models Max MacDonald and Vincent Sung at ULAH.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Joe Amrine - 17 Years on Death Row


For a thought-provoking look at criminals, death sentences, religion and redemption, also read this article.

Joe Amrine surrendered to authorities when he was accused of committing a crime.

While incarcerated, he was charged with murdering a fellow inmate. With testimony from three other inmates, Joe was convicted and spent 17 years on death row.

Eventually, the other inmates admitted they lied.

With the help of Midwest Innocence Project, and criminal defense attorney Sean O'Brien, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction. He is back in society, and doing well.

Innocence Project

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Quixotic



Innovative Performance Art

Quixotic let me play with them backstage.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Kansas Air National Guard

Thank you for keeping us safe.

Kansas Air National Guard.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Prologue: Law professor, and criminal defense attorney, Sean O'Brien, accepted this wrongful-conviction case in 2007 as part of Midwest Innocence Project.

When Monica Gray was 13 years old, she met Ricky Kidd, and they quickly became best friends.

Her best friend turned into the love of her life, and after Monica graduated high school, she moved in with Ricky.

On Valentine's Day, 1996, she and Ricky were stunned when police interrogated them about a double murder. They both had documented alibis.

They were released, however three months later, with Monica pregnant, Ricky was charged in the double murder. He was convicted, and sentenced to life in prison.

With permission, I am including a link where you may read Monica's account of the last 20 years.  This case is heartbreaking, and still being adjudicated. Read her remarks here:  http://themip.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016.11.5-Monica-Gray-Remarks.pdf.

Innocence Project

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

RonReaco Lee and Lucas Black

I shot this image during a break on a movie set more than a dozen years ago.  

On the left is actor RonReaco Lee, who has a lengthy television and movie resume. Two projects in post-production are due out in 2017. 

Lucas Black is on the right. I first saw him as Frank Wheatley in Sling Blade, and he now stars on CSI: New Orleans. His role as Sean Boswell in The Fast and The Furious movies has helped make them very successful.

The name of the woman in the center escapes me, however I remember her as the on-set acting coach.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Fashion Week Wedding Dress

Kansas City Fashion Week

October, 2016.

Model: Jasmine

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Carmen

Carmen, who is perpetually glamorous.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Midwest Innocence Project - Wrongfully Accused

Saber Hossinei was a successful insurance broker in Wichita, Ks, until he was charged with a crime he did not commit.


With the help of an attorney the charges were ultimately dropped, however the experience had a profound effect upon him.

He began driving to Kansas City, Mo., a 6-hour round trip, twice a week to the Midwest Innocence Project office, where he volunteered his time. 

Saber has returned to school with hopes of becoming an attorney, and is presently Development Associate with the Midwest Innocence Project.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

James Carville - "The Ragin' Cajun"

James Carville is a political strategist, best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restauranteur. 

He resides in New Orleans with his wife, Mary Matalin, where he is a Professor at Tulane University.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

War Veteran

Military service ribbons.

Veterans Day is November 11, 2016.

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Michael Stern - Symphony Conductor

Michael Stern conducting the Kansas City Symphony.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Steve McFarland - Competitive Diver, Coach, Broadcaster

As a competitive diver, Steve McFarland won two AAU National Championships, plus two bronze medals at the University Games.

After competing, Steve coached at the University of Miami, bringing about four NCAA All-Americans; became a diving analyst at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics for NBC; then ESPN, Turner Broadcast Sports, and more.

He served as President of USA Diving, and was Olympic Diving Judge at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games.

In 2005, he received the Paragon Award / Competitive Diving from the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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