Season 2, Episode 22
In this episode of “Speak The Truth,” host Harold Bell welcomed legendary boxer Anthony “Tony” Suggs and Comedian and boxing aficionado comedian Coy LaSone, along with regular panelist Lawrence Lucas and Jacques Chevalier. The show opened with an a Capella version of the song “What About The Children?” by singer Robin “Sugar” Williams. Suggs talks about how he overcame prison, drug abuse and challenging childhood to become a mentor and role model in his community in Alexandria, VA. Coy LaSone talks about boxing, mentorship and the role that black men play in the lives of children.
Coy LaSone’s professional career began by doing stand up comedy at countless church events; however, he did not limit himself to the gospel sector. He started captivating audiences on numerous college campuses from UCLA to Howard University in Washington D.C. It didn’t take long for his talent to be nationally known. Coy was awarded first place by a panel of judges in the Chosen Competition, in his region which he was given the opportunity to display his talent in New York City. As a result,Coy was a runner up in the International Boston Comedy Festival where he was chosen above 200 International comedians. Coy’s uncanny ability to make people laugh is unbelievable, and his comic timing is unstoppable. His audience is very diverse (anyone that has a gut to bust). His bright eyes, deep smile and natural wit are an automatic magnet that makes an everlasting first impression.
Local boxing legend Tony Suggs nearly made the US Olympic team a generation ago. But tragedy, drugs, and jail torpedoed his career in the ring.
Prison gave Suggs the time to sober up, to better cope with his shattered past and to mend his broken heart from the loss of his daughter Ashley, who died of sudden infant death syndrome, at the age of 7-months plunging him into darkness.
Suggs turned a mess into a mission and is now a pillar of his community in Alexandria, VA, as a tough-but-beloved “boxercise” instructor.
Publisher’s Note: Harold referenced a young man named Miles Clarke during the show. Unfortunately, due to an editing error, photos of Miles did not display on the broadcast. Here are the photos of young Miles and young adult Miles. We are sorry for the editing error.
From Executive Producers Harold and Hattie Bell, SPEAK THE TRUTH is a virtual talk show hosted by Black Men In America.com on the ZOOM platform. The show was launched with a rock-solid foundation starting with National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) 2020 Pioneer Award winner and Washington, DC area talk show sports legend Harold Bell.
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