Friday, April 1, 2005

Barkley Shuts Mouth, Opens Ears For New Book

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The shoe was on the other foot for Charles Barkley recently when had to close his mouth for a second and open up his ears.

Barkley, who has been interviewed thousands of times during his 16-year NBA career and is now as analyst for TNT, was the one asking questions instead of answering them for his new book, Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? (Penguin Press).

The former hoop superstar talked to the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Clinton and George Lopez for his book, which consists of conversations between Barkley and influential people from all walks of life about race relations in the U.S..

He says the experience was “a lot different” and “mind-boggling” for him, but figures he did a good job, adding his straightforward style probably rubbed off on his interviewees.

In his words, “No one held back. That was one of my biggest worries going into it. They all spoke their mind openly.”

Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? is now in bookstores.

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