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Over the years, I have had the opportunity to photograph many special moments at Earvin "Magic" Johnson's annual fundraiser. I covered the event in 2003 and again in 2004 for Lincoln Mercury, the title sponsor.

The 19th Annual MSNM featured performances by Roberta Flack, Cheryl Lynn, Musiq, Angela Winbush, Carl Thomas, Chaka, En Vogue and New Edition. John Mack received a special tribute for his work as Los Angeles Urban League President. I would like to congratulate Mr. Mack and to extend congrats to all of the scholars. Earvin insures that the 20th annual weekend gala will be something special!

The highlights for me at the 18th Annual "A Midsummer Night's Magic" were the performances of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and India Arie on Saturday during the Harlem Nights party; and the NBA rookies, led by LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony on Sunday at the Staples Center. I'm a big music fan so it was a special treat to see Chaka join Stevie onstage at the Barker Hangar for "Tell Me Something Good," a song that Stevie wrote for Rufus and Chaka Khan in 1974.

My favorite year was 1999 when Iverson joined Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Earvin on the court. The impromptu slam dunk contest was very exciting.

One of the highlights in my life was to work with Taylor Michaels. She was a beautiful person. From Nike, to Spike Lee to the top of Magic Johnson Enterprises. She was talented, kind, and truly a special person.  It's a special thing to see all of the Taylor Michaels scholars each year during MSNM.

 

 

 

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