I narrated my 3rd consecutive Super Bowl Recap Show for the NFL. Last night I saw it air on TV and it hit me how blessed I have been in this lifetime. Being heard or seen TV doesn't make me blessed. Throughout my career, I have seen myself on the big...
My keynote speech from yesterday at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism left an incredible incredible impact. I can't even begin to describe it to all of you. I’m incredibly thankful to the dignitaries present and the treatment my wife and
Leonard Dozier will be a keynote speaker during session two at the NJ 2018 Conference on Tourism at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City on December 5, 2018. GENERAL SESSION TWO MOTIVATIONAL PRESENTATION 3:45 pm –5:00 pm Speaker: Leonar
Though I could not be present at today’s funeral, with the family’s blessings I produced and narrated this short documentary about my dear friend and barber Sonny Lea. This was heavy for me and still is because I saw him just a few days b
My thanks to Annie Rivera for having me on her show Annie Talks this past Friday. Listen now: https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/15791821/download.mp3 ...For more information visit www.leonarddozier.com. Follow Leonard on social media: Instagram: @
Great review by Stubby's House of Christmas. You know Leonard Dozier, even if you don't know that you know him. OK, maybe not from his days as a high school basketball star in the Cape-Atlantic League. But certainly you've see
Today the Philadelphia Eagles receive their Super Bowl rings after bringing the city it’s first Super Bowl victory. No better way to celebrate the Underdog spirit that has always been the city of Philadelphia and all of EaglesNation. One of the
During the 1996-97 basketball season, Leonard Dozier supplied most of the inside power for Ken Leary’s Pleasantville Greyhounds. He was the center on a team that finished 19-8. Dozier averaged close to double figures in both points and rebounds. That Pleasantville team defeated Atlantic City, 99-79, in the Battle By The Bay. A little over a month later, the Vikings won the South Jersey Group 4 title and lost in the state final at the Boardwalk Hall.
Well, Dozier has become a successful actor.
He was featured in a movie produced in Nigeria called “Turning Point”. The film won four awards in a recent ceremony in Washington D.C. that honored African films and filmmakers. Dozier, who was always very active in the arts as a Pleasantville student, also had a key part in an Emmy Award winning documentary, “Fever: 1793”, which was about the Yellow Fever epidemic in the 18th century.
But in the Cape-Atlantic League, Dozier is remembered for his strong play on the baseline
"Life is happening FOR you." Digest that for a little bit. The more you embrace it, the more you realize it is, without question, credible.
I first heard those words from Aaron Bomar, a man who has become one of my dearest friends in the world. He's something special folks and he is the real deal."Life is happening for you." Not only do I continue to hear those words--even to this day--but I can hear Aaron saying them in his trademark, never-to-be-mistaken southern drawl. Now, this is a man whose own life story can hardly be mistaken for 'life happening for him.'
He grew up in a foster home. He was an alcoholic, drug user and gambler. All three threatened to take his life. He even got in on the act by threatening to take his own. In fact, this native of Cincinnati found his way roughly 7 miles from where I grew up, in Atlantic City. America's Playground was more than the recess he needed and he was kicked out of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and led to Bethesda Mission where his life would start to take a 360 degree turn. To go through life without another drink or drug would be the penultimate of accomplishments. That is extraordinary in its own right. To become an actor recognized and celebrated by so many is damn impressive. I have shared the stage with Aaron Bomar. In fact, the most powerful scene I have ever done either on stage or in front of the camera happened with Aaron last February at Open Stage in August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." The scene was riveting and it's, in large part, due to the prodigious talents of Aaron.
Life is, indeed, happening for us. It happened and is happening for this once ordinary, troubled man whose story is a great triumph of the human spirit. Most don't overcome what Aaron overcame. Most remain captive to the slavery of addiction. Not Aaron. Aaron went to acting school and then straight to the stage and eventually to TV and film where he recently had a role in the Investigation Disovery Channel's "Southern Fried Homicide." He had a feature role in the episode Bleeding Heart. He also had a principal role in the film Easy Hustle. Finally, he is now entering the world of voice overs and just completed a spot for Goodwill in Harrisburg,PA.
Yes, Aaron Bomar made it. He is a phenomenal actor and an even better human being. He's also no stranger to a good prank, as you will witness here in this backstage clip from "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" at Open Stage in which we both co-starred ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oZur8qkM8c) It was customary during fight call each night to go through the fight choreography for the final scene in which my character stabs Aaron's character, ultimately killing him. Well, courtesy of Aaron (and another dear friend and actor Ronnie Banks) my knife flash was met with guns, which is NOT a part of the script. My initial reaction says it all. LOL! It was gut-busting hilarious.
Meet Brenda Phillips. A 25 year old with a model's beauty and a passion for the youth. Let me rephrase: For Our Youth.
I have gotten to know Brenda a little bit over the past, let's see, two years or so. I got to know her even better several months back when we met. She was sick as a dog but over pizza and chicken wings she told me her backstory. What a story! Abandonment, trauma, despair--all a part of her past. As she sniffed up the cold trying to contain and conquer it, I tried not to sniff up tears. Then, like the plot in a movie you don't see coming she talked about making a difference. She didn't just talk about it like you talk about the latest episode of R&B Divas. Nah! She did something that totally caught me off guard. She went deep in this passion and the deeper she went, the more she doubted until she finally exclaimed, "I don't know how I'm going to do this!"
I've been there. In 1996 I had a vision to start a theater production company as a junior in high school. I said the same thing until I started dropping the "ubt" in doubt opting to hold on to the first two letters "do." I locked into her eyes and just went Nike on her, saying "just do it."
We traded stories of life, lessons learned and finally she started to drift asleep. Somehow, not feeling as if I helped her enough the words "follow your heart" came to mind and led to a song that has now come to be named "Lead Your Heart" that will be released soon. I said my good night and began formulating the following: