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Lessons From A Harlem Globetrotter To His Son: 'My Daddy Taught Me That'

Many know Bennie Lake as one of the original Harlem Globetrotters who traveled the world entertaining audiences with their comedy and athleticism. But for his son Keynon, Bennie was a role model of what a man should be: an engaged citizen with a commitment to helping young people through his career as a social worker.
After Bennie passed away, Keynon set out to simply write a few words, perhaps a tribute to his dad for the local paper. Pages later he had penned a tome which inspired him to start a movement. Keynon Lake joins host Frank Stasio live in the studios of Blue Ridge Public radio in Asheville to talk about his organization “My Daddy Taught Me That,” a grassroot effort to uplift underprivileged boys while reminding men of the importance of being a father. A social worker by trade, Keynon mentors young men in everything from filling out applications to preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

His organization is the subject of the new documentary “Beneath the Veneer.” The film sets the story of young black men and boys who participate in the program against the backdrop of Asheville’s booming economy, and reveals how disadvantaged minorities view a town that many African-Americans appear to be abandoning. The film screens Friday, May 4 at UNC-Asheville’s Reuter Center, followed by a discussion with Keynon Lake and the filmmakers. 

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.