The Red Diamond Report Podcast discusses life issues, overcoming obstacles, sports and how sports and life intersect.
SWAC Attack Segment 1: A Conversation with JSU Athletic Director Ashley Robinson
As part of Season 2 of the Red Diamond Report Podcast, Wilton adds a new segment beyond the podcast entitled the SWAC Attack. This segment focuses on sports programs, topics, issues and interviews surrounding SWAC sports.
In Wilton's first segment, he sits down with Ashley Robinson, the athletic director at Jackson State University. Robinson opens up about the state of athletics, his role of providing his coaches with the tools they need to be successful, the excitement of football and Coach Prime, the basketball teams going to new heights and more.
A lot of great things are happening in the world of JSU sports and a lot more is to come.
The Adversity Assassin: Trial, Triumph and Testimony
Wilton sat down with Brad Butler II, an award-winning motivational speaker, student advocate and success coach.
Before he made guest appearances on FOX, CBS, NBC or participated win speaking engagements with the NCAA, Brad was a student taking special ed classes and was the son of parents who were drug dealers that later became drug addicts.
But, Brad didn’t let the adversity stop him from achieving his goals. In fact, when he was younger, he asked God to take the burdens from his family and to place them on his shoulders.
In the midst of chaos, Brad found a way to discipline himself using sports to overcome his shortcomings. His belief is that no goal is accomplished without trial, triumph and testimony. Sit back and listen as he discusses his passion of being a student-athlete advocate, the importance of using his gifts from his purpose, overcoming special ed classes, staying focused and more.
The Wyllie Process: Sacrifice and Struggle to Earn the Reward
Wilton sat down with Tony Wyllie, the president and managing director of the Special Olympics in North America.
Wyllie is tasked with enhancing and promoting the Special Olympics programs in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Before this latest move in his career, Wyllie spent many years in public relations and communications for the National Football League. He has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, the then St. Louis Rams, the Tennessee Titans, the Houston Texans and the Washington Football Team.
Each role, according to Wyllie, helped him for the position of where he is today and the ability to serve as mentor to many in the media and journalism field.
Sit back and get ready to listen as he discusses his childhood, working with the Dallas Cowboys as he described as the graduate school of PR from 1993-1994, the importance of building trust with NFL players and coaches, trusting his process, leaning on mentors, maintaining a balance of family life and more.
Andre’s Way: A Decorated Journey of Basketball, Family and Pain
Wilton sat down with Andre Stringer, a person who truly does not need an introduction. But, for those who don’t know him, you will want to know more after this episode.
Stringer was a standout basketball player in Jackson, in the state of Mississippi and in the world. A former Mr. Basketball of Mississippi, two-time Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year and LSU Point guard, Stringer is a Jackson and Mississippi legend on the hardwood.
But, as he mentions in today’s episode, basketball did not make him who he was. It is simply a part of his life and the man he has become.
The 5 foot, 10-inch point guard lost his father this year and now finds himself overseeing his father’s lawn business, coaching as well as preparing to own a trucking business.
However, between basketball and the lessons it taught him plus his relationship with his father, it continues to shape the man Stringer is becoming.
Sit back and get ready to listen as he discusses how his father and brother gave him his passion for basketball, fond memories of being a high school star at Forest Hill, heated rivalries with his friends at other schools, the transition to LSU, playing against players like Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Wizards’ Bradley Beal in college, his respect for Monta Ellis, setbacks from injury and more.
A Tailored Way of Life
Wilton sat down with Kyris Brown. Brown considers himself a jack of all trades. He is a business owner but also does work in real estate and entertainment and has experience working with college students in higher education. However, what Brown is most notable for is owning his own business, Kyris Kustoms, which allows him to design and tailor men's business, casual and formal wear.
While he stays busy, Brown likes to keep things simple in life but ultimately wants to improve his family's legacy.
Sit back and get ready to listen as he discusses growing up in the Mississippi Delta, the power of mentorship, being a young father, owning Kyris Kustoms, higher education and more.
Education, Impact and Influence: Changing the Narrative
Wilton sat down with Darian Holt, a 2016 graduate of Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi or as some may refer to as The Reservation. Dee Holt, as he is often referred to, is a middle school teacher at Smilow Prep in Jackson but is also earning a Master's degree in public health.
It is not unusual to find Holt on the sidelines of a HBCU football game with trash talk, at a tailgate or being the life of a party. You might also catch him going viral on Twitter for a funny tweet or being reposted on Instagram through various platforms. How does he do it? I don't really know. As he continues to build his influence, he wants to leave an impact in various ways on society -- whether through his podcast, teaching, entertainment, clothing etc.
Sit back and get ready to listen as he discusses being a young male teacher, making an impact in society, building his influence, his love for Alcorn, HBCU sports and more.
Great personality and solid production to have on the air! Keep them coming!