March Madness

What You Didn’t Know about Carmelo Anthony


Carmelo Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York to an African American mother, Mary and Puerto Rican father who he is named after. He is the youngest of four and before his third birthday his father passed away , leaving Mary a struggling single mother.

While his mother worked as a housekeeper, his much older siblings helped to raise him as they lived in the projects of Red Hook. To pass the time, Anthony would watch hours of March Madness and NBA Playoff games.

After the passing of his father, his life would go on to change more once his siblings went on their own paths and left home. This time around, Mary had to take care of Anthony on her own and she moved her son to Baltimore when he was eight. What she didn’t know was that the area called the “The Pharmacy,” was plagued by drugs, prostitution and crime.

To keep her son away from trouble she threatened to keep him off the basketball court if he didn’t behave. This incentive would later help him in his high school, college and NBA career as a basketball player. By 1999, the high school sophomore from Towson Catholic High School was becoming one of the best ball players in the Baltimore area.

Although he was 6’5″, Anthony and his mother knew he wasn’t ready for the big leagues of basketball yet.  To keep from slipping with grades in school, Anthony later attended the strict Oak Hill Academy, and worked out more so that he would go from a skinny high school basketball player to become a possible division one college prospect. By the time he graduated he went to Syracuse University where he shined by helping the team out of a slump to become a winning streak that led to the Big East Tournament semifinals.



From this point, the freshman and his teammates knew he had what it would take to join the NBA. He left college, with his coach’s support, and he became part of the top three picks in the NBA for 2003. He was selected by the much beleaguered Denver Nuggets. Once again, this time he went even further than his college team and brought the Nuggets to the playoffs, and later that year helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the Olympics.

More change would come in Anthony’s life. His behavior on and off the court started leading to his reputation as being “thug like,” and he knew that he quickly had to change his ways.

In 2008, the U.S. Olympic team would win a gold medal at the Beijing games redeeming themselves from the previous Olympics. When it came to playing in the U.S., the Nuggets went through turnover after turnover with coaches. After eight years with the Nuggets, Anthony was traded for the Knicks.

If there was anyone to help mellow Anthony out during that transition to the Knicks, it was Alani “La La” Vasquez, his girlfriend since 2004. In 2007, the couple welcomed their only child, son Kiyan and by 2010 the couple had married shortly before the trade announcement. In 2011, the Knicks made it to the playoffs and Anthony tied his postseason personal high of 42 points. Now, Anthony is playing for the team that he grew up watching during his childhood.


More Carmelo Fun Facts…

He owns a Soccer Team in Puerto Rico
♠He holds the record for the most points ever scored in the Madison Square Garden by any player in history. This game was in 2014 and he managed to get a whopping 62 points!

♣Carmelo and his Puerto Rican dad share the same first name. His dad also sadly passed away when Melo was only 2 years old, and the passing was due to cancer

♥He was cut from his high school team as a freshman.

♦He bought a pet camel.

♣He’s afraid of cats.

♠He listens to Willie Colon every day.

♥His father, Carmelo Iriarte, was a member of the Young Lords.

♦He won the Big East Rookie of the Year Award 10 times surpassing Allen Iverson even though he was in college for one

♠He became the sixth youngest and the 40th player to score 20,000 points in his career this year

♦He was on the cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine



PBS Latino Themed Primetime Program Highlights – May 1-7, 2011


WEEK OF MAY 1-7, 2011

Program photos, releases and videos for selected shows available on PBS PressRoom® (

In this week’s highlights:

1. On-air Picks of the Week

2. New on the PBS Video Portal

3. PBS Primetime Schedule, Sunday-Saturday

On-air Picks of the Week

New on the PBS Video Portal


SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

8:00-9:00 PM:

*NEW* NATURE “Salmon: Running the Gauntlet” (#2812) (TV-G) (HD)

Preview the full program NOW on PBS PressRoom.

NATURE goes beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species to expose a wildly creative, hopelessly complex and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon.

9:00-10:00 PM:

Rpts. 5/6/11, 9:30-10:30 p.m. ET


Series short listing:

A lively heroine arrives in Depression-era Yorkshire to shake up education at a school for girls, sparking conflict with a stern landowner. Anna Maxwell Martin, David Morrissey and Penelope Wilton star. Laura Linney hosts.

“Episode 1”

Ambitious teacher Sarah Burton (Anna Maxwell Martin) returns to her Yorkshire origins to apply for the job of headmistress at the local girl’s school. Landowner Robert Carne (David Morrissey) mistrusts all she stands for. Penelope Wilton also stars. Part 1 of 3.

10:00-11:00 PM:


During WWII, a group of young Polish women outfoxed the Nazis and rescued thousands of Jewish children from certain death.


MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

8:00-9:00 PM:

Rpts. 5/5/11, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

*NEW* ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Biloxi” (Hour One) (#1513) (TV-G) (HD)

A look at the eccentric pottery of George Ohr; a Walter Anderson linocut; an 1899 “Buffalo Bill” poster; and a 1928 Art Deco, bronze sculpture of dancers from the Russian Ballet. Mark L. Wahlberg hosts.

Preview full programs of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW now:

9:00-10:30 PM:


Preview the full film NOW on PBS PressRoom.

10:30-11:30 PM:



TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

8:00-9:00 PM:

*NEW* BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA “Brazil: A Racial Paradise?” (#103) (TV-PG) (HD)

Preview the full series NOW on PBS PressRoom.

Series short listing:

Travel with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as he uncovers the African roots in six Latin-American countries. Four-part series.

“Brazil: A Racial Paradise?”

In Brazil, Professor Gates delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this “rainbow nation” is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy. Part 3 of 4.

9:00-10:00 PM:



10:00-11:30 PM:

*NEW* INDEPENDENT LENS “A Film Unfinished” (#1221) (TV-14) (HD)

This haunting film about a film examines a classic Nazi propaganda film used by historians for decades to provide insight into the realities of life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.



8:00-9:00 PM:

*NEW* SECRETS OF THE DEAD “China’s Terracotta Warriors” (#1103) (TV-PG, V) (HD)

SECRETS OF THE DEAD reveals that the Chinese may have had Henry Ford beat by more than 2,000 years with their own assembly line used to produce 8,000 lavishly painted terracotta warriors.

9:00-10:00 PM:

NOVA “Ghosts of Machu Picchu” (#3704) (TV-PG, V) (HD) (R)

10:00-11:00 PM:

*NEW* SAVING THE BAY “Miracle Workers” (#103) (TV-G) (HD)

The third hour of the series about the San Francisco Bay, spanning 1906 to 1959, begins with The Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, which accelerated the dispersion of people and industry to the East Bay region. Advances in engineering gave rise to the first of California’s massive water re-distribution projects, paralleling the era of great bridge building. World War II saw the bay transformed into the greatest shipbuilding center the world had ever known.



8:00-9:00 PM:

Rpt. of 5/2/11, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Biloxi” (Hour One) (#1513) (TV-G) (HD) (R)

9:00-10:30 PM:


Preview the full program NOW on PBS PressRoom.

THOROUGHBRED takes a fascinating look at the world of distinctive horses through the eyes of the people who breed, sell, race and love them.

10:30-11:30 PM:



FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

8:00-8:30 PM:


WASHINGTON WEEK, PBS’ longest-running public affairs series, features Washington’s top journalists analyzing the week’s top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill hosts.

8:30-9:30 PM:


NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week’s online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The NEED TO KNOW website updates all week; more info on the site:

9:30-10:30 PM:

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “South Riding (#4111) (TV-14, S) (HD) (R)

Rpt. of 5/1/11, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

10:30-11:00 PM:


Rpt. of 8:00-8:30 p.m. ET



9:00-10:00 PM:

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “K’naan/Mos Def” (#3510) (TV-PG) (HD) (R)