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What's The 411 TV Releases Its List of 25 Most Interesting People of 2012

What's The 411TV's List of 25 Most Interesting People of 2012 was developed from interviews conducted by What's The 411TV correspondents during 2012

BROOKLYN, NY; December 20, 2012 - What's The 411, an entertainment and lifestyle television show, released today its list of 25 Most Interesting People of 2012.

What's The 411's 25 Most Interesting People of 2012 was developed from interviews conducted by What's The 411 reporters from January 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012. The list consists of celebrated personalities to ordinary people doing extraordinary things to the American people rallying for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin. Many people are local to the New York City metro area, while others are global figures.

"Throughout the years, What's The 411 has interviewed so many interesting people," said Ruth J. Morrison, CEO and Founder, Whats The 411 Networks. "This year, we decided to create our list of 25 Most Interesting People. It wasn't easy, but the reporters and producers narrowed What's The 411's Most Interesting People of 2012 to a list of 25. Some are known to almost everyone and some will be names heard for the first time."

"After developing and releasing our list of 25 Most interesting People of 2012, we learned that the Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson. Coach Johnson's firing was shocking and What's The 411 still stands by its decision to include Coach Johnson on its list. In our interview, we saw excitement, conviction, a warrior's attitude, and a commitment to bringing a competitive basketball team to Brooklyn," Ms. Morrison added.

The people making up What's The 411's 25 Most Interesting People of 2012 fall into the categories of entrepreneurs; kids doing great things; sports; fashion and beauty; health; non-profits; media and public relations; and even a former mob wife. The list also includes the winners of What's The 411's Jay Z Concert Ticket Giveaway, a couple so engaging they should have their own reality TV show.

Below is a list of What's The 411's 25 Most Interesting People of 2012 with hotlinks to their respective video interviews:

1. Marlena Ortiz - a 28-year-old breast cancer survivor who created the non-profit Beating Cancer in Heels to help women keep their self-esteem while undergoing cancer treatment
2. Trayvon Martin Vigil in Union Square, New York City - representing Americans standing up against racism
3. Hal Jackson (Posthumously) - legendary radio pioneer who broke many color barriers in radio broadcasting. Hal Jackson died on May 23, 2012 at age 96.
4. Danny Jacobs - a boxer who survived cancer and is now back in the boxing ring with two wins in two months
5. Magic Johnson - because he's Magic
6. David Stern - NBA Commissioner who bucked the prevailing sentiment at the time and developed a salary system which created many young black millionaires, a rising tide floats all boats
7. Sue Simmons - An iconic newswoman; anchor of WNBC-TV News for 32 years
8. Avery Johnson - the goody two-shoes head coach of the Brooklyn Nets; who knew he had so much fight
9. Billie Jean King - an iconic tennis champion and advocate for gender equality
10. Helen Shelton - an African-American woman who rose to executive ranks within a global public relations agency by providing value to her clients
11. Allan Houston - Assistant General Manager, New York Knicks and a former NBA player now leading the way advocating and demonstrating the importance of fathers through hisFather Knows Best initiative
12. Beauty/Fashion Trifecta: Vera Moore, Sofia Davis and Thomas Lavone: - Vera Moore is a beauty entrepreneur of 34 years in the competitive cosmetic business and now making a huge breakthrough with national distribution through Walgreen's; Sofia Davis, Editor, Fashion Avenue News Magazine; and Thomas Lavonne, an award winning New Jersey based fashion designer and entrepreneur with a celebrity following; known for his exceptional talent in Ready To Wear gowns, suits and fine apparel
13. Leslie Allen - a retired professional tennis player and keeper of the legacy of tennis champion Arthur Ashe through the Arthur Ashe Foundation
14. Alia Jones-Harvey - a Broadway theatre producer putting a new spin on classic Broadway theatre productions, thus creating diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity on Broadway
15. Dr. Devra Davis - an environmental health scientist ringing the cell phone environmental alarm bell16. Cheryl Wills - author and 20 years of making a difference in TV news in New York City
17. Constance CR White - a multi-dimensional fashionista running a magazine for Black women (no disrespect to Susan Taylor)
18. Dionne Williams - a fashion entrepreneur providing a professional platform for emerging fashion designers during New York Fashion Week
19. Alfred Edmond Jr. and Windsor Neckwear - creators of the Alfred Edmond Jr. Bow Tie Collection and other men's accessories; helping men everywhere to stand out while fitting in
20. Terrie Williams - CEO and Founder, The Terrie Williams Agency; author; mental health advocate; and mentor; for her honesty about depression and for mentoring young men
21. Leslie Chang, Scholarship Winner of Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health's Health Science Academy and Winners of Arthur Ashe Kids Day Essay and Art Contest - these kids are definitely going places
22. Pamela Quinzi - a fabulously sensational shoe designer with savvy marketing skills
23. Saffiyah Rodgers and Valerie Morrison - owners of My Girlfriend's Closet - making a business out of a childhood passion
24. Kim Benson and Qadir Muhammad - winners of What's The 411's Jay-Z Concert Ticket Contest - a comedic, smart and sassy couple; they should have their own reality TV show
25. Toni Marie Ricci - survived being married to the mob and now an author and mentor to other women

About What's The 411TV

Based in Brooklyn, New York, What's The 411TV is a division of What's The 411 Networks, a media/news and information company connecting sophisticated multi-cultural audiences through its distribution platforms of television, online, mobile, and social media.

What's The 411TV's celebrity portfolio consists of interviews with Magic Johnson, Beyonce, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson and many, many more.

What's The 411 Networks has the largest video celebrity interview portfolio of any Brooklyn-based independent media company.

411TV Basketball Special: Opening of Brooklyn Nets Inaugural Season

Spike Lee and Others Featured

This episode features the opening of the Brooklyn Nets Inaugural Season and the team's first game against the New York Knicks.

In this video are interviews with NBA Commissioner David Stern; Brooklyn Nets Manager, Billy King; then Head Coach Avery Johnson; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Landry Fields of the Toronto Raptors. Other interviews include TNT Analyst, Steve Kerr; Brooklyn Nets Guard, Joe Johnson; Film Director and avid New York Knicks fan, Spike Lee; ESPN Analyst, Jeff Van Gundy; New York Knicks Power Forward/Center, Kurt Thomas; Brooklyn Nets Forward, Jerry Stackhouse; New York Jets Cornerback, Darrelle Revis; Nets fans Bruce aka "Mr. Whammy" and his wife Judy from Canarsie Brooklyn; and New York Knicks fans from Staten Island

Nets Coach Avery Johnson Checks Out Boxing at Barclays Center

What's The 411 correspondent Andrew Rosario caught up with Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson at the Garcia vs. Morales fight at the Barclays Center.

How excited is Avery Johnson to start the NBA season in the Brooklyn Nets new home.

"We're excited, we're pumped!," said Johnson. "The Fans here in Brooklyn, there's no other fans like the fans here in Brooklyn. They've been pumped up to have us here in Brooklyn in the Barclays Center. They've been waiting for so long and it is really exciting."

"And, to have this boxing match here, this is awesome what a great fight that we have just seen," Johnson continued.

Avery Johnson was also excited to see and talk with former boxing champ, Mike Tyson, who was watching the fights.

"Iron Mike, what else can you say! Mike is a fighter. He was one of the greatest fighters in the history of boxing. He was always one of my all-time favorite guys. I like his intensity. I like the way he came from nowhere and made something out of himself. He had some setbacks and now he is back on top again," Johnson said excitedly with a sense of cool.

How does Coach Johnson view his team's chances for the new season?

"Every night we got a chance to win that is all we can ask for and we're not scared of anybody. We're going to fight to the end. Deron Williams is the key, and if we wouldn't have signed Deron Williams, we wouldn't have the team we have tonight," Johnson said emphatically.

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Praises for Jay Z on the Red Carpet at the Barclays Center Opening

What's The 411 TV on the red carpet on the occasion of rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z's inaugural concert at the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, CEO Magic Johnson Enterprises and former NBA Allstar, stepped on the red carpet to thunderous applause and shout-outs. Speaking to What's The 411 TV's correspondent, Crystal L. Henderson, Magic shared his good feelings about the opening of the Barclays Center. Magic stated that the Barclays Center is not only good for Brooklyn, it is good for New York City. Magic also compared the impending rivalry between the Brooklyn Nets and the NY Knicks to the Los Angeles Lakers and the L.A. Clippers.

The best line of the night came from Magic when Crystal asked him what's his favorite Jay-Z verse. Magic gave that great laugh and smile that he is famous for and said, "...no, no, hey, I love him; I think Jay Z's the best. I would do him a disservice by trying to rap; that's not what I do, I own things, that's what I do."

The celebrity-packed red carpet also included: Attorney Star Jones; Tyson Chandler (Center-NY Knicks); Joe Johnson (Guard- Brooklyn Nets); FOX 5 News Anchor Rosanna Scotto; Brooklyn Nets Jerry Stackhouse (Forward/Guard); Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson; NY Giants Wide Receiver Victor "Salsa" Cruz, Deron Williams (Guard- Brooklyn Nets); WABC-TV News Anchor Lori Stokes and John Calipari, Head Coach University of Kentucky Men's Basketball.

New York City community leaders in attendance were Bertha Lewis, President of The Black Institute and former CEO of ACORN; and Geoffrey Davis, Founder and President of the James E. Davis Stop The Violence Foundation.

All used enthusiastic accolades to describe Jay Z's business acumen.

Watch Video of Barclays Center Opening

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