Norman Anthony


About Norman Anthony

6ixth Man is an identity. Norman Coulter Jr. is just the guy who learned, from basketball, some great lessons about what it means to compete. Hard lessons are hard for a reason, because we refuse to see the value of them. I was born in Inglewood and spent a good number of formative years in the region formerly known as South Central Los Angeles. I'm probably not much different than you but between mom, grandparents, sisters and coaches I got a rad God mix of character development and that's what I talk about in the blog. I observe the obvious and at times wax ghetto eloquent. Of course, I'm a fan of health and fitness so I do a bit of that alongside public speaking and character consulting.



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Dr. Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream speech indicted America; there are no two ways about that. Five score separated the United States from Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation and the march on Washington, still arguably touted as the greatest peaceful protest that Washington D.C. has ever hosted. That’s 100 […]

When courage and dreams become contagious




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I just opened the freezer on a dreary Thursday morning during winter break and grabbed the cookie dough (I don’t bake by choice). It’s nearing time to go back to teaching but today I’m ’bout to eat these cookies in the middle of the day. Let me tell you why… […]

Reloading hope


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Almost 20 years ago I earned a B.A. in print journalism from Chapman University and in the process worked for several news outlets, freelancing and honing a writing craft I thought would become a lifelong profession. I was journalism student of the year when I graduated and had departmental honors. […]

You don’t belong


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Researcher Julia Galef recently offered great insights on the idea of a Scout mindset vs. Soldier mindset pointing out that most people see their¬†interactions with others as a competition. Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose reflecting the philosophy of an unreformed “Ricky Bobby” (Talladega Nights 2006). Samuel Clemons, better […]

Are you a Scout or a Soldier?



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Violence is most peculiar. Most of the physical violence I endured in my 40 years probably occurred before age 21. Hand full of fist fights, ass whippings and black eyes from Chapman Basketball and pro tryouts. But the violence I suffered was sometimes in observing other people harmed. Saw my […]

Breaking the Violence Cycle