Fact VS Fiction: No one knew Sonny like I knew Sonny. I was always by his side. All they want to talk about are the lies. – Geraldine Liston

Before my grandmother Geraldine Liston died, I asked her why she never remarried after Sonny died. She said, “There was only one Sonny, and he was the love of my life.” Sonny was “The Champion that nobody wanted.” What did she see in Sonny that the world did not see? She was able to love Sonny unconditionally. I was taken aback by this. Because for the first time, I realized that I had yet to do that. I did not love black people unconditionally nor myself. For the first time, I had to face my own self-loathing and shame of being a black man in America. And that is when my journey started. I used my grandmother’s words as my hypothesis. And set about trying to put that hypothesis to the test. Was she telling the truth when she stated that “No one knew Sonny like I knew Sonny, all they want to talk about are the lies?” The first thing I noticed when I started my research was that there were not any facts, only theories, and innuendo. If I could prove her right, that would mean that she was able to see in Sonny what I could not see in myself. She was able to see what the world could not see. And that was that Sonny was a man. A man capable of love and being loved. I knew at the outset that finding the truth about Sonny would set me free.

Fact VS Fiction: The Ideological Homogeneity AKA The Ideological Orthodoxy AKA The white male perspective of a particular generation AKA the polarization of views lacks ideological diversity when it comes to the Sonny Liston narrative. That has deprived the consumer of “The Real Thing.” Leading to the destruction of intellectual integrity.


How and why the Film, Television, Editorial Copy, Radio, and Magazine industries are so successful at selling the myth of Sonny Liston to the American people. And how they can continue to gain profit and justify the enslavement and exploitation of the Sonny Liston, Name, Likeness, and Image.

“Shame is considered one aspect of socialization in all societies.

According to the anthropologist Ruth Benedict, cultures may be classified

by their emphasis on the use of either shame or guilt to regulate the social

activities of individuals. Shared opinions and expected behaviors’ and

potential associated feelings of shame are in any case proven to be

effective in guiding behavior of a group or society.”


January 7, 1971 New York Times

Liston had not been well since he was involved in a  Thanksgiving traffic accident near his home. He was cited for failure to use the right of way after his vehicle was struck by another car while Liston was making a left turn. He was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he was treated and released.