Bonus Features: Jimmy Muhammad, Dave Bontempo on Richie Kates

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J. — The late James Wallace Muhammad was an integral part of boxer and Vineland resident Richie Kates' life. 

Although he passed away in January 2017, his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of many individuals from South Jersey to Philadelphia and beyond. 

SNJ Today was lucky enough to record an extraordinary interview with Muhammad for the 2017 documentary Richie Kates: Uncommon Journey. While we tried to get as much of Jimmy in the film, there was plenty of great additional footage we couldn't fit into the piece. 

Muhammad would have celebrated his 78th birthday this June 19th, and to honor his memory, we are giving you the chance to watch his interview in its entirety, the first time it's ever been made available to the public.

The interview was filmed in early 2016 inside the Next Level Boxing Gym, run by Vineland's Hassan Hameed-El. 

Additionally, because we are thrilled that our documentary has been selected to be included in the current 40th annual Philadelphia International Film Festival (with a screening scheduled for Saturday night, June 16th, at 7 p.m. at the African American Museum in Philadelphia; see and that the Press of Atlantic City has mentioned and included our documentary on Kates in several recent (and upcoming) pieces, we want to give our audience the opportunity to watch another illuminating interview in its entirety. 


Veteran boxing commentator and long-time Atlantic City boxing personality and reporter Dave Bontempo, who was gracious enough to appear in the Q&A session held at the Landis Theater in Vineland this past April for the premiere screening of Richie Kates: Uncommon Journey, also gave us a great interview, parts of which were included in the documentary.

You can now watch the entire, unedited Bontempo interview, as well. You don't want to miss either of these videos, believe us.

Happy birthday Jimmy. 

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