Best known for his high-profile relationship with Oprah, Stedman Graham has quietly built a reputation for community service

Kam Williams | 8/10/2010, 10:20 a.m.
Athletes Against Drugs (AAD) Founder Stedman Graham is pictured with local participants of his youth empowerment program. Larry Englehart

Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?

No, but that’s the toughest question I’ve been asked.

Are you ever afraid?

I try not to be.

Are you happy?

Happier than I’ve ever been.

When was the last time you had a good laugh?

Just today.

What was the last book you read?

“How the Mighty Fall” by Jim Collins.

What are you listening to?  

The last thing I listened to was a CD that came with Success magazine.

What is your favorite dish to cook?


When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

I see hope!

If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

For all the people who have dropped out of school and who don’t think they’re good enough to understand who they really are and that the process for success is the same for everybody, if you understand it.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

I was running in the backyard and scraped my leg against a sharp edge of a rusty chair that severed a big piece of meat out of it.

How introspective are you?

I’m a Pisces, so I’m all internal.

What do you want your legacy to be?

That I succeeded in teaching people how to maximize their potential as human beings.