Carmelo Kyam Anthony born May 29, 1984, is a 6-time NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion. Anthony was born in the Red Hook projects in Brooklyn, New York. He was born to a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother. His father, after whom he is named, died of cancer when Anthony was two years old. When Anthony turned eight, his family moved to Baltimore, where he honed not only his athletic skills, but also his survival skills. Sports would serve as an important diversion from the violence and drug dealing that were pervasive in the housing projects a few blocks from the homes of Anthony and his friends.