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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Thursday's Connector – Spike Lee

August 13th, 2010
07:03 PM ET

Fueled by the success of his independent debut film ‘She’s Gotta Have It’, Spike Lee became the first notable black filmmaker to appear on the American scene in many years.

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A graduate of New York University's film school, Lee has won acclaim for his films examining race relations, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues.

Born Shelton Jackson Lee, in Atlanta, Georgia, on the eve of the civil rights era, Lee spent his formative years in Brooklyn, New York, an area that would figure largely in his work as a mature filmmaker.

His awareness of his African American identity was established at an early age. His mother, Jacquelyn, infected her children with a schoolteacher's enthusiasm for black art and literature.

Since 1983, his production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films. Lee’s film Do the Right Thing was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1989.

Many people, including some in Hollywood notables such as Kim Basinger, believed that Do the Right Thing also deserved a Best Picture nomination.

In his upcoming documentary, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, Lee returns to New Orleans to examine how the ambitious plans to rebuild Crescent City have panned out.

What would you like to ask Spike Lee? Now's your chance to send in your questions, and don't forget to tell us where you're writing from!

Tuesday's Connector: Henry Olonga

August 13th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

A right arm fast bowler, Henry Olonga was the first black cricketer to play for Zimbabwe and is the third Zambian-born cricketer to play Test cricket.

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Olonga made his international debut in a Test match in 1995 against Pakistan at Harare, at age 18 years, becoming the youngest player to represent Zimbabwe. He led Zimbabwe to its first ever Test victory in that game.

In 2003, Olonga made headlines (along with team mate Andy Flower) for wearing a black armband in a Cricket World Cup match to protest against the policies of the Mugabe-led Zimbabwean government.

Olonga, who now pursues a career as a cricket commentator and singer, has recently released an autobiography, ‘Blood, Sweat and Treason’, in which he explains his gesture of protest and the controversy that followed.

Want to know how he feels about the current situation in Zimbabwe? Or what his most exciting Cricketing moment was?

Here's your chance to quiz Henry Olanga. Leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

Thursday's Connector – Peter Shilton

August 13th, 2010
06:59 PM ET

Former football goalkeeper, Peter Shilton holds the record for playing more games for England than any other player.

In a professional career which lasted an amazing 32 years, he played 125 times for England and more than 1,000 league games - records that it will probably never be beaten.

At the tender age of 16, Shilton made his debut for Leicester against Everton and his potential was quickly spotted to the extent that the Leicester City management sided with their teenage prodigy and soon sold World Cup winner Banks, to Stoke City.

In 1990, following his retirement from international football, he was awarded the prestigious Order of Merit and in 2002, he was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame, in recognition of his impact on the English game as one of the greatest English goalkeepers.

He also features in football game FIFA 10 in the Classic XI squad.

In his recently released autobiography, he talks of his lengthy career and the controversies that surrounded it - from the excitement of the Italia 90 campaign to the black night against Poland in 1973, when his error contributed to England's exit from the World Cup.

Here's your chance to ask Peter your questions. Write in and don't forget to tell us where you're writing from?

Monday's Connector: David Haye

August 13th, 2010
04:28 PM ET

Less than a week after retaining his WBA world heavyweight title against challenger John Ruiz, boxer David Haye is already hard at work training for his next match.

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The 29-year-old Englishman has had a meteoric rise to the top having been in the heavyweight division for just a little more than a year.

Haye has a staggering boxing record of 24 wins and only one loss - 22 of those wins have been by knockout.

Prior to competing in the heavyweight category, Haye was the undisputed champion in the cruiserweight division.

He also just released his brand new magazine – appropriately titled "The Hayemaker"

Known for his pinpoint accuracy and efficiency, Haye is taking your questions as our Connector of the Day.

Do you want to get some boxing advice? Maybe you want to know what his training regime is like? Who has been his toughest competitor? Where does he see himself five years from now?

Please leave your comments below and be sure to include where you're writing from.