- Began his career in Boston where he moved to pursue a master's degree.
- In 1968, helped create and direct Say Brother, a magazine show that reflected the culture and concerns of African Americans.
- In 1969, moved to New York.
- One of the earliest directors of the preschool tv show Sesame Street.
- Co-creator, with Russell Simmons, of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam series.
- Co-owner of The Simmons Lathan Media Group.