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People gather around burning garbage in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Baseball has a debt to Haiti, and it’s time the sport repaid it

By Commentaries/Opinions

The sport can’t save Haiti, but it has a moral obligation to help a country rendered so hapless by all manner of catastrophe. By Kevin B. Blackistone, Washington Post — Baseball can’t save Haiti. But with the sudden and shocking arrival at the Texas border of thousands of Haitians fleeing murder, mayhem and utter misfortune in their Caribbean home — who must outrun Border Patrol agents on horseback doing their best impersonation of…

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Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho

Racism is setting impossible standards for athletes of color

By Editors' Choice

By Peniel E. Joseph — Two recent examples of the transatlantic dimensions of racial intolerance in sports — an arena that, along with politics, often triggers increasingly vitriolic abuse in the age of social media — are a sobering reminder: Racism is a global crisis that is often resistant to progress and fighting it requires constant vigilance. Five years after Black players, many with immigrant African roots, helped France’s men’s soccer…

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Bukayo Saka

Employees scold Facebook over racist soccer player posts

By News & Current Affairs

Facebook employees are reportedly begging the company to do more about racist comments attacking English soccer players after the team lost the Euro Cup final. By Katie Canales, Business Insider — Employees are frustrated with Facebook as racist comments fill Black soccer players’ accounts. Employees said the company needs to act faster and “can’t be seen as complicit in this.” One employee said they’ve reported so many comments that they…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

This anthem does not speak for me

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Frances Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner, our “National Anthem” was a dyed in the wool racist. He opined that “Negroes” were a “distinct and inferior race.” He was a slaveholder from a family of slaveholders who influenced the odious seventh President Andrew Jackson to appoint Roger Taney, the author of the Dred Scott decision (“Blacks have no rights that whites are bound to…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

“Rising in Resistance with Paul Robeson: Athletes Joining the Struggle for Racial Justice”

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — The recent wave of walkouts and walkaways from playing and practice in protest against the savage shooting of Jacob Blake, first by the Milwaukee Bucks and followed by others in solidarity, i.e., the NBA, the WNBA, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, is clearly worthy of rightful notice, prolific praise and a good measure of celebration. But it is also worthy…

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The Great NBA Awakening

The Great NBA Awakening

By Commentaries/Opinions

NBA players realized the power of protest with last week’s strike. We’ve reached a new point in player activism. Where does it go from here? By Tyler Tynes, The Ringer — In March 2018, the horror had a different face. A different name. A Sacramento man, barely grown from a boy, stolen from his family just as the flowers were blooming in springtime. He was Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old Black…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Corona Confusion and March Madness

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Basketball fans were looking forward to March Madness, those weeks when the best college teams face off against each other. Madness is replete this March, but it isn’t on the basketball courts. The dangerous coronavirus which can be transmitted by a cough, a touch, or “direct contact” is spreading all over the world. It is madness that the United States, which loves to brag about our…

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Kobe Bryant

Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Legacy on Basketball and the World

By Editors' Choice

Kobe had a singular impact on his game and the world. By Sean Gregory, TIMES — Kobe Bryant was the fair heir to Michael Jordan, a scoring assassin who could rip a defender’s heart out by way of a devastating dunk, or an elusive fadeaway jump shot from the baseline, his singular work of art. He won five NBA championships, made 18 All-Star teams, won an MVP award, two scoring…

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Andrew "Rube" Foster and Negro League Baseball

The Rightness of Negro League Player reparations

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Ernest DiStefano — Ernest DiStefano has written a stirring appeal for reparations for Negro League ballplayers and their descendants. This appeal in the form of a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred published in The Stansbury Forum. The letter arrived on the Commissioner’s desk on January 22 in the midst of the video sign stealing crisis. Hopefully, but certainly not without public pressure, Manfred will feel compelled…

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Roger Goodell and Jay Z

They Didn’t Kneel For This

By Commentaries/Opinions

The NFL is Colin Kaepernick’s antagonist. Expecting billionaire team owners to be serious about social justice, with or without Jay-Z, is a mistake. By Jamil Smith, Rolling Stone — “Inspire Change” could be something you say if you are trying to make people aware of a particular problem. But with regards to the National Football League and racial injustice, that job is already done. Colin Kaepernick, along with his fellow football…

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HBCU

It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges

By Commentaries/Opinions

They attract money and attention to the predominantly white universities that showcase them, while HBCUs struggle. What would happen if they collectively decided to go to black schools? By Jamele Hill, The Atlantic — In the summer of 2018 Kayvon Thibodeaux, who was then ranked as the top high-school football player in America, visited Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee. When a player of Thibodeaux’s caliber visits a perennial football power—say,…

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Simone Biles

The Athletic Brilliance, Biometrics and Unbounded Success of Simone Biles

By Commentaries/Opinions

Fans believe she can fly! By S.E. Williams, Black Voice News — Simone Biles thrilled gymnastic enthusiasts on Friday, August 15 as she secured her sixth national gymnastics title with a near flawless routine and “double-double” dismount on the uneven bars during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. With this sixth championship, Biles became the first woman in nearly seventy years to accomplish such success in this regard….

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