September 19, 2018

Texas superintendent is sorry his racist comment about black quarterbacks was made publicly

On Sunday afternoon, after a frustrating Houston Texans loss to the Tennessee Titans, school superintendent Lynn Redden laid bare his racism in the comments of the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page. “That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL,” Redden said, referring to the play of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. […]
September 14, 2018

Oddly, people torching their Nikes didn’t stop the company’s stock from reaching an all-time high

Brace for bad news, bigots: Nike stock closed at $83.47 on Thursday, an all-time high for the apparel company. The news comes just 10 days after Nike unveiled Colin Kaepernick as the face of a new ad campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of its iconic “Just Do It” slogan. In the immediate aftermath of the […]
September 13, 2018

Breanna Stewart’s best year ever was about so much more than just basketball

On Wednesday night in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Breanna Stewart capped off her MVP season with 30 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, one Finals MVP award, and her very first WNBA championship, as her Seattle Storm completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Mystics. When Stewart arrived in the WNBA three seasons […]
September 12, 2018

Current MSU trustee knew that Nassar drugged and raped a patient 25 years ago, per new lawsuit

Wednesday is the two-year anniversary of the Indianapolis Star publishing the first allegations of sexual abuse against former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, and even as he sits in prison serving multiple de-facto life sentences, new details about his serial sexual abuse of patients and the way institutions enabled him for […]
September 11, 2018

The weight of being, and beating, Serena Williams

When she was in third grade, Naomi Osaka wrote an entire report on Serena Williams for class. “I colored it and everything,” the 20-year-old told reporters after the U.S. Open final on Saturday. “I said, I want to be like her (smiling).” On Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Osaka didn’t become Williams, but she did […]
September 8, 2018

Funds to help Nassar sex abuse survivors frozen indefinitely as police investigate alleged fraud

In July, Michigan State froze its $10 million Healing Assistance Fund, when its vendor said it had concerns over fraudulent claims. This week, MSU Interim President John Engler announced that the police are now investigating the fraud claims. “It’s been moved from being an investigation to being an active police investigation,” said Engler, as reported […]
September 8, 2018

University officials tried to stop this cheerleader from taking a knee. Now she’s suing them.

Tommia Dean, a former cheerleader at Kennesaw State University, is suing KSU and Georgia State officials for their response to her protest of police brutality and racial injustices during the national anthem. Last September, Dean and four other KSU cheerleaders took a knee during the national anthem, an extension of the movement started by former […]
September 8, 2018

19-year-old anti-gun violence activist shot and killed in Chicago

Delmonte Johnson, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, was one of the many teenagers across this nation who had been personally impacted by gun violence. Earlier this year, he joined the group GoodKids MadCity, a group led by young people of color that was founded in the wake of the Parkland school […]
September 6, 2018

Colin Kaepernick has officially eclipsed the league that tried to silence him

Colin Kaepernick won’t be on the field this weekend when the NFL season kicks off. However, his presence will be felt, thanks to the handful of players that continue to protest racial injustice during the national anthem; the ongoing battle between the NFL and NFL Player’s Association over the league’s anthem policy; and the elephant-in-the-room […]
September 4, 2018

The WNBA deserves better

While I fully confess recency bias might be at play, allow me to posit this: I truly believe we are witnessing the best WNBA season ever. In its 22nd year, the top-to-bottom talent level in the WNBA is as elite as its ever been, and the resulting parity in the league has led to drama […]