Being honored in front of family, friends, colleagues — even strangers — can be a bit overwhelming, often humbling. To hear your accomplishments neatly outlined as you are being introduced can induce some surreal moments. It’s receiving your flowers while you can smell them, a favorite phase my pastor likes to say. Continue Reading →
One moment Charles Hallman was in familiar territory. Then, in the blink of eye, he found himself on unfamiliar ground.
The veteran sports columnist for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder was in familiar territory while covering the presentation of the Sam Lacy Pioneer Awards during the 40th Annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Minneapolis last week. Continue Reading →
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You can fool some of the people some of the time, but sooner or later character flaws expose you to all. Norwood Teague resigned Friday morning August 7 under fire for several incidents of sexual harassment. Continue Reading →
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Lucas Olson-Patterson was going through a self-identity crisis in the late 2000s. The former Robbinsdale Cooper and Augsburg college basketball player, who starred at both schools during the early 2000s, had come to the realization that his basketball career was over. Continue Reading →
The Sam Lacy Pioneer Awards is a major event during the NABJ Convention held this week in Minneapolis. It is hosted by the NABJ Sports Task Force, a group of Black print, broadcast and on-line sports journalists, including the MSR, which celebrates local sports figures from the convention’s host city. Continue Reading →
Wilt Chamberlain’s (1936-1999) best sport was track and field, but basketball became his fame. He was six feet tall at age 10 and grew to 7-foot-1, dominated the NBA for 15 seasons and forced several rule changes, including widening the lane. But it wasn’t until last year that the Hall of Fame center finally was “posterized” on a U.S. stamp, a campaign that was initiated by the Black Press.
“It all started with a column in 2008,” explained Donald Hunt of the Philadelphia Tribune in a recent MSR phone interview. Continue Reading →
Who would have thought Minnesota, after all these years, would be a destination place for pro basketball players to want to continue their careers? Even more unthinkable that it would be the Minnesota Lynx. Continue Reading →
After 20 years, 14 state tournament appearances, eight Class 3A titles and two three-peats at different schools (Minneapolis North from 2003-2005 and DeLaSalle from 2011-2013), former Marshall University High School and University of Wisconsin star Faith Johnson Patterson is leaving DeLaSalle to coach Eden Prairie. Continue Reading →
The Tulsa Shock will move to Dallas after this season but the news barely made a ripple on the sports pages last week. Yet it was among the oft-discussed topics at the WNBA All-Star weekend in Uncasville, Conn. Continue Reading →
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If I didn’t have it in my hands, it would be unbelievable: A USA TODAY sports front page article on the WNBA published two days before last Saturday’s All-Star Game. Continue Reading →