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It’s barbecuing brothers week!




It’s been well documented that society salutes its stars and heroes with praise and admiration so that later they can kick them when they slip up. Remember President Bill Clinton’s fall from grace? Tiger Woods and LeBron James have both been vilified, Woods for cheating on his wife and James because of his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami four years ago. Last week was not quite at the levels of the three famous names previously mentioned; however, Tony Dungy, the first Black head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and a highly respected and regarded NBC sports analyst (not to mention a former Gophers quarterback and Vikings defensive coordinator) and Stephen A. Smith ESPN analyst, both were torched on social media and criticized over the TV and radio airwaves for their respective comments. Dungy said in a previous Tampa Tribune interview that he “would not have drafted St. Continue Reading →

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Black college football takes a beating

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Another black eye for Black college football? First we shockingly learned of the horrific locker-room conditions that ultimately forced the Grambling football players to stop playing for at least a few days. Then the Winston-Salem starting quarterback recently gets jumped on while in the bathroom at a league-sponsored luncheon, allegedly assaulted by a member of the other team. This forced Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) officials to cancel not only the championship football game, but the scheduled Winston-Salem-Virginia State volleyball match as well that weekend. “I didn’t believe it — I thought it was a joke,” admits Terrill Battle, Winston-Salem alumnus, Class of ’92. Continue Reading →

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Resolved: to pop ‘information bubbles’ whenever possible in 2013

National columnist Jason Whitlock coined a term for a certain phenomenon back in October. This phenomenon was seen and heard endlessly during the presidential campaign and throughout out President Obama’s first term: claims that he’s not a real American and other such nonsense. Whitlock calls it an “information bubble” when people “avoid hearing their perspectives challenged in a credible way…” Such bubbles are ever present in sports, especially in sports talk, whether verbally or through the written word. Black quarterbacks historically are recipients of information bubble baths. Gophers senior QB MarQueis Gray and former Vikings signal-caller Travaris Jackson both were bubbled throughout their respective careers around these parts. Continue Reading →

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Black athlete manifesto: Can today’s players take a stand for Black consciousness?



Are today’s Black athletes that oblivious to their history? Many either don’t know or don’t want to know when Black athletes were consistent targets for the then-and-still-majority-White media. Times, they say, are different now — Black athletes don’t have to go through what Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Muhammad Ali did, along with their contemporaries as well as those who opened the doors for them. It’s sad that today’s Black athletes don’t know, or don’t want to know, just how much the Browns, Abdul-Jabbars and Alis took their social consciousness seriously, even at the expense of their illustrious careers. That these men and others like them cared more about representing their heritage, their Blackness, than endorsement deals. Continue Reading →

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