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Sports/Gaming Last Updated: Oct 9th, 2012 - 11:58:27

"Ain’t I a Champion?"
Within a culture that thrives on stories of redemption, that celebrates resilience and determination, the career of Serena Williams--who just won her fifth Wimbledon title--reads like a Hollywood screenplay. Yet, her career has been one marred by the politics of hate, the politics of racism and sexism.
By David J. Leonard

Jul 9, 2012, 10:56

Serena And The Hate(rs)
It's hard out here for a Black champ but we hope that Serena continues to shake off the haters.
Simple candor about the rigors and reality of her work--tennis--has earned tennis champion Serena Williams more hating, demonization and objectification from sports writers like Chris Chase at Yahoo Sports. His readers are equally candid in their racism.
By David J. Leonard

Jan 12, 2012, 11:31

PSU Case Unmasks The NCAA
Sadly, what the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky scandal illustrates is that the NCAA is focused more on money than on the well-being of young athletes on campus.
By Esther Iverem

Dec 16, 2011, 12:31

No Heir Jordan
The NBA lockout is over. With the players and the owners having reached an agreement, basketball will return beginning Christmas Day. Ushering in substantial structural changes to the league, which will likely restrict player movement and constrain middle-class player salaries, the NBA lockout will also go down in history as an end to an era--an end to the search for the next Michael Jordan. By David J. Leonard

Dec 1, 2011, 11:30

Emancipate the NBA
"Basketball and Chain" (2003) Hank Willis Thomas
The NBA lockout isn’t about the fans or fixing a broken system, but enhancing owner profits and further creating a league where players are treated as “the help.” It is about owners asserting their power to control the players.
By David J. Leonard

Nov 21, 2011, 14:02

Our Champ: Smokin' Joe
In Philly, Joe Frazier was the people's champ.
It might not be known to most of this country’s Muhammad Ali fans, but those of us from Philly were squarely in the corner of Joe Frazier. While Muhammad Ali was self-described as “pretty,” Joe Frazier’s face bore the scars and creases of a man who had to work hard all of his life—like the men we saw all around us. By Esther Iverem

Nov 9, 2011, 13:15

Locked Out and Demonized
Locked out in the U.S., Deron Williams signed a contract with a top team in Turkey.
What is striking about the NBA lockout is how the decision of some players to sign overseas has provoked a backlash from fans and media commentators alike.
By David J. Leonard

Jul 21, 2011, 05:43

Fight the (Baseball) Power
Curt Flood paved the way for free agency in sports.“In the history of man,' Flood said, "there is no other profession except slavery where one man is tied to one owner for the rest of his life.”
“The Curious Case of Curt Flood" on HBO tells the little-known story of the man who challenged baseball's reserve clause, which bound a player to a team for life. Curt Flood ushered in the era of free agency for professional athletes.

Jul 13, 2011, 01:24

Uppity Negro Number One
LeBron James
You might say that, for a few weeks, LeBron James has taken the focus away from President Obama as Uppity Negro Number One.
By Esther Iverem

Jun 14, 2011, 14:56

Ballers, Shot Callers
Why the NBA and NFL players unions need to pay attention to what’s happening in Wisconsin. Comparisons can be made between workers struggling to retain collective bargaining powers and professional athletes trying to negotiate an agreement.
By Mark Anthony Neal

Mar 7, 2011, 17:59

No 'Runaway Slave'
Crashing the national news echo chamber (like an old fashioned chocolate thunder dunk breaking the backboard), the Rev. Jesse Jackson showed he still has it on July 11 when he reacted to Dan Gilbert's outrageous statement about Lebron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here is the full text.

(Epilogue: Gilbert was fined $100,000 by the NBA commissioner for his comments)

Jul 13, 2010, 14:51

Tiger's 'Transgressions'
While denying that domestic violence played any role in his recent car accident, Tiger Woods posted a message on his Web site that does admit to "transgressions" on his part. "I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect..."

Dec 2, 2009, 12:32

Black Coaches Blocked
New York Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson
Black coaches in college football and even the NFL continue to be locked out of the (lucrative) old boys club of head coaching jobs.
By Roland S. Martin

Jan 8, 2008, 09:32

Jones is Still My Hero
I, for one, will remain an adoring fan of Jones, who, yes, made a serious mistake but took full ownership of her mistake, swallowed her pride and faced the cameras with grace and dignity.
By Verna Avery-Brown

Oct 8, 2007, 16:04

Another Black "Godfather"
“The Godfather,” worshipped by generations as one the greatest movies of all time, is accessible in a different way--through a video game--for those who want to do more than watch it. By Mazi Chiles

Aug 14, 2007, 10:49

A Madden “Superstar”
Are you video game football fiend? In his debut gaming column, Mazi Chiles rates his experience as a "Superstar" on Madden 2007 and looks ahead to Madden 2008.

Aug 1, 2007, 09:10

Hating Barry Bonds
Hating Barry Bonds is a passion prevalent almost exclusively among a few White men called sportscasters. By Bob Wing (A reprise from our Sports Channel)

May 23, 2006, 09:18

Pacman's Losing Game
Pacman Jones
Football moms: don't let your sons grow up to be Pacman Jones. Robby Brown, Sports View Columnist, wonders why some NFL players act like they don't have any home training.

Apr 6, 2007, 08:20

The Super(Soul) Bowl
What was once considered wishful thinking or a fleeting thought has become a reality: two African American head coaches, two brothas, are coaching the biggest single game of the year—Super Bowl XLI. The last football game of the year (oh boo-hoo) has now become a game of social and historical importance. (Post-script reaction to the game added.) By Robby Brown

Jan 31, 2007, 17:14

‘Heavy-Wait’ Contender
Hasim Rahman--One Black Hope?
What happened to the African American presence that once dominated the heavyweight boxing division? Are we out of the loop? Where are our up-and-coming champs? By Robby Brown

Dec 22, 2006, 15:29

The NFL’s Best--And Not
Shawne Merriman
In his debut column, SB Sports View columnist Robby Brown offers his take on the best and the disappointing so far during this football season.

Nov 29, 2006, 11:41

‘Ambassador’ Buck O’Neil
Buck O’Neil (1911-2006) was one of the last great ambassadors for baseball as a sport and American institution. Universally regarded as not only a great player and coach, he was a thoughtful oral historian of the sport for most of the last century. Too bad one vote kept him out of the Baseball Hall of Fame. By David Swerdlick

Oct 16, 2006, 11:50

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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

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"Esther Iverem brings a voice that is deft, insightful and good-humored to the subject of African American culture."
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"Esther Iverem… is, hands down, one the smartest cultural critics of her generation. This wonderful romp through the last two decades of black-subject films will have you visiting your local video store on the regular.  It’s one of those book we gotta have."
      --Robin D. G. Kelley

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