What Super Bowl XLIV Says About Race

by Jamilah King on February 5 2010, 10:00AM

I have a confession to make: I’m not a big Colts fan. In fact, I’m a pretty big hater. And I can’t stand Peyton Manning. But when it comes to this year’s Super Bowl, I’m excited for all the wrong…

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Russian Figures Skaters Attempt to Skate to Olympics Gold With “Aboriginal” Routine

by Julianne Hing on February 4 2010, 9:27AM

Congratulations are in order for Russian figure skaters and favored Winter Olympics gold medalists Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who managed to make me let out an audible gasp when I saw this photo of them this morning. It takes…

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A Whites-Only Pro Basketball League Set to Start June 2010

by Julianne Hing on January 20 2010, 2:47PM

Here are the essentials: It will be called the All-American Basketball Alliance, the AABA. Its kickoff will be in June. It hopes to launch in twelve cities in the South. Only white players—that is, “natural born United States citizens with…

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Jay-Z, The Black Branch Rickey, Brings The Nets, And Gentrification

by Guest Columnist on December 3 2009, 3:31PM

By Jamilah King On my way to work this morning I was listening to Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Go Hard (such a better precursor to that annoying ass NY anthem that’s colonizing the radio right now). In it, I noticed a…

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The Washington Redskins Keep Losing Because I Cursed Them

by Alec Dubro on November 5 2009, 12:57PM

By Alec Dubro Ever since I moved to DC in 1993, I’ve hated my home town NFL team. For 18 years I lived in the Bay Area and got to root for the Raiders and the 49ers when both were…

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No Room for Racism in the NFL

by Terry Keleher on October 15 2009, 10:15AM

Score one for the Black NFL players and their supporters. Their objections to Rush Limbaugh’s bid to own the St. Louis Rams were heard and felt. Reuters is reporting that Limbaugh has been dropped from a group trying to…

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Forget Joe Wilson; I Stand With Serena Williams

by Channing Kennedy on September 16 2009, 9:39AM

Serena Williams has been fined for an outburst during a U.S. Open semi-finals match, but the press is still churning about it, or, more specifically, about whether she’s apologized enough. If only she’d yelled at the President, instead of…

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Real Talk: What if Caster Semenya was White?

by Jorge Rivas on September 11 2009, 1:29PM

The results of the gender tests run on South African runner Caster Semenya are in, but the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) refused today to confirm or deny reports that Semenya has the biological make-up of an intersex…

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Sexposed: Olympic Double Standards for Black Women

by Megan Izen on August 21 2009, 11:27AM

Sex and gender have been making headlines. Last month on a flight to California, I saw a segment of Larry King Live discussing trans issues with Alexis Arquette, sister to the well-known Patricia and David, and Isis, former contestant…

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Skating, No Longer a “White Sport” ?

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2009, 11:15AM

Remember stand-up comedian Paul Rodriguez? Well, he has a son, Paul Rodriguez Jr. and he’s a pro skater. Which is so interesting to me because when I was growing up, skating was seen as a white thing. In East…

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Obama and Willie Mays: The Men of Summer

by Gina Acebo on July 15 2009, 12:22PM

President Barack Obama talks with baseball great Willie Mays aboard Air Force One en route to the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, July 14, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Myself, I’m an Oakland A’s fan,…

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Girls of Color Need Sports

by Guest Columnist on June 19 2009, 10:29AM

By Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on WireTap. Last week the New York Times reported on how young girls of color in metropolitan public schools don’t have the same access to participating in sports as young boys. This is…

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UPDATE: Only English When Playing Golf

by Hatty Lee on September 5 2008, 11:25AM

We spoke and they listened. LPGA backs down on English-only rule . Just two hours before the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and civil rights groups planned a new conference in Los Angeles, LPGA Tour commissioner announced that they…

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Son of Undocumented Immigrants Wins American Gold

by Jonathan Adams on August 20 2008, 10:29AM

The son of Mexican immigrants, 21-year-old Henry Cejudo won a gold medal in men’s freestyle 55-kilogram wrestling in Beijing. Sally Kohn wrote on “The Irony of Immigrant Olympians,” about the disconnect between the olympic praise and immigration policy: Sudanese…

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Color Commentary: Watching the Olympics

by Jonathan Adams on August 13 2008, 3:22PM

I honestly have no idea how one plays handball. I watched the game for a good thirty minutes and it appears that they just throw you a ball and tell you to “Play!” Beach volleyball is another event that…

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Chinese Americans on the 2008 Games in Beijing

by Jonathan Adams on August 12 2008, 2:08PM

Originally pubilshed on The Contexts What the Olympics Mean to Chinese Americans by C.N. Much has been written and said about China hosting the Summer Olympics and much controversy has been associated with the games based on China’s record on…

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Update: NBA Double Standard for Spanish Players’ Racist Conduct?

by Jonathan Adams on August 11 2008, 2:30PM

UPDATE: h/t angry asian man After appearing in a team “slant eye” photo, Spain’s basketball team has responded to the controversy. Two members of the team, Paul Gasol and Jose Calderon actually play for the NBA and they said…

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Blacks Banned from Bars in Beijing?

by Jonathan Adams on July 21 2008, 2:24PM

China is weeks away from hosting the 2008 Olympic Games and there are several final touches being made in Beijing to make sure that the country is the perfect host. One of these last-minute details, however, may be completely…

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World Eskimo-Indian Olympics Begin Today

by Jonathan Adams on July 16 2008, 8:47AM

An annual four-day event that began in 1961, the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, provides Native Alaskan men and women an arena where communities come together to share culture and compete in traditional games. The games were started to preserve the…

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Michael Chang Created Sports Legacy for Asians

by Jonathan Adams on July 15 2008, 1:18PM

H/T the color line As Asians gain popularity in American sports, we should remember that pro tennis player Michael Chang helped make Asian athletes more visible. Chang, 36, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday….

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