Carmelo Anthony On How The Walk To A New School Showed Him The Difference Between Black And White Baltimore In Bolton Hill, There Was Room To Breathe – And The Best Halloween Candy

In this excerpt from Carmelo Anthony’s new memoir, Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised, he recalls escaping conflicts with his stepfather and discovering a new world outside his neighborhood. The tension I felt eased as soon as I exited the house and headed to class. I attended Mount Royal for middle school, a completely different vibe from Furman L. Templeton, school 125. The classrooms were larger, cleaner and the school had computers…

September 14, 2021

After Olympics Rejection, Swimwear Brand Soul Cap Will Try Again To Bring Inclusivity To Sport International Swimming Federation Apologizes To Soul Cap For The Dismissal Of Its Tokyo Olympics Application

July 24, 2021

When the Tokyo Olympics swimming competition begins this weekend, caps specifically designed to help protect the hair of Black swimmers will still not be allowed. An apology and a promise of better in the future will have to do for now. Brent Nowicki, executive director of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), apologized to inclusive swimwear brand Soul Cap for the dismissal of its application earlier this month to get its…


MLB All-Star Game Becomes Familiar Playing Ground For Fathers And Sons From Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Fernando Tatis Jr., And Others, The Family Ties In Baseball Were Strong In Denver

July 15, 2021

DENVER — On July 7, 1998, Jeffrie Delaney was doing what every other baseball fan in America was doing: watching Ken Griffey Jr. hit baseballs. The man known as The Kid put on a show the likes of which we’d never seen before. It was the first one live on TV. And the Seattle Mariners star almost didn’t participate. But after he was talked into it by Joe Morgan —…


Fifty Years Ago, Baseball’s All-Star Game Showcased An Unspoken Black Arms Race The 1971 Contest Was The First To Feature Two Black Starting Pitchers, Vida Blue And Dock Ellis

July 13, 2021

When Vida Blue of the Oakland Athletics faced off against the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Dock Ellis in the 1971 All-Star Game 50 years ago, it was the first time two Black pitchers started in the Midsummer Classic. But that fact was barely noted in the media at the time – in part because the big leagues were full of Black stars back then. This was especially true in the National League….


CC Sabathia On The Pressure Black Athletes Face To Play Baseball ‘the White Way’ ‘Right Now, This Sport Is Not For Us, And We Know That’

July 6, 2021

Excerpted from Till The End, a new autobiography of pitcher CC Sabathia. I had outlasted 10 of the major league stadiums that existed when I was a rookie. Only Ichiro and Albert Pujols, among active players, had been around as many seasons as me. In a spring training game, I faced Daz Cameron – the son of Mike, my former Brewers teammate! I didn’t need any other reminders that I…


Erik Moses, NASCAR’s First Black Track President, On The Importance Of Representation The Racing Circuit Returns To The Nashville Superspeedway After An Absence Of 37 Years

June 18, 2021

Erik Moses loves a good challenge. The former CEO of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission and president of the DC Defenders of the XFL was named president of the Nashville Superspeedway in August 2020, becoming the first Black track president in NASCAR history. The track in Lebanon, Tennessee, will host its first NASCAR Cup event in 37 years during Father’s Day weekend. Moses’ great uncle, John Kenneth Lee, was…