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The hidden history of the Black British soundtrack to football

Many a football supporter relates to Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Three Little Birds and its reassuring line “every little thing gonna be alright”. For most fans the early stages of a new season harbour a mixture of hope and trepidation. Three Little Birds has echoed around Ajax Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena for over a …

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Why some college sports are often out of reach for students from low-income families

When it comes to landing a spot on a college sports team, a student’s chances are profoundly affected by their parents’ wealth and education. Even college sports recruitment favors white suburban athletes. Those two findings come from our collective research as sport sociology and education scholars. As former college athletes, we have lived and studied …

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Colleges must choose whether to let athletes wear school gear for paid promotions

Just days after the NCAA changed it rules in June 2021 to let college athletes seek endorsement deals, a college quarterback in the South announced a sponsorship deal with a beverage company. About the same time, another college football player, a wide receiver in the South, signed an endorsement deal with a national retailer. In …

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How Obama’s backing for NBA Africa venture could boost basketball on the continent

Former US president Barack Obama’s decision to invest in the National Basketball Association’s Africa venture reflects a lot about his past – his basketball playing youth and his African roots. It also signals that his future ambitions stretch beyond US borders. NBA Africa was launched in 2021 as a collaboration between the National Basketball Association …

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NBA-Milwaukee wins first NBA title since 1971, Antetokounmpo named Finals MVP

By Frank Pingue The Milwaukee Bucks, powered by a masterpiece from Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, ended their 50-year wait for a second NBA championship with a 105-98 win over the visiting Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. With the victory, the small-market Bucks clinched the NBA Finals 4-2 and became only the fifth team to win the …

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New Strategies in the Playbook: Athletes Turned Activists

By Jade Lawson From the boxing ring to the Olympic podium and the sidelines of football fields, athletes continue to harness the spotlight to raise awareness of racial injustice in America.  While millions are quarantined in their homes due to a global coronavirus pandemic, America has also been forced to reckon with an even longer …

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Jesse Daniels from the Nike Editorial NYC

Basketball and Bravery from Harlem’s Polo Grounds

by Karen Roberts Jesse Daniels is one of those people that properly use perseverance and determination to get things done. His vehicle for doing so is basketball in what he described as his only way out of inconvenient and dangerous circumstances. His day starts with a vision board and words of encouragement for himself.  The …

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LL and Cube ( Dylan Buell. Getty Images)

Today’s Hip Hop: Sports TV Station Ownership and Leadership

By Mashari Grissom Photo: Ice Cube and LL Cool J taken by Dylan Buell (Getty Images) Thank you for Hip Hop—was the comment that resonated the most on social media after LL Cool J and Ice Cube’s recent business venture was announced. The two legendary Rappers stapled in Hip Hop history, are in the process …

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Travis Scott (photograph by Mark Horton)

Travis Scott Performing at Superbowl Only if NFL Donates To A Charity of His Choice

by Mashari Grissom Despite the controversy around NFL, the Rapper and Producer Travis Scott will be performing at the Super Bowl LIII. It was announced in early January that Scott will headline Pepsi’s Super Bowl weekend party at Planet Pepsi in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, Feb. 1. The performance will be held days before the …

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