Martellus Bennett, The Washington Post Published 7:28 am PST, Friday, February 1, 2019 As young black boys in Alief, Texas, my friends and I often spent afternoons imagining ourselves scoring the game-winning touchdown at the end of the Super Bowl. Each time we went through it, the final play would become more outlandish. Blue 42! Blue 42! Check Check Check! Omaha! Omaha! Set! Hut! The quarterback would take the snap, drop back and throw a short pass to the wide receiver or, in my case, the tight end. (I always loved short passes more than Hail Marys, because you could really show off your skills as a runner.) We'd juke three linebackers, break 20 tackles, stiff-arm the strong safety to the ground and hurdle the referee before tiptoeing down the sideline and front-flipping into the end zone. The crowd would erupt: "TOUUCCHHHDDOOWNNNN!" Confetti would fall. The commentators would be stunned. We'd dogpile each other, screaming and rejoicing. And we'd follow it with a … [Read more...] about We teach black boys sports are their only hope. What if we let them dream bigger?
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By Jason Henry | [email protected] | Pasadena Star NewsPUBLISHED: October 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm | UPDATED: October 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm Owners of The Forum and Los Angeles Clippers are waging an expensive proxy war in Inglewood, pumping nearly $1 million into the race for Inglewood mayor in a bitter dispute over potentially competing arenas on each side of a new NFL stadium. Battle lines are clearly drawn in the fight between Steve Ballmer, who owns the Clippers and supports two-term Mayor James T. Butts Jr., and the Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the revitalized Forum concert venue and supports challenger Marc Little. MSG has gone to court to try to block a new arena for the Clippers because it would directly compete with The Forum for business. The New York-based company sued the city of Inglewood and the mayor earlier this year after alleging the mayor tricked executives into giving up land for the Clippers arena by promising it would be used for a technology park … [Read more...] about Madison Square Garden Co., LA Clippers owner wage expensive fight over Inglewood mayor’s race
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In In an election steeped in issues of race, voting rights and the South’s past, present and future, Ms. Abrams is trying to become the first black woman elected governor of any state. Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, would be the first black woman to be elected governor of any state if she wins in November. Credit Credit Audra Melton for The New York Times Supported by BySarah Lyall and Richard Fausset Oct. 26, 2018 THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Let’s say you were making a TV movie about Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in the reliably Republican state of Georgia. Where would you begin? Ms. Abrams, 44, has spent much of her life pushing through doors that other people wanted to keep shut, and if she wins in November she will become the first black woman elected governor of any state. So you could begin with … [Read more...] about Stacey Abrams, a Daughter of the South, Asks Georgia to Change
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByEmily Cochrane Oct. 19, 2018 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Abortion rights groups, bracing for an assault on federal legal protections under a Supreme Court moved to the right by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, are pouring millions into a state-level fight to preserve services — an echo of the localized strategy used successfully by their opponents for years. The new initiatives, by groups like Planned Parenthood and Naral Pro-Choice America, have two primary goals: to challenge severely restrictive measures advanced by emboldened state legislatures, and to bolster clinics in places friendlier to abortion rights that may become a lifeline if access elsewhere is restricted. The groups have quickly sharpened their focus on the states after losing a bitter fight against the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh, … [Read more...] about With Kavanaugh on Court, Abortion Rights Groups Sharpen Their Focus on the States
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 10:09 AM EDT Oct 16, 2018 “Shame!” “Shame!” “Shame!” History unfolded on the TV screen in Dwane Casey's downtown San Antonio hotel room earlier this month. A mob of protesters were shouting at West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who had just announced his support for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “Shame on you!” “Shame on you!” “Shame on you!” Casey, the first-year Detroit Pistons head coach, was entranced. A political junkie, the drama unfolding on CNN drew his attention away from the sit-down interview with the Detroit Free Press. Casey was fixated on the proceedings, from Maine Senator Susan Collins’ impassioned defense of her decision to support Kavanaugh to when it became clear that President Trump’s pick was going to be the next Supreme Court justice. When finality set in, Casey switched the TV to a playoff baseball … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons: How Dwane Casey’s rise was fueled by N-word