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More Than a Woman: The Legacy of Pat Summitt

By Nikasi Doorn  I was shocked to hear that Pat Summitt had recently passed due to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The woman who initially brought the excitement and popularity to women’s college basketball, who changed...

Muhammad Ali: Worthy of All Praise

By Dr. Matthew Whitaker As we mourn the loss of Muhammad Ali, let us also celebrate his life and legacy. As I wrote in the forward to the Butterfly Ball: A National Tribute to Muhammad Ali in 2005, we must …

Muhammad Ali to the Millennial

By Liam Beatus I did not grow up to see a live fight of Muhammad Ali. I heard great stories, I saw some footage of his fights on YouTube, and I watched the movie Ali years ago with Will Smith …

Muhammad Ali’s Fists of Freedom

By Bijan C. Bayne On February 26, 1964, known as Saviour’s Day in the Nation of Islam, not many in the world would have forecast the eventual global reach of Cassius Marcellus Clay. It was the morning after his cou...

R.I.P. to The Greatest of All Time

By C. Liegh McInnis As a child, I saw Muhammad Ali as the ultimate symbol of Blackness—a combination of intelligence, socio-political activism, and style. (Many years later, even Prince used video of Ali in the ring to t...

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

By Chris Barnes On June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali shook up the world for a second time we he lost his bout with Parkinson’s Disease. May he rest in peace. When I heard of his passing, I conscientiously objected—coiling up &h...

Death of an Icon

By Mark Naison I just received an email from one of my students informing me that Muhammad Ali passed at the age of 74. I feel empty inside. Ali reinvented what it meant to be an athlete in American society, …
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Terrell Owens: Hall of Famer?

By Chris Barnes Get your popcorn ready. The braggadocios Terrell Owens is a finalist for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame—infuriating fans and a former NFL coach who see Armageddon on the horizon. Hold your Fou...
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Cam Newton: Walking with a Panther

By Chris Barnes Tragic. The norm before #OscarsSoWhite in the NFL. Fear of a Black man. Cam Newton. Backing up the revered Tim Tebow at Florida. No more. Possessing stolen computers? A distant memory. Sulking with a hot ...