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The Black Athlete: African-Americans in NASCAR

Willy. T. Ribbs By Omar Tyree A few weeks ago, I read an article featuring the famous New York City DJ, Funkmaster Flex, who attended NASCAR’s big opening event at the Daytona 500 in Florida. He talked up a storm &hellip...
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R.I.P. Anthony Mason

By Mark Naison Still grappling with the death of Anthony Mason, one of my favorite Knick players, who passed on yesterday of heart failure at the age of 48. A product of the same New York streets that produced Biggie, &h...
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Kobe Bryant and the Price of Greatness

By Charlie Scaturro After reading Kobe Bryant’s recent interview with GQ, I instantly thought of Kanye West’s poignant description of his work ethic before he signed a record deal in the song “Spaceship”: Y’all don’t kno...
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The Black Athlete: Dreaming of Being an All-Star

By Omar Tyree Each year in mid-February, the NBA All-Star Game plants itself in a different American city and takes over for a weekend’s worth of basketball games, events, after parties and shows, with plenty of American...
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The Black Athlete: Diversity in Track & Field

By Omar Tyree For the past five weekends, my wife and I sat through countless hours of indoor track-and-field meets. My youngest son Canoy runs the 1000 meters as one of the top ten, middle-distance, high-school sophomor...
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NBA Mid-Season Awards

By Liam Beatus The first half of the NBA’s 2014-2015 season brought us some pleasant surprises. Mid-low market areas such as Cleveland, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and even Sacramento revived during the first month of the se...
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Reflecting on a Legend: Coach Dean Smith

By Katisha Nelson When I woke up this morning I heard the news: Coach Dean Smith died. Teary-eyed, I reflected on Coach Smith’s impact not only on my life, but on thousands of other people’s lives as well. I met …...
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The Black Athlete: The Agony of Seattle’s Defeat

By Omar Tyree It doesn’t matter when I write and publish this article about Super Bowl XLIX. The Seattle Seahawk’s ownership, team, coaches and rabid fan base will shake their collective heads about their last offensive ...