Women's Hoops Podcast

#SayHerName (Part 2): ‘Amplify the names’

 TRIGGER WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS VIVID DESCRIPTIONS OF POLICE VIOLENCE AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL LISTENERS. In this two-part #SayHerName special edition of The Hard Screen, mothers of daughters murdered by police speak on their shattered lives, their partnership with WNBA and demands for change. Joining the conversation are: Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, […]...

THS Extra: Sabrina Ionescu’s Quite Literal Hoop Dreams

One day after No. 1 overall 2020 WNBA Draft pick Sabrina Ionescu dropped 33 points in 34 minutes in her second professional game, Tamryn Spruill spoke with the New York Liberty guard about hoops, opportunities to grow the game and more. In this "extra" from The Hard Screen, a portion of that interview.

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#SayHerName (Part 1): ‘We’re living every day with amputated hearts’

In this two-part #SayHerName special edition of The Hard Screen, mothers of daughters murdered by police speak on their shattered lives, their partnership with WNBA and demands for change. Joining them in conversation are: Sydney Colson, Chicago Sky guard and WNBA Social Justice Council member; Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-founder and executive director of the African-American […]...

Because Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Tells Me So

Atlanta Dream co-owner and U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler opposes the WNBA's and the Atlanta Dream's support for Black Lives Matter. Players and the WNBPA have called for her to sell her ownership stake in the team. WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert has stated that she will not force Loeffler out as owner, yet maintains support for the players' desire and decision to use the 2020 season as a platform for social justice advocacy. The Hard Screen digs into the founding principles of the Atlanta Dream and how Loeffler's politics jibe with neither the team's nor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s DREAM.Featuring: Angel McCoughtry, WNBA star and former face of the Atlanta Dream franchise ...

Hard Screen Newsletter Issue No. 2

In this issue of The Hard Screen Newsletter: It’s Time (for Media) to Think Bigger, Hiring Black Women Journalists Serves the Public Interest, Podcast Bonus: Layshia Clarendon needs a megaphone....

BONUS: Layshia Clarendon needs a megaphone

In June 2019, I had the pleasure of speaking with Layshia Clarendon, WNBA guard and first vice president of the players’ association, for an article I was writing on the WNBA’s struggles to gain mainstream traction. After reading her essay this past week in The Players’ Tribune and watching her in conversation with Untamed author Glennon Doyle, I returned to that interview from 2019. Sadly, from relistening, I learned that the more things change in society the more they stay the same.In addition to discussing the ways the league failed its players (her words) on marketing, Layshia and I in 2019 discussed the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Emmanuel AME church shooting—both hate-based massacres of marginalized groups that also reflect the overall scourge of this nation’s gun violence problem. Listening now, with society in worse shape than it was one year ago, I can’t help wondering where we’d be if Clarendon had a megaphone for a platform that made her visible 12 months...

Hard Screen Newsletter Issue No. 1

Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Hard Screen Newsletter! Issue No. 1 includes:  Welcome!, “Why America Doesn’t Deserve Sports Right Now”, A Personal Note, Links + Things....

EPISODE 1: Why America Doesn’t Deserve Sports Right Now

Many fans, pundits, media organization, leagues, teams and so forth have pushed the idea that sports (entertainment, fun, pastime) should be separate from society (the system in which we collectively live). By doing so, they also are falsely implying that sports and society have been separate entities historically and that athletes have never used their platforms to spur civic change.In this episode of  The Hard Screen podcast, we examine the reasons African-American athletes have used the biggest stages in sport as an opportunity to cry for freedom before the world after their cries for an end to racial injustice, police brutality, inequality and discrimination were ignored by White America when they were screamed repeatedly on on domestic soil.We illustrate America does not deserve sports right now....

TRAILER: Welcome to The Hard Screen!

Welcome to The Hard Screen: a podcast about women’s hoops — a brick wall between the sport you love and the misogynistic nonsense that surrounds it. ​ With a storytelling bent, The Hard Screen marries current events with historical context, emotion with fact, and drills down deep into issues of race, gender and sexuality that […]...