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Official sticker of The Hard Screen is here!

Hello, Pals, Teammates and Power Players! The official sticker of The Hard Screen is here and you get the first look. Like everything about The Hard Screen, this, too, was a labor of love -- designed by me in collaboration with Danielle Shaw at kaleidaweb.com, the Photoshop master who also designed The Hard Screen's website.  All the artistic effects and graffiti tagging were done by yours truly and include special important-to-me messages (the meanings of which I'll probably never reveal but you can trust they are about strength and empowerment)....

THS Newsletter March 2021

The March 2021 newsletter features a deep dive into role mainstream sports media has played in thwarting the WNBA's growth and efforts to build a stable, successful league. Members also got a first listen at our interview with Gabby Williams, and more! AT THE FINGERTIPS OF MEN, THE WNBA NEVER HAD A CHANCE "At last we have a professional basketball league in which a player can arrive for a game in a silky dress, mascara and high heels and it's considered no big deal," Greg Cote, columnist for The Miami Herald, started his column for June 22, 1997, one day after the WNBA's league-opening game slate. "But enough about Dennis Rodman." In one sexist, homophobic sweep of the pen, Cote exemplifies the chest-puffing claim men have made on the sports space and the sexist, homophobic and racist views they were willing to sling to keep it. ......

#HardScreen: Early marketing of the W’s new Wilson game ball

We’re setting a hard screen on the Las Vegas Aces’ and/or the WNBA’s choice to float photos of center Liz Cambage posing with the league’s new Wilson-brand game ball. Granted, Cambage represents the league on a committee of basketball players from the WNBA, NBA, G League and Africa League who will be testing the new rock and providing feedback in the runup to the season. Yet, we feel we need to state the obvious...

Hard Screen Newsletter Issue No. 5

Jam-packed with content, Issue No. 5 features comprehensive reporting on what Natasha Cloud, Renee Montgomery and individual WNBA teams have done to register voters, secure polling locations and combat voter suppression ahead of Election Day 2020, plus the usual greeting from Tam, a “Featured Screen” and the “Links & Things” subscribers are used to....

Hard Screen Newsletter Issue No. 4

In this edition of The Hard Screen Newsletter: Hello! Here’s What’s New, All-Screen Team: Flashy Rookie, Vets Dazzle Early, Why It Matters That Andre Iguodala Didn’t Say Aerial Powers’ Name, The Featured Screen: MERCH!, Podcast, Links & Things...

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 of the year, not just during Pride Month in June. Where might we be headed if Clarendon was invited onto SportsCenter regularly, or if her essays were published as op-eds in mainstream publications for even non-sports fans to read? In this PODCAST BONUS, a subscriber exclusive, clips from my 2019 interview with Layshia Clarendon....

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....