Women's Hoops Podcast

Episode 5: Why Black Girls Are Cheering for WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson

When the Las Vegas Aces tip off in Game 1 of the 2020 WNBA Finals, A’ja Wilson–this year’s WNBA Most Valuable Player, a two-time All-Star and the 2018 Rookie of the Year–will be playing for Black girls everywhere, especially those with apostrophes in their names. Rich or poor, tall or short, athlete or non-athlete, Black women and girls have needed something to cheer about this year and Wilson’s success provides. But fans should not underestimate the pressures and demands she faces as an elite basketball player trying to win a championship during pandemic and protest.In late September, the league announced its decision to award the 2020 WNBA Community Assist Award to all players for their work on social justice. Wilson and Sydney Colson of the Chicago Sky, both members of the league’s newly-created Social Justice Council, spoke to select media via Zoom conference about the council’s work and the impact of racial injustice on their lives.Bethany Donaphin, head of W...

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....