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Shani wins Gold!

In Sports on February 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

Shani Davis of the U.S. waves to the crowd after defending his Olympic title in the 1,000.

Davis clips Mo for 1,000 speedskating win- [Vancouver Now]
Davis wins gold in Men’s speedskating- [The Wall Street Journal]
USA’s Shani Davis wins gold- [USA Today]


Blacks in the Olympics: Coverage

In People and Pop Culture, Sports on February 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm

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“First black Olympic figure skating pair electrify crowd” – [Reuters]
(See videos of past performances of Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur here.)
“American Speedskater Shani Davis Belongs to the World”- [New York Times]

Blacks, Europeans, and Football: The Story of Mario Balotelli

In Global, Sports on September 25, 2009 at 9:29 am


The beauty of sports is that they often force folks to confront racial, social and economic issues head-on. An unmatched presence worldwide, Soccer is one sport where the conversations in these areas are ever-present.

Mario Balotelli, by most people’s assumption, would be a fair-skinned Italian. Born Mario Hurwa, he’s actually a black Ghanian whose parents immigrated to Italy and gave him up to an Italian family. At 19 and already a starter every now and then for one of Europe’s premier clubs,Internazionale, he’s the brightest talent Italy has to offer in his age group. Strong, lightning-quick and standing at 6’2,” he’s a physical force to be reckoned with.

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Arthur Ashe School: The New Class

In Global, Sports on June 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm


French player Gael Monfils has shoved Andy Roddick out of the French Open

French player Gaël Monfils has shoved Andy Roddick out of the French Open

In between classes one day I turned on the French Open just in time to see French men’s tennis player Josselin Ouanna on the tube winning a match. In the stands watching was his friend Gaël Monfils who the sportscaster mentioned as being another French tennis player.  After mentioning my discovery on my Facebook page, my boyfriend asked why I wasn’t interested in researching Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga.  This was my introduction to the new class of black tennis players.   I’m ashamed to say that my knowledge of these young men is minimal.  The last young black male tennis player I was able to name was James Blake and I haven’t been following his career in a while. So for those of you who are in the same boat, I’ve put together a collection of articles for you.  An introduction to the new class of black tennis players.


Name: Josselin Ouanna

Age: 23

Born: Tours France / Current Residence: Suresnes, France


Wikipedia profile
Player Profile– ATP
French don’t fare well at French Open – LA Times
Josselin Ouanna strikes blow for French Evolution – Times Online

tsongaName: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Age: 24

Birthplace:  Le Mans, France  / Current Residence: La Rippe, Switzerland


Wikipedia page 
Player Profile– ATP
Tsonga, Monfils spark hopes– The Sydney Morning Herald
High-flying Frenchmen the toast of Roland Garros– USA Today 

 gmName: Gaël Monfils

Age: 22

Born: Paris, France  /  Current Residence: Nyon, Switzerland


Wikipedia page
Player Profile– ATP
Roddick loses to Monfils in 4th round of French – The Associated Press
Monfils Rolls Over Roddick– New York Times