POPSspot issued its first story on Trayvon Martin the day after the story broke nationally on March 9, 2012. It was considered a sports story as Trayvon was killed at half-time during the NBA All-Star Game in nearby Orlando, a symbolic contrast of young black life that did not go unnoticed by Jasiri X [...]
The George Zimmerman Trial concluded today, and only a few minutes after the jury went into deliberation, the Sanford Police Department held a press conference to essentially warn the “Florida community” not to riot after the verdict announcement. Shortly thereafter, CNN anchor Don Lemon took exception to the press conference while wondering why there wasn’t [...]
Etan Thomas is not the only athlete with something to share about Fatherhood this Father’s Day. In the last year, both Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade (A Father’s First) and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly have joined Thomas in writing books and sharing athlete’s perspectives on Fatherhood.
Happy Fathers Day! In his book Fatherhood: Rising to The Ultimate Challenge, former NBA player Etan Thomas writes the book he “wish [he] had as a young boy.” Thomas says:
“Because I wanted the book to be as broad and inspirational and educational as possible, I called upon a wide range of men to [...]
Press Release —An alliance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) sports leaders from across the country has announced the second annual Nike LGBT Sports Summit, set for June 12-15 in Portland, Ore. The Sports Summit will bring together college and professional athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, political figures, LGBT advocates and sports organizations to combat [...]
The Stanley Cup Final will showcase a racist team name. Is it time to question that name?
The Stanley Cup Final is set, and I am oh so excited to see some amazing hockey. Both teams are original six teams and bring both grit and scoring to the ice. This series should be epic. The [...]
In April, the FBI quietly raided the home of the hacker known as KYAnonymous in connection with his role in the Steubenville rape case. Today he spoke out for the first time about the raid, his true identity, and his motivations [...]
The You Can Play Project has done great work promoting an inclusive environment at the collegiate and even professional levels. But what about challenging oppression before young people reach college? Williston Northampton School becomes one of the first high schools in North America to join the You Can Play [...]
A couple weeks ago, Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay man dressed in a tank top, cut-off shorts, and boots, was walking with his friend in the West Village when they were approached by Elliot Morales. “Look at you faggots,” Morales allegedly said. “You look like gay [...]
Pop Quiz: How many months must a Cambodian Nike Factory worker toil to to purchase a pair of 2013 Nike Air Jordan 28′s in America?
Answer: 4 Months — but only if they receive the $88 per month salary they demanded.
via The Guardian
At least 23 workers were [...]
The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting LGBT athletes and The Last Closet Campaign. The resolution was introduced by City Council President Pat Kernighan.
The resolution encourages the Commissioners of the five major men’s sports leagues – Major League Baseball, National Football league, National Basketball Association, National Hockey [...]
A couple of weeks ago POPSspot asked a few SportsDocs to provide their general plain-spoken reactions to the news of Jason Collins announcing he was gay. In all four reactions to Collins, the gay double-standard to gender was cited, and the fact that we still have a long way to go.
SportsDocs share a commitment [...]
One year ago, Derrick Rose tore his anterior cruciate ligament. Early in March, doctors medically cleared him to play and he began to practice with the Bulls. It became difficult to go anywhere in Chicago, where I live, without the subject coming up. Someone might turn to a stranger in a Bulls [...]
Via Deadspin: ”The highest-paid employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. This is actually a gross mischaracterization: Sometimes it is the basketball coach. Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary databases, the ranks of the highest-paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, [...]
Via WashPost: “After 24 knee operations, the National Football League’s former Man of the Year leans heavily on a crutch. When Reggie Williams pulls up his pants leg, what’s underneath looks like the trimmings from a butcher shop. His right leg is so ravaged that it’s three inches shorter than his left. Worse, [...]
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