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Obama Reveals His All-Time Favorite Olympian

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama’s favorite Olympic event may come as a surprise. It’s not basketball, a sport former NBA player Scottie Pippen once said Ob...

In These Troubling Times, Let's Reflect On The Legacy Of Jesse Owens

Rachel Khan | Posted 07.29.2016 | Black Voices
Rachel Khan

Before each of my races, standing alone on the starting line, waiting for the gunshot, I had Jesse Owens and Berlin on my mind. I would think of the time my own people were banned from the Olympic Stadium, simply for being Jewish.

The Evolution of the Sports Biography

Jason Williams | Posted 03.01.2016 | Sports
Jason Williams

Long before their athletic purists were wall to wall in our society, the interest around knowing the origins and the daily routines of our favorite sp...

Jesse Owens Was Brave. So Were These 17 Other Black Olympians.

The Huffington Post | Erick Fernandez | Posted 02.24.2016 | Sports

People often remember the 1936 Olympics in Berlin for track and field legend Jesse Owens taking home four gold medals, essentially triumphing over Ado...

Race Is the Best Movie You Are Not Going to See

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.23.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The quality of the acting, the importance of the story, and the overall entertainment value it brings means it should be a smash hit. So get up and get out to see it in theaters on the big screen where it deserves to be seen.


Dwight Brown | Posted 02.19.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

"On the track, there is no black and white, just fast and slow. For those 10 seconds you are free," says Jesse Owens (Stephan James) in this moving an...

"Race" Movie - The Jesse Owens Biopic Preview

Dayvee Sutton | Posted 02.15.2016 | Black Voices
Dayvee Sutton

Biopics are either really good or really cheesy. There's no in between with me. Imitating a person that you've studied for the role is really hard to do. In my opinion, the best biopics are of people unknown or those who are long dead - by like 20 years.

Running Race: Reflections While on Angel Island

Frank H. Wu | Posted 02.14.2016 | College
Frank H. Wu

In the solitary moments when I wonder if I have wandered off course on a trail, I am an individual competing against only myself. Yet there is no escaping identity, whether of our invention or as imposed upon each of us.

Interview: Stephan James on Playing Jesse Owens in 'Race'

Nell Minow | Posted 02.09.2016 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

Stephan James, who played Representative John Lewis in Selma, plays another 20th-century icon in Race, the story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Olympic Runner Jesse Owens' Racial Adversity Is Now A Biopic

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.28.2016 | Entertainment

Jesse Owens wanted to be the greatest runner in history. So he accomplished it at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, despite overwhelming racism and Hitler'...

Jesse Owens Biopic 'Race' Gets First Teaser

Entertainment Weekly | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices

Focus Pictures released the first teaser for Race on Tuesday, the new Jesse Owens biopic running into theaters next year....

Of Sports, Culture and Racism

Sandra Carreon-John | Posted 06.22.2016 | Sports
Sandra Carreon-John

This past week, we mourned the heartbreaking tragedy in Charleston -- nine lives cut short by the heinousness of hate, one life providing a physical manifestation for the malice of malevolence. And our country is forced to look at itself in the mirror again.

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

Movie Review: Unbroken barely scratches the surface

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I happened to see Angelina Jolie's Unbroken before I read the Laura Hillenbrand book about the life of the amazing Louis Zamperini. My guest for an ea...

These Vintage Photos Remind Us How Far We've Come In Breaking Down Barriers That Divide Us

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come in advancing civil rights. But recognizing the work ...

Weeklings!: The Untold Gay Olympic History (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Louis Virtel

2014-02-13-weeklingsgayolympicssmall.pngThe 2014 Winter Olympics in quaint ol' horrible Sochi are rolling along, but to remind Vladimir Putin that he's not the boss of us, let's create our own gay propaganda. In this edition of Weeklings!, I teach you the untold(/untrue) gay history of the Olympics.

Let the Games Begin!

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 03.09.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

We should make our stance clear in words and in deeds and plainly state our revulsion with Russian homophobic policies. Despite our belated arrival on the right side of issues of equality, we must stand strong against discrimination of any kind.

Look for This Gesture at the 2014 Olympics

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 03.03.2014 | Sports
Nathaniel Zelinsky

With New Year's 2014, world attention turns to the coming winter Olympics in Sochi. Egypt recently banned its athletes from displaying the Rabaa, a four-fingered hand gesture favored by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Jesse Owens' Family Wins Battle Against CPS

Posted 10.30.2013 | Chicago

Call it a posthumous victory for the late Olympic track legend, Jesse Owens. The Owens name will be restored to a South Side elementary school in ...

Mike Ryan

Anthony Mackie Has A Big Crush On A Co-Star | Mike Ryan | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment

Admittedly, it's a little odd that this interview with "Runner Runner" co-star Anthony Mackie took place the day after that film opened with $7.7 mill...

Jesse Owens' Name May Be Returning To South Side School

Posted 10.03.2013 | Chicago

A unanimous vote by a local school council on Wednesday has cleared the path for a South Side Chicago to again bear the name of Olympic track and fiel...

Family Fighting To Keep Olympic Legend's Name On School

Posted 08.23.2013 | Chicago

As Chicago Public Schools endures a PR nightmare over parent protests, "safe passage" violence and budget woes, the district continued its spiral when...

Hoping for a Gay Jesse Owens?

Tyler Lopez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Lopez

Merely hoping for an inspirational moment to present itself during the 2014 Winter Olympics isn't fair to anyone. By moving the Games to another location, we can avoid endangering athletes. Those of us who support LGBT rights would be just as inspired by a gay champion in Vancouver.

LOOK: Black History Photo Of The Day

Posted 02.20.2013 | Black Voices

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots o...

On Being a Good Sport

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2012 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

We don't have to look very far to find ample evidence of unsportsmanlike conduct. Out of control fans (especially parents) and coaches and players bring disgrace and embarrassment to themselves and everyone around them. How easy it is to forget that it is only a game.