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The Moment Is NOW for Professional Sports to Ban LGBT Discrimination

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Professional sports commissioners and team owners should follow President Obama's lead and ban LGBT discrimination on the field and in the locker room, in boardrooms and contracting, among fans and employees -- and they should do it now, in this national month of Gay Pride.

"42" and "Damages: The Final Season" Make For a Very Special DVD Release Day

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

DVD Review Jackie K Cooper ...

Sanford and Its Sons: From Jackie Robinson to Trayvon Martin

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

I don't know if any of the reporters covering George Zimmerman's trial saw the film 42, but if they had they would have learned something about the racist history of Sanford, Florida.

42: You Saw the Movie, Now Read the Book

Jeff Polman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Sports
Jeff Polman

After seeing 42, I heard and read too many good things about Opening Day to resist it, and I'm glad I didn't. It is the perfect antidote to the sappy pablum of 42, and I can't imagine another Robinson book being better than this one.

Amanda Terkel

Will Jason Collins Find His Branch Rickey?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.30.2013 | Sports

WASHINGTON -- The gay community has its Jackie Robinson. It now needs its Branch Rickey. NBA player Jason Collins took the sports world by surprise...

Choose to Wear #42

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

I still have the photograph of my brother and me shaking hands with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. As I look at it, my mind goes back to a balmy evening in April of 1954. I was 15 years old and my father proudly brought his two sons to the first baseball game of our lives.

Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the Courage of their Convictions

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Dan Glickman

42 is a movie about how personal courage can change the world. Courage comes in many forms. Last week we were reminded of the incredible courage of common citizens and first responders in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks.

Message to Congress: Show Some Robinson/Rickey/Wheeler Courage on Gun Safety Vote

Marc H. Morial | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Marc H. Morial

While this legislation is hardly a final answer, it is at least a first step and would demonstrate that our leaders have the backbone to stand up for the American people in the face of opposition and threats from a well-funded and obstinate gun lobby.

Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson: Precursors to the Civil Rights Movement

Ira Glasser | Posted 06.16.2013 | Sports
Ira Glasser

More than two decades before the civil rights legislation of the 60s and more than ten years before the Supreme Court's 1954 decision -- a quiet drama was beginning in Brooklyn, a drama that one observer later would call "perhaps the most visible single desegregation action ever taken."

ReThink Review: 42 -- Which Side of History Are You On?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.12.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

Despite its flaws, 42 is a great illustration of a moment where America was given the choice between the right and wrong side of history, and by and large, we chose correctly.

Movie Review: 42

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In telling Robinson's story, Helgeland doesn't dwell on the endless barrage of racist bile that Robinson (and his wife) endured, but he doesn't shy from it either. As a result, Robinson's achievement takes on more meaning and more power.

Progressive Politics Played a Big Part in Integrating Baseball

Christopher Lamb | Posted 06.15.2012 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

Major league baseball will honor Robinson today, as it does every year, with Jackie Robinson Day. Today players will all wear Robinson's 42, which is the only number in baseball retired in perpetuity.

Jimmy Breslin's 143-page Biography Of Branch Rickey Is Much More Than A Great Book About Baseball

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.17.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

On the morning before John F. Kennedy's funeral, Jimmy Breslin went up to Arlington National Cemetary and watched Clifton Pollard dig the president's ...

Robert Redford Playing A Legend In New Movie

Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment

Robert Redford is set to make baseball history, and he won't need Wonderboy to do it. The acting legend told The Los Angeles Times that his long-pl...

Why Sotomayor Couldn't Really Save Baseball

Michael Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Shapiro

In 1995, Cal Ripkin did not save baseball, and nor, for that matter, did Sonia Sotomayor. They both helped the game, mightily. But salvation remains elusive.

Break Up The Royals; Damn (the) Yankees

Michael Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Shapiro

The rise of the Royals suggests that baseball is indeed a game in which every team has a shot at a pennant, and not just the rich ones. There is some truth in this, but it is very recently so.

Ebbets Field, Redux

Michael Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Shapiro

Last night, in an arena where Shea's name fittingly joins the retired numbers of Seaver, Stengel, Hodges and Jackie Robinson, baseball witnessed a return to the past. We're back where we started.

With Thanks To Those Who Brought Us Here

Rick Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Siegel

Thanks to President-elect Obama not just for leading this nonviolent coup of everyday Americans overthrowing a military industrial junta, but for recognizing that the work has just begun.

Obama and Jackie Robinson

Michael Dowd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Dowd

Watching Barack Obama on the stump and particularly in the debates reminds me of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.