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Black Women, Music, No Ceilings, Rayana Jay -

The Undefeated and Disney Music Group have released a remix by DJ Diamond Kuts of “Undefeated,” an anthem celebrating the resilience of black female athletes who face opponents on the courts, the playing fields and the track as they battle stereotypes and the weight of racial history. Published by Hollywood Records, “Undefeated” features an all-female […]

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A.J. Andrews, Black Women, Morgan State University, Nneka Ogwumike, No Ceilings, WNBA -

For decades, black female athletes have faced criticism, inequality, lack of support and unrealistic societal expectations. Although there has been progress, it hasn’t been enough. “Just because it’s better doesn’t mean it’s fair,” said professional softball player AJ Andrews. “A lot of times they say, ‘You have this. It’s fine.’ ” She noted how unusual […]

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Black Women, Music, No Ceilings, Rayana Jay -

The Undefeated and Disney Music Group released a single by artist Rayana Jay Friday titled “Undefeated,” an anthem celebrating the resilience of black female athletes who face opponents on the courts, the playing fields and the track as they battle stereotypes and the weight of racial history. Published by Hollywood Records, “Undefeated” features an all-female […]

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No Ceilings, Rio Olympics 2016, Simone Manuel, Swimming, USA Swimming -

“Hey, Mom, where are all the people who look like me?” I was 12 years old, and for the first time in my young life, I had begun to realize I was different. I advanced quickly as a swimmer, so I was placed in training groups with kids much older than me. The more I […]

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Black Women, Boxing, Claressa Shields, No Ceilings, Women's Sports -

To the people who misunderstand me and the people who understand and celebrate me, I welcome you to this open letter in what I call the year of the overcomer. My name is Claressa Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Growing up, the only world I knew […]

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No Ceilings, Rio Olympics 2016, Tori Bowie, Track And Field -

Oh, my gosh, this is hard. Being a black female athlete has been an amazing experience for me. I hope, 50 years down the line, you understand that the only boundaries we have are the ones we set ourselves. I hope that you continue to fight to be a leader. That’s something that my dad […]

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Basketball, Black Female Athletes, Golf, Gymnastics, No Ceilings, Track And Field -

From the first club basketball teams to gold medal winners in Olympic track and field, the story of African-American women’s involvement in sports is one of both adversity and accomplishment. Here is just a taste of what these women have achieved in a handful of sports over the past century. 1891 James Naismith invents basketball […]

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Black Female Athletes, ESPN The Magazine, No Ceilings, The Body Issue -

The athletes, former athletes and coaches had gathered at Temple University to tell war stories. But the conversation wasn’t about diving catches or buzzer beaters, heated rivalries or fearsome opponents. Instead, they detailed the other defining aspect of their playing days: what it felt like to compete while black and female on the tracks, fields […]

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Black Female Athletes, Morgan State University, No Ceilings -

When black women take to the tracks, fields and courts, they are not facing just their opponents. They are also battling stereotypes and the weight of racial history, according to a new study by the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism & Communication. The study, “Beating Opponents, Battling Belittlement: How African-American Female Athletes Use […]

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1996 Olympics, Morgan State University, No Ceilings, Olympics, Track And Field -

Rochelle Stevens won a silver medal in the 4×400-meter relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and a gold in the same event in Atlanta in 1996. In this video interview produced by the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication, she discusses her experience competing for Morgan State and why it was important […]

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Golf, LPGA, No Ceilings, Women's Golf -

In 1967, Renee Powell became just the second African-American player to join the LPGA tour. In this video interview produced by the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication, Powell discusses the discrimination she encountered growing up as a junior golfer and the threats of violence she received on the professional tour.

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