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1968 olympics, beyonce, black power salute, flo jo, florence griffith joyner, halloween, halloween costumes, jay z, olympics, tommie smith -

We called it. Proving, once again, that too much is never enough when it comes to Halloween, Beyoncé debuted a second costume on Wednesday night, this time with a little help from husband Jay-Z.

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Bob Beamon, Mexico City Olympics 1968, Olympics, Track And Field, UTEP -

Start with the photo. Not the one you know, in which he’s suspended in the thin air of Mexico City, limbs lunging forward as his torso chases to keep up, his mouth agape, almost shocked at what he’s doing — which is, of course, leaping 29 feet, 2½ inches to break the world record in […]

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Mexico City Olympics 1968, Olympics, San Jose State University -

San Jose State honors the legacy of athlete activism yesterday, today and tomorrow. Join the conversation with #SJSUwordstoaction and watch the livestream here. Participants include: Harry Edwards Tommie Smith John Carlos Wyomia Tyus Spencer Haywood Paul Hoffman Cleve Livingston Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Ted Butryn Ken Shropshire Jules Boykoff, moderator Keith Harrison, moderator

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Colin Kaepernick, John Carlos, Media, Olympics, Protest, Tommie Smith -

The black power salute by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos on a Mexico City medal stand at the 1968 Summer Olympics is one of the most iconic images in the history of sports activism. Even though the majority of Americans alive today weren’t born yet, it’s a part of our collective consciousness. We […]

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Harry Edwards, Institute for the Study of Sport, Mexico City Olympics 1968, NFL, Olympics, San Jose State University, Social Justice, Society and Social Change -

At the first full practice of the San Francisco 49ers’ training camp in Santa Clara, California, this summer, Harry Edwards stood alone, surveying the football field from behind dark sunglasses. For more than three decades, he’s helped evaluate team players and culture. But over the past half-century in American sports, he has starred in a […]

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Olympics, Track And Field, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

You’d never know it by looking at her at the start of a race, but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a bundle of nerves before the gun. The Jamaican track and field sprinter who burst onto the national scene at the 2008 Summer Olympics as a 21-year-old became the first Caribbean woman to win gold at the […]

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Boxing, Latinx, Los Angeles, Olympics -

Chantel Navarro is an unusually determined and disciplined 14-year-old. For the past two years, she has been training six days a week with her father, former professional boxer Ignacio Navarro, at the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East Los Angeles. And she trains a full seven days a week when a tournament is approaching. Every […]

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Aretha Franklin, Bo Jackson, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, MLB, Muhammad Ali, Music, NFL, Obituary, Olympics, Rest In Peace, Wrestlemania -

When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced to the world, the somber news was met with the kind of reverence usually reserved for political dignitaries or royalty. And what else would you expect for the Queen of Soul, the most celebrated voice of not just her generation but perhaps of all time? There are […]

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Simone Biles admitted even she was curious how she'd respond in her return to competition following a two-year break.

The post Olympic champ Simone Biles triumphs in return to competition appeared first on theGrio.

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Edwin Moses, Harrison Dillard, Herb Douglas, Olympics -

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The soulful tunes of a live band echoed throughout this suburban Cleveland neighborhood as former Olympic stars and guests gathered this past weekend to celebrate the incomparable lives of Harrison Dillard and Herb Douglas. Edwin Moses, considered the greatest 400-meter hurdler of all time, arrived as giddy as if he had […]

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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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Black History Month, Debi Thomas, Figure Skating, Olympics -

Debi Thomas became the first African-American athlete to earn a medal in the Winter Olympics when she took the bronze in women’s figure skating in 1988. Born: March 25, 1967 Her story: Thomas was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and started skating at age 5. She won her first competition at age 9. In 1986, […]

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2018 Winter Olympics, Bobsled Team, Jamaican, News, Olympics, Video -

Jamaican bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian knows how important it is that children are able to watch the Winter Olympics and see images of people who look like them.

The post Emotional Jamaican bobsledder on the importance of diversity in the Winter Olympics appeared first on theGrio.

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Diversity, Featured, Fox News, John Moody, LGBT, News, Olympics, Team USA -

John Moody, the executive vice president and executive editor of Fox News: were our Olympians selected because they’re the best at what they do, or because they’re the best publicity for our current obsession with having one each from Column A, B and C?"

The post Fox News VP says this year’s Olympic team is ‘darker and gayer,’ but not necessarily good appeared first on theGrio.

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Daryl Homer, Fencing, Olympics, Photo Act, Rio Olympics 2016 -

“En garde” echoes throughout the room while a group of children from around New York City gather to take in a sport that many of us only get to see once every four years: fencing. Two competitors are sparring in the center. They are going back and forth with lunges and attacks, parries and disengages. […]

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Black History Month, Olympics, Seba Johnson -

Seba Johnson became the first black woman and youngest Alpine racer to ski at the Olympics when she competed for the U.S. Virgin Islands at age 14 in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Born: May 1, 1973. Her story: Johnson was born in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her family moved […]

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Jerry Richardson, Maame Biney, NFL, Olympics, Team USA, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. Maame Biney, a 17-year-old native of Ghana, is the first black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team. Biney did so with a pair of 500-meter wins, breezing to an easy victory over Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and Katherine Reutter-Adamek in the first 500 final at the short-track trials. Her […]

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Boxing, Dream Team, Georgia Dome, Muhammad Ali, Olympics -

The theme from Superman blared through the Georgia Dome’s speakers the afternoon of Aug. 5, 1996, the day Muhammad Ali got his gold back. The Georgia Dome, of course, was demolished Monday morning in Atlanta, 25 years after it was christened a state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled echo chamber for the New South’s most prominent sporting events. It […]

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Athens Olympics 2004, Cuba, Latinx Heritage Month, Lisa Fernandez, Olympics, Puerto Rico, Softball, USA Softball -

One would think that after Lisa Fernandez established the Olympic softball record for strikeouts (25) in Team USA’s 2-1, 13-inning loss to Australia on Sept. 21, 2000, she would be given time off to recuperate. That, however, is the opposite of what USA coach Ralph Raymond decided to do. After losing three games in a […]

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Community, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Internet Essentials, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympics, Philanthropy, The Next Chapter, Track And Field -

Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated track and field. She’s widely known for her stellar track and field career that produced six Olympic medals, four World Outdoor Championships gold medals and earned her a spot in the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, but giving back to communities across the country is where her true passion lies. […]

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Baltimore Ravens, Colin Kaepernick, Kendrick Lamar, LaVar Ball, Lonzo Ball, Michael Johnson, Olympics, Seattle Seahawks, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. On Monday, city officials announced a deal with the International Olympic Committee that will bring the Olympics back to the United States for the first time since 2002. With the agreement, Los Angeles surrenders its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics to Paris. The […]

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#BlackWomensEqualPay, All Day, Allen Iverson, Daily Dose, LaVar Ball, Olympics -

What’s up, gang? Hope your weekend went well. I’ve done radio three times since we last spoke. Monday morning I hosted Mike and Mike for the first time, and working with Booger McFarland was fun. Here’s a link. I wish I had some proof that journalism is now tailored only to an audience rich enough […]

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100M Freestyle, @AP, Budapest, Hungary, News, Olympics, Simone Manuel, Sports, Swimming, World Championships -

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Simone Manuel backed up her historic victory at the Olympics with a world championship in the 100-meter freestyle on Friday. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom jumped out to a quick lead and was under her own world-record pace when she made the flip, with Manuel in third. But the 20-year-old Texan stormed from […]

The post Simone Manuel backs up historic Olympic win with world championship appeared first on theGrio.

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Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Black Tennis Week, Olympics, Serena Williams, Tennis, Venus Williams, Zina Garrison -

Black Tennis Week A celebration of African-Americans in tennis The rich history of black people and tennis in the United States goes back close to 110 years. It includes names such as Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Zina Garrison, and Venus and Serena Williams. It also includes some little-known tidbits. For Tennis Week, The Undefeated has […]

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African-American Swimmers, National, News, Olympics, Race, Swimmer Reece Whitley -

Standing 6 feet, 9 inches tall at just 17 years old, elite-level swimmer Reece Whitley […]

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CulturePlay, Dancing with the Stars, Gymnastics, Olympics, Simone Biles, USA Gymnastics -

Simone Biles landed red-hot on the world’s radar during the 2016 Olympics. The 19-year-old walked away from her first Olympics with five medals, four of which were gold. Biles tied the record for most medals won by an American gymnast in a single Olympics, prompting comparisons to Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. But the young […]

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Candace Parker, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Moms, Olympics, Serena Williams, Sheryl Swoopes, Tennis, Track And Field, WNBA -

Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, announced Wednesday morning via her Snapchat that she is expecting her first child. The tennis star captioned the photo “20 weeks,” and social media had a field day creating memes, discussing how Williams dropped it on Maria Sharapova’s birthday, and so on. Then it dawned on folks that […]

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Olympics, Rock Climbing -

One afternoon about 13 years ago, Constance Lightner was looking around her home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for her 4-year-old son, Kai, who had wandered out of sight. She didn’t find it surprising when Kai turned up in the driveway. But it was odd to discover him perched atop their basketball rim, calmly nibbling his […]

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Broadway, Florence Griffith Joyner, Get Lifted, Olympics, Women's History Month -

To close out Women’s History Month, The Undefeated features late track star Florence Griffith Joyner and award-winning actress Cicely Tyson, who both paved the way for black girls and women in the sports and entertainment world. Florence Griffith Joyner It was the 1988 Olympics in Seoul when Joyner, known to the world as “Flo Jo,” […]

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Daily Uplift, NCAA, Olympics, Simone Manuel, Swimming -

Since making a splash at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games seven months ago by becoming the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold in an individual event, Stanford University sophomore Simone Manuel has been lying low and off the radar after deciding to return to college, forgoing endorsement deals that she could have received […]

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Aviation, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympics, Two For Tuesday, Women's History Month -

The Undefeated presents “Two for Tuesday” — short features that will post throughout March in observance of Women’s History Month. Each Tuesday, two women who were trailblazers in their fields, whether it be sports or medicine, entertainment or politics, will be highlighted. The first installment opens with accounts from the 1980s golden era of American […]

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Mal Whitfield, Olympics, The Undefeated, Tuskegee Airmen -

In the early part of the 20th century, Olympic athlete and Tuskegee Airman Mal Whitfield was on the intersection of two of the most prominent venues of opportunity for young black men: The military and sports. After gaining notoriety for both, Whitfield paid those opportunities forward, becoming an American goodwill ambassador, promoting sports across the […]

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