‘Forgotten Four’ film tells story of four black men who integrated the NFL

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Most of us know about Jackie Robinson being the first black professional Major League Baseball player, but few know about the men responsible for breaking the color barrier in the NFL. 

But a new EPIX documentary will tell the story of four black pro sports players, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis, who first integrated the National Football League.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson resigns amid racist remarks


Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson has agreed to sell the NBA team after offensive remarks he made two years ago came to light.

One of the team’s stakeholders demanded an investigation after the team’s general manager, Danny Ferry, recited comments regarding an NBA player. The investigation yielded the email, which contains comments about those who attend Hawks games.

Parents of Ohio students claim racism led to expulsion

Parents of black students who once attended school in a Cincinnati, OH, suburb claim that their children were expelled for making rap videos off-campus. The parents of four black students who once attended Colerain High School have filed a lawsuit on behalf of their children. They want the expulsions on their children’s’ records expunged and are seeking punitive damages. The school claims that the students were disciplined for unspecified violations that were committed on campus.

12-year Navy veteran discharged for refusing to cut hair


A 12-year Navy veteran has been discharged for refusing to cut her hair or wear a wig as demanded by officials.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jessica Sims is described as an exemplary sailor. For most of her time in the Navy, she had kept her hair in natural locks with a bun for most of the time, as did other black female sailors at her duty stations.

The price of blackness in America



The following post originally appears on Gawker. It was written by Lanre Akinsiku.

By: Lanre Akinsiku

In undergrad, I drove a ’92 Ford Taurus that just hulked, tank-like, up and down the streets of Berkeley. The thing was conspicuous, an ocean liner. I was pulled over all the time, once or twice a week at one point. Often I’d see a squad car following me and just pull to the curb to get it over with.