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Nine for IX

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Celebrate Title IX turning 40!!!

Airing Tuesdays on ESPN at 8pm EDT through August, Nine for IX is a series of nine documentaries highlighting female trailblazers in sports.

These short films are all directed by women. Film features include Venus Williams, Coach Pat Simmons, Sheryl Swoopes, ’99 World Cup Women’s Champion, Coach C. Vivian Stringer and more inspirational women from their perspectives.

Co-executive producer Robin Roberts is a trailblazer in her own right, as the first African American female commentator for ESPN. Roberts’ passion is infused in this project.

I’m tuning in.

 

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ESPN: Encouraging Ignorance?

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Rob Parker’s comments on ESPN’s First Take were pure ignorance, but apparently not surprising and perhaps anticipated by the network.

The show is known to be controversial and looks for panelists to be “provocative.” I have never seen the show. This incident does not entice me to do so…but for some, it will. It must because it seems that the more ridiculous the content, the more people tune it. [I will save that point for a future post!]

These comments were reportedly sparked by RG3’s comment that he did not want to be identified as an African American quarterback. I don’t even follow football and I know the history of Black quarterbacks in the NFL. I also know enough athletes who, if they are serious about their sport, want to be identified by their prowess and performance- be it a ballerina, hockey player, swimmer, tennis or football player. So how Mr. Parker could land on the comments he made just points to his ignorance and is proof that he is a little man. I would go further to say that he has issues with his identity and race and is an embarassment.

Parker has since been suspended.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Politics, Race, Sports, Youth

 

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