All posts by A. Suave Francisco

Founder & Editor-in-Chief. National Association of Black Journalists. University of Central Oklahoma.

Obama and NBA collaborate for Basketball Africa League

On Saturday, the NBA announced the formation of the Basketball Africa League, one of it's largest projects in years. Former President Barack Obama is expected to be heavily involved in the 12-team collaboration between the NBA and FIBA that's expected to open January 2020. Although there are many professional teams in Africa, they aren't unified. ...

‘Next man up’ performance, balanced Thunder team is Warriors biggest threat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLHHa9PFYZM Game highlights. With Jerami Grant and Dennis Schröder out against the Portland Trail Blazers that sit just one spot under the Thunder in the Western Conference, Deonte Burton and Raymond Felton picked up the slack, helping will the Thunder into another big victory as they close in on the NBA All-star game. The Thunder ...

Flip flop of halves, Thunder rally from 26 to knock off Rockets

"We have to stop with this narrative Russ isn't doing well. Russ is doing everything for this team. We rally behind Russ"Paul George's postgame interview with Lisa Salters. The first half of Oklahoma City's road game against the Houston Rockets went abysmally. The second half displayed a complete turnaround, thus shining another light on how ...

Westbrook’s assists are more vital than his points

Hours after the NBA trade deadline, the Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed a depleted Memphis Grizzlies team to the Chesapeake Energy Arena. After trading a few of their pieces away, notably their long-time staple Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors, they only suited up nine players. After an uninspired first half, the Thunder turned the jets ...

Jackie Robinson, the legend, the inspiration

For those that saw the movie 42, staring journeyman actor Chadwick Boseman, you know that as a baseball movie it was geared exclusively towards Jackie Robinson's journey to his first start for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. That marked the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that held Black players to the ...

Thunder will threaten Warriors if they stick to authentic identity

Instead of fighting fire with fire, why not fight fire with it's biggest weakness, water? Basketball speaking, while every NBA team's gameplan is to stock up on shooting power to compete against the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder look to dethrone the Warriors dynasty with their stifling defense. Other than a slow early ...

History of blackface and why many University of Oklahoma students are fed up

https://youtu.be/WuRQLGTQ5qs Students at the University of Oklahoma marched for justice after two blackface incidents on the college's campus. The #BetterTogether march led and organized by junior political science major Aurelius Miles Francisco, Destinee Dickson and fellow members of OU's Black Student Association was carried out to put further pressure on the campus' leaders, specifically the ...

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