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Reminiscing on my 23-year idolization of Kobe Bryant

It was February 8, 1997, at Mary L. Brown’s house in Lincoln Terrace, Oklahoma City, OK where I was four years old, eating popcorn and watching the NBA Slam Dunk competition. Mary L. Brown was my maternal grandmother and my first influence on professional sports. She was the biggest Michael Jordan fan, and outright basketball […]

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Heartbreak Season

What do you see when you look at Moragen Ferrell? From personal experience, I’ll tell you that the Tulsa native is definitely more than meets the eye. And she has one hell of a right hook. That I know from personal experience…never under any circumstance agree to spar with a trained boxer, y’all. She’s an […]

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A New Era of Black Excellence

Every so often, there’s that one person who is an icon in their own way and it’s so beautiful and so magnificent that you can’t help but to be left in awe of that individual. When they create, produce and launch something, it’s something to marvel at. In my lifetime, Tyler Perry has been that […]

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Don’t Die: by Chance Drake

DON’T DIE. Here I am in plain sight, headed towards the light, fighting back with all my might. Despite my effort, I’m losing traction, life is in his hands and I can’t seem to grasp it. Now I’m asking in what aspect was I lacking? I didn’t have time to write wrongs in the present […]

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Note 2 Self: By Chance Drake

I just turned 23. As I sit on this chartered jet I ponder the distance traveled on my journey thus far. Twenty-three, such a critical milestone, old enough to know better but still young enough to know nothing at all. Often I’m quite critical on myself as to why I’m not further along in life. […]

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Narratives That Shift Perspectives

Tom Brady – Doesn’t shake hands after a loss – “He’s such a fierce competitor who hates losing. Look at his passion!” Cam Newton – Doesn’t shake hands after a loss – “This guy is a classless thug who doesn’t appreciate the opportunities he’s been given. He should be benched until he learns his lesson.” […]

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Roc Nation, big save for the NFL’s culture

The NFL is in trouble, but the game itself is fine. What’s in jeopardy is the culture surrounding the league. From domestic violence to social justice issues, the NFL is in a tough spot and its reputation is slipping. A large percent of the league’s Black fanbase has become dissatisfied with the way those issues […]

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