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Courtney Mays Has Tunnel Vision When It Comes to NBA Style

The menswear expert and consultant is also an activist and influencer, using fashion as her voice to let the world see and hear Black men and women.

Alyson Furch Has Always Seen the Value of the Underdog

As the head of communications for Underdog Venture Team, the sports media and content strategist has made a career of shining a light on the ‘sixth man.’

How Monique Nelson Is Bringing a Global Perspective to the Mainstream

The CEO of the country’s longest-standing Black marketing agency has traveled the world and back to ensure underrepresented people can participate in the digital world.

Team USA’s Naya Tapper Is Proving Women Belong in Rugby

A Black woman from South Carolina is not typically what comes to mind for rugby players. But Naya Tapper knows things don’t always go as planned—which is how she became a face for the growing sport instead.

Swin Cash Knows the Game. Now the Pelicans Exec Is Perfecting the Business.

The former WNBA champion and 2022 Hall of Fame inductee makes it her priority to ensure that her franchise feels valued and appreciated.

Gabby Thomas Is Conditioned for a Never-Ending Push to the Finish Line

The record-setting Olympic track star is on a speedy quest to break down barriers and make up for lost time.

Latoya Shauntay Snell Isn’t Running for You, or Anyone Else

How the “Running Fat Chef” creator reclaimed her relationship with her body through candidness, vulnerability, and never, ever backing down.

How Danita Johnson Is Flipping the Field

The pioneering D.C. United president has big plans for MLS’s founding franchise.

How Tiffini Grimes Helps Keep the Alabama Machine Running

The Tide’s deputy athletic director and chief diversity officer rolls up her sleeves to make sure everything behind the scenes is a success.

Monica McNutt Followed Her Love for Basketball to the Best of Both Worlds

The former Georgetown basketball star is along for the ride on her journey as an on-air media personality and sports analyst.

Portia Archer Disrupts the Norm in Her Role As the First COO of the G League

This dynamic executive is taking the NBA’s training ground to the next level with a pool of talent that’s prepared on and off the court.

Sanya Richards-Ross Keeps Up With the Times

The four-time Olympic champion sprinter juggles motherhood, sportscasting and a new gig on ‘The Real Housewives’ in stride.

Monica Jones Helps Women Find Their Strength From the Inside Out

The wellness coach and fitness trainer has built a workout program that takes a woman’s unique biological makeup into account.

Tiffany Greene Calls It Like She Sees It

ESPN’s do-everything announcer and HBCU football mainstay is a pitch-perfect voice for the time.

Why WarnerMedia’s Johnita Due Refuses to Stick to Sports

The executive’s commitment to diversity and inclusion runs deeper than any corporate mandate.

Cari Champion Is Not Afraid to Speak Her Truth

The sports broadcaster and cohost of a new weekly CNN+ show says she is locked in on giving Black and brown women access and opportunity.

For Marlene Hendricks, Running the Show at SoFi Stadium Is About More Than a Game

After two decades in the NBA, the VP of guest services is bringing her focus on fans and their game-day experience to the flashiest stadium in the NFL.

How Fitness Trainer Ashley Joi Learned to Find Joy Through Movement

As she prepares for motherhood, the former Division I track and field athlete reflects on pushing through the greatest challenges of her career and how those lessons helped her find her purpose.

Jemele Hill and the Power of Being Unbothered

The writer and former ‘SportsCenter’ anchor discusses how growing up in Detroit shaped her into the journalist she is today and why being on TV was never the dream … until now.

LaTonya Story Is Honoring the Unsung Heroes With Her Sports Power Brunch

Focused on those working behind the scenes, Story’s annual event is connecting women with skills from all different industries.

Meghan McPeak Is Living Her Dream As a Play-by-Play Broadcaster

Making history as part of the first all-woman ensemble to call an NBA game was never the plan. But the Canada native is enjoying making strides and space for the next generation of female voices in sports, with the help of a strong sisterhood.

‘Learn to Satisfy’: How Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Slowed Down to Win

The most decorated 100m sprinter of all time, the Jamaican athlete reflects on her wins, motherhood and her hopes for the future of West Indian women in track.

A New Role for Kari Miller-Ortiz

Paralympic gold medallist Kari Miller-Ortiz has been named director of people and culture at Move United in the United States.

Ariel Atkins Posts Up and Speaks Up

The fourth-year Mystics guard makes her points on the court and against racist policing.

Amber Nichols Will Run an NBA Team Someday

For the glass-ceiling smashing G League general manager, it’s simply a matter of when.

Christina Francis Is Giving Her Personal Best to Magic Johnson Enterprises

She started working with the basketball icon in 2004, but it would take years for her to finally accept the role as president of his business—and she has no regrets about waiting.

Kelsey Koelzer Has Been Breaking Barriers Ever Since She First Stepped on the Ice

When juggling a full-time job with a history-making pro hockey career became untenable, the former top pick blazed a new trail as a D-III head coach.

Rooted in Faith and Sports, Jaunelle White Has Found Her Perfect Home at Point University

Working her way up through college sports administration, the newly appointed athletic director at the small Christian university has seen her full dreams align.

Vicky Free Is Driving Adidas Into the Future

The new SVP of global marketing is making sure she listens, in order to lead the controversial brand into an intentional future.

Natalie White Is Bringing Her Basketball Journey Full Circle

L.A.'s senior VP benefitted from an internship with Nike and is now laying the foundation for others to thrive and build the futures of their dreams.

How Diahann Billings-Burford Aims to Scrub Racism From Sports

The CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality has a tough task ahead of her, but she’s never been one to back away from a fight.

Serving the Entire L.A. Community Is a Lofty Mission, but Nichol Whiteman Is Up for the Challenge

As a recipient of the Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship, Nichol Whiteman has been guided by the baseball icon’s legacy since college and especially now, as the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation CEO. She’s heightening the potential of LADF’s mission to improve education, healthcare, homelessness, food security, and social justice across communities in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Whiteman recognizes the life-changing mentorship that has shaped her, and now she’s on a mission to pay that forward.

Arielle Chambers Is Asking Black Athletes to Tell Their Real Stories

As the founder of Bleacher Report’s highlightHER platform, Arielle Chambers is shifting the narrative and elevating the authentic voices of the underdogs in the world of women’s sports and culture. Her career accomplishments as a reporter and host for the WNBA, NBA, and NHL opened up her perspective on the underrepresentation of Black athletes and has been making waves of change ever since. Chambers has an audacious vision for the future and is ready to disrupt the industry for Black women athletes.

How Former WNBA Star Rushia Brown Is Creating Networks of Care for Retired Players

The former WNBA showstopper, Rushia Brown, is the mastermind of a long-lasting movement of care and empowerment for Black woman athletes. As the founder of the Women’s Professional Basketball Alumnae, she builds opportunities for higher education, mentorship, job placements, workshops, and events for other women in athletics in honor of their unique sisterhood.

Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes Is Dedicating Her Own Legacy to the Next Generation of Black Women

Focused on individuality, humility, and empowerment, Kiki Baker Barnes brings a new definition of dynamic leadership to the table. As the first Black woman president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and first Black woman commissioner in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, she guides future generations of Black women to expand their expectations of personal achievement.

Tamica Smith Jones Is Always Looking for the Next Bold Move

As a strategic and audacious leader, Tamica Smith Jones is always looking for her next bold move on and off the court. With years of experience in athletics, she now serves on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Sport Committee and Women Leaders in College Sports Board and Foundation Sub-Committee. She is also living out her truth as a founding member of the executive board for the newly established Black Athletics Directors Alliance and Chair of the Race and Social Justice Taskforce.

Small-Town Softball Sensation Odicci Alexander Is Inspiring the Next Generation

Odicci Alexander grew up in Palmer Springs, Va., a rural town with a population of less than 3,000. She didn’t have much when it came to resources, but the self-taught pitcher had more than enough when it came to creativity, as well as the love and support of her grandparents who raised and encouraged her to play softball. Alexander shares what life is like off the mound and how the sport helps her use her voice to encourage others to find theirs.

How Venus Williams Inspires Well Beyond Court

Known for her legendary accomplishments in the professional tennis world, Venus Williams has earned seven Grand Slam titles, five Wilmbledon championships, and four Olympic gold medals through years of training and dedication to becoming one of the best. To show appreciation for her global recognition, she works with several humanitarian initiatives like The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program to help others learn the essential skills, discipline, and mental attributes she's carried with her throughout her life. Venus Williams is on a fearless pursuit to creat opportunities for athlete to make their dreams become a reality.

How Tiffany Tucker Is Inspiring Women Athletes to Fight for More

Envisioning a career as an inspirational speaker, the trajectory of Tiffany Tucker’s future changed the second she began coaching AAU Boys Basketball. As an athletic administrator and coach, Tucker teaches young athletes more than just the game. Tucker, a multi-talented and dynamic thought leader, shows athletes the importance of self-development and guides them to create greater opportunities for themselves.

Sonja Stills Is Making HBCUs a Priority for Young Black Athletes

As the current chief of staff and COO, Sonja Stills brings her innovative vision to the table as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s newest commissioner. As an impeccable visionary, Stills’ number one goal is to showcase HBCUs as the ultimate destination for Black athletes with top-notch athletic and academic programs. She teaches athletes to embrace the power within and wholeheartedly believe they can be anything they want to be.

World Rugby Hall of Famer Phaidra Knight Tackles It All

Phaidra Knight's induction as the first Black woman in the World Rugby Hall of Fame is a true example of grit and determination. With no prior knowledge of rugby, this three-time World Champion has proved anything is possible with a tenacious mindset.

Shay Murphy Isn’t Asking for a Seat at Anyone’s Table. She’s Building Her Own.

The former WNBA player and Lakers' first Black woman coaching associate, Shay Murphy, leads with empathy to empower athletes around her. She believes conditioning, chemistry, consistency, and confidence are crucial to success. She's living proof that sky is the limit with her mentality and grit.

From the Court to the Broadcast Booth, Chanda Rubin Is an Eternal Champion

A true prodigy and firecracker of a tennis player, Chanda Rubin went on to join the United States Fed Cup Team, the United States Olympic Team, and the United States Pan American Team at only 15 years old. On and off the court, perseverance is the name of her game. She later earned her Harvard degree in two years and started building her own real estate company.

Lafayette College’s First Black Woman Athletic Director Sherryta Freeman Is Making Sure She Won’t Be the Last

As the first Black woman to serve as Athletic Director at Lafayette College, Sherryta Freeman uses adversity to fuel her fire. On a mission to create a lasting change, she opens the floor for conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion to empower Black student-athletes and Black faculty.

Taylor Rooks Is One of the Best in the Business. And She’s Just Getting Started.

At only 29 years old, Taylor Rooks has become the sports broadcaster everyone is talking about. From anchoring shows on Bleacher Report and Turner Sports to hosting NBA Twitter Live to starring in upcoming films, she is only just beginning

Kiesha Nix Makes History as the First Black Woman Vice President in Lakers Organization

Leading with true grit and a relentless spirit, Kiesha Nix stands as the first Black woman to be named Vice President for the Lakers organization. Committed to helping more women succeed, she proves that with an unstoppable work ethic, anything is possible.

Veteran Volleyball Coach Jen Fry Aces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

On a passionate pursuit to shatter misperceptions and stereotypes, Jen Fry is redefining the voice of many in social environments. She is fearlessly leading Black women and encouraging them to have deeper-level conversations every day.

Nicole Jeter West Is Making Her Mark in Sports Business

With infinite tenacity and a true entrepreneurial spirit, Nicole Jeter West is leading the way for herself and others to constantly step outside of the box. As the Head of Marketing for the third Olympic and the first Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, she is building the spirit of inclusivity in youth sports and celebrating the amazing accomplishments of others.

How 16-Year-Old Equestrian Athlete Zoie Brogdon Is Making a Mark in Her Sport

As a 16-year-old equestrian superstar, Zoie Brogdon is making her rounds as an aspiring Grand Prix rider. She is willing to do whatever it takes to make her vision a dream come true. While growing and building with her horse, Ninja, she is simultaneously encouraging diversity in the equestrian world.

The Trailblazing Path of North Carolina Central University’s Ingrid Wicker McCree

Fiercely dedicated to her role as a head coach, Ingrid Wicker McCree has led teams to massive accomplishments in athletics. She was the first coach in NCCU history to win conference championships in multiple sports, captured the school’s first-ever titles in softball and volleyball, was selected to be in the NCUU Athletic Hall of Fame, and later the CIAA Hall of Fame.

Ndidi Massay is Driving Diversity and Transformation at CBS Sports

With powerful storytelling and unbeatable tenacity, Ndidi Massay continues to spark action in others to change the reality of inclusivity. As the Vice President of Inclusivity for CBS, she is continuously pushing boundaries to redefine the level of diversity for thought, skill, and talent.

From the Backcourt to the Front Office, Renee Montgomery Can Do It All

As a former two-time WNBA champion, Renee Montgomery brings her unwavering confidence and discipline to everything she does. As the leader and activist behind Montgomery and Company, she serves her community and shows people what it means to bring passion to professional endeavors.

A King Among Kings

When it comes down to creating success, Jennifer King believes there is no room for excuses or shortcuts. As the 1st full-time Black female assistant coach in NFL history, King’s fearless determination and strategic planning is something we all can live by.

Blake Bolden Continues to Break the Ice

Blake Bolden fiercely continues to shatter glass ceilings as the first Black woman to compete in the Canadian women’s hockey league, national women’s hockey league, and scout in the national hockey league. Through resilience and courage, Bolden has changed the trajectory of what is truly possible.

Washington Nationals' Jacque Coleman on Her Journey from the Front Desk to the Front Office

Washington's senior vice president of marketing, broadcasting and game presentation has spent more than three decades tracking an executive career in sports, paving the road for more women to find prominent jobs on the business side of the industry.

Girl on Fire: 10-Year-Old Pepper Persley Is Setting the World Ablaze

A force to be reckoned with, and well before her time… Pepper Persley began her career at the sprightly age of 6. Through her curiosity, passion, and hard work, she’s had one on one's with Michelle Obama, First Lady Jill Biden, and even the Black Panther himself. She's not only using her platform to bring awareness to her dream league, the WNBA, but also to anti-bullying efforts.

Lisa Leslie Is Never Scared

From her playing days to her second career after retirement, the WNBA legend has shaped the game and set the tone for Black women in basketball for decades to come.

Andia Winslow Proves a Jack of All Trades Is Better Than a Master of One

From golf to track, from bobsled to voice-over acting, this athletic chameleon uses her confidence and curiosity to stay fit and inspire others.

Reebok’s Jasmine Bellamy Is Dedicated to Leading the Tough Conversations

Part of Jasmine Bellamy’s role as Head of Merchandising, Planning, Allocation, and Logistics is to help ensure that Reebok remains one of the world’s top 10 sportswear brands. But it’s her role as “Culture Transformer” that she’s most proud of. Jasmine is reshaping Reebok’s company culture by disrupting business norms, strengthening diversity, and implementing real change.

Introducing ... Kamali Thompson

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Former USTA President Katrina Adams Continues to Inspire

Throughout Katrina Adams’ career, she has inspired and empowered Black women. First, as an athlete, rising through the ranks to become a tennis pro. Now, on the business side, as the first former player to serve as Chairman and President of the United States Tennis Association for her second term now.

Nneka Ogwumike Is Centering Reproductive Health for Women in Sports

After helping to negotiate a landmark CBA, the WNBPA president continues to push for equality

USF’s Yolisha Jackson is Making a 40-Year Commitment to Black Women in Basketball

Yolisha Jackson believed in her power and potential from the very beginning of her basketball career. Now, as a Division One women’s basketball coach, Yolisha knows it’s more than all-star recruits and stats. It’s about building a deep-rooted community of strong, connected, and talented Black women.

Kim Davis Leads the NHL with a Passion for Progress

Kimberly Davis is a visionary leader, bringing change to life through strategic planning and strong organizational development. As a senior executive at the National Hockey League, Kim is a true trailblazer for Black women on the business side of sports.

The USTA's Nicole Kankam Is Putting Equality at the Forefront of Tennis

Nicole Kankam worked tirelessly to put the Black Lives Matter movement at the forefront of the Arthur Ashe stadium during this year’s U.S Open with her “Be Open” campaign. She’s passionate and determined to make the predominantly white sport of tennis more accessible for kids of color.

Kathleen Francis Is Giving Women the Tools to Excel Through WISE

On the business side of sports, Kathleen Francis is blazing a trail of her own and making an impact at the C-suite level by giving other women a seat at the table of some of the most respected organizations in the world.

Introducing ... Daneya Celestin

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How Shaina Wiel Is Shifting the Leadership of Sports

Her organization Minorities in Sports Business works to change the face of a white, male-dominated industry.

100 Influential Black Women in Sports

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more. The 100 Influential Black Women in Sports series aims to foster an environment where Black women can share their inspirational stories and impact on the communities they serve as a way to encourage and enlighten the next generation of leaders in sports and beyond.

US Open 2021 Breakthrough Highlights

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BFM: Preserving History

Black Film Archive celebrates the rich, abundant history of Black cinema. We are an evolving archive dedicated to making historically and culturally significant films made from 1915 to 1979 about Black people accessible through a streaming guide with cultural context.

The W25

The WNBA share it's ranking of the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history as party of the league's 25th anniversay celebrations.

Fitness at Any Age

Competitive powerlifter Carrie Reese, 84, proves that age doesn't slow down reaching fitness goals.

Olympic Highlights

Allyson Felix becomes the most decorated US track and field athlete and other unforgettable moments at the Tokyo Olympics.

Dawn Staley Gets Candid About Her Experience with Trail Blazers

Dawn Staley gets candid about her interview process with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Mental Health Break

Liz Cambage, center for Las Vegas Aces, says withdrawing from the Olympic Games saved her mental health and her season.

Sparks Are Victorious Amid Ogwumike's Return

Nneka Ogwumike returns after a knee injury, as Spark's win first game back Staples Center.

Jemele Hill is Unbothered

Jemele Hill, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, provides exclusive interviews with some of the culture's most influential people.

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