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Arthur Ashe. Black and white photo of young Black man, wearing glasses and white top, holding up a trophy.

Richmond Boulevard Renamed to Honor Arthur Ashe

The tennis great is honored via a series of events in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

Caster Semenya. Braids, green and yellow jersey top. South African flag. Track.

Twitter Users Defend World Champion Sprinter Caster Semenya

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the South African Olympian must reduce her naturally occurring testosterone levels to compete.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Illustration of two Black men in light blue jerseys raising fist and taking knee in front of yellow and orange background with other people and text that reads,"IF NOT US, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?"

This Artist Spent Super Bowl Halftime Painting Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Brandan “Bmike” Odums wanted to support the athletes’ activism against police violence during the big game. So, he made a mural.

Martellus Bennett. Black man in white hoodie and red pants speaks while seated on white couch in front of blue background and brown slats

Martellus Bennett: 'Let Black Boys Dream Big'

Ahead of the Super Bowl, the artist and former NFL player reflects on the messages society gives Black boys about their worth.

Tarell Alvin McCraney. Black man in black sweater and glasses speaks into black microphone in front of brown wood and walls

Tarell Alvin McCraney Asks: What If Black Players Took Over the NBA?

The “Moonlight” co-writer discusses his upcoming Netflix film, “High Flying Bird.”

Muhammad Ali. Black man with black hair poses in fighter's stance in black jacket and sweater and white shirt in front of beige ladder and wall and bannister

Louisville Renames Airport After Muhammad Ali

“It is a fitting testament to his legacy.”

Serena Williams. Black woman poses in brown dress in front of grey sheet and red text spelling "ALLURE" and black text spelling "THE BODY + MIND ISSUE"; Black woman in green athletic outfit surrounded by coral sheet

Serena Williams Covers Allure, Talks Being Black in Tennis

“Venus and I started out being successful, continued to be successful, and we were also unapologetically ourselves. We were not afraid to wear braids. We weren’t afraid to be Black in tennis. And that was different.”

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Alaska Native Teens Honored for Role in Historic Denali Climb

John Fresden and Esaias George assisted Walter Harper in the first recorded summit of North America’s tallest mountain.

Eric Reid;.blue and white football cleats with Black Panther Party symbol and protestors in black and white with text that reads "PANTHER POWER" and "IF NOT NOW, WHEN?" in front of black jersey with blue stripes and white letters that spell "REID"

Eric Reid Uses Cleats to Celebrate Activist Art and Kaep's Cause

New Orleans-based artist Brandan Bmike Odums designed the Carolina Panthers safety’s cleats with references to the Black Panther Party.

Eric Reid. Black man in light blue and white football uniform kneels near men in similar uniforms.

Eric Reid, Allies Question NFL's Repeated 'Random' Drug Tests

Some of the Carolina Panthers safety’s supporters say that his disproportionate testing for performance-enhancing substances is retaliation for his kneeling protests.

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49ers Cheerleader Kneels During National Anthem

Many assumed it was a continuation of the protest that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began in 2016.

Rihanna. black woman in grey snakeskin dress and black tattoo on collarbone smiles in front of dark navy wall with grey text

Rihanna Says No to the Super Bowl

The singer reportedly declined to perform at the halftime show in solidarity with blacklisted NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick.

Roberto Clemente. Illustration of Black Latinx man in black and tan baseball uniform holding brown baseball bat in front of black text reading "GOOGLE" and a red white and blue Puerto Rican flag on tan image of Puerto Rico

Google Doodle Celebrates Latinx Baseball Legend Roberto Clemente

Clemente’s batting prowess and humanitarian work made him a hero to sports fans long before he became the first Latinx player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Craig Hodges. Black man in red and black jersey stands before shooting basketball in front of black background and White men in black and white referee outfits

Watch This Teaser for LeBron James' 'Shut Up and Dribble'

The clip features former Chicago Bulls player Craig Hodges as he pushes President George H.W. Bush to address systemic poverty in Black communities.

Monica Puig. Brown woman with blonde hair in white warm-up outfit with red accents wears gold medal on green lanyard in front of green and brown wall

How Monica Puig Reps Puerto Rico On and Off the Tennis Court

The tennis star, who turns 25 today, made history when she won Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal in 2016. Now she uses her fame to support the commonwealth.

Marlin Briscoe. Black-and-white image of a Black man with black afro and beard in jersey with white numeral "86" on front, in front of grass

Pro Football's First Black Starting QB On Sports Racism Then and Now

Hall of Famer Marlin Briscoe: “Today, you thought that all those attitudes were nonexistent or filtered away to some degree, but with the Trump-isms, his philosophy has brought, out of the woodwork, that old-time thought process. That’s scary—it really is.”

Ciara. Black woman in white outfit performs on stage with blue lights

10 Atlantans Who Should Have Been Asked to Perform at the Super Bowl

The National Football League skipped tons of local Black talent to hire Maroon 5.

Black man in blue clothing rides brown horse next to Black child in black clothing on white horse in front of grey street and green trees

'Fire on the Hill' Explores South Central LA's Black Cowboy Legacy

The documentary follows three riders from South Central Los Angeles as they work to protect a disappearing cowboy culture after a devastating act of arson.

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Black Women On Serena Williams and the 'Angry Black Woman' Trope

Scholar Breea Willingham, tennis player Zina Garrison and journalist Vanessa DeLuca break down why the backlash against Williams for expressing her emotions is not at all surprising.

Serena Williams in pink shirt in front of blue screen and behind blue water bottle

Tennis Orgs Back Serena Williams' Concerns About Sexism in Tennis

Heads of the Women’s Tennis Association and U.S. Tennis Association support the star’s critique that a man would not have been punished for expressing emotion during the U.S. Open.