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Ok, that’s not how the lyrics go (whether you’re singing the Lil’ Bow Wow or Kurtis Blow version). But it’s fitting nonetheless since the NBA playoffs are underway. No matter what team you’re rooting for, we can all agree that Team Black Joy is the best.
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Dunkin’ on CRT bans
Paul Quinn College may be a small, private HBCU in Dallas, but the institution has been making moves both on and off the court under its current president Dr. Michael Sorrell.
A Dallas-based attorney with little experience running a college, Sorrell helped save the nation’s oldest HBCU west of the Mississippi River. You can check out this article to read more about Dr. Sorrell’s tactics, including alleviating the surrounding community’s food desert issue by flipping Paul Quinn’s unused football field into a community garden. The garden reflects Paul Quinn’s motto of “We Over Me,” meaning the community is prioritized over individual. The class of 2022, Paul Quinn’s largest graduating class since 2008, received a $250,000 investment fund during their recent commencement ceremony. The fund aims to fight generational poverty by pumping capital into students’ educational and professional dreams.
Back in October, the school caught headlines after unveiling a dazzling new basketball court design, which features a historical image of Dallas’ skyline during 1919/1920ish. Sorrell chatted with Reckon sis Kavolshaia Howze about how the design is a clapback to critical race theory bans.
Sorrell couldn’t allow people to whitewash Black history, because Black history is American history. So he collaborated with the court’s designer, Ryan Parker, to create an impactful court design. They went with an old image of the Dallas skyline because, back in the 1920s, Black people couldn’t stroll down the boulevard without risking discrimination and violence. Sorrell said Paul Quinn’s progress overcomes that imagery.
“So using that symbolism, using that picture on our floor, we’re going to walk all over your racist principles, practices and your desire to exclude us,” Sorrell said.
Our video, which you can check out on our YouTube Channel, also dives into Paul Quinn’s $500,000 partnership with the Dallas Mavericks to create a “Mavs Major,” an 18-month academic program teaching students the ins and outs of sports management.
It has been 85 days since Phoenix Mercury star and Houston native Brittney Griner was unlawfully detained in Russia.
The seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist was just securing her bag by playing for a Russian women’s basketball team. Many WNBA players have also collected an additional salary by playing overseas during the off season (although, according to other WBNA players, the extra money is just one of the perks.) Griner was arrested in an airport outside of Moscow in February after Russian custom officials allegedly found vape cartridges containing liquid hashish oil in Griner’s luggage.
While the details of Griner’s case are unsettling, glimmers of hope are starting to shine through. Last week, the U.S. government voiced its aggression to get Griner back home by reclassifying the basketball as “unlawfully detained.” Griner’s WNBA teammates and supporters also got the nod from Griner’s family to apply pressure to the case.
Here’s how Griner’s fam, friends and fans have been pushing for Griner’s freedom and other moments of joy orbiting Griner’s case. It really goes show that even in our darkest moments, our folks will always have our back.
The 2022 WNBA season kicked off on May 6th, but the league wants to make sure Griner knows it’s still fighting for her. All 12 WNBA teams have installed floor decals featuring Griner’s initials and jersey number (No. 42) on their basketball courts.
Players of the Phoenix Suns, an NBA team, also slapped on decals their court ahead of their recent playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks. Suns star Chris “Point God” Paul was the first NBA player to speak openly about Griner’s case, according to NBC DFW.
“We miss her at the practice facility day in and day out so we’re just trying to get her home,” Paul said.
· Griner has become a basketball superstar by showing off her moves on the court. But here’s a video of Griner showing off her dance moves, which will surely make you smile. Griner’s wife, Cherelle, posted a video on Instagram of Griner gleefully dancing with fans while handing out T-shirts.
· Speaking of the wifey, Cherelle graduated from law school Saturday WITH HONORS (Come through, with the cum laude). She got her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University, one of six HBCU law schools in the country. Although Griner wasn’t there to see her walk, Cherelle still gave her boo some love before graduation day. In a friendly competition of “who wore it better,” Cherelle posted a picture of herself dressed in her NCCU Law swag along with a video of Brittney Griner wearing the same outfit. “This is clearly BG’s sweatshirt! She has more school apparel than me! Lol I love the way you support my dreams babe,” Cherelle posted.
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