4 Bada$$ Women who are Killin’ the IG Game by Redefining Style, Athleticism, Art, + Culture

4 Bada$$ Women who are Killin’ the IG Game by Redefining Style, Athleticism, Art, + Culture

When I think of the ways in which women exist in the world, and how understated we still are in 2018, I know that women are the key to the future. Across the board, my social media content is specifically curated, so all the women I choose to follow are constant reminders of how powerful, beautiful, diverse, immaculate we truly are.

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Tidal Wave Wednesdays no. 18: Unexpected Hiatus, NFL Szn Preview, & More!!

Tidal Wave Wednesdays no. 18: Unexpected Hiatus, NFL Szn Preview, & More!!

The year has flown by swiftly as we are wrapping up of the 3rd and preparing to enter the fourth quarter of 2018. Before we know it, we will be celebrating the year II anniversary of #TheSkyBoxSuite (excited!), which officially takes place in November. There has obviously been a lag in content over the past month.

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Bridging the Gap: A Candid Conversation About the WNBA Salary Issue

Bridging the Gap: A Candid Conversation About the WNBA Salary Issue

Last week, Aja Wilson asked a question that many WNBA players have posed before her.  Tweeting after learning that Lebron James had signed a new $154 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, she lamented the fact that WNBA players were “looking for a million.”  Many people immediately attacked her stance…

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Coach Dawn Staley Defines Thriving to Reach Peaks of Mountains that Were Once Impossible to Climb

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As a young athlete, a swimmer who played basketball, I grow up didn't seeing many women in professional sports, especially women of color. For a while, there was no such thing as WNBA and black women in swimming, at least on the Olympics scale, was unheard of. When doors finally opened up for women to play basketball in the states beyond college, along with participation in professional sports across the board, the opportunities for female ballers were still limited, so to grow up watching lady pioneers, such as Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, and Dawn Staley, pave the way for other female athletes was witnessing history unfold. Although I wouldn't necessarily consider myself to be a "baller", I've always pulled most of my inspiration from women who were/are.

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One of the women in sports I grew up admiring is Coach Dawn Staley. Responsible for building the University of South Carolina women's basketball program up to championship status over the 9 years she's been with the team, Staley possesses outstanding leadership qualities that has most definitely reformatted the entire blueprint of women's collegiate basketball in this country. Coming from the projects of North Philadelphia to being as wildly successful as she today, she defines what it means to overcome adversity by reaching peaks of mountains that were once impossible to climb. Her passion, hard work, and unwavering dedication are all tactics she uses in her tough love coaching, morals she's stood firmly behind to attain success, and are all principles we can learn from, no matter what career field we go into.

"...I learned that you have to have a believe in self far greater than anyone else's disbelief. You have to remove all doubt that you aren't worthy or qualified, but to do this you have to work hard. There are no shortcuts in life. 9 times out of 10, when you put the work in, it will work out, but that one time that it doesn't, you can't stand on principle and pride; you have to shake off the disappointment and make the adjustment..."  

-Dawn Staley, USC Spring 2015 commencement

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Years prior to her coaching career at USC, Dawn Staley has created a standard for not just women in sports, but also for the game of basketball in general. Her epic list of accolades and performance résumé as both an athlete and a coach (such as inductee in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, 3-time Olympic Gold medalist, and now, NCAA Women's basketball champion, to name a few) is nothing less than extraordinary and solid proof that she's a play-maker, a winner, and a competitor on every level. Through her accomplishments, she is someone who has worked extremely hard to earn certain bragging rights of being one of the best to ever do it with such a long road ahead of her to achieve even more.

There have been several times over the past few weeks since the NCAA tournament that I've wanted to write more in depth about Coach Staley, besides the brief mention on Tidal Wave Wednesdays no.1, but didn't. Even as someone I am personally inspired by and whose career I've followed very closely over the years, I just couldn't find the words, but what better time than her birthday to honor all that she's done and continues to do and for being a beacon of hope in the lives of many. I can't say that my words have done her justice here, but I'm inclined to wish her the best of birthdays and many more to come. 

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Tidal Wave Wednesdays no. 1 | #MarchMadness, Women in Sports, & More!

Back in the day when I originally launched a sports blog, I had a segment called Mon-Wave Mondays, which was essentially a briefing of  the recent news stories that stood out to me. For someone who has notifications on from Bleacher Report and ESPN, there is constantly a headline in the wonderful world of sports, always a story. Sometimes I'm moved, other times not so much. Committing to this blog was so intimidating for a while, simply because I felt an obligation to chase every story and always have something ready to post as soon as something big happened, but I know that that's not realistic for my schedule/everyday life. 

Tidal Wave Wednesdays is basically a spin-off of the same concept, where I share the headlines of the week and cite the sources, but don't necessarily have a journalistic angle to do a full article on. It'll be something like a general press release for sports news and every week the categories will vary. Again, these will be the stories that stand out to me, not necessarily every thing that happens in relation to sports. It's also a good way to incorporate those sports I enjoy watching sometimes, but don't know tons about, such as soccer and hockey.

College Basketball / #MarchMadness

NCAA Printable 2017 bracket via CBS Sports
  • It's game time for #MarchMadness and the brackets are officially in! I haven't filled out my own yet, which I'm planning to do per round, but selection Sunday just passed, the first 64 teams are set, and I'm excited to watch the NCAA tournament play out. 
  • Speaking of college basketball, has anyone ever heard of or watch the show Bringing Up Ballers (...or something like that) on Lifetime TV network? I saw 10, maybe 15 minutes, of it and I think it's wildly ridiculous. Then again, that's what I think about most reality TV shows. Anyway, that's not why I'm here. Moving on...

NBA

  • Russell Westbrook achieved a career-high of 58 points in OKC in a loss to the Portland Trailblazers, first since 1974 in franchise history and the second player to score that many points in a loss since Kobe Bryant in 2006. And this is just one of many of his accomplishments this season. MVP? We'll see, but I definitely think he deserves it.
  • Speaking of Russell Westbrook, he and his wife, Nina, are supposedly expecting their first child this year, so congrats is due to Brodie and his budding family!
  • Quick question: What are the Lakers doing? I really hope this front office revamp plans to execute new strategies sooner than later, because it's been painful to watch my team struggle so much this season.

NFL / MLB

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Women in Sports

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  • She's Got GAME: There are very few things that make my soul smile more than seeing women dominate in male saturated industries; sports is obviously no exception. Ms. Mo Davis, who has been America's sweetheart for a few years now, is starting to gain D1 attention from her position as point guard and only girl on an all boys basketball team at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in Philadelphia. The 15 year old super star a graceful young lady, yet extremely fluid in the way she moves from one sport to the next year round. Last month, Mirin Fader interviewed and covered Mo'ne Davis in a compelling article for Bleacher Report that I definitely think is worth the read. 
  • Michele Roberts, NBPA Executive Director becomes the first woman to lead a major sports union.
  • Coach Dawn Staley, head coach at the University of South Carolina, who has lead the woman's basketball team to the NCAA Division I basketball tournament 5 years in a row, was recently named head coach for the USA National Team.
  • Last, but not least, Nike will be launching athletic hijabs for Muslim women athletes, which I think is pretty epic. Although this may have more to do with marketing than actual concern, I still think it's brilliant and necessary.
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