Tidal Wave Wednesdays no.11 | NBA Tip-off, NFL Updates, + Rebels Today, Heroes tomorrow

Tidal Wave Wednesdays no.11 | NBA Tip-off, NFL Updates, + Rebels Today, Heroes tomorrow

"I want to send a message that we will not easily be moved or deterred from fighting for justice," [...] "There are many players across the league who have joined me in working toward new legislation and reestablishing trust and opportunities in our communities, and you can expect to see much more of that." -Malcolm Jenkins

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Tech Tuesdays | 10 of #TheSkyBoxSuite's Favorite Sports Podcasts, Blogs, + YT Channels

Although the influx of blogs and things of that nature increases by the minute, I try my absolute best to engage with my favorite creatives and bloggers. Now that social media has more of a monetary value attached to it, it's also becoming harder to find those hidden gems in all the who's who of the popular crowd, especially when it comes to minorities in specific industries, such as sports. Granted, a couple of the ones that are listed here have large platforms, but the rest don't get the credit they deserve. 

That being said, here are #TheSkyBoxSuite's top 10 favorite podcasts, blogs, and YouTube channels that revolve around sports:


#1. The Six / His & Hers

Photo credits: Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images

If you know anything about me at all, whether it be in real life, on social media, or from reading the blog, by now you'd know how much admiration I have for Jemele Hill. She's such an inspiration and it's been so rewarding to watch her career take off the way it has. Fortunately, her and co-host, Michael Smith, didn't do away completely with His & Hers once #TheSix first aired on SportsCenter. Definitely one of my favorites to tune into.

social: @JemeleHill + @MichaelSmith on Twitter | Available on itunes + espngo

#2. Unscripted Podcast 

Some time circa last summer, a former classmate of mine promoted the Unscripted pod via Facebook, who was a guest on the show that week. I clicked the links out of boredom, binge listened the same night, and I've been hooked ever since. There's such a vibe that goes along with an easygoing flow of conversation, where they cover a variety of topics, but focus primarily on sports. Over the past few months, I've even gotten a chance to get to know the main host, Gavo, and he's a really cool dude. FYI, be on the lookout for our collaboration in the very near future. 

social: @UnscriptedPod on Twitter | Listen on itunes

#3. Above the Rim Podcast

Above the Rim, which is obviously all about basketball, is a recent favorite that I subscribed to some time last month. Still relatively new to the podern world, the host, Justin a.k.a. Jus Blaze, has this naturally, straight from BK, gritty, yet informative approach. Any given Sunday, I'll find myself randomly browsing through the feed, especially on days when I need my regular dose of straight hoops talk. 

social: @jusblaze_513 | Available on itunes + All Might Baller radio

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#4. Complex | Complex Sports

I truly respect the business model and overall marketing strategy of COMPLEX. It's a powerhouse brand I've been following and taking notes from for several years. Besides other prominent digital publications like Bleacher Report, which I use mostly as an iPhone app, Complex Sports is one of my favorite resources for immediate sports news and updates. 

social: @ComplexSports on Twitter + IG

#5. Jill Munroe | Jocks and Stiletto Jill

Another woman in sports journalism who I absolutely admire is sports culture analyst, Jill Munroe a.k.a. Stiletto Jill. She was one of the first black, female sports bloggers I heard about back in 2009 and even as a pioneer of this sports blogging thing, has pretty much been the only one who has remained consistent in the upkeep of her blog and brand. She has a really unique angle that redefines sports blogging and has been able to make an incredible name for her self in the sports journalism industry. 

social: @StilettoJill on Twitter + IG

#6. Shana Renee | All Sports Everything

When I originally had the idea to run a sports blog in 2012, I went on a relentless hunt to locate more women of color who were sports bloggers. To this day, I'm convinced there are more of us out there, but they're just incredibly hard to find. Shana Renee has received national attention in her field and has even been invited to chat face-to-face with Jemele Hill on the old His & Hers. Her accolades, experience level, and sports knowledge definitely make her another great candidate for a top 10 favorite sports bloggers.

social: @itsshanarenee on Twitter + IG

#7. HashtagBasketball

These days, I pay really close attention to who follows me on Twitter, because I personally think it's important to take notice of who has chosen to keep up with me, especially when it comes to my brand. The other day, @HashtagBasketball followed me and for whatever reason, they stood out to me. Attracted to the name and theme, I was inclined to see what they were about. Not only did I fall in love instantly, with everything from the design to the content, I was also inspired to be more consistent, more focused and not overly versatile with my own brand. I haven't had much of a chance to navigate the site, but I'm looking forward to digging more into the blog and what it has to offer.

#8. Chymere A. | The Sky Box Suite

Last but not least, of course it wouldn't be right to not throw in a shameless plug in honor of my baby, #TheSkyBoxSuite, because if you don't believe in yourself, who else will? No, but seriously, I'm very proud of the content here and the progress I've made in building my brand over the past several months. Honestly, there have been days I wanted to give up, when keeping up with all the headlines while still trying to find my footing was a bit overwhelming, but just know there is more content coming and so much in store for this brand. I've been at this blogging thing for a while now and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. 

social: @TheSkyBoxSuite on Twitter + IG | @ChymereA on Twitter + IG


#10. JRSportBrief

The New Voices of SportsCenter: Jemele Hill & Michael Smith

As you know from reading the 'About' section, Jemele Hill is one of the inspirations behind the blog and brand. Before she made her way on the scene, which was probably circa 2006-07, there weren't many women in the sports industry that were as well-versed about sports as she was. From then on, I've kept a close watch of her career over the years, wishing there were more women like her in the industry when I was a sports editor for my high school newspaper. Given that background of where my respect roots from, watching her achieve bigger things has been nothing short of amazing and inspires me to keep going on this journey. 

To add to that, it was a genius move to pair her with Michael Smith, because of how incredible their chemistry is. And I'm sure he had to work just as hard to be where he is, due to the veteran competition around him. That might be a reason why they seem to bring out the best in each other on air and it's truly what I value most about His&Hers, originally token as Numbers Never Lie.  

The Six, which is new show that premiers right after Super Bowl LI on February 6, 2017, will essentially a spin-off of His&Hers, just on a bigger stage, sticking to the stories when it comes to diversity in sports and pertinent social issues while still remaining fun and light hearted. According to Hill during the recent interview on The Breakfast Club with co-host, Michael Smith : 
"When it comes to on camera diversity, we're the leaders in our industry by far."
Then she goes on to say:
"Not only do you have people of color on air, you have them in really powerful positions, where we're in charge of our content, from the extent of what we want to do creatively and what we want to say. So there's no reigns on what we want to say on anybody." 
Not only does it mean so much to me to see a black woman who I admire on Prime Time Television on one of the biggest platforms in America, but it means a great deal to the African-American community. Needless to say, I'll definitely be tuning in to the show every weekday at 6 PM EST.

Follow me on Twitter: @TheSkyBoxSuite | @ChymereA

The Sky Box Suite VIP Pass | Where the Dream Begins Again

From participation in basketball and swimming to Sundays spent watching football with my family, sports have always been a pretty huge deal in my world. Sports taught me valuable lessons that are applicable to so many different areas of life and helped to mold my perspective on success and achievement...and the dedication it requires to get there.

Just like sports, music has always been a pretty huge part of my life and one of those subjects I can talk/write about endlessly and never get tired of it. I listen to a wide range of artist and genres-everything from jazz to hip-hop to pop to dub-step. 

For years, I've had this idea to re-launch my sports blog, but I was hesitant for a few limiting reasons; afraid that I wouldn't be good enough, or well-versed enough to deliver sports news flawlessly and consistently, or wasn't educated enough to be a legit journalist, and the list goes on. For so long, it felt impossible, therefore it was.

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact; it's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration; it's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
-Muhammad Ali (Rest in Power)

Despite spending all that time not believing in myself, there's something extraordinary about following the careers of Jemele Hill and Jill Monroe, who both have managed to gracefully and consistently expand their horizons in the wonderful world of sports, that motivates me to just do it, as the notorious Nike slogan would suggest. 

So in my sexiest pair of heels, I'll be delivering: 

Game day thoughts + predictions + analytics 
Dual Perspective: collaboration articles
Music Collective: play lists, album reviews, + music essentials for the day-to-day hustle
Style Report: featuring my favorite game day looks
And so much more

...all told primarily from the perspective of a sports savvy sweetheart; meanwhile, working my way up to becoming one of your new favorite female sports bloggers.

Here is your  VIP pass to the new + improved home of #TheSkyBoxSuite.

Chymere A.

Follow me on Twitter: @TheSkyBoxSuite | @ChymereA