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Racist Comment Surfaces By Jon Gruden About DeMaurice Smith

Racist Comment Surfaces By Jon Gruden About DeMaurice Smith

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Jon Gruden, the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, in 2011 used racist terms to denounce DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the N.F.L. Players Association, who is Black and is now facing opposition within the union to the extension of his contract.The email surfaced just hours before the player representatives for the 32 teams voted to give Smith a fifth term as the union’s leader, this time without having to hold a general election. Smith was not endorsed by the union’s selection committee earlier this week, a sign that he was facing unusually stiff opposition within his own ranks. Some players have accused Smith of being too conciliatory to the league.There is reason to believe the league’s owners prefer that he stay, and such an inflammatory email, first reported by The Wall Street...

Give Phoebe Robinson the Title She Deserves: Boss

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A week later, Robinson said she was too in her head in that show, that she needed to remind herself to have fun. “It’s hard to stay in the moment for someone like me who is always thinking about the next 20 moves,” she said by phone.Robinson had done a chunk of material about the difference between her 20s and 30s, including one bit about being more concerned with frivolous things earlier, like shaving body hair, which she did so much, she said, “that she didn’t read a book for 10 years.”Now she’s an author and publisher who tries to read a book a week. “I miss that innocence a bit,” she said, explaining that she didn’t have to worry about her employees or brand back then. A few years later, her profile would grow thanks to a regular show with Jessica Williams called “2 Dope Queens” that m...

Two Winter Olympics Underdogs That Have Already Won

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Lanny Smith, the founder of Actively Black, an athleisure brand, does not take his new partnership with the Nigerian Bobsled and Skeleton Federation lightly.“When you look at historically what’s happened with the Olympics and brand sponsorships, you see the biggest brands in the world,” he said. “It’s something that most small to midsize businesses, most Black-owned brands, don’t even have the resources to show our work at that level.”Actively Black announced its role as official outfitter for the Nigerian bobsled and skeleton teams for the Beijing Winter Olympics on Oct. 1, Nigerian Independence Day.The brand is designing all of the clothes the teams will be seen in at the Games in February, including the opening ceremony outfits and the competition uniforms. Mr. Smith, 36, said he wanted...
Chef and Cookbook Author Bryant Terry Looks to Preserve Black Food Stories

Chef and Cookbook Author Bryant Terry Looks to Preserve Black Food Stories

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Like many businesses, the publishing industry was profoundly impacted by the racial reckoning of 2020, when its overwhelming whiteness was called into question both online and behind closed doors. Now, more than a year later, the results of calls for greater diversity among those who decide what gets published have begun to materialize.Titles by Black authors are hitting the market at an increased rate, including within the food sphere, where Black chefs are landing more lucrative deals for cookbook projects. Through 4 Color Books, Mr. Terry hopes not only to diversify shelves but also to open avenues to bring more Black people into publishing.“Following the reckoning, a lot more people became intentional about their book purchases,” said Toni Tipton-Martin, an author and journalist, and t...
‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Review: A Black Composer at the Met, Finally

‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Review: A Black Composer at the Met, Finally

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Enthusiastic ovations at the end greeted Blanchard, a jazz trumpeter best known for his scores for Spike Lee films, and Kasi Lemmons, the writer, director and actress who with “Fire” becomes the first Black librettist of a work performed by the Met in its history. It was exhilarating to see them cheered on by an almost entirely Black cast, chorus and dance troupe, as well as by an audience with notably more people of color than usual at a Met opening.“Fire,” which premiered at Opera Theater of St. Louis in 2019, is based on a 2014 memoir by the New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow; it’s an account of his turbulent upbringing in rural Louisiana as he endures emotional confusion, longs for affection from his tough-love mother and tries to come to terms with the wounds of sexual molestati...
How Black and Hispanic Millennials Are Looking Outside of 401k’s for Investing

How Black and Hispanic Millennials Are Looking Outside of 401k’s for Investing

Business
“We almost went bankrupt,” he said. “We lost almost $350,000.” To date, Mr. Napoleon has been able to replenish only a fraction of the savings he poured into the business, dealing a major setback to his long-term plan to buy property and create a stream of rental income.“I’ve always made it my goal to be financially free,” Mr. Napoleon said. “My family is dirt poor,” he said. “Luck is what provides their stability.” It was frustrating now, he said, to realize that his credit score had sunk under the weight of the debt he accrued when his cash flow plunged. Now he effectively has to start over.Mr. Napoleon said his family home in Brooklyn where he and his four siblings, one of whom has special needs, grew up has been in foreclosure for more than a decade. “They worked real hard as immigrant...

In Oak Bluffs, Strangers Become Family

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“I was part of the social justice task force that pushed our athletic department to look more into hiring practices,” Mr. Williams said. “We also pushed for antiracism sensitivity training for our coaching staff and players. It’s all about community, and what I feel on the island, I try to create in other spaces.” Meanwhile, the spirit of activism on the island continues, with events held this summer for Juneteenth, receptions supporting the campaigns of Black political candidates and supply drives to benefit college students.But things on Martha’s Vineyard are not always idyllic. On July 29, at a summer camp run by the Chilmark Community Center, an incident took place in which two white children wrapped a tent strap around the neck of a Black child, eerily reminiscent of a noose. The cent...

Saving the Artwork of the South: Deep Investment, and a Drone

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — “I’m the conjurer of all my ancestors, 400 years of African people in America,” said Joe Minter, surveying the dense outdoor environment of artworks he has forged from refuse over the past 32 years across his half-acre yard, facing two of the largest African-American cemeteries in the south. Nodding to the tombstones, he added, “they have given me the privilege of being their spokesman.”Minter described receiving the word of God in 1989 to “pick up what has been thrown away, put it together and put my words on it.” Ever since, the artist, now 78, with a gift for mechanics and previous jobs in construction and auto repair, has been building “African Village in America.” It is a succession of improvised sculptures that bear witness to the history of the diaspora and of civ...
How the Media Repeated ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’ in Petito Case

How the Media Repeated ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’ in Petito Case

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“White victims tend to be portrayed as being in very safe environments, so it’s shocking that something like this could happen, whereas the Black and Latino victims are portrayed as being in unsafe environments, so basically normalizing victimization,” she said.Ms. Slakoff added that there were a number of reasons people were interested in Ms. Petito’s case. The road trip was documented by Ms. Petito on social media, providing glimpses into her life. People wanted to feel that they were part of the story by helping to solve her disappearance and were connecting with others by tracking what was happening and trading information. But the amount of coverage threatened to turn the case into “entertainment,” she added.“I don’t think we can discount the profit motive and the fact that, historica...
Food Scholar, Folk Singer, Blunt Speaker: The Many Lives of Leni Sorensen

Food Scholar, Folk Singer, Blunt Speaker: The Many Lives of Leni Sorensen

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CROZET, Va. — You pick up a lot of skills after 79 years of being Leni Sorensen, perhaps America’s most unsung food historian.She can spin wool, butcher hogs and can venison. If she had to, she could make money sewing clothes or selling tamales. She can sing, too. Her contralto voice landed her a spot as the only Black member of the Womenfolk, a quintet whose cover of the suburban satire “Little Boxes” spent three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964.Dr. Sorensen can also talk. And talk. I learned this after pulling off the blacktop into her five-acre homestead here in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Va. Over glasses of cold tea she made by poking hibiscus flowers and herbal tea bags into a bottle of supermarket seltzer, an afternoon visit stretched into the evening....