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Profiles in desecration: Lebron James, Nike, and Muhammad Ali

First posted at thenation.com There are certain phrases so imbued with history, their mere recitation evokes a reaction. To hear the words “I have a dream” or “we shall not be moved” is to be involuntarily flooded with awe. For an advertising executive, the operative emotion is not awe but opportunity: these are just phrases […]

By Muriam Haleh Davis Africa, as Friedrich Hegel and Nicolas Sarkozy have lamented, never managed to enter the march of history. Regardless, in the next month, it will play a staring role in the World Cup.  Not quite a free pass through the pearly gates of universal subjecthood, but close. Undoubtedly, soccer has always been […]

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Chuck D on the fight in Arizona

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Chuck D. The Hard Rhymer. The man on the mic for the most politically explosive hip-hop group in history, Public Enemy. With albums like “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,” “Fear of a Black Planet,” and anthems like “Fight the Power” and “Bring the Noise” along with the breathtaking production of […]

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Bud Selig: The choice is yours

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In the wake of the passage of Arizona’s anti-immigrant Senate Bill 1070, Major League Baseball has been under an increasingly hot spotlight. Boycotts and protests have been called against MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been asked by local activists to stop traveling to […]

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Policing gender and sex through sport

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In January, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened a so-called gender symposium in which medical ‘experts’ concluded that intersex athletes should be treated as having a medical disorder, and that eligibility of such athletes be decided on a case-by-case basis. They also suggested that photographs of athletes be taken and sent to experts to determine […]

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