Friday, June 21, 2024

Hoops, Rap and Every thing Black| A New Column by SLAM

Most know, however for these of you who don’t: SLAM was based in 1994 as a publication that intertwines the sport and hip-hop tradition. As a ‘94 child myself, I used to be raised on SLAM. I’m from the period of hoop that coined the phrase, “ball is life” and I used to be that child coming house from faculty, turning on the pc and getting in a rabbit gap on YouTube wanting up highlights and mixtapes. Not simply basketball mixtapes although, however hip-hop mixtapes, too—I’m a DatPiff and Weblog Period child. If I wasn’t outdoors hoopin’ or in anyone’s fitness center, I used to be consuming basketball another kind of manner and most likely listening to rap on the similar time.

Hoops and rap turned the lenses by which I see the world via. And naturally, these lenses are filtered with my Blackness, one thing I take satisfaction in and by no means shrink back from.

Hoops, Rap and Every thing Black is a weekly column that zeroes in on the 2 basic parts of SLAM—hoops and rap—whereas threading in different points of the colourful tapestry of Black tradition. You, readers, can count on dynamic storytelling, options, interviews, private essays, pictures, temper boards and movies. I’ve additionally put collectively a 22-playlist (impressed by the No. 22, which I wore for many of my hoop profession) referred to as Hoops, Rap and Every thing Black playlist that may go together with every column.

Only for enjoyable, right here’s the temper board I created when conceptualizing what I need Hoops Rap and Every thing Black to replicate; this could provide you with a glimpse of what to anticipate.

Slightly bit extra about me: Modestly, I developed to be a reasonably first rate hooper and performed DI ball at Longwood College in Virginia. I nonetheless hoop each probability I get, and God prepared I’ll hoop for the remainder of my life. I grew up within the DMV, and over the course of my profession performed for notable applications like Hoop Sales space and Beneath Armour’s DC Assault (now DC Premier), and faculties like Fredericksburg Christian Faculty and Middleburg Academy. I performed with and towards professionals and high-level hoopers at each flip. I received my Grasp’s in Sports activities Business Administration from Georgetown College and am at the moment wrapping up my second Grasp’s in Journalism at NYU.

Now that we received all that out of the best way, let’s get to it. I recognize you for being right here, and hope you be a part of me each week on this journey. You may learn the primary column right here.

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