I’m honored to be a part of The Nation’s second sports issue. The mag is now available where mags are sold or my piece can be viewed here. A few months back Dave Zirin (who edited this edition) asked me to write a piece on the state of the Black athlete for what is truly a remarkable issue. The variety of writers allows readers a view rarely seen in sports journalism and should shake things up a bit. This opportunity lets me branch out and show the mainstream what The Starting Five is all about, my intentions as a writer and to also give the The Nation’s readership a perspective provoking no holds barred thought and all inclusive creativity. Hopefully, folks will begin to see sports journalism with a little more objectivity than the 24 hour news cycle allows.
Very appreciative to all of you because without the supportive push and also tough love challenge you’ve given the writers and I, there’s no way this opportunity is extended.
Below, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, and the aforementioned Dave Zirin, discuss the authors asked to pen pieces for the unique issue and also provide a view of the political mag’s history regarding essays on sports during its 146 years of existence. Near the end of the 11 minute clip, DZ puts myself and the site in a great light.
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