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Serena, Serena, Serena… But I Understand

Sometimes you lose you cool… we all do. I can forgive Serena for losing her mind and I’ll even say this, who cares? Don’t give me any of the she used bad language biz either. Every sport contains profanity and so does the news, TV shows, cable, etc. America loves reality TV and it didn’t get any more real than Serena at the US Open.

Move on people.

Hank Aaron To MLB… Bonds Is The Home Run King


Major League Baseball legend Hank Aaron recently shared his thoughts about Barry Bonds and the home run record with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“In all fairness to everybody, I just don’t see how you really can do a thing like that and just say somebody isn’t the record holder anymore, and let’s go back to the way that it was,” Aaron told the Journal-Constitution Friday, referring to the controversy involving Bonds, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and other players who have been linked to performance enhancing drugs.

“If you did that, you’d have to go back and change all kinds of records, and the [home run] record was very important to me. It’s probably the most hallowed record out there, as far as I’m concerned, but it’s now in the hands of somebody else. It belongs to Barry.”

Aaron said trying to decide which players should be held accountable is tough.

“Really, it’s sort of a tricky call when you start going down that road of who is legitimate,” Aaron told the Journal-Constitution. “I don’t know if Barry would have hit as many home runs or hit them as far — if that’s the case that he did use steroids — but I still don’t think it has anything to do with him having the kind of baseball career that he had.

“He could have had an excellent career, regardless of what he did. So it would be something that I don’t think the commissioner would like to get involved in, really. There are things out there besides worrying about a home run record that somebody now holds. Barry has the record, and I don’t think anybody can change that.”

Uneven Fairways… Golf Channel Documentary On African-American Struggle


Last year, ESPN broadcast the powerful story of the African-American stuggle in the sport of basketball (Black Magic). This year, The Golf Channel will be recounting the path blazed by African-Americans in the Sport of Kings in a documentary titled Uneven Fairways.

Acclaimed actor, Samuel L. Jackson hosts this 60-minute documentary that will premiere February 11th at 9 p.m. EST. 

Here’s the trailer for this powerful and historical film.

Yale University Hires 7th Black Head Football Coach


Associated Press Writer
Posted: Monday, Jan. 05, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Tom Williams has been hired at Yale, becoming the first black head football coach at the Ivy League school.

A person familiar with the decision confirmed the choice Monday on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not been made. The school called a news conference for 2 p.m. Wednesday to introduce the new coach.

Williams, 38, has spent the past two seasons working with the Jaguars defense and has been an assistant coach at Hawaii, Washington, Stanford and San Jose State.

“I am happy for Tom,” Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said in a text message to The Associated Press. “He has shown strong leadership qualities and is a very good communicator. This is a great opportunity for him.”

Williams replaces Jack Siedlecki, who retired in November after 12 seasons to become an assistant athletic director at Yale. Siedlecki was 70-47 at the school, including 47-37 in the Ivy League. He led the Bulldogs to a share of the conference title in 1999 and 2006, but was just 4-8 against rival Harvard and had lost seven of the past eight games with the Crimson.

Yale went 6-4 this season, including 4-3 in the conference and a 10-0 loss to Harvard in the 125th edition of “The Game.”

Siedlecki became coach after Hall of Famer Carm Cozza retired in 1996 after 32 seasons.

AP Sports Writer Mark Long in Jacksonville contributed to this report

Florida Black Football Coach Denied Top Job ‘Cause Of White Wife


Courtesy Of The Associated Press

MIAMI — Florida Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong believes race is a reason he hasn’t been offered a head-coaching job during his 25 years in college football, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Strong, a 48-year-old black man, shook his head affirmatively when an Orlando Sentinel reporter asked him if his interracial marriage was a factor in getting passed over for jobs, including one at a Southern school a few years ago. Strong, whose wife is white, said he heard that too many times for it to be rumor.

“Everybody always said I didn’t get that job because my wife is white,” Strong said at media day Monday, as the Gators prepare to face Oklahoma in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game. “If you think about it, a coach is standing up there representing the university. If you’re not strong enough to look through that [interracial marriage], then you have an issue.”

There are seven black coaches at the nation’s 119 major football schools, also known as the Bowl Subdivision, after four were hired in December.

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said last month that “race was the No. 1 factor” why Auburn chose Iowa State coach Gene Chizik over Buffalo coach Turner Gill. Gill, who is black, also is married to a white woman, and ESPN later reported that two Southeastern Conference coaches said Gill got passed over for the job partly because of his interracial marriage.

Strong had a message for those who hold his wife’s skin color against him.

“She makes no calls and she plays no defense,” Strong said.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

2nd Black College Football Video Game: The Doug Williams Edition


Nerjyzed Entertainment, Inc. and CEO/Founder Jacqueline Beauchamp have done it again! On November 28, 2008, NEI debuted their 2nd Black College Football Video Game titled “The Doug Williams Experience” (BCFx). It was publicly introduced as part of the 35th Annual State Farm Bayou Classic at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Celebrity host Stan Verrett (ESPN Sports Anchor) and Grambling State University Alumnus (and Superbowl XXII MVP) Doug Williams were part of the exclusive launch party.

NEI’s first release was only available for the PC which frustrated many gamers. However, with the 2nd release that is no longer a hurdle as it is available for the Xbox 360. Additionally, it is also compatible with the popular Rock Band Drum Set enabling an enhanced experience for the Drumline feature. The game will ship with 35 songs (65 musical), feature a look at the culture of HBCUs themselves and include a Museum section with histories of the schools.

NEI has set a goal of selling 500,000 units and will need your support to help get them there. Be certain to be one of the first to get your game by ordering here.

Update 3.7.09We just received an email from Nerjyzed Entertainment’s Promotions and Events Manager in response to all of our reader’s comments about getting this game. NE told us that preorders are available at and that the release date will soon be announced. Stay tuned.


NASCAR Settles Discrimination Lawsuit With Grant


The former (only) African-American female NASCAR race official, Mauricia Grant, filed a $225 million lawsuit against against NASCAR earlier this year. After spending almost three years on the Nationwide Series, she alleged sexual and racial discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. She claims she was called demeaning names and was subjected to sexual advances (two male co-workers allegedly exposed themselves to her).

When Ms. Grant’s lawsuit became public, the PR machine for NASCAR came out strongly against the legal action taken by her. However, after a few months of a bad economy the AP (Associated Press) has reported that NASCAR has settled this case.

The suit was settled during a Dec. 3 mediation held in New York between Mauricia Grant and NASCAR. Settlement terms were confidential.

“We’re glad to have the case settled on mutually acceptable terms,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Thursday. “NASCAR remains dedicated to maintaining a professional work environment for all employees at all times, and we wish Ms. Grant well in her future endeavors.”

Black Athletes, White Lovers… Do You Care?

Bradon Jacobs (RB NY Giants) & Wife


Venus Williams & Hank Kuehne… raised in Compton, CA she is now one of the most famous athletes in the world… where is her King?

Update 5.19.09 – I must say that the responses to this post have been powerful… thank you all for your opinion and your passion. I came across a couple interesting posts regarding Russell Simmons (Hip Hop Mogul) and his friend Julie Henderson (Model). Give it a read and share you thoughts… here is the post about Uncle Russ & Julie. Then there is something written by Uncle Russ’ ex-Katie Ross.

Julie Henderson & Russell Simmons, Katie Ross The Ex

Julie Henderson & Russell Simmons, Katie Ross The Ex

On November 4, 2008, America elected a Black Man as the President-Elect of the United States of America. This historic event has caused many  Americans (especially w/in the Black Community) to examine many issues surrounding “race” that have been either taboo or only talked about honestly when one is in the midst of their own ethnic group. We felt that we should be no different at Urban Sports Talk & Entertainment… so we are asking you to give your thoughts about “race” as it relates to Black Athletes involved in interracial relationships.

I decided to pen this post mainly because of a conversation I had with my cousin recently. Given my background as a former football player, he wanted my perspective on Black (Male) Athletes dating White Women. He just cannot understand how these athletes are raised in Black neighborhoods, attend Black (k – 12) Schools, worship in Black Churches then go off and leave Black Women behind. His challenge to me was to defend that reality for those athletes.

I didn’t care to provide an excuse because I don’t believe a person’s decision to date someone of another ethnicity is shameful. What I did talk about is how a Black Athlete’s circumstances can lead him (them) to make certain choices. Many of which were never available prior to him/her being highlighted for athletic prowess.

David Garrad (QB Jacksonville Jaguars) & Family

For instance, the vast majority of Black Athletes are removed from Black areas when they are given scholarships to attend White Colleges. This is the initial step towards assimilating into the Majority Society. For many Black Athletes, this will be their first time attending a class as the minority student. He/she will be living around tens of thousands of non-Blacks for the coming years as they are being trained to play sports at a high level. His/her world view is being shaped during this time as he/she is experiencing independence from parents, family and their community. It is during this time when they are frequently socializing with many diverse groups of people which they will ultimately be influenced by for the years to come.

My cousin wasn’t impressed and didn’t want to hear that lame excuse as he called it. What are your thoughts? Are we passed this issue or should Black Athletes be challenged for their decisions to date outside of their race?

State of The Black College Football Coach ’08: NCAA Disgrace


Each year, there are coaches getting fired and hired at the 119 universities and colleges. The number of African-American Head Coaches will be reduced by 3 after this season as Ty Willingham (Washington), Ron Prince (Kansas St.) and Sylvester Croom (Miss. St.) are leaving their posts. Only Randy Shannon (Miami), Turner Gill (Buffalo) and Kevin Sumlin (Houston) remain. A ridiculous 3 out of 119 Head Coaching positions in major college football are held by African-Americans.

This is a DISGRACE!!!!! A sport that is dominated by more than 50% participation of African-American student-athletes can only show a 2.5% rate of African-American Head Coaches… This is a MAJOR DISGRACE!!!!!

What is the NCAA going to do? How much more can the Black Coaches Association do?

You cannot tell me that there are no qualified African-American Coaches to fill many of these jobs. Many of my personal friends are coaching in the NFL and at the major college level… they aren’t even getting interviews at these schools. They have playing experience (NCAA/NFL) and coaching experience which cannot be denied… so what is the deal???

I’m sure some will look at this and say so what… others will look at it and say that things are changing… I’m of the opinion that the NCAA needs to implement a serious initiative to recruit, develop and staff African-American Head Coaches similiar to what the NFL does with its Rooney Rule (est. ’03).”

Lane Kiffin Accepts Univ. of Tennessee Offer


Disgraced ex-Oakland Raiders Head Football Coach has resurfaced by landing the University of Tennessee’s Head Football Coach position. I’m not mad at Lane Kiffin for getting this job which I think he’ll be an average coach at best. But let me inquire of the University’s screening process… how many African-Americans were in the hunt for this job?