There are so many stories about Kobe Bryant flooding our media feeds, it's hard to wade through them all. But if you only watch one tribute, watch this one. Bryant leaves a legacy that is inspiring for some and complicated for others, but no one can deny his unbridled adoration for his four daughters.
While basketball fans mourn Kobe Bryant's sudden passing, others demonstrate inadvertent racism when speaking of the basketball legend's death. The BBC ran a photo of LeBron James instead of Bryant when reporting on Bryant's helicopter crash. Sure, they played on the team, but they don't even look alike. The BBC apologized for the mistake, calling it "human error." But it's hard not to think the human error being committed was the error of being racist.
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This month, two basketball referees made sports history.
Danielle Scott and Angelica Suffren became the first two black women to referee an NBA game, making for an intersectional feminist win.
Marc J. Spears, a senior writer for ESPN's The Undefeated, noticed the women during the July 3 summer league game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The cheers grew wilder and more euphoric as Bailey Kurahashi did the seemingly impossible.
Another three-pointer. And another. And another.
She kept launching the basketball through the air, and it kept swishing down through the net. Rapturous fans in the bleachers threw their hands in the air.