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12 years ago by Staff

Good Hair, Crip Walking and the London Olympics

Editors note: After the first week of Olympic action wrapped up, The Shadow League editors Vince Thomas and Khalid Salaam went back and forth on some of the topics (good hair, crip-walking, GOAT Olympian, basketball boredom, etc.) that had th

12 years ago by James Law

Olympic Dreams Deferred

I didn’t leave my house for two days. The pain of missing the Olympic trials paralyzed me. I didn’t speak with family or friends when they called. Didn’t feel like explaining, justifying, rationalizing, or any other “&

12 years ago by Staff

The Dark Knight Rises and Populist Anger

There’s a scene early on in The Dark Knight Rises (and btw there are no spoiler alerts in here, so if you haven’t seen it yet, that’s on you) in which the character played by Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle, whispers into Br

12 years ago by Staff

Jealous Ones Envy

The stunt-double Queen Elizabeth II parachuting out of a chopper with a fake James Bond was cool and all, but, hijinks aside, there were two indelible images coming out of the first weekend of the London Olympics. You had swim star Ryan Lochte fl

12 years ago by Staff

Life Is Good, Nas Is Great

It’s often hard to understand what the public wants from Nas. He is undoubtedly one of the true greats that hip hop has ever generated, yet he remains an enigma. His 10th album, Life is Good, dropped last week and, per t

12 years ago by Staff

Adam Scott: We Feel For You, Homie

Straight up – I’d have been standing in a water works puddle if I were Adam Scott. Scott is a G. After such a stunning lack of composure on his last four holes, to tourn around and actually maintain his composure as he p

12 years ago by Jaimie Sanchez

Channel Orange: It’s Cool To Be You

I have been a Frank Ocean fan since “Acura Integurl” and Nostalgia/Ultra reaffirmed my love for emo boys with dark skin tones. I can’t help it; I am a sucker for wit, R&B, and frustrated love. Ocean’s presence

12 years ago by Staff

The Linsanity Myth

Late in February, after a New York loss in Miami, then coach Mike D'Antoni said, "It's hard to be Peter Pan every day."

That was the night when Jeremy Lin, the boy that could fly, fell back to earth. And he fell hard. H

12 years ago by Staff

Frank Ocean’s Moment of Truth

I wasn’t 100 percent sure what it was about, but I did notice the flood of activity on my timeline last week regarding Frank Ocean and something about a letter. I’ve become, over many years, very adept at filtering information; so, oc

12 years ago by Staff

American Horror Story

Until November 2011, Joe Paterno and Penn State University were two of the most venerated institutions in all of sports. Referring to Paterno – a man – as an institution is no misnomer, either. The man held the all-time wins record fo

12 years ago by Staff

Hip Hop’s New Crew Era

A few months ago, my brother Adam was watching one of those music video stations (VH1 Soul, MTV Jams…I don't know) and I heard a familiar sound. The beat was dank, claustrophobic and ruminating. The emcee was spitting compounds. The record

12 years ago by Staff

While You Were Sleeping: MLB Edition

The season is halfway over and there are already a handful of dreams deferred, best-case scenarios and random occurrences presented in the 2012 season. For those of you who lost track of the major stories, here a refresher.


12 years ago by Staff

Dwight Detox

Over the past decade or so, some NBA offseasons get marred by negative-skewing storylines that quickly go from titillating to trite. There was overreaction to Allen Iverson, a.k.a. Jewelz, dropping “40 Barz” in 2000 and the ugly 2004

12 years ago by Staff

Duncan or Bust for Davis?

If you went to the hood, walked in a KFC and received absolutely wretched customer service, how would you react? You’d probably just be quietly annoyed, get your food and go on about your day, right? It wouldn’t matter if the teenage

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