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BLACK GOLD

By David Jordan Jr

“All Summer Sixteen.” That could have been the theme for the 2016 Summer Olympics which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 games in Rio provided the perfect platform for greatness to be displayed by world class athletes from all over the world in all different sports. The preface to the Rio games was the constant discussions about the preparations (or lack thereof) for the athletes and fans that would make the journey to the host city. olympic-games-rioThe threat of the rampant spread of the Zika Virus was another potential obstacle that could have potentially led to the postponement of the XXXI Olympiad. With the opening ceremony beginning on August 5, 2016, the stage for amazing feats and colorful displays was set with the grand entrance of all of the participating countries and their representing athletes. The basketball court, swimming pool, gymnastics floor, boxing ring and the track allowed the world to see new records set, old records broken and new Olympic heroes birth right before our eyes. ESHE recognizes select athletes and their accomplishments at the 2016 Olympics:

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Carmelo Anthony became the Men’s USA Basketball team’s all-time leader in points, games played and rebounds. Carmelo also captured his 3rd Gold Medal in Rio.
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Natasha Hastings,Phyllis Francis Allyson Felix, and Courtney Okolo, led the U.S. women’s 4×400-meter team to its sixth consecutive gold medal.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  Kyrie Irving #10 of United States passes the ball to teammate Kevin Durant, not pictured, #5 before falling to the court during a Men's Preliminary Round Group A game between the United States and France Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX **
Fresh off of winning a NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, Kyrie Irving joins the select company of NBA Players winning Olympic Gold and a NBA Championship in the same year.
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Usain Bolt of Jamaica captured his 7th, 8th and 9th Gold Medal in track and field competition at the Rio games, his final Olympics of his illustrious career.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Gold medalist Claressa Maria Shields of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Boxing Middle (69-75kg) on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 631399811 ORIG FILE ID: 593233110
Claressa Shields became the first boxer to ever win back to back gold medals at the Rio games.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Paul George #13 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team celebrates after winning the Gold Medal Game against Serbia on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Paul George overcame a gruesome leg injury obtained while training with Team USA in 2014 to win a gold medal in the 2016 Rio games.
Simone Manuel became the first ever black woman swimmer to win a gold medal at the Rio games.
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Allyson Felix won her 6th gold medal and tied for the most medals of by a female athlete with 9.
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Mohamed Farah of Great Britain became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals after winning the Men’s 10,000m at the Rio games.
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Simone Biles became the first American woman to win four Gold Medals in a single Olympics in Rio.



The USA Is Ready For Football

 

By Frank James IV

It’s the time of year where everyone has a reason to forget the problems of the world. You can ignore the Presidential race and the racism in the USA. Protests and marches can be put on pause for the next six months. August is the prelude to September and September means football. Denver+Broncos+v+Atlanta+Falcons+PlL24nt5Ihvl
I can see the smiles on American faces at the mention of the word football. Football is without a doubt the American game. Baseball may be the game of history, but football is the game of today. Football is dominant in American culture and practice starts in August.
Football will soon begin to consume a major portion of the evening newscast. If your city has a NFL team, chances are the lead off story will be about that team. If your city has a NFL team and a successful college team nearby, the newscast will be a sportscast. This is the power of football in the USA. People will still pay attention to the political scene but they will do so with a divided eye.
There are pundits who believe that football should be banned. The concussion issues that plague football players are well documented. This event will probably never take place. Can you imagine a Saturday afternoon without college football on television? Tennessee-Titans-Fans-Jim-Brown-USA-TODAY-SportsI won’t even task your brain to try to imagine a Sunday without the NFL. No matter the health risk it poses, football generates billions of dollars. The social aspect of the USA without football would be incomplete.
Footballs exhibit of power and brutality appeals to the masses. People love to see their favorite gladiators go at it every weekend. Whether it is on a high school or pro level, people love football. Football has become the number one pastime for the American public. With the political and social scenes in turmoil, football is needed more than ever in the USA.
Football can pull together people of all races for 60 minutes.hafan_crop_north The white racist will cheer the black running back for his favorite team. The black person who hates whites will root for the white quarterback of their favorite team. During a football game the issue of race takes a back seat in people’s minds. The desire to see ones team win becomes the dominant thought process. Race may affect the officiating, but the fans usually are on the same page. Maybe the USA can learn from this?
If people of all ethnic backgrounds can come together and agree to be Packer fans why not agree on social issues? All races of people attend football games on every level. This is especially true for big colleges and the NFL. ten-10-Amazing-Facts-every-alabama-crimson-tide-football-fan-should-knowThe home fans are united in the agreement that they want the home team to win. Why not feel the same way about the human race? If people can pull together to cheer Notre Dame, I’m sure they can pull together to ensure the well being of all citizens.
With the sad state of affairs in the USA today football is a blessing. It will give people a chance to safely funnel their energy into a game for release.Nov 29, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (C) poses for a photo with fans prior to the game against the Oakland Raiders at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports It is better to have people ranting at television screens than police in the streets. Lord knows it is better to see Deion Sanders clowning on television than Al Sharpton the clown.
Football season is here. Fans of teams in the AFC West and the ACC should worry. The Oakland Raiders and Miami Hurricanes are returning to dominance. As they say, it’s payback time. There is one thing everyone will agree upon. Football is one avenue where black lives matter.