This work is a fascinating look at black participation in modern day American sports. It conveys, in a compelling and sometimes controversial way, the benefits received and burdens carried, the racism received and the racism imagined of athletes and coaches in the USA due mostly to the colour of their skin.From John Carlos and Tommie Smith to Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, readers will be engrossed in the examples and explanations of what has transpired and evolved during the past 40 years. "Souled Out?" brings a fresh and forthright perspective to present day responsibilities and future opportunities.This work isn't intent on assigning blame so much as it is casting a fresh perspective on the current nature of blacks' participation in sports, its ills and benefits and advocating a greater sense of responsibility on everyone's part.The categories of topics, individuals and events featured will draw readers in, with an interesting mix of new and familiar, controversy and common sense and fact and opinion.Get a true picture from a leading black journalist who has encountered racism directly, experienced and witnessed the positive changes that have been made, has an inside perspective of the obstacles still present and opportunities that lie ahead.
Prior to joining Newsday in 1993, Shaun Powell was a sports columnist for the St. Louis Globe Democrat, the Dallas Times Herald and the Miami Herald. His columns have been recognised with numerous awards including: The New York Associated Press' Best Sports Story award in 1995 and the New York Deadline Club's Best Sports Story award in 1999. Powell is often a guest commentator on a variety of sports programs and has been featured on CNN, ESPN TV and radio, the Madison Square Garden Network, MSNBC, ABC sports radio, WFAN, One-On-One Sports radio, and the Metro Channel's Game Face show
Chapter 1. Generational-Cultural Differences: Seeking Common Ground; Chapter 2. Black Athlete Activism: Has the Last Militant Left the Stage?; Chapter 3. Home is the City: Metro Dares and Small-Town Stares; Chapter 4. Academic Divide: Old School, New School, No School; Chapter 5. Basketball Score: Jumping Through Hoops or Just Growing Up?; Chapter 6. Baseball Bygones: Going Soft on Hardball; Chapter 7. Golf Gulf: The Lonesome King of Cablinasia; Chapter 8. Show Time: Ali Started It, Others Ruined It; Chapter 9. Media Madness: The Price of (Not) Dancing to Their Tune; Chapter 10. Leadership Positions: Hitting the Cement Ceiling; Chapter 11. The Feminine Side: You Go, Girl, but How Far?; Chapter 12. Natural Athleticism: Where Science Ends and Bias Begins.