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hands on a basketballby Weusi

So … when I started writing this, Shelli saw the title and was like, “what is that?”

This is just a little something for you to cause some trouble when you are in the mix with a few  basketball fans.

So … the NBA started in 1949. Why is this important? It’s not. But it is INCREDIBLE to me that, in the 64 years history of the NBA, only ONE man has admitted that he was gay. And it happened on Monday 4/29/13. After 12 seasons in the NBA, currently with the Washington Wizards, Jason Collins says, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” Now, why is a straight male writing about it on a natural hair blog?

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Because this is the kind of moment in time that will be easily brushed over. Yet if you consider the power and influence some professional athletes have in American culture, it is of great social importance. It can be called significant by different people for different reasons. I am not here to direct the conversation in any direction. You don’t have to reply to this post. I just want to share the information. OK … but for real … I do hope that you bring this up in different circles! 

Read the essay written by Jason Collins for SportsIllustrated.com here.

And here are words of support from other athletes.

Now that you are equipped with some tools to cause some trouble … my work is done here!

SHiNE

(P.S. Because I’m a soccer/football fan and am hoping that there are people in other soccer/football countries that read this, I’m throwing this in too.)

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