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'Supergirl' stuntwoman kills it on 'American Ninja Warrior,' dressed as Wonder Woman
Move over, Gal Gadot.

“Meet Jessie Graff, the Supergirl stuntwoman and American Ninja Warrior competitor who made history (again) on the show, where advanced athletes compete in near-impossible obstacle courses.

In season five she was the first woman to qualify for the city finals. In this season, she’s the first woman to conquer the new 14.5 foot Warped Wall (aka SUPER HARD) in the Los Angeles qualifiers.

And she did it all while wearing a Wonder Woman costume. Because, we repeat, she is a real-life superhero. Watch the glory for yourself.”

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GO JESSIE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“YOU’RE A WONDER, WONDER WOMAN”

Hancock: Richard Henry Lee, will you serve on the declaration committee?

Lee: Sorry Johnny👎🙅gotta respectfulLEE decline😜😂👌About to go home to refresh the missus👀😉😏💍💦Virginia born Virginia bound💪🌞🌾 certified FFV💯✊ HERE👀A👀LEE👀THERE👀A👀LEE👀 Too hot here in Philly for me🔥😓😫

Adams: Someone stop him

Franklin: No keep going 👏👀💯

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nhl: drafts european athletes but doesn’t give them proper resources to adjust to american and canadian culture
nhl: excuses the foul behavior of white north american athletes while scrutinizing people of color and immigrants
nhl: allows men accused of sexual and physical violence towards women to continue to play, and in turn, further gives them access to young, vulnerable women
nhl: :) hockey is for everyone :)

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Venus and Serena Williams just made tennis history … again

  • Venus and Serena Williams are the oldest women to compete at the Australian Open for the Grand Slam final in the modern tennis era.
  • “This is probably the moment of our careers so far,” Serena Williams told reporters, according to CNN. “For me, I can definitely say for me.”
  • Venus Williams is 36, and Serena is 35, and together — over the course of two decades — they’ve changed the face of tennis by becoming two of the most prominent and dominant African-American athletes of all time. Read more

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1957 Ticker-Tape Parade down Canyon of Heroes for Althea Gibson, Winner at Wimbleton

On July 6th, 1957 Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title. When she arrived back in the United States, New York City honored her with a ticker-tape parade down Broadway.

Footage: Archive Films/Getty Images

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Real-life Wonder Woman Jessie Graff makes 'Ninja Warrior' history, again
She's the first woman to complete Stage 2 of the NBC obstacle course. IT'S AMAZING.

Did you see a female superhero in action this weekend? No, we don’t mean Wonder Woman, but the real-life Amazon Jessie Graff, who set a new record on American Ninja Warrior: USA v. The World this weekend.

On the NBC special, which aired ahead of Monday’s Season 9 premiere of America Ninja Warrior on June 12, Graff became the first woman to ever complete Stage 2 of the pretty-much-impossible obstacle course.

And that’s after becoming the first woman to do the same with Stage 1 last year. Watch and be amazed:

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Joe Poek, “La terreur du Texas” = Joe Poek, “The Terror of Texas”
1919
Glass plate negative
Press photograph by Agence Meurisse (Paris)
Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie

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Malcolm X : “My advice always to brother Cassius is that he never do anything that will in any way tarnish or take away from his image as the Heavyweight Champion of the world, because I frankly believe that Cassius is in a better position than anyone else to restore a sense of racial pride to not only our people in this country but all over the world. He is trying his best to live a clean life and project a clean image, but despite this you’ll find the press is constantly trying to paint him as something other than what he actually is. He doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t drink; in fact if he was white they’d be referring to him as the All-American Boy, like they used to refer to Jack Armstrong.”

Boston Celtics Bob Cousy and Bill Russell photographed by Richard Meek before Game 5 of the NBA Finals vs St. Louis Hawks at Boston Garden on April 9, 1957.  

The Celtics won the game 124-109 and won the series 4-3.

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Gabby Douglas Got Beautifully Honest About The Olympic Backlash She Faced
"I literally felt that the world was against me."

“And I didn’t qualify to certain competitions that I worked so hard for. So when people didn’t get that, like, [they would say] “Oh, why is she mad?” Because I literally broke my body for this sport. If you don’t get what you want, like a job or something, you’re gonna be sad! It’s human nature. So when people didn’t get that, I was devastated.” 

“As African-American athletes, you’re just kind of almost held to a different standard,” said Muhammad. “And even though you’ve won a medal and you’re standing on the stage representing your country, there’s always someone that’s gonna pick a photo with a fine-tooth comb and say, ‘Oh, well this is what makes her unpatriotic, this is what makes her different.’” 

Cornell Crew Team
Edward Penfield (American; 1866–1925)
1907
Color lithograph
Printed by: Charles W. Beck, Jr.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.