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Simone Manuel becomes the first black female swimmer to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.

Simone Manuel became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual swimming event when she she pulled off a stunning upset victory in the women’s 100-meter freestyle race Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.

Twitter users were quick to applaud Manuel’s pioneering accomplishment. Of course, this wasn’t even her first big win of the week.

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Nike Calls Serena Williams the Greatest Athlete Ever in This Striking U.S. Open Ad
At a press conference at Wimbledon in July, a reporter asked Serena Williams how she felt about going down in the history books as "one of the greatest female athletes of all time." She responded simply, "I prefer the words 'one of the greatest athletes of all time.'

“With just a few words, the winner of 22 Grand Slam singles titles was able to combat the subtle sexism that permeates how female athletes are treated by the media.

Now, just two months later, Nike uses that moment as inspiration for its latest 60-second spot, a celebration of all that makes Williams great, timed to the U.S. Open.

The spot, part of Nike’s “Unlimited” series from Wieden + Kennedy, goes a step further in its assessment of Williams, deeming her the “greatest athlete ever” (after striking the word female from its own onscreen copy).

The ad uses the just a few of those on-screen words to condense Williams’ many accomplishments into an easily digestible narrative (even if it’s cryptic at first). The creative is stripped down, which works, though it might have benefited from more visuals matching the captions. Film is a visual medium after all.”

Read the full piece and a list of her accomplishments here

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For years Colin Kaepernick has been criticized for his silence, for “not being a grown-up,” for being a man of few words. Journalists literally counted the amount of words he said at a press conference.

But now that he’s speaking out publicly about a massively important issue, people all of a sudden want him to “shut up and play football.” 

We can’t have it both ways. Either we want to hear what Kaepernick — a politically astute black man who happens to play football for a living — has to say, or we don’t. 

Athletes can be more than the public platforms upon which they stand.

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Filipina actress Nela Álvarez’s made her screen debut in 1936 and appeared in about five more movies before World War II brought film production in the Philippines to a halt. In 1948, she continued her film career and worked throughout the next two decades. Álvarez was also the star catcher on one of the first women’s softball teams in the Philippines.