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8 Olympic Athletes Embrace Their Black Girl Magic in Rio

1. Maya Moore. Three-time WNBA All-Star and 2012 Olympic gold medalist.  

2. Tori Bowie. 2015 NCAA champion, long jump.

3. Michelle Carter. Two-time Olympian, shot put.

4. Shamier Little. 2015 NCAA champion, 400-meter hurdles.

5. Ajeé Wilson. 2014 USA Outdoor champion, track and field.

6. Ashleigh Johnson. 2014 FINA World Cup, gold, water polo.

7. Alysia Montano. Six-time USATF Outdoor champion and 2012 Olympian. 

8. Brittney Reese. Six-time World Champion and Olympic gold medalist.

All these marvelous sportswomen are here all together as a reminder of Black excellence and Black talent. They represent our country and take deep pride in that. Many women in the US are degraded by horrible attitude and oppression. Being strong-willed and ambitious athletes they inspire Black youth to know and embrace the power they have inside. 

These Black girls  deserve to be on our Blogs. 

#BlackPride

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Thanks for the letter, Ayla. Today, President Obama met with the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion University of Connecticut Huskies, and here’s what he had to say to these talented young women:

“When I’ve got two daughters who are tall and gorgeous and athletic, for them to know that they’ve got a whole bunch of people ahead of them who are doing great stuff, it empowers them and it makes me feel very proud to be with these outstanding young women.” —President Obama

Kevin Randleman has passed away at the age of 44.

Confirmed by his family on facebook and Jeremy Botter on twitter. He died of heart failure at the hospital while being treated for pneumonia.

A former 2x NCAA national champion, Randleman is former UFC champion and Pride FC veteran. He’s been in there with so man great fighters - Fedor, Cro Cop, Shogun, Sakuraba, Rampage, Liddell, Couture, Rizzo ,etc. Can’t say there are too many guys who been put through that type of grind. A sad day for the MMA and wrestling communities.

Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Happy Birthday to Olympic swimmer Maritza McClendon!

Born in Puerto Rico in 1981, Maritza McClendon is the first black female swimmer to break an American record, setting new records in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events at the Women’s NCAA Championships in 2002. Two years later, Correia became the first black woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic swim team. Now retired from competitive swimming, she has served as a key leader in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s partnership with USA Swimming  to increase black participation in swimming since 2012.

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Morgan Brian: 2013 Mac Hermann
Lori Chalupny: UNC Captain 2 consecutive years // First-Team NSCAA All-American Crystal Dunn: 2012 Mac Hermann
Whitney Engen: Started 105/107 games // Led the team in minutes played (2,518) Ashlyn Harris: 3 time NCAA Women’s Soccer Champion (UNC)
Tobin Heath: 1st MAC Hermann Trophy runner-up (2009) “Heath would rather nutmeg a player than dribble around her” - Anson Dorrance
Meghan Klingenberg: First-Team All-ACC // 4 year starter
Ali Krieger: Started every game she played // Big Ten Co-Defensive POTY (2006)
Sydney Leroux: 4th UCLA’s record books for Goals (57) & Game-winning goals (23)
Carli Lloyd: Rutger’s All-time leader in points (117) / goals (50)
Sam Lewis: NSCAA All-American // 2014 Mac Hermann Top 3 Finalist
Alex Morgan: 3rd All-time scorer in Cal history (45) // 1st Cal player to Hermann finalists 
Kelley O’Hara: 2009 MAC Hermann // Stanford season record goals (26)
Heather O’Reilly: 59 career goals & 49 assists tying Mia Hamm for 2nd in UNC history Christen Press: Stanford All-time Leading Scorer (71) // 2010 Mac Hermann
Christie Rampone: Monmouth’s All-Time record for goals(79) assists(54)
Amy Rodriguez: USC’s #4 All-Time Scorer (31)
Megan Rapinoe: 8th player in UP history to get 30 goals & 25 assists in a career
Becky Sauerbrunn: Played every game // UVA’s only 3-time NSCAA All-American
Hope Solo: Top goalkeeper in Pac-10 history
Abby Wambach: Florida’s All-Time leading scorer (96)

Asked and Answered: President Obama’s 2016 NCAA Basketball Championship Brackets

Happy March Madness! As teams from across the country get their dancing shoes ready, President Obama sat down with ESPN’s Andy Katz to discuss his picks for the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Nicknamed “Barack-etology,” filling out brackets for both the men’s and women’s tournament has become an annual tradition at the White House.

Asked and Answered:

In 2015, President Obama correctly predicted that the Connecticut Huskies would be the women’s NCAA basketball champions. However, he didn’t do so well with the men’s bracket — something an eleven-year-old girl from North Carolina pointed out in a letter to the President. “You are a great president, just not the best bracket picker,” Emilia wrote.

Dear President Obama,
My Name is Emilia. I am eleven years old and I live in Charlotte North Carolina. I just wanted to tell you that I saw your 2015 NCAA bracket pick and I beat you. You are a great president, just not the best bracket picker.
Sincerely,
Emilia

Inspired to do better with his 2016 brackets, the President wrote her back. “Your note gave me the sense you’re a talented young lady with some serious potential. Always remember that nothing is beyond your reach as long as you are willing to set your sights high and put your best effort into everything you do. I expect big things—and great brackets—from you in the years ahead,” he wrote. In the hopes that the President would get more than 40 percent of the games right this year, the White House even called Emilia to get her thoughts on the tournament. 

Dear Emilia,

Thanks for your letter about my bracket picks this year. You’re right—when it comes to my basketball bracket, I don’t have the best record!

In addition to helping keep me honest, your note gave me the sense you’re a talented young lady with some serious potential. Always remember that nothing is beyond your reach as long as you are willing to set your sights high and put your best effort into everything you do. I expect big things—and great brackets—from you in the years ahead!

Your friend,

Barack Obama

The President also sent Emilia this signed picture:

Emilia — Next year I’ll check with you first!
Barack Obama

President Obama’s 2016 Picks:

In his men’s bracket, the President has Kansas, Texas A&M, UVA, and UNC headed to the Final Four. To the excitement of many Kansas fans, the President predicts the Jayhawks will win the national title.  

In the women’s tournament, the President anticipates that Connecticut, Florida State, South Carolina, and Notre Dame will reach the Final Four. In the end though, he thinks it will be the UConn Huskies cutting down the nets come April 5.