The Black Sportswoman’s mission is to amplify the stories of Black women athletes in sports.
We provide researched, reported, quality storytelling centering Black women athletes and their contribution to sports.
Through a sports lens, we share the accomplishments and lived experiences of Black women around the world – because their treatment inside & outside of sports is a part of their story.
Their stories are a part of history.
Alice Coachman had to show students her medal to convince them she was the first Black American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
Lusia Harris, one of the first women’s college basketball stars, is not a household name like her contemporaries, despite being called “the reason the U.S. women’s basketball team earned international respect.”
That’s just scratching the surface.
Black women in sports are often ignored in sports media and if they aren’t, they’re regularly misrepresented.
They battle sexism, racism along with the physical demands of their sports. They also succeed, find joy and sometimes thrive.
The Black Sportswoman holds space for these competitors, their journeys and their lives. We value them and want to tell their full stories.
We don’t want those achievements erased or water downed. We don’t want the sportswomen of today to deal with the same problems Coachman and Harris faced.
This publication aims to change the narrative and write Black women athletes back into history, placing their stories in an accessible, public format.
The Black Sportswoman returns December 5 and you can expect biweekly profiles and features, in your inbox every other Saturday. So far, we’ve written about The Dominant Lusia Harris and how Tuskegee paved the way by investing in athletic competition for Black women.
Subscribe now for quality content that proves Black women athletes and their fans don’t have to accept average coverage.
About Bria Felicien
I’m an Atlanta-based journalist whose work has been published in Sports Illustrated, FiveThirtyEight and more. I’ve covered everything from Georgia politics and entertainment to the WNBA and women’s college basketball and some of my favorite pieces include profiles of Katrina McClain and Wyomia Tyus and features that discuss race and women’s soccer in America.
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