The Black Sportswoman’s mission is to amplify the stories of Black women athletes in sports history.

Top (L to R): Alice Coachman, Earlene Brown, Lusia Harris, Luisa Fuentes, Ora Washington, Bonnie St. John. Bottom (L to R): Barbara Ferrell and Wyomia Tyus, Tessa Sanderson, Driulis González, Audrey Patterson, Enith Brigitha, María Isabel Urrutia. Photo credit: Wikimedia. 

What is The Black Sportswoman?

A multimedia platform that prioritizes Black women athletes and their contributions to sports. We equally prioritize the sports and lived experiences of these women, allowing every athlete an opportunity to speak about themselves, if possible, when we are writing about them.

What athletes do you highlight?

For our Athlete to Know profiles, we prioritize athletes who are no longer active in their sports. That is currently the only limitation we put on our content. We highlight athletes who speak different languages, are from various countries, and who have a range sporting abilities.

How can I support The Black Sportswoman?

There are many ways to support our work. Subscribe to our newsletter and consider becoming a paid member. You can also buy me a coffee or recommend me as a guest speaker to your school or organization.

How can I stay up-to-date with The Black Sportswoman?

We share our most important updates, outside of stories, in our newsletter. On social media, we are most active on Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Who runs The Black Sportswoman?

Bria Felicien founded The Black Sportswoman in 2020. She is currently the sole operator and content producer for the platform.

How is The Black Sportswoman funded?

Our revenue comes from readers, paid speaking opportunities, and our founder. The majority of our money comes voluntarily from readers through subscriptions and donations.

How can I contribute to The Black Sportswoman?

We don’t currently have the means to pay writers or other content producers for any work. We are open to sharing work that highlights Black sportswomen in our newsletter or through interviews on our YouTube channel. Email if you would like to have a conversation about being featured.

About the founder

Bria Felicien is a writer, researcher, and lecturer whose work has been published in Sports Illustrated, FiveThirtyEight and other major publications. As a journalist, covered everything from local news and sports to regional and national politics. While working at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she built her reputation as a credible women's sports reporter, writing profiles of Katrina McClain and Wyomia Tyus and features that discuss race and women’s soccer in America.

Some of her favorite work with The Black Sportswoman has been her multimedia profile of Earlene Brown and her article about the history of Peruvian women's volleyball.