Introducing: The Black Sportswoman’s Entertainment Guide – books, movies, TV, documentaries or podcasts that features, highlights or stars a real or fictional Black woman athlete.
A few important notes:
- This is the current version of the entertainment guide, but I want this to be a resource, so I will be updating this over time.
- I’m sharing this now because we need even more entertainment while we’re at home while the winter kicks into high gear in the Northern Hemisphere or as the summer gets going if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere.
- These are mostly from my brain and I don’t watch a lot of TV. I turned 10 in 2002, so a few of the TV/movies I mention are early 2000s cringe-y, so please (I beg you), let’s keep this discussion going.
- Share any content that you love featuring a Black woman athlete that we should follow on Twitter using #blacksportswoman
T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold (free online): This PBS documentary tells the story of American boxer Claressa Shields’, who became an Olympic gold medalist at 17.
Women of Troy (HBO Max) - An HBO documentary about Cheryl Miller, the University of Southern California team that won the 1983 and 1984 NCAA title, and their impact on women’s basketball in America.
30 for 30s (paid): If you have ESPN+, you can still watch ESPN’s IX for IX series. There’s “Swoopes,” about Sheryl Swoopes and shorts called “Coach” about C. Vivian Stringer and “Brittney Griner: Lifesize,” about BG. The series is also on YouTube for $7.99 and includes other women’s sports stories. SEC Network’s Mighty Ruthie, which follows the life and career of Ruthie Bolton, is $1.99 on YouTube.
Cheryl Miller on Living Single (Hulu) - Season 2, Episode 2 - Cheryl Miller is Khadijah’s high school nemesis and returns for a rematch.
Swin Cash in Bring It On: All or Nothing - a cameo, but she speaks!
Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes, members of the 1996 Olympic Team on Martin
Love and Basketball (Netflix) - Two childhood friends
All You’ve Got - Ciara plays a volleyball player and Laila Ali makes a cameo in this movie about two rival teams that have to play together.
I’ve started a Bookshop store, where I’m attempting to share books that are mentioned in The Black Sportswoman, about a Black sportswoman and – you get the idea. Visit the store to find the books that are there now.
This link I’m sending to you is my Bookshop store. It contains affiliate links. If you buy a book through my link, I may earn a small commission, but at no additional cost to you. It’s like they pay me for sending you, basically.
Books that aren’t on U.S. Bookshop that I’m also about to start/finish reading.
- Chastity Melvin’s (basketball) memoir (it’s on Kindle Unlimited)
- Geva Mentor’s (netball) Memoir
- Eniola Aluko’s (soccer/football) memoir
- Sonya Richards Ross’ (track and field) memoir
Tea with A & Phee - WNBA stars Napheesa Collier and A’ja Wilson host a podcast, tell stories about their careers, interview people from Candace Parker to Saweetie to Damian Lillard, etc.
Remotely Renee - WNBA champion and emerging media star Renee Montgomery has her own podcast/show where she talks about sports, entertainment, activism, etc. She’s trying to share how to “navigate the new normal of connecting while being Remote.”
For more women’s basketball podcasts, visit Across the Timeline, a resource that puts them all in one place.
WNBA Player YouTube Channels:
- Izzy Harrison (vlogs)
- Lexie Brown (vlogs)
- Aerial Powers has a relationship/vlog channel with Azuré Rae & a solo gaming channel
Like I said it in the beginning, this was short and hopefully to the point – I’ll continue to add on to this in the future and I definitely want any suggestions you have – reply to this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with anything you think I should add.