Drafted June 2018 by the Dallas Stars, Jermaine Loewen's hockey career defies expectations. While the economic barriers of hockey could have been a roadblock to the majors, Jermaine was adopted from a Jamaican orphanage at the age of four. He moved to Manitoba, Canada where the Loewens fostered his love of the game and looked … Continue reading Prospects of Color: Jermaine Loewen for the Dallas Stars
Tuesday, August 7 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. This is the day that, on average, Black women must work up until in order to earn as much as a white man earns in a year. That is 7 months and 7 days, if you're doing the math. Wage inequality isn't just something Black women … Continue reading Let’s Talk About the Wage Gap for Black Women
2018 is the summer of Black hockey excellence! On July 30th, Madison Bowey, defensive player for the Washington Capitals, celebrated his team's Stanley Cup Championship win with family and friends in Winnipeg. He ate pierogies out of the Cup and hung out with fans in his local community. Madison recently signed a two-year extension with … Continue reading Kelsey Koelzer, Madison Bowey, Devante Smith-Pelly and the Summer of Black Hockey Excellence
Did you know Black folks have been playing hockey since the 1800s? The Maritime Colored Hockey League was founded in Nova Scotia in 1894 and had teams with names like The Eureka and Jubilee. George and Darril Fosty wrote a book about the league, Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of … Continue reading Black Hockey History: The Maritime Colored Hockey League
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Blake Bolden while I was in San Diego for Comic Con. If you aren't sure who Blake Bolden is, take a minute, click a link, and read up. This is the very first African-American woman to play professional hockey, folks. Respect. Earlier this year, … Continue reading Gardening With Blake Bolden
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