February 5, 1995 |
The outspoken John Singleton, who became the youngest person nominated for an Academy Award as best director for his debut film, "Boyz N the Hood," has turned his camera toward college athletics in his latest movie. In "Higher Learning," Malik (Omar Epps), an African American freshman track star at a fictional, predominantly white Southern California university, is torn between the advice he receives from a political science professor and a fellow student.
December 10, 1994 |
Not everyone in the NFL is giddy over parity these days. Not here, anyway. The Minnesota Vikings are in first place in their division and are considered the only NFC team with any chance of keeping the Dallas Cowboys or San Francisco 49ers from the Super Bowl. Yet they are doing it with a face that makes some executives squirm. They have an African-American coach who was one of only 12 rookie coaches in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons.
October 26, 1994 |
A commission on intercollegiate athletics endorsed a plan Tuesday that would raise basic academic eligibility requirements for college-bound athletes but would allow some exceptions. Responding to complaints from African-American coaches, the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics advocated a plan that would allow some students who do not meet basic scholastic requirements to receive scholarships and practice--but not to play with the team--as freshmen.
September 29, 1994 |
Pasadena is moving forward with its plan to honor native sons Jackie Robinson and his brother, Mack Robinson, with an art memorial in the Civic Center, a move that black leaders say is long overdue. The city has budgeted at least $100,000 for the project, which will grace the grounds of a new Department of Water and Power building to be built in the Civic Center and opened in 1997. The city's Arts Division and Pasadena Robinson Memorial Inc.
June 26, 1994 |
They grew up together in Houston, played together at little MacGregor Park and now are moving up together at Wimbledon. Along the way, Americans Lori McNeil and Zina Garrison-Jackson also are on the verge of doing something else. Making history together. Both women have reached the women's singles round of 16, with Garrison-Jackson advancing to the fourth round Saturday with a 6-2, 4-1 victory against Italy's Laura Golarsa, who was forced to retire because of an injured shoulder.
May 12, 1994 |
Cal State Fullerton's most recent NCAA graduation-rates report confirmed John Reid's belief that many African American male athletes are not performing well academically--of the 34 who enrolled and received financial aid in 1985-86, only five (15%) graduated within six years. But Reid, a 51-year-old Fullerton graduate student who played football and ran track at Norfolk (Va.) State University, didn't need any official statistics to grasp the severity of the problem.
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April 18, 1994 |
Alfonso Johnson, 7, came speeding up on his bicycle, churning up a cloud of dust. A mild panic crept into his voice as he noticed that some youngsters were already showing off their soccer skills--passing, dribbling, penalty kicks. "I'm supposed to be here!" he panted. "They came to my school." Alfonso's hand darted into his jacket pocket and he pulled out a flyer announcing the event.
January 20, 1994 |
The world, former Marquette Coach Al McGuire once observed, is run by C students. Of course, given the continuing fiasco involving the NCAA, the Black Coaches Assn., the National Assn. of Basketball Coaches, the university presidents, the Justice Department and the Congressional Black Caucus, it appears McGuire might have erred on the high side. What a collection of strange bedfellows this is. Forget about these people being on the same page, most of them aren't even in the same book.
January 15, 1994 |
A walkout scheduled this weekend by the Black Coaches Assn. was averted Friday when the Justice Department publicly offered to mediate in the group's dispute with the NCAA. There was no immediate acceptance of that offer by the NCAA. The boycott had been expected during some of today's games, which coincide with Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Some form of protest during the season remains a possibility, the BCA said, even though this week's protest seemed to have lost some support.
January 14, 1994 |
Drake University basketball Coach Rudy Washington, executive director of the Black Coaches Assn., said he will meet today in Washington with members of the Congressional Black Caucus in hopes of getting an arbitrator to mediate the ongoing dispute between his group and NCAA leaders over scholarships.