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al.com

Wendell Hudson was the first African American scholarship athlete in The University of Alabama’s history. Last month, he made history, again, becoming the university’s first student-athlete to have his jersey retired. But what about the unsung heroes whose stories are untold because they don’t have a storybook ending?

In this week’s Crunk Culture commentary, Robin Boylorn reflects on the life of a forgotten pioneer. And, a as a note to listeners, Robin says Henry Harris would’ve been both Auburn and Alabama’s first black student-athlete in the piece. As a correction, he would’ve been either school’s first black scholarship athlete. 

Written by Brittany Young

Edited by Robin Boylorn     

theinclusionsolution.me

Black History month is a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans, but it is also an important time to reflect on not only how far we’ve come, but how far we have to go. In this week’s Crunk Culture commentary, Robin Boylorn explains one of the ways racism sometimes hides in plain sight...       

Written by Robin Boylorn

Edited by Brittany Young

complex.com

In one of our previous segments, Robin Boylorn laid out some steps that needed to be taken to enhance the WNBA and the livelihood of its players. And in today’s Crunk Culture commentary, Robin shares some of the elements of the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement and how they will impact current and future players...    

*The denotes WNBA

Wriiten by Brittany Young

Edited by Robin Boylorn

thenation.com

In 2019, 22 trans women of color have lost their lives as a result of fatal violence. In this week’s Crunk Culture commentary, Robin Boylorn reflects on the needed visibility of trans women of color in society, while addressing their untimely deaths as a result of hate crimes...   

Written by Robin Boylorn

Edited by Brittany Young

Intro and Outro voiced by Erika Feurtado          

In this week’s Crunk Culture commentary, Robin Boylorn addresses some of the challenges of adoption in the state of Alabama and in our country. Simply put, in Robin’s words, the adoption conversation must not only celebrate the victories, but expose the problems as well...                     

Written by Robin Boylorn

Edited by Brittany Young  

theplayerstribune.com

In our previous segment, Robin Boylorn discussed how WNBA players are underpaid and undervalued. And, in today’s Crunk Culture commentary, Dr. Boylorn shares some actions that can be taken to improve the league and the livelihood of its players...

*The W denotes WNBA

Written by Brittany Young

Edited by Robin Boylorn

theplayerstribune.com

About a week ago, the Washington Mystics won their first ever championship in franchise history. But the celebration didn’t last long because half of the team’s players are heading overseas for international play. In this Crunk Culture commentary, Robin Boylorn explains why WNBA players are asking for better pay...

* The W denotes WNBA

A note to listeners: a previous airing of the commentary stated that Maya Moore has won four Olympic Gold Medals. Moore is a four-time Gold Medalist, but she's won two Olympic Gold Medals (2012, 2016) and two FIBA World Championship Gold Medals (2010, 2014). The commentary has been updated. 

Written by Brittany Young

Edited by Robin Boylorn

gopusa.com

In our previous segment of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn explained what reparations are and discussed some policies that need to be implemented for African Americans to reap long-term benefits. And today, Professor Boylorn suggests some right-now initiatives that can immediately impact the lives of black Americans...

Written by Robin Boylorn

Edited by Brittany Young

earlyamericanists.com

Although reparations have been one of the main talking points in the current political climate, they’re a lot of misconceptions regarding the topic. On today’s edition of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn defines what reparations are – and what they are not – while calling for a change in government policies that will provide generational impacts for the descendants of slaves...

Written by Robin Boylorn

Edited by Brittany Young

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The death of iconic author and professor emeritus Toni Morrison has affected a lot of people, especially Robin Boylorn who’s been deeply influenced by Morrison’s work.

In this segment of Crunk Culture, Professor Boylorn honors Morrison and encourages us to take heed to her words – words that condemn white supremacy and hate in America.

A note to listeners: Dr. Boylorn addresses mass shootings in this piece, but it was recorded before the attack in Odessa, Texas.

In the following commentary, Dr. Boylorn says "I was reckoning with my own mortality after learning 31 people had been murdered in acts of domestic terrorism." She is referring to the mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio that occured on Aug. 03 and Aug. 04, 2019, respectively. 

She also states, "On August 05, the day of Ms. Morrison's passing and the 217th day of the year, there had been 255 mass shootings in the United States. That means there had been more mass shootings than days in 2019."

The attack in Odessa, TX on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 was the 256th mass shooting in the US. Seven people were killed and at least 22 others were injured.

Written by Robin Boylorn

Edited by Brittany Young