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Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Simone Manuel stand as living, breathing, tossing, jumping, vaulting and spinning proof that there’s no magic behind Black skin that makes gathering Olympic gold look like a birthright. These sister gymnasts put in the work — hours and hours and then more hours of training and uncompromising drive to make it to the top. And who are these young women?

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Blacks have spoken out about the system of white supremacy and various de facto crimes of being Black in America since the founding of this country. Until recent events sparked what appears to be the re-awakening of a more intense sense of responsibility among elite Black professional athletes, many remained silent as their success had…

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The summer Olympics are right around the corner, and many star athletes are skipping the games either due to a need to rest after grueling professional seasons, or due to a fear of the Zika virus outbreak. One of the brightest stars who is planning to be in Rio, Simone Biles, just served notice that…

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zika virus, which hit the U.S. for the first time in January when the first case was reported in Texas, was common in parts of Africa and South East Asia. In 2007, Zika, which is spread to people via mosquito bites, has been making its way…

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