NFL quarterback suffers scary injury; many question if he should have played

On Sept. 29, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a scary injury, which led him to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Tagovalioa was seen doing the fencing response after a Cincinnati Bengals player threw him to the ground. He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation and was […]

Antonio Brown, mental health, and the future of football

“Out of Bounds” co-hosts Rashad Milligan, Curtis Johnson, and Malik Brown discuss former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown walking out in the middle of the team’s game against the New York Jets and what it means for the future of football.

How Aaron Hernandez’s CTE diagnosis will change the way football is played

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez suffered from a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to Boston University tests. CTE is a brain disease that is caused by multiple blows to the head, as highlighted in the 2015 film Concussion. “Not only were the result positive, but we’re told that it […]

Brain study of dead NFL players shows 99 percent had concussion damage

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There can no longer be any doubt that there is a definitive link between playing football and concussions. A groundbreaking study of the brains of deceased NFL players by a research team at Boston University discovered that 99 percent of the specimens show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The condition reached national prominence after […]

Doctor believes OJ Simpson has concussion disease, CTE

The man who is known as the “concussion doctor” is weighing in on the plight of ex-NFL star OJ Simpson. Simpson is currently serving a 33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping from an incident involving his sport memorabilia in 2008. Dr. Bennet Omalu made headlines for his work regarding chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a […]

Snubbing the Oscars is more respectable than waiting for acceptance

All eyes are currently on the drama surrounding the lack of diversity with this year’s Academy Award nominations. Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others have already condemned the Oscars and even vowed to boycott the ceremony. But in the long run, after the controversy has calmed, what is really best […]

The Academy releases crisis PR statement in response to #OscarsSoWhite

Despite hiring funnyman Chris Rock to host the 2016 Oscars, it was immediately noted that the nominee list was eerily whitewashed. After facing backlash on social media and from top celebrities such as Don Cheadle, Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith, some of whom intend to boycott the program, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a public relations crisis […]

Will Smith talks the long-awaited ‘Independence Day’ sequel

Though it’s been twenty years in the making, a sequel to the 1996 blockbuster movie Independence Day is finally upon us. Unfortunately for fans of the original film, one of the main characters, Captain Steven Hiller as portrayed by Will Smith, will not be a part of the upcoming project. In a recent interview with Yahoo, Smith, […]

Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ debunks myths of Black inferiority

On the surface in Concussion it seems as though actor Will Smith is simply imitating intelligent and superior Black doctor Dr. Bennet Omalu. Unearthing the NFL’s troubling position on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is critical to the conversation, yet the reputation and character of the man who uncovered this illness is attacked. Concussion is a must see but not as a testament to […]

Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ delivers surprise at the box office

It was pretty tough being a new movie at the box this weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ easily continued its dominance on its way to topping the billion-dollar mark in its second week of release. No less than five movies made strong showings in the top 10, but none were good enough to outdo Star […]

Can ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ sustain its box-office success?

Nothing else stood a chance. A number of factors played a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ never before seen record-breaking opening weekend of $238 million: the huge following and sheer dedication fans have to the brand, the massive marketing campaign embarked launched on behalf of the film, no fellow blockbuster to contend with in […]

‘Concussion’ premiere: Interview with Will Smith

[jwplatform F9FnRBZI] Last night while on the red carpet for the premiere of his latest movie Concussion, Will Smith stopped to talk with rolling out about how special this story was to him personally, and why he wanted to be a part of the project. Interview: Mike Melendy Camera: Jason Turcios

Did new Will Smith movie ‘Concussion’ make changes to please the NFL?

As the release date draws near for the new Will Smith led drama, Concussion, controversy continues to loom over the project. The film, which takes a stark look at the connection between the game of football and the effects of concussions in its players, has been referred to as a potential PR nightmare for the […]

Controversial Will Smith movie, ‘Concussion,’ to premiere at upcoming AFI Fest

Will Smith’s highly anticipated and already controversial new film, Concussion, will make its worldwide premiere at the upcoming American Film Institute (AFI) Fest on Nov.10. Centering around a 2009 GQ magazine article, the film tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist who found chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of NFL […]

‘Men In Black’ … without Will Smith?

Good and bad news for fans of the Men In Black franchise: the good news is the series will soon see a fourth installment. The bad news is more than likely Will Smith won’t be cast in the film. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, movie producer Walter Parkes confirms a new film is underway. “We’re […]

Why 23-year-old rookie Adrian Coxson is retiring from the NFL

One would think at 23, anyone who’s dreamed of playing pro football their entire life and finally made it on to an NFL roster would be looking forward to a long career on the gridiron, but not Adrian Coxson. At the ripe old age of 23, Coxson is actually retiring from professional football without having played a single game. […]

Watch intense trailer for Will Smith’s new film, ‘Concussion’

[jwplatform gnmGTTUk] The powerful trailer for Will Smith’s upcoming film, Concussion, released today. Smith will portray a Nigerian doctor who discovered that head trauma in NFL players can result in mental illness. The film is based off the 2009 GQ article, Game Brain: Football Players and Concussions, which discussed the findings of Smith’s character, Dr. […]

Retired Super Bowl champ Dorsey Levens on impact of concussions in young players

Retired Super Bowl champion Dorsey Levens was interviewed by Isaiah Johnson, a current football player at Georgia Tech, about concussions suffered by amateur and professional football players. Levens is knowledgeable about concussive injuries because he has played the sport on all levels. Levens’ forthcoming documentary on the subject, “Bell-Rung,” details the devastating consequences of concussions. […]