They've sprinted, served, batted, slam-dunked and TKO'd their way into sports history. Sprinter Jesse Owens's Olympic triumphs put Hitler to shame. Basketball star Michael Jordan taught kids that they could fly. Gymnast Gabby Douglas showed that champions can come in pint-size packages, and Tiger Woods brought the game of golf to another level. Explore biographies of famous black athletes who broke records and barriers and, ultimately, captured our imaginations.
In a Fox TV special, O.J. Simpson gave a “hypothetical” account of how he and his friend Charlie murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. “I took the knife from Charlie...after that, I don’t remember...I’m standing there and there’s all kinda stuff around. Blood and stuff.”
Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for the 2017 animated short “Dear Basketball,” but he won’t be admitted to the Academy. The Governors of the Academy voted to rescind the basketball player’s invitation, likely due to their code of conduct and his history of sex assault allegations.
During the finals of the U.S. Open, Serena Williams got in a heated dispute with the umpire after he gave her a coaching violation and she accused him of sexism and attacking her character. "You owe me an apology!" she said. Williams was fined $17,000 for the incident.
LeBron James confirmed that he's teaming up with 'Black Panther' producer Ryan Coogler to star in 'Space Jam 2.' “The 'Space Jam' collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James said. “I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel.”
Venus Williams is scheduled for a highly-anticipated match versus sister Serena in Friday’s U.S. Open. "Unfortunately and fortunately, we have to play each other. We make each other better. We bring out the best when we play each other...I think we're used to it now,” Serena said.
Simone Biles has made history again, this time winning first place in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, making her the only woman to ever win five national all-around titles. The Olympic gymnast won four consecutive titles from 2013-'16 before returning this year.
Nike is facing backlash after featuring Colin Kaepernick as the face of their "Just Do It" campaign. "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” the ad states. In 2017, the former quarterback filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion and began protesting the National Anthem by kneeling.
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and was named Rookie of the Year that year, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.