It feels like almost every week we read news about Chiney Ogwumike pushing the culture forward. From her national ESPN Radio show to being the Executive Producer for an upcoming ESPN Films WNBA documentary, Chiney exemplifies black excellence. It’s been so amazing to watch her growth and constantly elevate levels of success for women but black women in particular. With today being International Women’s Day, it was only fitting that the news broke today regarding her new commercial with Door Dash.
Former NFL star Adewale Ogunleye joins the I Am Athlete crew to discuss financial literacy and what players should do with their money in the latest episode. I thought this was a great conversation amongst these former players that can apply to everyone not just athletes. Last year, Ogunleye was announced as UBS Global Wealth Management Head of Sports & Entertainment with the goal to offer financial advice to athletes and entertainers.
Check out a clip of the conversation below, but the full interview can be found here.
The Nike Zoom Freak 2 “NAIJA” colorway released this past weekend. Were you able to cop? Besides the shoe itself, the one piece of content that I enjoyed was the photography in this campaign. Nike and Foot Locker Canada gave Nigerian-Canadian Creative Director, Josef Adamu the opportunity to produce and direct this shoot. The photography came out great and I hope more brands continue use creatives in the culture to tell these authentic stories.
Emmanuel Acho is continuing to make major moves in 2020. The former NFL linebacker was just named one of the new co-host of Fox Sports 1 sports debate show “Speak For Yourself” last month. Also, Emmanuel has been using his platform to begin educating people with his popular social series “Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man”. Now this inspirational social series is officially becoming a book. Emmanuel announced the book earlier this week on Twitter. The book is set to be on sale later this year on November 10th and you can preorder the book here.
Over the past month since the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, we have seen a rise in protest throughout the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The purpose of these protests have been to call out police brutality against unarmed black people, racism, and raise awareness of the systematic oppression against black people as well. Sports has always been considered one of the tools that could bring people from different backgrounds together. During this time period, numerous athletes have begun to use their voice to speak out on these injustices. We want to share some of the work that our fellow Nigerian athletes have been doing to promote change in the world.