Drew Lawson is a basketball player in Harlem with big-money dreams. He's not about gangs or running the streets. Just ball, and he hopes he has more to him than those lost to the streets, enough to carry him to a Division I university and on to the NBA. He just has to live up to his ability. But always, just below the surface, is Drew's awareness of the stoops and street corners where people fall behind on their games an lose interest in the score. Drew has a strong family, including a smart, pretty, sassy sister to keep I'm focused. Drew knows who he is, and he's intent on not blowing his chances. The author's knowledge of basketball show in the expertly realized game in any good sports novel, more is going on than the sports: life is the
For the past three years, as Iverson chased an NBA comeback, his marriage fell apart and much of his fortune he earned more than $150 million in salary alone during his career dissolved. Now, those who once ignored past signals have recognized that basketball may have been the only thing holding Iverson’s life together. The early 2000s led to trend of dudes having braids, much of which can be attributed to Iverson’s rise to the top of the NBA. Not only did this lead to some of your male classmates having awkward afros for months and walking around with picks for the better part of a semester. And while it was perfectly plausible to see one of your friends getting their hair braided on a stop Iverson took things a bit further when his mother braided his hair during a game while A.I. sat courtside.
The documentary begins character development of William Gates and Arthur who lives in a poorly neighborhood and it’s called the hood or ghetto because there are many drug dealers and gangsters in Chicago.The camera shots took place where they began to film the two freshman African American students who always wanted to become a basketball player and play for the NBA.There are sound effects in every scene like if it’s a sad scene going on then there’ll be sad music to it. Arthur and William are similar by their dad leaving them when they are young.Arthur’s father is a drug-addict person then he abused his wife. Bo always wanted his son to become a professional basketball player and follow his dreams.He wanted
basketball, must be a very committed man to not bow down to the rough streets of Harlem. He is
In March of 1931 nine black boys were riding a train in Tennessee. A group of white boys who had also been on the train got off and told the police that the boys on the train had raped two white girls. When questioned the girls also said that they had been raped and all nine boys were arrested. Unlike Leonard Basey the Scottsboro Boys were given a trial. While they were given a trial it was definitely not a fair one. The boys received bad legal representation, rushed trials, and all-white juries. The first time the boys were tried in court all but one of them was found guilty and sentenced to death. At the time a death sentence was a common punishment given to black men for any crime. Eight of the nine boys were sentenced to death even after medical evidence had proved that they had not raped the women on the train. The case was then appealed and retried for the Alabama Supreme Court. This trial resulted in seven of the eight boys being convicted again with one boy being let off because he was younger. This trial, Powell v. Alabama, shaped the way juries are selected since the Scottsboro Boys had originally been given a biased jury. The case was then sent back down to lower courts in Alabama to go on trial again. This time around one of the alleged rape victims admitted to lying about the rape; she said that the boys had not touched either of the white girls. Even with this confession seven of the seven boys on trial were found guilty. The final time the boys were tried four of the nine boys were convicted and given sentences ranging from 75 years in prison to
Both cases had African American men that were judged by a jury of all white people and because they raped a woman. If they lost this case it meant they would receive the death penalty. This was always going to be an unfair trial. In To kill a Mockingbird it is said that “A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted,
The movie Hoop Dreams traced a poor young talented African American, named Arthur Agee from grade eight to college. Arthur hoped to play professional basketball in the future to help his family to escape poverty. Despite the fact that his family is poor, and the neighborhood he lived in, were disadvantaged to him to pursue his goal in many ways. Firstly, Arthur showed great determination to play professional basketball, and he would like to lead his family out of poverty. Secondly, his ability to adapt to difficult circumstances, played a significant role toward his success in basketball. For Author playing basketball, it is not only a fun activity for him; it also acted as a tool to help Author’s family to escape poverty.
In the book, “Hoops” by Walter Dean Myers, the detestable wrestle of the African American culture is indicated through the setting, characters, and the story line. Seventeen year-old Lonnie Jackson exhibits how effective the culture can be and how he maneuvers through it, with his woman, Mary-Ann, by his side and his immense love for basketball. This story focuses on the actuality of young men who endure testing accusations, but there is always a way out, basketball, in this demonstration.
In Charlotte Tennessee, November 24, 1938, Bailey (father) and Mazell (mother) Robertson were about to become new parents, to a boy, named Oscar. For “The Big O”, all he knew when it came to basketball is utter domination. He had started playing when he was six, dominated then, played in middle school, dominated then. Then everything changed when he got to high school and moved. Oscar had moved to Indianapolis his freshman year of high school. Crispus Attucks High School (the only all-black high school in indianapolis) is where he learned, and dominated the game of basketball. In 1955 and 1956, Oscar led his teammates to state championships, but even then it wasn't the same. Due to the fact an all-black school won state they had to celebrate differently than a white school would have. This horrendous event changed Oscar, it motivated him to make the next level of play. The University of Cincinnati is the school Oscar decided to attend, of course with the influence of his younger brothers Henry, and Bailey Jr. Even there he dominated, he was named an all american three of his four years at the University. All of these wonderful things had already happened to Oscar and he was on his way to professional basketball, but it wasn't until 1960 until he found love. He married Yvonne Crittenden the same year they met, and even went on to have two daughters (Shana and Tia). His success away from the NBA and his ability to be a, student, athlete, and husband at the same time is a mammoth reason why he is such a great person, athlete, and
The two Dunbar teams from 1981-1983 are regarded as some of the best high school basketball teams that were ever assembled and many of the players on these teams are thought of as some of the most talented basketball players to ever come from Baltimore. It is also a tale of how the Dunbar basketball program would open doors for more basketball athletes such as Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, Will Barton and many more. This story follows
So they sent the case to the United States Supreme Court! They revoked the sentence but it was six years until the last boy was freed.They had spent years in prison! They had beaten the Jim Crow Laws.
Beaten to the limit with anything ranging from coins to daggers, Perry Wallace changed the history of African Americans in basketball forever. Strong Inside is a biography on Perry Wallace’s life that takes place in Nashville, Tennessee written by Andrew Maraniss, who spoke to Perry himself. Although Perry Wallace changed the course of history forever, the way he was treated and how he felt outweighed the results for him personally.
Fred Hampton was a former NAACP organizer and the chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party. Fred Hampton was murdered due to the FBI program COINTELPRO, which targeted social and political threat organizations. Due to his impressions left on African Americans as an effective leader, the FBI wanted to eliminate Fred Hampton. One of Hampton’s accomplishments was emphasizing that racial and ethnic conflict between street gangs would be more effective if they collaborated against police brutality. In the documentary, “Eyes on the Prize: A Nation of Laws” shows that Fred Hampton is significant for how he instilled the sense of pride, dignity and self-determination in African Americans. Throughout the class, we have studied multiple individuals
The movie Hoop Dreams centered on a pair of intercity youths, William Gates and Arthur Agee. Both of them lived in the projects surrounding Chicago. Their families were economically and educationally disadvantaged. William and Arthur had almost everything imaginable trying to prevent their success. However, they shared a dream of playing in NBA. With the support of their families, William’s and Arthur’s motivation to accomplish this goal led them to fantastic high school basketball careers.
Toward the start of the movie, Coach Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) takes low maintenance, low-paid occupation coaching the basketball team at his old high school, Richmond, California. At the start, the young men, non-knowledgeable and in a defiance path, are unruly and insolent. Their team lost the most all of their games in the previous season.