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African American Reconstruction teams with Arizona pro sports organizations to empower Black community

The non-profit organization African American Reconstruction was founded after the death of George Floyd to empower the Black community and cultivate a climate that creates opportunities for advancement.... Read more»0

Mercury’s Brittney Griner in 'good condition' in Russian prison, State Dep't official says after visit

Phoenix Mercury’s star center and a two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia on drug charges for almost five weeks, is reported to be in “good condition,” a U.S Department of State official said Wednesday. ... Read more»0

Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia until at least May 19 casts light on WNBA overseas travel

Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia on drug charges, which has been extended at least until May 19, has cast a light on a number of issues that routinely go unnoticed: the earnings inequity between men and women’s basketball players and the reasons that drive the players overseas.... Read more»0

Phx Mercury ‘closely monitoring’ after report Russians arrest player on cannabis charge

Brittney Griner is the WNBA player the Russian Federal Customs Service said was arrested on suspicion of smuggling liquid cannabis, the Phoenix Mercury confirmed Saturday.... Read more»0

COVID and political fatigue inspired 'lighter, comedic' Super Bowl ads

From a commercial featuring a virtual assistant reading the thoughts of comic Colin Jost and his wife, actress Scarlett Johansson, to a potato chip ad featuring Seth Rogan marrying a zombie, many advertisers took a lighter tone for spots during Super Bowl Sunday. ... Read more»0