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YourBlackPolitics: Black Men, Black Sports, Black in America

by on August 1, 2008

Interview with Award-Winning Sportswriter, Dave Zirin, by Tolu Olorunda.

Dave Zirin is an accomplished sports-writer and author. He has written several books including, “What’s My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States,” and “Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports,” and “The Muhammad Ali Handbook.” He is a frequent columnist for The Huffington Post, The Nation Magazine,, SLAM, and the Los Angeles Times. He also runs the weblog, “Edge Of Sports.” Zirin makes regular appearances on Sports-radio shows and political talk-shows, to further his gospel of outlining the chemically imbalanced relationship between Sports and Politics. Dave Zirin has been called “America’s Best Sports Writer” by Lee Ballinger of Rock & Rap Confidential. He was also described by Chuck D of Public Enemy, as a “rare breed.” Dave Zirin is alongside many other things, an activist and a staunch opposer to the death penalty. He has an upcoming book, entitled “A People’s History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play.” He is a brilliant, concise and gifted columnist, with a passion to recover the lost art of edifying sports coverage. I was blessed with the opportunity to speak with Dave on issues of race, class and tribalism, in the realm of professional Sports:

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