2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Thursday, November 1 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
"What's Going On?": Policing Black Athletes Activism in the Caribbean and the United States

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Singing and Dancing; Research & Writing to the music of the late Marvin Gaye's “WHAT'S GOING ON” the authors interrogate the policing of Black athletes activism and Black athlete bodies in the Caribbean and in the US. Each panelist will uniquely address, using a variety of data sources, the policing of Black athlete activists. Specifically, the panelists will address issues of Black women athletes; Caribbean cricket players; the Colin Kaepernick “Knee Movement” and the myriad ways the mass media has interpreted and “policed” Black athlete activism both literally and symbolically, including the ensnarement of some Black athletes in the US criminal justice system. The panelists will individually and collectively offer recommendations for future research and mechanisms for supporting Black athlete activists.

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Akilah Carter-Francique

President Elect, Prairie View A&M University
The Importance of Culture: Understanding Black Female College Athletes’ Health and Well-BeingThe purpose of this conceptual paper is to illuminate how culture affects Black female college athletes’ (BFCA) experiences of well-being. In 2014, the National Collegiate Athletic Association... Read More →

Angela J. Hattery

George Mason University
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Billy Hawkins

Professor, University of Houston

Roy McCree

University of the West Indies Trinidad and Tobago

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Earl Smith

Professor, Wake Forest University
Earl Smith, PhD, is distinguished professor emeritus of American Ethnic Studies and Sociology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and a core faculty member in the Center for the Study and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence at the University of Delaware.

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
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