Lion Fight 37 – My introduction to Muay Thai

“Jurrell! Kill’em!” That was a fan who rooted for Jurell Laronal, a super middleweight Muay Thai fighter competing in the amateur prelims of Lion Fight 37. The fan was the only person screaming at that moment, but he certainly wasn’t alone the rest of the night. If there was anything I learned from my first…

Underrated August-three better fights than Mayweather vs McGregor.

August is going to be a great month for boxing, and it’s not just because of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. Despite all the hype surrounding Mayweather’s bout with McGregor on August 26, three fights that month will have a more substantial impact on the boxing world. Mayweather vs McGregor has dominated the combat…

Andre Ward-Boxing’s next black hero refuses to be the villain.

Portraying black men as villains is not new to American culture, and light-heavyweight boxer Andre Ward has learned this dynamic through experience. Ever since Jack Johnson won the heavyweight title and Birth of a Nation released soon after, America has shown that black men make the most headlines when they’re painted as the bad guys,…

Nike Chi-League: Chicago’s March Madness

Confession. I am a grad student, and I just finished my audio reporting class. Below is my final project on the Nike Chi-League, a pro-am league in Chicago that features some of the best competition in the country. Oh, and I might have interviewed Scottie Pippen. Enjoy. Keep playing, my friends. No apologies, G. Miller

Take it or leave it: the intellectual cowardice of white privilege.

“To mute the slave has always been to the best interests of the slave owner, and I think that when a black voice is raised in protest to oppression, those who are comfortable with our oppression are the first to criticize us for daring to speak out against it.” -Harry Belafonte during his interview with…

Killing the messenger: Colin Kaepernick’s problem predates his protest.

Colin Kaepernick is feeling the heat right now for refusing to stand during the National Anthem last Friday, and though he is now a controversial figure, he’s not exactly entering new territory. The American public has vilified its black athletes for protests for a long time and continues to do so. He just happened to…

Michael Eric Dyson is wrong about Kobe Bryant.

Michael Eric Dyson told SLAM Magazine Kobe Bryant is better than Michael Jordan. You can read Dyson’s full article here, but this is a snippet: “It’s impossible, and unnecessary, to deny Jordan’s God-like status. Jordan has no peer as the greatest commercial and cultural force the game has seen. But saying that Jordan is the greatest…

January Rule Your Nation Awards

Welcome to the first Rule Your Nation Awards of 2016! We have a fighters’ edition this month including two professional boxers, an olympian judoka, and a Muay Thai specialist who has practiced  an encyclopedia’s worth of martial arts.  First, introducing professional boxer, Melissa Mcmorrow. Melissa Mcmorrow Where did you grow up? I grew up in…

Achilla Johnson will be a different woman in Book Three.

Achilla Johnson will sport a new look in the third installment of the Nephilim Chronicles, but that will not be her only change.  I know you want some spoilers, and you’re not getting the title or cover just yet, but I will discuss one aspect of Johnson’s character development.  Her mastery of hand-to-hand combat will…

December Rule Your Nation Awards

Welcome to the last Rule Your Nation Awards for 2015! This year was pretty amazing, and December’s group is no different.  Today I present four stories of determination that will inspire you to do great things. Let’s get started. Haley Viloria Where are you from? I grew up in Sonoma County, California. Were you athletic…