As American University’s Black community has grown there has been a large influx of Black men on the campus which has increased traction and motive to create insular and positive organizations and environments for Black men and athletes on campus to congregate and join in brotherhood. The strong sense of Blackness and commradie from freshmen Elijah Stephens [elijahstephens_], graduate students Marvin Bragg Jr. [messymarvv], and Stacky Beckton Jr. [4ep_beck] displays the pride, self-awareness, and rich experiences towards highlighting the embodiment of a Black man’s experience in America and at a PWI, such as American University. The conversations that underline the importance of Black men solidarity is an opportunity to deconstruct and break down the immobility that has been dealt to Black men which disable moments for vulnerability, fluidity, and education that pertain to Black men’s health, prioritization, and individuality instead of a commodity. Conversations such as these are even more important for Black men in spaces where Black men are the minority within the minority as an athlete, student, and man. In remembrance of Black History Month and commemoration of Fredrick Douglas’s 127th birthday on February 20th, 2022, the Sports section of The BlackPrint wanted to highlight the voices, thoughts, opinions, and individuality of the Black men on the American University Men’s Basketball team.
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Soccer, or commonly known to the rest of the world as “football”, was voted the #1 most popular sport in the world as of March 2022 by sports browser. With an estimated 3.5 billion fans, which is half the global population, it’s safe to say that the sport has earned its title. While it’s seen mass popularity in most parts of the world, soccer is just beginning to gain prominent notoriety in the U.S. In previous years, the four most popular sports according to Americans were football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. As of 2021, the conversation is changing, with soccer earning the fourth spot behind baseball surpassing hockey, according to Gallup. This development can be attributed to the increased globalization of American culture leading to the expansion of the U.S major league soccer teams.
American University’s mens and women's swim team has a total of 47 players on their Division I roster including: Langston Carter (langstoncarter). Carter, a senior studying public relations with a minor in legal studies, has been a part of the team for all four years of his collegiate career and has been the only Black swimmer on American University’s swim team. Carter fell in love with swimming at the age of 6 with fond memories of swimming with neighborhood friends. As he got older he was approached by a swim coach who saw his potential, and the rest is history. To the coaches advice, he joined a club swim team his freshman year of high school, an official kickstarter for his swim career. He would go on to swim on his club team throughout high school, with little thought about college swim. On the subject he stated, “when I was swimming in high school I didn’t think that I could swim at a D1 school.” Despite his doubts, he was able to join AU’s swim team which has been an unforgettable experience.