Here we are with #WomensEmpowerment part dos! In part one, I kicked off the women’s history month series with shout outs to the late and great Amy Winehouse, the Williams sisters, and Justice Sotomayor. This time around I will be shouting out an NBA assistant coach who hopefully will become a head coach in the future, a talented musician who uses her platform for good, and a well-known and entertaining basketball analyst who is better than me at basketball. Let’s start these shout outs with the one and only Janelle Monáe.
Janelle Monáe; (Musician) – The all worldly entertainer has been making major moves on the scene for about a decade now. This beautiful woman creates great music, has a great mind, and strives to see that fellow African Americans get their due, respect, and equality. She is often vocal and hands on when it comes to movements like Black Lives Matter and standing up for women in general. She has released two great studio albums called The ArchAndriod and the Electric Lady which harness her talents and good songwriting into one. Janelle also spearheaded the jumpstart to Wondaland Records which includes a roster of talented black individuals so her eye for talent is there. Aside from the music, she has success of being the spokeswoman for Cover Girl and acting, as she will be making her big screen debut in the upcoming film Moonlight due out this year.
Becky Hammon; (Coach) – The Colorado State native made history by becoming the first full time female assistant coach in any of the core four American sports. She has a bright mind in terms of the game of basketball and prior to this stint she had a good career as a WNBA player. She went undrafted yet carved out a nice career where she played Point Guard for 13 seasons overall while notching All-WNBA honors 4 times in addition to becoming a 6 time all-star. She also led the league in assist once. In 2014, San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich took her under his wing as an assistant coach and a year later in the summer of 2015, she became the first female NBA coach to win the Summer League title. Her basketball IQ and work ethic keeps the drive going and someday I’m sure she’ll turn out to be successful at coaching.
Doris Burke; (Reporter/Analyst) – Before I end these shout outs, take a look at this, this, and finally (Unrelated to the sport but still) this.
Now then, Doris gets a shout out here for not only her good touch on the ball but for her entertaining and good insight on the game of basketball. Being a color analyst for NBA on ESPN and ESPN College Basketball is not an easy task for anyone yet she handles both and does it well. The New York native played basketball at Providence College and became the school’s all-time leader in assist. In addition to being an analyst for the programs above, she also covers the WNBA, specifically with the New York Liberty. Her sideline reporting is also considered a plus to her repertoire as well. Speaking on which, here’s a fun fact! She became the first woman to call a New York Knicks game on the radio and TV! Not only do I commend her for the work she had done in the field of broadcasting but also her brilliant ball handling. Again, she could probably beat me in a game to 11…never mind she would.
Welcome to the AD report.