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Standing at six feet tall, WBNA player Essence Carson carries herself with a confident aura of elegance, all the while commanding the respect that she deserves. The 26-year-old Paterson, N.J. native has been making quite a name for herself, and not just on the court. After capping off her fourth year as a pro basketball player, Essence is now adding successful hip-hop artist and community activist to her long list of accomplishments. This year is definitely shaping up to be the “Year of Essence.”
The New York Liberty guard/forward team member first exhibited her quiet strength in the public eye as a Rutgers University student and basketball player during 2007′s controversial season. That year, radio personality Don Imus took to the airwaves to verbally lash out at the Rutgers University women’s basketball team with a slew of racial and derogatory terms, most famously calling the team “nappy-headed hos.” Although at the time Essence was generally soft-spoken and quiet, Rutgers women’s basketball coach Vivian Stringer knew of Carson’s writing skills, and had faith in her ability to communicate the feelings of the team to the rest of the world.
Stringer’s decision proved to be a great one, and Carson was able to gracefully explain the outrage of her team members as well as condemn Imus’ actions, leading the radio host to be suspended from the airwaves shortly after the incident. She recalls the situation as a lesson in her own strength, which helped give her the confidence to express herself to her community and the public: “If I hadn’t gone through that experience I wouldn’t be able to pursue music and perform today.” Carson says.
Today Essence is a franchise player for the WBNA with the New York Liberty, and is continuing her success with pursuing one of her childhood dreams of a music career as a hip-hop artist.
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are set to begin this week and many talented African Americans will be representing the United States during the games. Just being chosen to be an Olympian is an honor in and of itself, but it’s especially a moment of honor to have so many blacks carry on the legacy of legendary Olympians like Florence Griffith-Joyner, gymnast Dominique Dawes and the 1992 basketball team, aka, the Dream Team, which consisted of Hall-of-Famers like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and more. Here are some of the athletes who will be carrying the torch in London and hopefully bringing home the gold.
The 16-year-old gymnastic powerhouse earned first place at the Olympic trials and is the 2012 U.S. uneven bars champion, the all-around silver medalist and a bronze medalist in floor exercise. Affectionately known as Gabby, she just told E! News that she wanted Gabrielle Union to play her in the movie of her life. Douglas is the one of the main stars of the summer games, and that was made clear by the fact that she just graced one of the covers of TIME magazine (for the week of July 30) and on Sports Illustrated for a preview of the games.