February 26, 2021 

Next Level, Episode 6: A Black History Month special on the Black experience in the WNBA

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We are back with Next Level, our new WNBA podcast here at The Next, hosted by Brendon Kleen.

In this episode, we are joined by The Next alum Bria Felicien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Black Sportswoman newsletter, to explore Black history in women’s basketball through the lens of Lusia Harris, who scored the first points for the U.S. National Team in the 1976 Olympics and was a star during the disorganized early days of American pro basketball.

Then, Sean Hurd of The Undefeated stops by to discuss two recent stories he reported on the Black experience in the WNBA, in both the playing and coaching ranks. We look closer at the cultural and social experience of Black players overseas, then explore the continual problem of coaching diversity in the WNBA.

Next Level will be back next week!

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