Meet An Ageless Wonder

On January 28, 2009, in Culture, History, Kids, Motivation, Music, NBA, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

This article by Sonja Steptoe is from the Sports Illustrated archives (the “SI Vault”), and originally appeared in print in the magazine’s December 24, 1990 issue. We felt it would be appropriate to re-publish the article here now, in honor of John “Boy Wonder” Isaacs, the former basketball star with the New York Rens (of Harlem) who passed away Monday morning at the age of 93. It’s easy to see why Mr. Isaacs was such a hero and friend to so many.

Harlem’s Ten Club Commandments, 1926

On January 15, 2009, in Culture, Family, History, Music, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

A vintage set of club-going rules from Harlem in 1926.

How To Apologize (And Still Maintain Your Dignity)

On December 5, 2008, in Family, Kids, Motivation, Relationships, Women, by Claude Johnson

Fellas, it really works. And you know with us guys, we hate to apologize because most of the time we either don’t know how or we don’t care.

December Is Black Womens Basketball History Month

On December 3, 2008, in History, Race, Relationships, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

During each December, celebrate the history of African American women who were pioneers in basketball!

Smart Set Athletic Club Members, Where In Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy They Lived

On July 3, 2008, in Community, Culture, Family, Motivation, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

The site of the former home of Smart Set Athletic Club founding father Edwin F. Horne, grandfather of Lena Horne, is now a playground in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn.

Schwarze Herren Schokolade, Bitte.

On May 23, 2008, in Humor, International, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

“Schwarze Herren Schokolade” translates to “Black Man’s Chocolate” in English. This could come in handy, I thought, even if only for a devilish blog post.

The Well-Dressed Basketball Player

On March 28, 2008, in Humor, NBA, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

It doesn’t work. The new Vogue Magazine cover featuring LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen is all wrong. The Black Fives Blog looks at this, using our slogan (and our tendency) to make history now. Let’s start with the basics (from an old Rawlings catalog): Next, let’s add LeBron: Staying with the theme and the era: […]

From The Vault: Ludacris and Black Fives

On March 27, 2008, in Culture, Gear, Music, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

Superstar hip hop artist Ludacris has had nothin’ but love for Black Fives.

Why No Modern Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing Covers?

On February 26, 2008, in History, Music, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

Big name covers from way back include Ray Charles, Leontyne Price, Kim Weston (my favorite), and Melba Moore … but what about Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Ciara, or Rihanna?

All Hail The Philadelphia Tribune Girls! (Happy Birthday Ora Mae Washington)

On January 22, 2008, in History, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

Ora Mae Washington, a pioneering African American athlete, was born on January 23, 1898; she was perhaps the greatest female athlete of all time, black or white.

Finally, Black Fives In Womens and Youth Sizes

On January 14, 2008, in Gear, Kids, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

People are always asking when we’re gonna get Black Fives products in sizes for women and kids. Don’t get me wrong, these are for men. But women like them too.  Well, here they are in smaller sizes! The Rens Double Upper Hi and the Rens Double Upper Oxford by Converse are available in Mens size […]

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—Lester Walton, pioneering African American sportswriter for the New York Age, 1907

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