Simone Manuel

There goes the racist stereotype that black people can’t swim.

20-year-old Simone Manuel won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle swimming event at the Rio Olympic Games on Thursday.

Tears streamed down her face as the 5-foot-11 Houston native realized she tied 16-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak to share gold medals — a rarity in Olympic sports..

After a joyous celebration with friends, Manuel considered the weight of being the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal.

“I’m super glad with the fact that I can be an inspiration to others and hopefully diversify the sport. But, at the same time, I would like there to be a day where there are more of us and it’s not ‘Simone, the black swimmer.’”

She added: “This medal is not just for me, it’s for some of the African-Americans who have been before me and been inspirations”.

Manuel also spoke on the current wave of police shootings of unarmed black males in America, that has become President Obama’s shameful legacy.

“It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” Manuel said. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My color just comes with the territory.”





  • yoni

    Congratulations to her/them both!

  • yoni

    Congratulations to her/them both!

  • iWasteTime

    Congratulations Simone. You are truly a inspiration to young and old.
    Love One Proud Black Woman to another!

  • Angela

    They should know we can swim…Back in the day, YT ppl used to throw Black ppl in the ocean first to make sure no sharks were in the water…If the Black person swam to shore alive after being thrown in, it was safe for their YT butts to go in…Anyway, congratulations to Simone…

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Congrats! I cried with you. A brother won silver in fencing as well. I love us taking over sports that we normally wouldnt participate in.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Congrats to her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That sounds like an old wives’ tale to me. Has that story been documented in American history books?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    go Simone!
    @Jenie has a swimmer. This is Lil J in 2020 Tokyo Olympics. First thought in my mind last night. YASSSS.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I wonder why she chose swimming as a sport and not basketball?

  • stav

    Just because it’s not documented in “THEIR” history books , doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Black Wallstreet isn’t in their history books , does that mean it never existed?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    All I know is blacks and Hispanics drown at a higher rate than whites. And that HAS been documented.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Its documented also that they threw us overboard on the way here if we managed to die on the slave vessels

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    We don’t all like to play with balls. You should know that Sandra. LOL

  • SameoleJ

    She would be considered the “underdawg” and it would mean more for her to excel at a sport that they have claimed as “THEIRS”.

  • Octavious Crapp

    Brutal….lmao!!!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Sandra. Stop it.

  • SameoleJ

    They threw some live one overboard too…..but they ain’t document those.

  • Libra80sBaby

    Great job! When track and field start tho??

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I am personally trying to encourage sports that blacks dont have a presence in to my own daughter. We did it for my niece and it worked out so wonderfully she got the rare cheer scholarship. Its more scholarships in certain things. Swimming, soccer, volleyball. the list is long.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    If you waiting for American history books to give you FACTS about us, then I feel worse for you than before.

  • MissyJ

    Today, I was just watching it.. Water polo on now…

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Or cut up. Or get sick. Or for funsies,

  • Libra80sBaby

    YASSSSSSS! that’s what I watch. That and Gymnastics

  • SameoleJ

    I just said something to that affect below. It was a perfect selection, as they wouldn’t think she would excel at it.

  • Just Keya

    Yes! I can’t wait to see Team Jamaica and watch them kick ass!!!! #MashItUp

  • Incog-knee-gress

    All of em listed sis

  • MissyJ

    Chile, I was just watching one of the long races…. Heard the announcer say Jamaican woman had lapped some folks TWICE…

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    We believe this too. We love dancing dolls, one thing I can say about Mimi is she put Cammie in all types of dances, Kayla only knows hip hop. While good, it limits your earning and teaching potential.

  • Auditor

    A tie? How is that possible? Couldn’t just let her be GREAT! Gtfoh…

  • MyNameIs

    Congrats Simone!!! *ignores your Obama obsession*

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Yep.
    My daughter be most times the only black or in a handful of blacks on the soccer field. Never more than 4 total.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Right. So I should listen to rumors and old wives tales?

  • yoni

    SHIID they had to. They were considered cargo. They were insured by the likes of Aetna. Insurance claims brought them money before they even touched land.

  • Just Keya

    They are everything!! #ProudJamerican

  • yoni

    Well, you are a Trump supporter. :ye shrug:

  • SameoleJ

    I played volleyball, soccer, gymnastics and track in school. They expected the track and somewhat the gymnastics, but the volleyball and soccer……had them scratching their heads.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Black people were precious cargo. No way they threw money overboard.

  • Auditor

    My sis played soccer…we’re tall…I chose the clarinet instead lol

  • Incog-knee-gress

    This too! Next up for us is long distance running. Not track and field. Cross country. In the next two years so she will be ready to try out for high school.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Congrats to her.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Um, because more whites have access to swimming pools.

  • SameoleJ

    Some were contraband and were thrown over for fear of being charged for it. Those are the ones I am talking about.

  • MissHarlem

    You did so well until you mentioned President Obama. Origin of police are slave patrols. History lesson in one sentence. Before him after him.
    In any event I was happy for her. Swimming is everything. Fav thing to do is me and Mom swim alongside each other ?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I love it. I am rooting for Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce. I saw how shes natural, but boo can rock the weaves and braves like a boss. I saw Sonya Richards Ross last night doing some pre commentary.

  • SameoleJ

    Yes, they did!! Yup, when slavery was ruled against, but some were still doing it. Yes, they did, sadly.

  • Tammie Reed

    Congrats to her! What a champion!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    My college roommate had a scholarship in lacrosse..

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I was typical basketball and track. Nothing wrong with it. But there are only limited amounts of scholarships. Simple supply and demand will tell you not everyone going to get one.

  • Truth

    Congrats

  • product of 79

    LOL They really tied boo… That lil girl was grinding jus as hard as the sistah was… they touched that wall together…I was on the same thing watching tho?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I may look into that for Zoe10 she starts middle this month. wails loudly

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I played violin when I lived in a foster home in upstate New York.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    No.You should open your mind.

  • Lovelove

    Yes????????. Where is ice-t dumb ass now? He ragged on black women soooo bad abt our hair and swimming. His peen is probably the size of an acorn… Btw….

  • MissHarlem

    Facepalm.

  • hottlanta

    SHADE, SHADE, SHADE. The newspaper didn’t even want to use her name. Had she committed a crime/had 10 baby daddies they would not have any problem calling her name.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The San Jose Mercury News insulted Manuel by omitting her name from its headline and simply calling her an “African American”:

    The Northern California newspaper scrambled to try fixing things after receiving some backlash, but they screwed up the amended headline by forgetting the word “with.”

    On take three, they finally got it right. The new headline stated “Olympics: Stanford’s Simone Manuel and Michael Phelps make history.” The Mercury News also apologized for the original headline.

  • Auditor

    Oh ok…cause ish I was BOUT TO SAY…I haven’t been watching it…been busy.

  • product of 79

    I’m super upper happy for this YOUNG SISTAH ?????? love every min of that race??

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    When did you live in a foster home

  • Incog-knee-gress

    that is my dad and sister instrument!!! Yas

  • Sucker Free

    Sadly the majority of black people I know cannot swim. But like any other sport, once we learn we excel and eventually dominate

    Congrats Simone! Job well done ?

  • Lovelove

    Once the playing field is level WE EXCEL!!!

  • SameoleJ

    I played the violin from the 4th to the 6th grade and my daughter played it for a year.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Dub11 too. On the 29th. We did orientation on Wed. She is SO excited. Lawd.

  • yoni

    SHIIID. When you’re insured, as slaves ships were, you do some thangs for some change.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    That is ALWAYS on the list.

  • MissHarlem

    I’m so tired of facepalming

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Its 2016 not 1956 Sandra. Pools have been integrated for a long time now.

  • SameoleJ

    I also did debate from middle to high school.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I am not ready. I am not ready.

  • SameoleJ

    CHILE!!! #ICANT

  • Auditor

    Sad…

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    When I was 10.

  • yoni

    Anytime you have something that says “The First African American to ever…..” is an indication that there was never any inclusion meant for us….

  • Auditor

    lol I learned to swim at a middle school over the summer…need to take some more lessons…I’m sure I’ve forgotten how by now.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Oh Jesus. this is a McClatchy Paper too. Let me go look. Oh boy. Heads might roll in that newsroom today.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    LOL!

  • SameoleJ

    Some old wives tales, simply because they came from the mouths of those who endured them, are in fact true, Sandy. As for rumors,………Imma just leave that one alone, tuhday!!

  • MissHarlem

    Self explanatory but you know……

  • Buttercup

    I can only imagine all of the little girls in front of the TV saying they want to be like her when they grow up <3

  • stav

    That’s some real Jim Crow ignorance there Sandra. Blacks have access and resources (many however) to attain knowledge and skill to anything they want.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Thanks for this post Sandy. She was so humble and gracious about the win too. Love her!

  • Incog-knee-gress

    OOP. they NOT part of McClatchy anymore. SHEWWWW. I was like Jesus WHYYYYYYYYYY McClatchy

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Black people created and perpetuated that stereotype, tho.

    The truth is…women with weaves won’t get in water…. well most.

    WON’T vs CAN’T

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Congrats Simone!!!! So proud of our youngins 🙂 :applause:

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    I was on the edge of my seat. Screaming and jumping. It was cray

  • Incog-knee-gress

    You better GIT ready lmao. Dub21 been telling me to stop my SHAT all month lol.

  • product of 79

    My daughter is her height and volley ball is her sport, soft ball is her sport,as well as bowling and drill team… She balls with other balls ??? did I mention she will get money/scholarship from volley or soft ball?… It’s more to life auntie as you jus witnessed with the world WE CAN DO IT ALL ??

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    lol! I cried her entire promotional ceremony. I was THAT mom.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Say that!!!!

  • Soda

    Have you ever watched Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed, hosted by Bill Cosby?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Speaking of Obama, yall see his nighttime playlist. Chile them walls be rocking. Dont come a knocking.

  • product of 79

    Yasss keep it up… My daughter is doin all those sports ” sistahs”don’t do ?

  • product of 79

    I feel you… She got the medal 1st and our national anthem was played1st… So she 1st?

  • Buttercup

    I see more blacks at swim than on the soccer field with Lil Butter. It’s a rarity for him to have a teammate in soccer who looks like him.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    It was me, my mom, and my cousin (who is like our sis) at the 5th grade grad ceremony. My cousin is her godmother. SHE was the one fulla tears. My mama was like she is taking it HARD aint she? CTFU

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Me too. When ever Simone Biles comes on my 2 yo screams BLACK GIRL MAGIC BLACK GIRL MAGIC.

  • Just Keya

    Boo goes on the 29th too.

  • MissHarlem

    It all makes sense now….her mentality different. Zero sense of awareness. Only what is fed and not what is learned/researched

  • kekeb

    According to the below CNN article, her parents put her in swimming lessons so she’d be safe in the water. She like it and 15 years later she won a gold metal at the Olympics

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/12/sport/simone-manuel-olympics-history/

  • Just Keya

    Yes!!

  • MissHarlem

    Maybe they still draining pools on her side of town ?

  • Buttercup

    <3 <3 <3 <3

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Certain age groups I have noticed this. I also think it may vary across genders. Minorities in general be absent or slim from a lot of events I go to (invited by friends to watch their kids compete etc)

  • product of 79

    Wasn’t it ?… At first I was jus cheering for USA then I looked in the water…I said is that brown skin???ahhh shiit the sister wait she wit us…I started jumping and hollering… It was amazing. She was amazing ?

  • Willetta

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/black-babies-used-as-alligator-bait-in-florida-6531453

    Sandra.. please check out the link above in reference to your question about whether this kind of thing actually happened (kinda shocked @ your naivete; but then you ARE British).With that being said … I was in tears last night!! As a former swimmer I am SO PROUD of this young woman!

  • SummerBaby

    Congrats Simone!! ??

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Im excited for them. They growing UP

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    No matter the country, if they the only brown skin thats who I am cheering for lol

  • Buttercup

    True. Lil Butter said he wants to play lacrosse. I’m going to have to pray on that thang, because if some kid smacks my kid with that stick, I’m gonna be ready to fight. Honey Dip said I’d just have to stay at home.

  • Lisa jones

    Congrats to her!! As a proud black woman and synchro swimmer you are amaxing!!

  • MissHarlem

    No no and no

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Where?!

  • nucynu25

    Well, that kinda works both ways. There also was a time where learning how to swim was forbidden for blacks , escpecailly in the South (swamp land). That’s really where the myth of blk ppl don’t like water came from. It wasn’t that we didn’t like water our ancestors were taught to fear water so they wouldn’t try to escape.

  • Auditor

    Awww

  • product of 79

    Me to LOL Brazil brown skin menz was whooping shiit in volley ball I was hollering for them… My co-worker said your not team USA?I said uh no I’m team brown skin??

  • nucynu25

    Tamir Rice was precious too.. but still…

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    Black people were precious cargo. No way they threw money overboard? Wow.. I can’t believe this comes out of the mouth of a black woman.. You weren’t taught anything about your people, sad… I always here about ppl like you, but now I know.

  • SummerBaby

    Me too!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe
  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    All day. Everyday.

  • Auditor

    My sis was the only Black on her team. I remember waking up early putting long johns on cause it was cold as hell out there. We was glad to do it for her though…

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Yep and kids need repeat lessons every summer once is not enough.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Say Yes. Floetry. me and dude are still dead. He was like Im biting the President playlist. *dies again*

  • Carmen Harrison Johnson

    I CRIED WHEN SHE WON! CONGRATULATIONS 🙂

  • SummerBaby

    This was my kid.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    So much I learn about from researching. Growing up I couldn’t do the known black history people, my mom had me looking up the unknowns. It really helps you grow.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    So much I learn about from researching. Growing up I couldn’t do the known black history people, my mom had me looking up the unknowns. It really helps you grow.

  • MissHarlem

    Chile

  • MissHarlem

    Chile

  • MissHarlem

    Unwritten rule down to game shows

  • MissHarlem

    Unwritten rule down to game shows

  • Sonny Johnson

    I don’t think her win will inspire any changes on how the oppressor views the oppressed you have to have a conscience for that to occur

  • Sonny Johnson

    I don’t think her win will inspire any changes on how the oppressor views the oppressed you have to have a conscience for that to occur

  • Incog-knee-gress

    We were in the house yelling at the TV. Cheering. It was AWESOME. Jesus KNOWS I love the Olympics

  • Incog-knee-gress

    We were in the house yelling at the TV. Cheering. It was AWESOME. Jesus KNOWS I love the Olympics

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Chile Say Yes is panty dropping music,

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Chile Say Yes is panty dropping music,

  • Auditor

    Why I don’t fool with white folks…they can all die for all I care…world would be a better place without them…

  • Auditor

    Why I don’t fool with white folks…they can all die for all I care…world would be a better place without them…

  • Noirluv45

    That’s true, Sonny, but maybe it will change the views of many of us who believe the lies the oppressor has been telling since 1619.

  • Noirluv45

    That’s true, Sonny, but maybe it will change the views of many of us who believe the lies the oppressor has been telling since 1619.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    But it will change a little chocolate girl’s mind on participating in swim as a sport.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    But it will change a little chocolate girl’s mind on participating in swim as a sport.

  • Noirluv45

    Black girl magic is on display! We always triumph at what we do! We have to remember to not believe the negative narratives spoken about us (not saying we are perfect, but NO one is), but learn and understand who we truly are.

  • Noirluv45

    Black girl magic is on display! We always triumph at what we do! We have to remember to not believe the negative narratives spoken about us (not saying we are perfect, but NO one is), but learn and understand who we truly are.

  • MissHarlem

    Why everyone wants his playlist ?? I always knew he knocking FLOTUS walls DOWN

  • MissHarlem

    Why everyone wants his playlist ?? I always knew he knocking FLOTUS walls DOWN

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    YES! My kids say why you cheering for them. I say you always cheer for us. Even on Guy’s Grocery Games.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    YES! My kids say why you cheering for them. I say you always cheer for us. Even on Guy’s Grocery Games.

  • Auditor

    Chile…

  • Auditor

    Chile…

  • Noirluv45

    Right. That’s all that matters.

  • Noirluv45

    Right. That’s all that matters.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    That’s why I take my dancers to natl dance comps. Many times we are the only ones of color there. But it opens them up to sooo many opportunities and exposes them to diff things. It’s beneficial.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Your damn hand and face tired TOO sis

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Ha! Yes, on literally ANYTHING.

  • Noirluv45

    He has a good range of musical tastes.

  • MissHarlem

    I don’t care if it’s three card monty on the corner. You always root for us. Tuh

  • KJOURNEY

    awesome-sauce ….I love it..Heck im inspired..my big arse will be in the pool all weekend…looking like Martin in big momma’s house 3

    lol

  • Incog-knee-gress

    When I say my niece went so many places off the strength of cheering??? It IS beneficial as you said.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    You can tell by how he looks at her. Day after the first election, I told my mama I was surprised Michelle could even walk the next day.

  • Buttercup

    I’m SEW happy we’re back in GA. When we were in the Midwest, those early morning games were the worst. Honey Dip knew I would bite his head off if he showed up without my caramel apple spice.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Come through with that bayou knowledge Nucy. Yall okay? Saw DTTS said its bad there. You in NOLA right?

  • Buttercup

    *cackles*

  • MissHarlem

    Girl……

  • nucynu25

    Idk why they even entertain Sandy .

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Yep we don’t do hip hop often at comps. Maybe one number out of 6 will be hip hop. Mostly lyric, contemporary, hi jazz. They expect hip hop of us every time. That never changes. But you’ll be surprised how many of our kids only want hip hop and majorette. And the parents go along with it. They think ballet, tap are boring. We’re starting African this year. I hope it fills up.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    …with African-American ?

  • nucynu25

    On my side of the river it isn’t bad but shidd am just wishing the nursery closes so I can lie & say I gotta get my baby & go my ass home…:)

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    And that’s the point

  • MissHarlem

    I said time and again on this blog that it was a requirement in my household. I had school at home along with school. My father may not be shit but that man was no joke about learning about us. Always criticized school and what they teach.

  • nucynu25

    No Auntie listen to your heart…lol . Does heart truly believe some of the things you type?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ???

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    I don’t know one black woman who refuses to get their hair wet in a pool. This stereotype had never rang true to me.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ???

  • Auditor

    Yup and this is in N Cali…one thing I can say about living other places is it doesn’t get cold at night…I hate that about Cali…can’t look cute or nothing. Came back home from AZ and woke up to 58 degrees but yet it’s going to be 97. I’m like I can’t survive out here anymore!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    He knows my needs and heart’s desire. ?

  • Willetta

    There is sooo much more than this, it boogles the mind. Google ‘The Tuskeegee 626″.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Are the bills being paid? ?

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    And did you hear how hype that one announcer was abt her making history? He was so pumped.

  • hottlanta

    She couldn’t share the title alone. That is like when you see a commercial on television with a AA person. They will have one of us and 2 more white people around us so folks can see the white people and not us. If they had other races in the commercial they gotta add an extra white person on each end.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    They are out there.

  • Just Keya

    I know some. Smh

  • Ro

    That’s beautiful Congratulations!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    ??????????

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I know A LOT

  • MissHarlem

    Every.time.
    Even when he gets the side eye he gives her that I will dck you down don’t play look ?

  • Auditor

    In Guatemala? Question is did the prostitutes get treated and not just the prisoners!

  • nucynu25

    lmao.. Girl ,let me go bout my bizness before Auntie ask me if I am new here …

  • Incog-knee-gress

    this done tickled the hell out of me.

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I thought it was because the skeletal muscle of Africans and or our bone density, that made us less buoyant.

  • hottlanta

    Like Columbus discovered America, right. Like the Indians didn’t know they were about to have their last supper with the Pilgrims and we celebrate Thanksgiving, right. Those are the books are kids are reading in school and yet we wonder how our school system is failing us.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I see why Michelle stays in shape.

  • Auditor

    Keyword HER hair…ain’t no woman walking around with someone else’s hair getting in no pool lol

  • nucynu25

    what? why? how?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Hella

  • nucynu25

    I did a paper on Columbus dirt bag ass in college . I read his ass for filth. My professor never looked at me the same ..lol

  • That’s Interesting

    Congrats Simome! I saw her swimming a relay too. I did not know that President Obama shot or ordered the shooting of Black males???. Where have I been?!

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Its raining all the way to Florida. I called my aunt in Mobile. She was like ghul this just RAIN. Umm lady last time your roof almost caved in? Butterum OKAY.
    Yall stay SAFE Nucy!!!

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I am HOLLERING.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Welp. I’mma hit this treadmill and get ready for school.

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Right, if anybody was thrown they would’ve probably been sick. They had to be about their money.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    I believe it

  • Libra80sBaby

    WE done damn near took over ALL “their” sports. “Hate it or love it, the underdog’s on top. And I’m gone shine homie until my stop. Go head envy me, I aint goin nowhere so you can get to know me.” Haaaaaaan!!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ?…?…?

    Oh

  • Willetta
  • the guest

    That was so intentionally racist and mean spirited. Where does it end? This eloquent talented history making young woman can’t even be celebrated without the imposition of racism.

  • That’s Interesting

    Tf? Wow.

  • nucynu25

    Aww thanks… it is bad in certains part..some ppl are evacuating . But honestly, just alil rain can f up certain parts of the state, we really really below sea level so it doesn’t take a lot ..

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    Black American history usually isn’t in American History books..

  • God is working on me!

    Are you serious, that’s horrible.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    They made examples plenty of times. “This too can be you. Try me.”

  • MissHarlem

    We didn’t create it. Perpetuate yes.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Her old ornery ass knows the deal. She just dont want to have to leave. and WONT. they not as below sea level as yall. Still gets bad like you said tho from just a lil.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Us too. Whole fam watches every event we can. Arm 14 lives for the b-ball

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ~turns around at looks at you with googly eyes and mouths~

    Da Fudge?!

    ~turns back around~

    ?

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Lol

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I just went to go look at pics of them.
    And I gotta go send a hey big head text. Right now. Lmao

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Brazil.

    The UK are the Downie sisters. E. Downie fell on her neck during a tumbling pass on the floor. She later came back to do the vault which got her team a spot. Without her coming back, they would have been out.

  • MissHarlem

    Thank me later ?

  • iWasteTime

    Both Playlists were Amazing.
    Man the Prez phucks with So Ambitious.
    And All I need Meth and Mary in the NIGHT play list. He like that thug lovin!
    I said and THAT is why I phucks with POTUS

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I’m listening to it now Zoe :headphones:

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Like the litle girl from the UK I think. Did her gymnastics floor routine to Bey. Oh oh oh. I was like yessssssss

  • product of 79

    Did it LOL They be thinking cause I sing those 80’s tunes that I’m I’m with THEM no sir I’m with>>>??? <<< hell that's all we had far as videos back then so yea I know those songs ?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Its some black hearted ass folks on here sometimes. Im glad this young lady won, but not even THAT as I said below, this girl is making a way and inspiring young black kids, male and FEMALE, to want to try THEIR hand at this sport and others. Jesus. See it for what it is for US. As a people. Why even give white folks the damn time or the GLORY
    I am out.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Mine is all mama I can do that. I say yea baby. But don’t try it in here right now. Lol

  • product of 79

    Yea… His enthusiasm was felt in and out the TV ?

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Tried to get Arm 16 to play when she was 6. Told us she lost the violin at school. Come to find out she cut the strings and my mama, yes MY mama helped her hide it. I should’ve beat bofa dem.

  • Noirluv45

    No, Black people did not create that myth. Many Blacks didn’t have access to public swimming pools, as well as those who said our bones are denser than Whites; therefore, we were unable to float. I’m sure Black islanders grew up learning how to swim. With that said, there are some Black people who are concerned about their hair, but that doesn’t prove that the majority of Blacks feel that way if you consider all those within the African Diaspora.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Maybe she’s of island heritage. All children are exposed to and encouraged in all sports in the islands, regardless of color.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    MURR!

  • SameoleJ

    Because they are the oppressed people that they say everyone is.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    lololol… um Was your professor Italian? they don’t play that…esp in Jersey!

  • Noirluv45

    Huh? Were did you see that?

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    End of story.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    ….meaning access into the Y?
    My parents have a pool…..:(

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    Congrats to Team America…

    America has the most medals of all the countries and we are leading the Olympics, and usually do every Olympic Cycle . It is usually us African Americans that dominate as the gold medal winners for the US Teams.

    Interestingly enough, we usually dominate our African brother and sisters too at the Olympics. ( If its about Genetics you would think it would be the reverse)

    Since we dominate in every sport, you can see how they try to keep us out of non traditionally black sports like swimming, tennis, golf,and (ballet ballerina) , gymnastics.

    Of course as we all see, exactly what they feared… happened… when people like the Williams Sisters totally dominate tennis not for one year but years and years. The same for Tiger Woods or Ballerina Misty Copeland. All things considered, you can see origins of hate perpetrated against us.

  • SameoleJ

    Sandra implied it: Manuel also spoke on the current wave of police shootings of unarmed black males in America, that has become President Obama’s shameful legacy.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Did you see roots? 12 years a slave?

    Blacks were thrown overboard.

  • Noirluv45

    You know, if they truly believed we were inferior, they would not have stopped us from learning to read or excel. They know we aren’t inferior, but they keep trying to convince themselves that we are. It’s a sad and tragic display of evil.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Chile…you and a Baby Freebush. Had to have a conference. My kid up there like Breonna on “Bernie Mac” when her Auntie Bonita came to visit. Baby got it honest. My folks were ALWAYS at the school for my AP History, Government and Social Studies classes. THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED! ?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    They know it’s them who are truly inferior who taught them #neverforget cuz they won’t

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Oh wow Django. So we can’t even float huh? Lol

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    Huh?

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    God bless her. We are dominant in many sports anyway, so I am not surprised. I am proud, same as anyone of us who soars above and beyond the box built for us to stay in.

  • BLACK *I*C*E*

    HOUSTON showing up and showing out at the Olympics. I’m so proud!
    #LoveMyCity

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    They always try to assert ownership of us by dehumanizing. “African American”. Like she’s a pet or something.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    new post…someone is obsessed with this shyt for some reason :facepalm:

  • LibraGirlonly

    Kudos

  • DroneRivers

    You embrace rumors all the time on this site. Especially about certain people… 🙂

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    Bravo, gotta fence us in….we have way to much Potential Spiritually, Genetically and Mentally

    -“Our deepest fear is not that we are Inadequate
    Our deepest fear is that we are Powerful Beyond Measure…It is our Light not our Darkness that most frightens us”

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    hmph….

  • 88
  • LibraGirlonly

    They did a good job of convincing themselves and us too but there is a new paridigm and things are starting to change.

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    I know why the caged bird sings….

  • SameoleJ

    Sandra implied it: Manuel also spoke on the current wave of police shootings of unarmed black males in America, that has become President Obama’s shameful legacy.

  • LibraGirlonly

    I was waiting for that hair to puff up but it didn’t sooo proud lol.Team Black Girls Rock!!!!??????

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Now my question is: I have a list of many African Americans who have soared way above and beyond. From Venus and Serena, to Wilma Rudolph and Flo Jo…Carl Lewis, but what category would you put Tiger Woods in since he doesn’t claim African American heritage?

  • Jean Paul Le’vonne

    Congrats!

  • DroneRivers

    Congrats to Simone! Our Simones are showing out in Rio.

    On a side note: There is no way police brutality will ever be considered President Barack Obama’s legacy. It started long before him. I guess Trump will put an end to it, right?

  • LibraGirlonly

    The commentators barely gave her a mention before the start of the race. Their focus was on girl from Japan. I guess they were shocked lol.

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    I have no Idea, lol lol…but the black genetics , kicked in didnt it…..

    He didnt claim it, but its what made him wealthy and famous…..

    Then a big dose of Karma kicked in …wouldnt you agree??

  • Karma WhO

    You go girl!!! I cried with you last night because of the obvious unexpectancy of winning! Your humbleness will be your biggest attribute to your success! God is awesome!

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    *nose laugh*

  • Karma WhO

    yea they were worried about those sisters both making the cut.. but this SISTA did!!

  • Jen_n_juice

    And the 2 Australian sisters! Talking about they were about to make history by having 2 sisters on the podium. Never forget #BlackGirlMagic Came back and took Gold on em!

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Haha!

  • Jen_n_juice

    Right! She was SO humble and gracious! You couldn’t help but get emotional with her

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Aren’t you like Michael Phelps height?

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    My mother, my brother, etc.

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Same thing that makes us run faster and jump higher. Fast twitch muscles.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Wholeheartedly.

    I had my whole list ready, but when I came to Tiger I was like ummmmmm?
    I tell you one damn thing, He was black when Becky caught that azz and all Catherines, Julies and Meagans came forward…

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    You know the old saying “big boned”.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Awesome ??

  • eljjai

    OMG that actually got published? WTF is wrong with people? I mean feel how you must feel but people can’t even front anymore?

  • Auditor

    Dunno how tall he is…but I’m 5’10”

  • Locapoca

    Congrats! ?? ??. #blackgirlsrock

  • eljjai

    You can’t forget, It’s like riding a bike. I hadn’t swum in a pool in 10 years (I don’t have my own pool and people are too nasty nowadays.) But I was at the beach a couple times and it made no difference.

  • Sucker Free

    My dad was in navy he can swim…my mom too…I swim like a fish…I’m an island gal ???

    Got my daughters lessons…we love it!

  • Locapoca

    anyone of us who soars above and beyond the box built for us to stay in.
    ^^^^^
    If I could upvote this a million times I would. Black people don’t swim, black people don’t golf, black people don’t play tennis, and then BOOM! ?? Proved wrong by Simone, Tiger Woods, and Venus and Serena. They love to limit our talents

  • Locapoca

    He came back to us after ol girl busted his shyt out and all the sprites tried to hang him up by his toenails ?

  • eljjai

    In cases where for some reason or another the ship was expected to make a loss in trading them, e.g if a large number of slaves got sick on the way.It would be more profitable to throw them overboard and claim the loss rather than get to market with sick slaves who wouldn’t fetch a good price. There was a famous case that was one of the pivotal point in the abolishment of slavery where a ship hold- on let me google

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zong_massacre

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    That’s what up.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    See? I thought the same thing below! How messed up is it to be black only when you’re in trouble. mmph.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    amen…Blacks don’t hockey neither baby cakes…The Hockey puck isn’t the only darkness on that ice! lolol

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    BOOM: As of September 2014, there are about
    30 players of African descent playing in the National Hockey League or
    for an affiliate of an NHL team.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I played between 5-7, but then my parents put me in ballet, then piano and singing. They were trying to keep my azz busy i see!

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    The newspaper didn’t even want to use her name
    SAY THAT!

  • Blanco

    Wow!!! This is 2016 and we are still dealing with this kind of crap

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    YAAS! I saw that.

  • That’s Interesting

    The Olympics

  • 2MIDDLEFINGERSUP

    Congrats! we are proud of you.

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    LOL LOL…. YOU MADE ME SPIT MY DRINK OUT ..CAME OUT MY NOSE TOO ……ONCE AGAIN!!

    YOU GOTTA STOP THAT!!

  • hottlanta

    That is why we have Black Girl’s Rock and folks get mad about that.

  • hottlanta

    Cecil the Lion was called by his name. The headline didn’t say the doctor shot a lion, it said they shot CECIL. You are right.

  • hottlanta

    My girl. I went to Santo Domingo and almost had a heart attack the way they were praising Christopher Columbus on my tour. They even got a building with a cross that lights up in the night sky. I needed an inhaler after all of that.

  • hottlanta

    My girl. I went to Santo Domingo and almost had a heart attack the way they were praising Christopher Columbus on my tour. They even got a building with a cross that lights up in the night sky. I needed an inhaler after all of that.

  • hottlanta

    Folks don’t even know that a black man invented the stop sign and yet they go pass one everyday. That is not in the American history books on purpose but yet they scream “All Lives Matter.”

  • hottlanta

    Folks don’t even know that a black man invented the stop sign and yet they go pass one everyday. That is not in the American history books on purpose but yet they scream “All Lives Matter.”

  • hottlanta

    Never use the words stolen, strayed and Bill Cosby in the same sentence.

  • hottlanta

    Never use the words stolen, strayed and Bill Cosby in the same sentence.

  • hottlanta

    Black people wasn’t afraid to swim we knew that there is a lot of fish/human shyte in the water. Now you hear about ebola and other flesh eating bacteria in water. Young girl was zip lining and landed in the nasty lake a couple of years ago and now all of her limbs are gone. Had to get hands/legs cut off. Ain’t nothing but fish/human shyte. Yep our ancestors knew what they were talking about. Thank yall.

  • nyliberated

    HAPPY FOR HER SUCESS AND THIS HISTORICAL MOMENT

  • Soda

    It is what it is. The message is more important than the messenger.

  • HugItOut

    So proud

  • Li

    Why did she have to mention “police brutality”? I wish athletes would just be athletes and enjoy the moment.
    It was a surprise win for sure.

  • Li

    In all fairness, Simone wasn’t even shown on NBC’s coverage. So she was an unknown, nobody knew who she was. The BBC channel showed the swim meet, but not NBC. They were in the gymnastics hall covering Bile and the Russians.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    They should have been!!! GOD HAD A PLAN, and it was NOT man’s plan!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Both did make history, by neither one being on the podium. GOD’S Plan NOT man’s plan!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Because they are limited!!!

  • hottlanta

    Get outta here. Had she had 10 baby daddies they would call her name, talked to a neighbor or somebody.

  • LibraGirlonly

    I bet the dad didn’t like that. Did you see when they put the camera on him before the race. His chest was puffed out like Yesss I did that but oops wait they didn’t win.

  • Auditor

    Naw ain’t no fish shiit…it’s white folks dumping chemicals into the water…hell you see they had an oil spill for MONTHS…water will NEVER be the same AGAIN.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Not only did she rep for the USA, she was reppin for my hometown… H-TOWN STAND UP!!!

  • I came to slay bitch!!

    Texas breeds athletes

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    +1 #LoveMyCity

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    +1 #LoveMyCity

  • http://batman-news.com Niacast

    I watched this event last night on NBC live. They did show it. Me and daughter (an ex swimmer) were so proud!!!!

  • n1kk1a

    Or how little black babies would be used as bait for crocodile hunting?

  • Mel

    What Obama gotta do with the shootings ? Congrats to her USA did the dam thang man

  • Michelle

    Right. Only stupid dumb @$$ people who are apart of the problem get mad when black people show pride in only.black people. Aint nobody else going to do it. Whats wrong woth recognizing you poppin???

  • Sleepy One

    Yes Houston is representing at Rio 2016!!! Go Simone Manuel and Simone Biles

  • Bob Dilla

    The movie Amistad is based on a true story. It shows Why and How Black people were thrown from the ships…..

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I cried with her congrats so proud of team USA. ..

  • AJ

    I absolutely love you for that!

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    I like the fact that, though young, she is well spoken.

    WELL DONE SIMONE!!

  • Brenda Dennis

    Sandra rose is a coon. This woman is ugly inside and out. #vile #bit.h