Alejandro "Ali" Danois

Alejandro "Ali" Danois

The Intersection of Sports & Culture

Alejandro "Ali" Danois

Alejandro "Ali" Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League and a Producer with Shadow League Films. He is also a contributor with Bleacher Report's Special Projects Division. The former Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, he is also Freelance Sports and Entertainment Writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Sporting News, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, SLAMonline and Ebony Magazine, among many others.

His Shadow League feature story, "Humble Beginnings", was mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology as among the country's most notable stories of 2014. Follow him on twitter @alidanois He is currently at work on his first book, which is scheduled to be released in September of 2016. He is also serving as a Producer on an upcoming sports documentary for ESPN's 30 For 30 piece.

A product of New York City public schools, Ali earned a scholarship for talented inner city minority students to attend Milton Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts before attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, drops in September of 2016

My Writing

Sports is much more than the final score, they inform us as to who we are as a society from many distinct vantage points: from commerce, law, entertainment, crime, race, class, inclusiveness and competition. This page will celebrate the unique beauty of the games we love, but will also delve deeper into the greater meaning, telling stories that really matter, about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things through the prism of sport, and the various ancillary elements that reach into every inch of the American fabric.

Articles by Alejandro "Ali" Danois

Earn Is No Loser, He’s Simply A Struggling Black Man In America

Through Atlanta’s main character, we see the struggle of trying to keep our heads above water and making a way when we can. Before Donald Glover became the first African-American to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for his incredible work on Atlanta, prior to us grasping the brilliance of what he was bringing forth through the individual and collective narratives of the characters Earn, Alfred, Darius and Van, and without having presented one episode of the show that would quickly become one of greatest dramatic and comedic works of art to ever grace a television screen, Glover said, “The...

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Chopping It Up With Zion Williamson At The Jordan Brand Classic

The All-American can’t wait to get to Duke, along with getting his NYC playground props when he hits Dyckman Park in the future. With his high school career in the books, future Duke Blue Devil Zion Williamsonis now looking ahead. The senior is enjoying his end-of-season run through the elite all-star circuit, though a thumb injury suffered in the McDonald’s All-American Game will keep him on the sidelines for the equally prestigious Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit events in Brooklyn and Portland respectively. We caught up with the sensational 6-foot-7 guard/forward from South Carolina, whose YouTube highlights make...

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The Lunacy And Racism Of Asking Lamar Jackson To Play Receiver

The belief that Black men were not smart or good enough to play QB in the NFL was discredited long ago, but some still haven’t gotten the memo I’ve long dismissed the idiotic talk from the so-called Draft experts regarding their evaluations of Louisville’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. Their cocksure analysis amuses me, especially coming from the likes of Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN’s go-to talking head when it comes to evaluating college players. After all, Kiper is that dude who has said, among other things over the years, that Andre Wadsworth was the best overall talent, ahead of Peyton...

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The Lunacy And Racism Of Asking Lamar Jackson To Play Receiver

The belief that Black men were not smart or good enough to play QB in the NFL was discredited long ago, but some still haven’t gotten the memo I’ve long dismissed the idiotic talk from the so-called Draft experts regarding their evaluations of Louisville’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. Their cocksure analysis amuses me, especially coming from the likes of Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN’s go-to talking head when it comes to evaluating college players. After all, Kiper is that dude who has said, among other things over the years, that Andre Wadsworth was the best overall talent, ahead of...

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Zion Williamson Gets The Bag At Hoophall

R.J. Barrett, the nation’s top prospect who’s projected to be the No.1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and others also put in work in Springfield During the Martin Luther King weekend, I make an annual pilgrimage to Springfield, Massachusetts, basketball’s birthplace, for the Spalding Hoophall Classic, which is now in its 16th year. The event provides some one-stop shopping when it comes to checking out an incredible array of future college hoops and NBA stars while they’re still in high school. Over the past few years, guys like Mo Bamba, DeAndre Ayton, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Kevin...

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