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

25 Years After Their Wondrous Debut, Wu-Tang Still Brings The Ruckus

Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers triggered an East Coast Renaissance, paving a path that would later be followed by the likes of Nas, Biggie 25 years ago today, one of greatest groups in the history of music dropped Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, their classic debut album that changed the entire trajectory of Hip Hop. Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’ Watch the 36 Chambers Film here: https://Certified.lnk.to/FTC_WuTang!chessboxin Listen to Wu-Tang Clan now: https://Certified.lnk.to/WuTangTT!chessboxin As featured on The Essential. Back in the early ’90s, Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing had altered the look and feel of R&B, while...

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John Carlos, Tommie Smith’s Silent Gesture Screams Louder Than Ever

As we approach the 50th anniversary of their iconic moment on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics, their protest still remains relevant. October 16th is the 50th anniversary of John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s silent protest atop the Olympic medal stand in Mexico City. The image of that moment has gone on to become one of the most iconic capturings of Black athletic protest. Smith and Carlos, the respective winners of the gold and bronze medals in the 1968 Olympics’ 200-meter dash, stood atop the medal stand wearing black socks and no shoes to symbolize African-American poverty. They...

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30 Years After Straight Outta Compton, Ain’t Much Changed

This week marks the 30th anniversary of N.W.A.’s debut album, Straight Outta Compton. The project shifted the paradigm in Hip-Hop, shining a light on and delving into an ever-expanding geographical reach outside of the genre’s birthplace of New York City. Six years prior, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five unleashed a defining inner city portrait and critique of minorities being trapped in the generational choke-hold of poverty in the form of their haunting song, “The Message.” Rather than bragging about girls, clothes or exhorting the chants and calls that were previously synonymous with the fun and celebratory elements of the music,...

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NBA Africa Honors Nelson Mandela, Illuminating The Power Of Sport

The NBA continues to be an engine for basketball’s growth in the Motherland, and an example of how sports can be a unifying force. The NBA returned to South Africa for the third NBA Africa Game today, with Team World edging Team Africa 96-92 at Gaat Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria. Joel Embiid scored 24 points and snagged eight rebounds for Team Africa, while Danilo Gallinari took home MVP honors with his 23 points on 9 of 10 shooting for Team World. But the event was about much more than basketball. The game was played in support of the...

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LeBron, Boogie Cousins And The NBA Have Nothing To Apologize For

The league is in great shape as teams take aim to dethrone a historically great Golden State dynasty. There are many basketball fans that have similar feelings with my colleague Rob Parker, who is adamant that the NBA is damaged, broken and nothing more than “…noncompetitive basketball at the highest level.” They’re pointing to Golden State’s recent sweep of Cleveland in the NBA Finals, and their third title in four years, as some proof that the league is boring and predictable. But I ain’t buying it. And with the Warriors recent free agency bombshell of bringing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins into the...

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