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

The Foul NCAA Vindictiveness Toward Silvio De Sousa

There will be plenty more student-athletes like Silvio De Sousa who will be unfairly punished thanks to actions of the adults around them. The Kansas Jayhawks, owners of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles, lost to Kansas State, 74-67, on Tuesday night. But the Kansas player who lost the most wasn’t even in uniform. He’s been forced to sit on the sideline and watch helplessly all season as the NCAA proves once again, despite their glowing commercials that say otherwise, that they could care less about some of their student-athletes. Jayhawks sophomore Silvio De Sousa’s college career was effectively ended...

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Jalen Hurts’ Final Chapter At Oklahoma Is Well-Deserved

Jalen Hurts could not have picked a better situation to transfer into than finishing off his accomplished college football career with the Oklahoma Sooners. Prior to Tua Tagovailoa captivating the college football world in the second half of last year’s 26-23 national championship win against Georgia, which he capped off in spectacular fashion by tossing the game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime and finishing with 166 passing yards, three scoring strikes and game MVP honors, Jalen Hurts was the big man on Alabama’s campus. In 28 games, Hurts’ record as a starter was 26-2. During his two seasons as the starting quarterback, he won...

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Josh Gordon’s Got Bigger Fish To Fry Than Playing In The NFL

Football is just a game, but Josh Gordon’s daily struggle is one of life and death. “If you ever come looking for me, you know where I’m bound to be, in the bottle. Turn around, look around on any corner, if you see some brother looking like a goner, it’s gonna be me…” – Gil Scott-Heron, The Bottle. When Gil Scott-Heron’s classic cut, The Bottle, is pumped over a booming system, it’s easy to get lost in the incredible musicianship and elements that make your body vibrate. It takes some moments of reflection to become fully immersed in the lyricism...

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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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