Forward Progress

SiriusXM

Hosted by award-winning NBA broadcaster Jason Jackson and former NFL linebacker/broadcaster Kirk Morrison, “Forward Progress” features conversations with athletes and activists about the pursuit for racial equality, social justice, and the intersection between sports and race in America. Each week the show addresses the most important topics impacting our nation and examines how professional, amateur, and retired athletes are using their platforms to help create the change need to improve our communities. read less
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Episodes

Megan Perry - Athlete. Broadcaster. Executive.
Jan 12 2023
Megan Perry - Athlete. Broadcaster. Executive.
The guys discuss the Houston Texans firing Lovie Smith after one season. This marks the 2nd straight season the Texans hired and then fired a Black head coach after one season. After reacting to Stephen A. Smith's comments that all black coaches should avoid the Texans, the guys praise the job Mike Tomlin has done and speculate which black coaches deserves a shot at the open NFL head coaching jobs. Discussion on the history made by Fisk University as their women's gymnastics team became the first HBCU to compete in NCAA gymnastics making their debut at a comeptition in Las Vegas. The program is less than a year old. The school held their own agaisnt some powerhouses in the sport and finsihed 4th overall. The guys end the show discussing the importance of the Martin Luther King holiday.Megan Perry - Basketball Analyst; Former Player, WNBA/NBA League Exec & VP for Executive Engagement & Women's Initiatives at Sports Innovation LabMegan joins the show and shares her experiences as an executive in the league offices that involved working with some of the top African-American women at the highest level within the office. Discussion also include the WNBA taking a leading role in speaking out against controversial issues, both politcally and socially. The WNBA has been a leader since the league's inception. The former Ivy League champion talks about her time at Sports Innovation Lab that focuses on driving growth and investment in women's sports.
Coaches vs Racism HBCU Roundball Classic 2022
Dec 15 2022
Coaches vs Racism HBCU Roundball Classic 2022
Jason and Kirk discuss Brittney Griner returning home from a Russian penal colony and the various reactions surrounding her release. The guys also discuss Kevin Durant and the Durant Family Foundation's 500k donation to renovate the gym at Bowie State. The show ends on a chat about T.C. Taylor, a former JSU standout player and Deion Sanders' WR coach at the school taking over for Sanders as head coach of the Jackson State football team. The guys are joined by Darryl Woods - Executive Director, Coaches vs. Racism. Darryl joins the show to discuss this year's Roundball Classic, hosted by Coaches vs Racism. Coaches Vs. Racism is a national nonprofit leading the charge to end systemic racism through sports. The HBCU Roundball Classic features a series of high profile match-ups between Division 1 schools and HBCUs. This year the particiapting schools are Univeristy of Houston, North Carolina AT&T, Prairie View A&M, Texas Tech & the Univeristy of Montana. There is a little bit of an extra buzz this year as Houston was ranked #1 in the nation and Texas Tech is a top 25 team calibner team. The games seek to amplify awareness of incredible athletic talent from all schools, placing an emphasis on HBCUs who traditionally lack resources and equipment and are routinely overlooked by professional talent scouts. Darryl talks about about how this event has evolved, how CVR is combating racism through sports and what to expect this week as the games take place.
Deion Sanders' Impact on HBCUs
Dec 8 2022
Deion Sanders' Impact on HBCUs
The guys discuss the Georgia runoff elections for senate that saw former NFL running back Herschel Walker lose to the incumbent, Rev. Raphael Warnock. Discussion includes exploring why Herschel, who has zero experience in public service, was even in the race for a senior level position in congress to begin with. The guys react to Deion Sanders officially taking the job as head coach of the University of Colorado and the many reactions from people on both sides of Deion's decision. The guys chat about Nike's decision to end its deal with Brooklyn Nets guard, Kyrie Irving. Steve Wyche, Chief National Reporter at the NFL Network and a graudate of Howard University, joins the show to discuss why folks are disappointed in Deion Sanders' decision to leave Jackson State for the University of Colorado. Deion has done a lot for HBCUs by his many successes at Jackson State, aside from winning games. Folks wanted that to continue. Deion has always wanted to be a coach at a Power 5 school and his opportunity came with the Colorado offer. This isnt a surprise that he took the job. The opportunities are still there for HBCU athletics to grow and for investments to come into those universities. Applications are through the roof at HBCUs. Folks like Deion and VP Kamala Harris have helped the resurgence of HBCUs. Deion will get players at Colorado and Colorado will be turned around quickly. He can motivate young people and they have faith in him. He will just have tougher competition and more attention than he had before.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 'In The Blink of an Eye'
Oct 13 2022
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 'In The Blink of an Eye'
The guys react to Brett Favre releasing a statement denying any wrong doing in the scandal in Mississippi involving money that was allocated for needy families in the state.Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Former NBA GDiscusses his memoir, entitled 'In The Blink Of An Eye'. He discusses the process of writing and why he wrote the book. The title was derived from his team that helped him put this project together. It was a name that resonated with him. Reading became a passion of his following his conversion to Muslim. Mahmoud learned so much about America historically. He explains his reason for protesting against the anthem. Nothing has changed, he still protests in his own way to this day. He names the folks that supported him at that time. Mahmoud talks about his love for basketball which is a part of his journey. Talks about how his style of play would translate to today's game. Greg Kelser, Former NBA F, Current Detroit Pistons TV AnalystGreg is appreciative of forums like Forward Progress. There is so much more we need to do collectively and the show helps do that. The NBA has done a good job with being at the forefront of this conversation between race and sports. Some sports were late to the party or have slowly backed off, but the NBA is still at the forefront. The players seem to be all in. They recognize their platform is important. The NBA hasnt always gotten it right. Greg uses Greg Hodges and Mahmoud Abdul - Rauf as examples from the past. In terms of Michael Jordan, many wanted him to be the spokesperson against the issues at the time, but not everyone is Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali or Jackie Robinson.
Suns Governor Robert Sarver Suspended
Sep 15 2022
Suns Governor Robert Sarver Suspended
The guys react to the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver following the NBA's investigation that found Sarver used inappropriate comments and instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees during his time with the Suns/Mercury. The guys then discuss the news that BYU did not find evidence of racial heckling towards Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson. Show wraps with a chat on Mickey Joseph being named interim head football coach at the University of Nebraska, making him the first black head coach at Nebraska in any sport.Cynt Marshall - CEO Dallas Mavericks; Author, 'You've Been Chosen: Thriving Through the Unexpected'Cynt is the CEO of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, the first black female CEO in the NBA. She has been named one of the '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports' by Adweek and one of the '15 World's Most Inspiring Leaders' by Forbes. She is a cancer survivor and a regular speaker at cancer-related events. In this book, Cynt details her path from an abusive household, racism, corporate America, and fighting stage 3 colon cancer. She also discusses her personal struggles as a wife and mother including four miscarriages and the loss of an infant daughter, the opportunities in her life to serve others by being a 'first' (there are several), how to respond to adversities in life, leadership lessons after 40+ years of work and how faith is her anchor and carried her through her biggest challenges. Cynt calls the book the good, great, bad, and ugly of her journey.
Rachel Richardson Incident at BYU
Sep 1 2022
Rachel Richardson Incident at BYU
Discussion on the Duke-BYU volleyball game where Duke player, Rachel Richardson endured racial slurs from some fans at BYU. Chat includes how the situation was handled, if Duke should have walked off the floor & BYU's response. Discussion on the players at Florida A&M University having issues with the university about a variety of issues with the athletic department. The players did the right thing by writing a letter to the University President. A bunch of young men stood up for themselves.Dan Taylor, Author Walking Alone, The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny WashingtonKenny Washington broke the color barrier in the NFL on September 29th,1946 for the Los Angeles Rams. Dan's book focuses on the immeasurable impact on the sport and beyond. Legends of the NFL hailed Washington as one of the greatest players in football history. He was also a baseball star and there were efforts to make Washington the first black player in major league baseball along with Jackie Robinson. Discussion on the abuse Washington has to deal with, his refusal to play in the South, and how he impacted ignorant teammates through his character and talent. Kenny Washington was one of, if not the most popular athletes in Los Angeles throughout the '30s and '40s. The Rams and the NFL should do more to recognize Washington's role in professional football. After reading the book, Dan hopes folks will reflect on how they treat people. We are all God's children. He also wants people to understand Kenny Washington and put him on a much higher platform for all he has done for the sport.