"The future of basketball is safe as far as its entertaining possibilities are concerned because it is a fast open game and much more easily understood than either baseball or football. Then, too, it is an indoor sport, lasting through the entire winter season of four or five months, with its added attraction of dancing and socializing on the ballroom floor. However, the real issue on the future of the game is whether it will be controlled by real amateurs, fake amateurs or professionals."
— Will Anthony Madden, 1920

Beautiful tees, true #graphics, wonderful packaging, numbered #collectible tags. Nice! Get yours, while they last from @soularcreative! All royalties benefit The #BlackFives Foundation. #harlem #newyork #rens

#AfricanAmerican #women’s #basketball team, unidentified, in the bloomer and bow uniforms typically worn by #female #players in the early #1900s.

#tbt Backstage at a #RubenStuddard concert back in the day! A good dude. Also the biggest #HarlemRens #throwback #jersey in history! LOL

Vintage 1910s newspaper ad promoting the building fund for the Colored #YMCA and Colored #YWCA. At one time the Y was racially segregated. Most early so-called “Colored” Y branches had members but no building. In 1910, #Sears Roebuck chairman Julius Rosenwald created a #philanthropic program promising to match any funds raised by communities that wished to build their own Colored Y branch buildings, so long as they surpassed a certain threshold. The result was the construction of many such facilities during the 1910s, starting with the #Wabash Avenue Colored YMCA on #Chicago’s South Side and including the Christian Street Y in #Philadelphia, the 12th Street Y in Washington, #DC, and the Centre Avenue Y in #Pittsburgh.

At CUNY-TV studios, taping an interview with Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., host of the show “African American Legends,” and discussing the history of the Black Fives Era of basketball, for a broadcast that will air Monday, March 25, 2013 on City University Television Channel 75. It’ll be on YouTube after that. The 90-year-old Dr. Brown is an original Tuskegee Airman. Also brought my 12-year-old and we all got a chance to connect the generations with a pose on the set! (Claude Johnson)

How to be for real.

#JackieRobinson Foundation panel was an honor! #BlackFives Foundation founder and exec dir. Claude Johnson with A’Lelia Bundles, great grand daughter of #MadamCJWalker! Going to #42 #screening! Thank you #JRFRoots!

#Nike #LunarForce Ones, #Brooklyn style. Nice shout out.

In a ceremony at the #BarclaysCenter in #Brooklyn, #NYCHA President John Rhea reads a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Michael Bloomberg declaring February 10, 2013 as “Black Fives Day” for the City of #NewYork. Looking on are #descendants of #BlackFives Era pioneers, Barclays Center Exec. Vice President David Berliner, Black Fives Foundation Exec. Director Claude Johnson, and Johnson’s 8-year-old son. (Barry Baum)