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Sydney Colson: ‘It isn’t far-reaching for one of us to be Breonna Taylor’

In the latest episode of The Hard Screen podcast, Tamryn Spruill brings you a conversation on the #SayHerName movement featuring Chicago Sky guard Sydney Colson; Bethany Donaphin, head of WNBA basketball operations; Kimberlé Crenshaw co-founder and executive director of the African-American Policy Forum; and Gina Best, the mother of India Kager, who was killed by police in 2015.

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Sydney Colson, a guard with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and member of the league’s Social Justice Council, is a human first.
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With the old guard squaring up against the stars of tomorrow and new-look rosters thriving or still sorting things out, storylines abound just one week into the WNBA’s unprecedented 2020 season. But before the weekend triple-header tips off on Saturday with the Minnesota Lynx facing the Connecticut Sun, delve into the history of the #SayHerName movement and the campaign’s partnership with the WNBA.

In the first of a two-part special edition from The Hard Screen podcast, Gina Best, the mother of India Kager — a woman killed by Virginia Beach police in 2015 in front of her infant son — speaks on the shattered lives of families left behind by police violence, #SayHerName’s partnership with the WNBA and their demands for change.

Joining her in conversation are:

  • Sydney Colson, Chicago Sky guard and WNBA Social Justice Council member
  • Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-founder and executive director of the African-American Policy Forum (AAPF) and #SayHerName campaign
  • Bethany Donaphin, head of WNBA basketball operations

Listen on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.


This week’s episode of The Hard Screen includes a reading of the names.

Eleanor Bumpurs

Sonji Taylor

Frankie Ann Perkins

Danette Daniels

Tyisha Miller

Margaret Mitchell

LaTanya Haggerty

Nizah Morris

Kendra James

Alberta Spruill

Kathryn Johnston

Tarika Wilson

Duanna Johnson

Priscilla Slater

Breonna Taylor

Atatiana Koquice Jefferson

Crystal Danielle Ragland

Pamela Shantay Turner

Nina Adams

Latasha Nicole Walton

Brittany Danielle McLean

Angel Viola Decarlo

April Webster

Tameka LaShay Simpson

LaJuana Philips

Dereshia Blackwell

Cynthia Fields

LaShanda Anderson

Shukri Ali Said

DeCynthia Clements

Crystalline Barnes

Geraldine Townsend

Sandy Guardiola

India N. Nelson

Charleena Lyles

Jonie Block

Alteria Woods

Morgan London Rankins

Deborah Danner

Korryn Gaines

Jessica Williams

Deresha Armstrong

Laronda Sweatt

India M. Beaty

Kisha Michael

Sahlah Ridgeway

Gynnya McMillen

Bettie Jones

Barbara Dawson

Marquesha McMillan

India Kager

Redel Jones

Raynette Turner

Ralkina Jones

Joyce Curnell

Kindra Chapman

Sandra Bland

Nuwnah Laroche

Alexia Christian

Natasha McKenna

Yuvette Henderson

Sheneque Proctor

Iretha Lilly

Latandra Ellington

Yvette Smith

Michelle Cusseaux

Tracy A. Wade

Aura Rosser

Ariel Levy

Angela Beatrice Randolph

Dawn Cameron

Shonda Mikelson

Kyam Livingston

Renisha McBride

Miriam Carey

Angelique Styles

Angel Chiwengo

Kayla Moore

Amber Nashay Carter

Darnesha Harris

Shelly Frey

Malissa Williams

Erica Collins

Alesia Thomas

Shantel Davis

Sharmel Edwards

Rekia Boyd

Shereese Francis

Jameela Barnette


Catawaba Howard

Brenda Williams

Derrinesha Clay

Shelley Amos

Cheryl Blount-Burton

Carolyn Moran-Hernandez, 46

Latricka Sloan

Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley-Jones

Ahjah Dixon

Sarah Riggins

Katherine Hysaw

Barbara Stewart


In next week’s episode, Rhanda Dormeus speaks of the circumstances surrounding the murder of her daughter, Korryn Gaines, by Baltimore police in 2016.

Plus, musician, artist and activist Janelle Monaé drops by with an important call to action.

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