All it takes is one person to begin to blaze a trail for others to follow. And in Division I college basketball, their “first” just arrived.
According to CBS Sports, the University of Maine has recently hired former WNBA guard Edniesha Curry as a full-time assistant coach for their men’s basketball team, becoming the only full-time female assistant coach in Division I men’s basketball.
Prior to earning the assistant coach position, CBS Sports says Curry was working at UMaine as an assistant basketball player development coach for the women’s team between 2015 and 2017, also playing in the WNBA and overseas between 2002 and 2009. In between her new role at UMaine and her last job there, CBS Sports reports that she was “working with the NBA Assistant Coaches Program and as a women’s athletic program manager at Atlanta Classical Academy.”
As for her latest gig, first-year Maine coach Richard Barron said selecting Curry for the role was an “easy choice.”
“She is extremely talented at developing players – especially within the context of defensive and offensive systems,” he said in a release, according to CBS Sports. “Eddie teaches skills that can be utilized with frequency in a game. Eddie is also great at scouting opponents as well as ‘self-scouts’ – breaking down video to find areas of improvement…Our players will be very fortunate to have someone as gifted and enthusiastic as Eddie coaching them.”
Last week, we learned that star of HBO’s Insecure Issa Rae was Covergirl’s next spokesmodel. But now, it’s time to welcome aboard another face to the brand’s forthcoming campaign.
According to ELLE, Food Network host and author Ayesha Curry will also join Covergirl as their latest spokesmodel, starring in their campaign for their Peacock Flare Mascara that debuts Nov. 1. Glamour says Covergirl’s global senior vice president Ukonwa Ojo explained the decision to cast Curry in the role this way:
“We realized we were casting a certain genre of CoverGirls, but in reality there’s so many beautiful women and men who use makeup for different roles every day,” Ojo said. “We thought it’d be great to celebrate one in particular, who not only has a different role than we have in the past, but plays a number of different roles, and does so really successfully and is admired for millions because of it.”
But for Curry, joining the Covergirl team allows her to continue her mission of inspiring others to live their best lives.
“My philosophy is all about seeking joy and creating balance in life,” she said in a statement, according to ELLE. “I’ve shared a lot about how I do this with food, family and faith, and now – through my partnership with Covergirl—I want to share how makeup helps create those moments of happiness, confidence and self-expression.”
Women are capable of much more than just preparing snacks to watch a sporting event. So when one Twitter user decided to tell members of the 2016 WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks to get off the basketball court and go back into the kitchen, the team served up a slam-dunk response to shut down the social media sexism.
According to HuffPost, the team received several sexist tweets, one of which urged them to “go back to the kitchen bc this isn’t a sport and nobody cares” while another read, “Exterminate all women.” With such harsh words sent their way, HuffPost says the team responded with some inspiration from the queen of slayage herself: Beyoncé.
Creating their own music video of “Sorry,” the Sparks dressed to the nines — and showed off their championship rings — as the kiss-off anthem plays in the background and sexist tweets line the frame, all as they lip-sync the words, “I ain’t sorry.” While the full video was posted to Twitter, HuffPost says it was later removed.
Even though its time online was short-lived, you can watch a one-minute clip from the Sparks’ comeback video here.