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Rosalyn Gold-Onwude is changing the status quo on what a female Best advice: “Terri Carmichael Jackson (WNBA Player Association's. Ros Gold-Onwude is taking a national TV job, covering the NBA for relationship with me as I embark on a new chapter w/ Turner Sports!. Warriors reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude on the NBA Finals, her love for the game and being 'beautiful and powerful'.
There are many great veterans that came before me. She started in sports and transcended out. Basketball happened to be my vehicle that got me out of New York and all the way to California. You [have to] do homework, study, and take notes. My mom is sick. Last year you generated a lot of buzz due to a meme of you and Ayesha Curry during a post-game interview with Steph Curry.
How do you combat petty gossip and adversity in an industry seemingly determined to pit women against one another, both professionally and in your personal life? Ayesha Curry and Ros Source: Often women burden more BS. You have to develop a thicker skin. I remember when the meme came out. It was a historic moment. I was hoping to have a special kind of interview here.
She first came over and kissed him, then answered a few questions about the year, supporting Steph, and it was a really cute, beautiful moment. But all people did was make a meme out of it. Look at my Instagram account, thousand people know who I am, right?
It was really unwanted attention, people were tweeting or texting me saying mean things. It was like being cyber-bullied a little bit. I spoke with Ayesha, we thought about posting a picture together.
We were going to ignore it. He was just looking down and they happened to capture a screenshot. I would not date any player on our team. I take that seriously, but it comes with the territory. That, no matter any kind of shade, will always speak loudest. Before you were an Emmy Award-winning journalist and analyst with endless career options, you were like many of our BAUCE readers, talented, untested and looking to get her foot in the door.
How did you manage to stay productive while you waited for your big break? School us on some of your hustle mentality and techniques, please! I worked a ton, a lot of odd jobs. Out of school I had a full time job, moonlighting and broadcasting.
I was doing digital content for Stanford, all the sports. I did little interviews and clips on the teams. I taught a public speaking course at Stanford. I used to take internships at Nike in the summer.
I worked at the school radio station as a production assistant. There was a school newsletter keeping track of recruits coming into Stanford football. I wrote for that newsletter. I was literally putting really small paid gigs together to barely make enough money.Fun Javale McGee interviews Ros Gold Onwude Postga
I [was] thinking about quitting and getting a regular job. I had pressures back home, monetarily and family members were sick. I almost felt silly, embarrassed, frustrated, angry, and a little selfish. The next year I got my first television contract. I was piecing it together and it was frightening. That was my first little bit of security.
I know who I am. I know where I'm from. Whenever I take a step forward, I understand I'm representing just by being there. I hope people are looking at the subtleties, because it's all intentional. When I wear an outfit that has Ankara fabric or is from Nigeria, or when I put my hair in cornrows, it's definitely to show we're accepted here, and unapologetically so. Not only are black women doing it; we're going to do it at a fashionable, fabulous high level, and it's going to be popping [laughter].
I'm just being me and sharing the journey with everyone else. I always think, "Who am I representing? What am I representing? I try to be myself in a few ways: I hope when you listen to me, you hear someone that sounds relatable. I hope you're hearing the joy and the energy that I carry when I talk about the game. I try to dress with color and vibrance and patterns that represent my culture and who I am as a person - and not just as a black woman, but as a mixed-race African woman.
There's not just one acceptable hairstyle for professionalism. You can have braids; you can have protective styles ; you can have twists; you can change it up. I think playing sports helped me. I think all people should play sports; it's especially helpful for minority groups. Let's not even talk about becoming a pro; let's not even talk about going to college on a scholarship - there are so many valuable lessons in life that you take from it. You deal with overcoming adversity, teamwork, and developing confidence.
Because of that, I've already pushed myself at a young age to get outside of my comfort zone; I've already dealt with eating humble pie, I've already dealt with having to buy into something bigger than myself, and I've already dealt with things not going my way. I come to work prepared, and I know what I'm talking about, and I think that the athletes and coaches respect that. I'm thankful to have worked for great networks - NBC Sports, Pac Networks, and now Turner - that very much support people being themselves.
I've worked within organizations that have allowed that. Well, I have chills right now. It's really cool to hear that it's intentional and that you are aware of the black women and little black girls watching you.
There is a lack of black female representation in a lot of industries - and while there are some shifts happening, I think that black women are looking to those in the spotlight to be champions for the rest of us.
It sounds like you feel a sense of responsibility to do that in your job. There are many people that want to do [my] job and plenty that would do it for free. That's why every day I come to work, I do not allow myself a bad day or a bad attitude.
I try to remind myself how blessed I am to have this opportunity: I try to remind myself that my job is about helping people relax and have joy or have fun around a sporting event.
And I try to remember the human aspect of it - the humans that are watching it, and also the very human people that are playing it. I've always been taught that I'm representing something bigger than myself.
It was always important to my father how we represented our home and our family. Many Nigerian kids can speak to the fact that their Nigerian parents always wanted them to do well. Academics were also very important to my mother, and she was the one really pushing basketball [on me]. You represent the name on the jersey. You're representing a whole university.
I want to talk about the scholarship program that you're working on, because I think it's so important. How did you get involved, and how do you hope to provide more young women with the opportunity to play sports? Chris Strachan started Kick'n It For a Cause, which is a nonprofit that utilizes sneaker culture as a vehicle to break down social barriers. I got to know Chris because he's really cool with [Warriors point guard] Stephen Curry; when I was covering the Warriors, Chris would be around building his program and the community and also doing his sneaker blogging.
He saw how my profile was growing from the local to the national level, and he approached me with an opportunity to become a part of a scholarship program with Columbia University, Qubed Educationand Kick'n It For a Cause. My scholarship will be focusing on finding young women who love sports - especially in minority groups - and empowering them and giving them the resources to learn and pursue what they care about.
I also want to be very much hands-on - giving them the opportunity to speak with me, shadow me, learn from my experiences, and gain their own resources. In addition to the scholarship money, students will receive an Ivy League completion certificate [from Columbia] and get an insider view of what this industry is about. We want a hands-on experience where they can also come away with something practical, and we're targeting those that need it most.
I'm excited about it! When it comes to all of the things you've accomplished so far, what are you most proud of right now? I think the highlight of my career so far has been working at the Rio Olympics. I was covering the Olympics on the international level for NBC, which was the biggest stage for men's basketball. That is really rare, especially for a year-old black woman, to do. It was a huge deal for me, and I think it also changed the seriousness with which I was taken in this industry.
I was also able to build relationships with the top players and coaches, and it's still helping me today in my current job. It really was a very beneficial experience. I'd say that's the highlight. I'd agree that's something to be proud of. Is there anything else?
Covering the Warriors' surge to greatness - I feel proud that I was able to improve fast enough to keep up with them! I feel that I gave it my best shot and covered it with the grace that it deserved, and I was very fortunate, very lucky, and very blessed to be a fly on the wall for all of that.
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In general, I would say that I'm proud of the fact that I've never had to compromise myself or take shortcuts; I worked hard, and I'm proud that I didn't give up. In those moments when I was embarrassed and scared and had no money, I'm glad that I decided in that moment to give it a shot again, to stay with it.
I very much believe it's possible to be successful without playing dirty or trying to cut other people down so you can get higher. I didn't give up my flavor or any of the things that make Ros, Ros.
Your job obviously requires so much travel and networking, and just a lot of general hustle and bustle. What do you do to stay sane amid all the craziness? Well, I've always been pretty good at balance. People often look at my Instagram, and they're like, "Girl, how are you doing this? And while I am pursuing a career, I've never wanted to be the woman that looks up and suddenly realizes she didn't have any of the other things.
I want a family. I want to have a social life. I want to have friends. And I think time management and good prioritization help me be able to do that.
There are times when I have less sleep than others, but I make sure to mix in dinners with friends or time for family or a vacation or "Hey, let's get that Groupon for a massage.
A healthy mind, body, and spirit is very important, and I put a real emphasis on holistic success. I don't only think I'm successful if my career is going well. I've had to stop and reassess my workouts and how I'm eating and how healthy I'm being with food and exercise, especially with all the travel.
I've had to check myself, like, "Hey, I've been on the road a lot. I've been working a lot. Have I been on a date?
Am I being healthy in my love life? I think balance is very key, and that's something I've been good at: It's good to hear that you're doing those check-ins. So, speaking of balance, I have a few rapid-fire questions. Oh, that's so hard [laughter].
It's so entertaining sometimes, oh my God. And shout-out to NBA Twitter too, because it has been fantastic as of late. I might already know the answer to this, but East Coast or West Coast? I'm always the East Coast gal. I'm from New York, but the West Coast is very important to me, too.
Anywhere with a beach. I am a beach baby. I could start at the beach at 8 a. You could find me on the beach, sleeping on a blanket.
Last TV show you've binge-watched? American Horror Story, every season. That was really good. Also, before that, probably Stranger Things. I watched it in a day. I have watched The Office, Atlanta, and, of course, Insecure. The most recent was American Horror Story. I just have to say, I have watched every single season of The Office, like, 10 times.
I watch the whole thing from start to finish, and as soon as it gets to the last episode of the last season, I just start it over again. The Office is my happy place.
It's just such a funny, happy, sweet, smart, great comedy, and I love it. I feel like everyone should have a happy-place show - even if you have it on in the background while you're doing other stuff, you just feel better with it being on.
I know every line, I know exactly what they're going to say [laughter]. Sex and the City and Scrubs. I know the lines back and forth for both. Sometimes I'm only half paying attention, but I'm just like, "This is making me so happy right now.