Chiney Ogwumike On Kevin Hart’s “Cold As Balls”

Chiney Ogwumike On Kevin Hart’s “Cold As Balls”

LA Sparks power forward Chiney Ogwumike gets real about inequality in the WNBA plus creating opportunities for women of color on Kevin Hart’s “Cold As Balls”.

We share today’s episode of “Cold As Balls” from LOL Network featuring LA Sparks power forward and ESPN analyst Chiney Ogwumike.

In the episode, the WNBA All-Star talks about making history and embarking in Journalism while still being an active player, and how if she succeeds at what she’s doing, she can create more opportunities for women of color.

Chiney stresses how detrimental it is when fans look at the WNBA through a stereotypical lens, and lays out what it really means to have equity for WNBA players.

She notes the bigger conversation is often swallowed up by pay inequality, when they really want to create a viable ecosystem to meet their basic needs (maternity leave, insurance, 401k, etc) in order to survive during and after their career.

Watch below as Chiney dishes on what her one last goal is before retirement!!!

Episode Highlights Include:

  • Chiney commends her sister, Nneka, for being her champion in basketball – she used to hide in the bathroom during practice, and then wait until they were home and have her sister teach her the moves “As women, what has been so powerful is us learning the game was collaborative, not competitive” (5:07-6:16)
  • Chiney talks about making the decision to pursue broadcast journalism and becoming one of the premier faces for hoops in the world. She describes what it means to have this opportunity as a woman of color. “A lot of it was taking injury… and turning that injury, that adversity into opportunity” (6:36-8:23)
  • Chiney reveals her ultimate goal before retiring is to win a championship with her sister, no matter where that is (10:00 – 10:12)
  • Chiney lays out what it really means to have equal opportunities for WNBA players and how the bigger conversation is often swallowed up by pay inequality. (10:11-11:16)

Catch the season 8 finale featuring Derwin James next Tuesday on the Laugh Out Loud YouTube channel.

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