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Cari Champion.

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Cari Champion.

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In this week’s episode of The limits, Jay talks to his longtime friend and former colleague Cari Champion. Cari has hosted flagship ESPN shows such as First take and sport Centerand currently hosts her own podcasts, Naked with Cari Champion and The brown print.

She has also shattered glass ceilings as a black woman in sports journalism by remaining committed to speaking her truth. She has done this from the start; When her on-air outspokenness via a local news item resulted in her being fired early in her career, Cari doubled down on herself to become even more committed to honest and passionate journalism. She began reporting with the Tennis Channel and, in parallel with her own career, has reported extensively on the white elitism — and sometimes outright racism — that Serena Williams faced on and off the court.

Cari spoke to Jay about the retirements of Serena and record-breaking track and field star Allyson Felix, and highlighted the contributions both women have made to the health of black women’s mothers. She and Jay also explored mental health in sport, the double standards female athletes face and what she was most proud of in her career to date.

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The Limits is produced by Diba Mohtasham, Devan Schwartz and Mano Sundaresan. Our lead producer is Leena Sanzgiri. Video production by Kaz Fantone, Langston Sessoms, Christina Shaman, Iman Young and Nick Michael. Our executive producers are Karen Kinney, Veralyn Williams and Yolanda Sangweni. Our Senior Vice-President of Programming and Audience Development is Anya Grundmann. Music by Ramtin Arablouei. Special thanks to Christina Hardy, Rhudy Correa and Charla Riggi.

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