Celebrating Black Excellence, Entrepreneurship and Joy in Sports
Join Duke Black Alumni Tri-State for a special virtual sports talk featuring Duke Black Alumni on and off the field in the areas of sports activism, sports teams, the corporate world and education. This special event will be moderated by Nia-Malika Henderson ’96, Senior Political Analyst, CNN.
Michelle Anumba ’13, D.P.T. ’16
Head Athletic Trainer & Physical Therapist, Las Vegas Aces, WNBA
Dr. Michelle Anumba received her bachelor’s of science from Duke University, doctor in physical therapy from Duke University School of Medicine, and master of science in Athletic Training from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a physical therapist for the WNBA Team Las Vegas Aces and Select Physical Therapy LLC. While at Duke University, Dr. Anumba majored in evolutionary anthropology while also being a member of the Duke Track and Field team.
Kenneth Blakeney ’95
Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Howard University
Kenneth Blakeney is the men’s basketball head coach for Howard University. He has coached at seven Division I universities over a 12-year span. During his Duke career, the Blue Devils compiled a record of 99-34 which included winning two national championships. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University. After coaching for four years at Harvard University, Blakeney co-founded a fashion accessory company named Sportin’ Styles. He also joined apparel giant Under Armour from 2015 – 2018 where he worked with NBA Talent, College and Grass Roots divisions.
Erik Moses J.D. ’96
President, Nashville Superspeedway
In August 2020, Erik A. Moses was named President of Nashville Superspeedway (NSS), becoming the first Black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track in the sports’ history. Moses led the efforts to reopen and revitalize the dormant facility in preparation to host an annual NASCAR race weekend along with a robust year-round calendar of events. The Lebanon, Tennessee based facility hosted its inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race, the Ally 400, on June 26, 2021. Prior to NSS, Erik spent 12 years elevating the sports and entertainment industry in Washington D.C. as the founding President of the XFL’s DC Defenders, Senior VP and Managing Director of Sports, Entertainment & Special Events for Events DC, and as CEO of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission. Moses received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Additionally, he currently serves on the board of directors for the DC Jazz Festival and the Military Bowl Foundation. Erik is married to Mioshi James Moses and is the father to Evan and Ethan.
Jarrett Nobles M.B.A. ’17
Director of Business Development, Los Angeles Chargers
Jarrett Nobles is a Director of Business Development with the Los Angeles Chargers. Prior to joining the Chargers, he spent 2 seasons as Director of Global Corporate Partnership Development with the Cleveland Cavaliers and 3 seasons as a Corporate Partnership Account Manager for the Houston Astros. A native of the Washington D.C. area, Jarrett received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University and his M.B.A. from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Moderated by Nia-Malika Henderson ’96
Senior Political Analyst, CNN
Nia-Malika Henderson is a senior political analyst for CNN, reporting on politics, policies, and people shaping Washington. Henderson reports for the network’s digital and television platforms, and regularly appears as a panelist for CNN’s Inside Politics, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. In 2005, Henderson was part of the Newsday team named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series on the history of hip hop. Before joining Newsday’s national staff, she wrote for The Baltimore Sun. Henderson graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in literature and cultural anthropology, and earned master’s degrees from Yale University in American studies and Columbia University in journalism.