DISTRICT DIARIES: Black History Month Edition

Washington Spirit  |   February 16, 2024
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Sports serve as a powerful catalyst for unity and progress. Embracing diversity and equity is integral to the advancement and prosperity of every team and the communities they serve. In this first edition of District Diaries, we’ll be celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Black leaders, entrepreneurs, and creatives in the DMV and sharing their stories throughout Black History Month.


Shameeka Quallo

The Spirit’s VP & General Counsel, Shameeka has a passion for breaking barriers shines as she promotes social justice, uplifts her community, and expands sports industries to diverse audiences. Her advocacy champions inclusivity and empowers many.



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On Black History:

“Black history is a reflection of the resilience, innovation, and unyielding spirit. It embodies the struggle against adversity, the celebration of achievement, and the ongoing journey toward equality and justice for all. It is a reminder of the invaluable contributions Black individuals have made to society despite facing systematic challenges.”


On her accomplishments:

“Some of my proudest accomplishments, both personally and professionally, involve leaving places better than I found them and expanding the reach of sports industries to new and diverse audiences.


On advocacy in sport:
“By speaking out, raising a fist, taking a knee, or using their platforms for activism, athletes have sparked important conversations, raised awareness, and inspired action. As a Black female executive in sports, I realize that I have a unique platform and various opportunities to make an impact.”


On legacy:

“My community of family, friends, and peers collectively remind me of Shirley Chisolm’s quote that ‘Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth”, and I intend to leave a legacy and lasting impact wherever I go.


Dom Adams

A staple of DC’s streetwear scene, Dom is a Southwest DC native and the co-founder and owner of SOMEWHERE® CAFE, a hybrid clothing store and cafe in Navy Yard.



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On Black History Month:

“Black History Month to me means acknowledging all of the amazing impact that Black Americans have had on the entire world and the importance of representation.”


On collaboration and supporting Black business owners: 

“Every collaboration that we have ever done with any apparel brand in the history of somewhere has been done with a minority owned company, with 75% of them having Black ownership.”

“Our tea program comes from a Black woman-owned tea company. Our coffees come from two different roasters that are both co-owned by Black women. Our pastries comes from a Black woman-owned bakery. We just completed a collaboration with a Black-owned natural juice and wellness lifestyle company.


On legacy:

“I feel that building, owning and operating a business in my community is the ultimate way in preserving and promoting legacy.


Krystina Brown

A graphic designer and photographer, Krystina is a Northern Virginia native, Krystina serves as the senior graphic designer at Athletes Unlimited and also works as a photographer. You can check out her work here.



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On Black History Month:

“Black History Month to me means celebrating our joy, our uniqueness, and excellence. It’s also a time to celebrate the positive impact Black culture has had despite hardships.”


On growing a more diverse and inclusive soccer community:

“With Black players, there’s so much individuality I’d love to capitalize on and really just show them in a unique way that people aren’t used to seeing. Showing players from different backgrounds is very important obviously to showcase who they are as people, but it’s going to make them more relative to fans who maybe share a similar background. That’s how you bring more people into the game and create a better community.”

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