At just 31 years old, Rosalyn “Ros” Gold-Onwude is breaking ground in the typically male-dominated field of sportscasting. As one of few women broadcasters, most recently for NBA on TNT, the Nigerian-American and former college basketball player is aware of her position and is deliberate in how she shows up. For her, that means speaking up for women and embracing the African and Black culture of hair. The latter may seem insignificant to those who don’t understand the politics of Black hair, but in the world of broadcast, where women have historically been told how and what to wear, it’s almost revolutionary.
“Culture is a huge part of what I’m trying to represent,” Gold-Onwude said in a November InStyle interview. “There are few national sports positions like this for women, let alone women of color. I’ve worn braids, faux locs, cornrows, ponytails, buns, natural and curly hair because the American community needs to be exposed to seeing such styles on a national stage.” Beyond hair, Gold-Onwude is celebrated as one of the top women in sports broadcasting. And she’s hopeful that her small class of women sportscasters will grow. “I think now there’s no excuse for women not to have a presence, Gold-Onwude told The Shadow League. “With digital content…you can do everything on your cell phone.”