Ok, folks, I hope you have enjoyed all of the new features that Spades Mag has launched so far. From the Pornstar Interview (Alura Jenson) to The Ask A QoS feature to the Hubby Interview, I have been amazed at the response from fans and readers to the new Spades Mag so far.
Today, I want to launch another new content feature – The Jungle Fever Chronicles. Jungle fever is a well-known slang term used to describe when a nonwhite person has an attraction to a black person. Its most commonly used to refer to white women who mess around with Black guys, whether once or on multiple occasions. The Jungle Fever Chronicles will bring a real life instance of Jungle Fever usually involving a celebrity that you may have never heard of.
This 1st post is about a well known American political figure so I want to take this moment to make something clear before we move on. Spades Mag is a nonpartisan publication. I don’t care what your political position and this blog will never take a side. I have my own political views as I am sure that you do but I can promise you that I will never use this platform to share and promote those views. The following post is not meant to be a negative post about Governor Palin nor is it an endorsement or denunciation of her policies. This post’s only purpose is to highlight an event from her past that is relevant to this blog and the interests of its readers.
21 years before the late Senator and Republican Presidential nominee John McCain selected a little known Governor of Alaska to be his running mate, Sarah Palin was a recent graduate from the University of Idaho with a degree in Communications and was working as a sportscaster at KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska. Not too long after being hired by KTUU Sarah was sent to cover The Great Alaska Shootout, a college basketball tournament hosted by the University of Alaska. Besides being a sportscaster, Sarah had a history with the game of basketball. During her senior year, she was co-captain and point guard of the basketball team that won the 1982 Alaska state championship, earning the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” for her competitive streak.
While covering this tournament, young 5’5″ Sarah met and had a one night stand with Glen Rice, a 6’8″ Black basketball standout playing for the University of Michigan basketball team.
No one would have known about this occurrence of Jungle Fever if it were not for the 2011 book by Joe McGinniss, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin. Mr. McGinniss writes the following about the incident in his book (all rights reserved to Broadway Books, a division of Random House):
After her graduation, Sarah returned to Alaska and worked on the sports desk of Anchorage television station KTUU. On weekends, she’d sometimes appear on camera, delivering sports reports during the 10:00 PM newscast.
Her attitude toward people of color was evolving. In Anchorage, she even dated black men. A friend says, “Sarah and her sisters had a fetish for black guys for a while.”
Each year, over Thanksgiving weekend, the University of Alaska hosted a basketball tournament called the Great Alaska Shootout, featuring some of the country’s best teams. In 1987, one of the top squads to visit Anchorage was the University of Michigan, led by six-foot-eight junior Glen Rice, number 41.
Rice would lead Michigan to the NCAA Championship in 1989, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and setting a scoring record for the NCAA tournament that stands today. After graduating from Michigan as the school’s all-time leading scorer, he starred in the NBA for fifteen years.
Whether in her professional capacity as a sports reporter or simply as a basketball groupie who’d begun to find black men attractive, Sarah linked up with the Rice during the weekend tournament. One friend recalls, “They went out. I suspect it was more than that. I can’t say I know they had sex, but I remember Sarah feeling pretty good that she’d been with a black basketball star.”
In one version of the story, Sarah’s encounter with Rice took place in her sister Molly’s dorm room at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “She hauled his ass down,” a friend says, “but she freaked out afterward. Hysterical, crying, totallyflipped out. The thing that people remember is her freak-out, how completely crazy she got: I fucked a black man! She was just horrified. She couldn’t believe she’d done it.”
Glen Rice remembers the weekend quite differently. When I spoke to him by telephone in March 2011, he said, “I remember it as if it was yesterday. She was a sweetheart. I met her almost as soon as we got out there.”
Rice does not recall being in a university dorm room. “We hung out mostly at the hotel where the team was staying,” he told me. “We just hit off. In a short time, we got to know a lot about one another. It was all done in a respectful way, nothing hurried.”
“So you never had the feeling she felt bad about having sex with a black guy?” I asked.
“No, no, no, nothing like that,” Rice said. “Even after I left Alaska, we talked a lot on the phone. I think right up until the time she got married. She was a gorgeous woman. Super nice. I was blown away by her. Afterward, she was a big crush that I had. I talked about her for a long time. Only good things. She was a well-rounded young lady. It’s amazing the way that’s stayed with me. I think the utmost of her and I felt that way from the start.”
Sarah Palin met and married her husband Todd the very next year in 1988. She would go to be elected to the Wasilla, Alaska City Council in 1992, Mayor of Wasilla in 1996 and Governor of Alaska in 2006. Glen Rice did alright for himself too. He lead Michigan to the 1989 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and was drafted #4 overall in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. He would play for 15 years and for 6 teams (The Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Clippers). He would be a 3-time All-Star and win an NBA championship in 2000 with the Lakers. Rice earned $35 million over the course of his 15-year career.
Even though they stopped talking in 1988, I wonder if they followed each other’s careers over the years and those tidbits stirred memories of that night in Anchorage in 1987.