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For Beyoncé’s Homecoming scholars, their scholarships were lifesavers

By Allana J. Barefield, The Undefeated Her honey blond hair was like a halo of gold under the stage lights. An Egyptian cape wrapped around her body. She mesmerized the audience. Once the whistle blew, Coachella’s music festival and the lives of eight students attending historically black...

Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ is an illuminating two-way street

Beyoncé, yet again, has gifted us all. This time, she’s bringing a culture that’s so very important to African Americans to a global, mainstream stage. Her latest present is a Netflix documentary, Homecoming (streaming now), and it’s a dive into the inspiration for her game-changing...

Like Jackie Robinson, baseball should honor Curt Flood’s sacrifice

Across Major League Baseball, April 15 has been designated as Jackie Robinson Day in honor of the memory and legacy of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier and helped change the United States. But Major League Baseball should also recognize the 50th anniversary of...

HBO’s new ‘Native Son’ still can’t figure out Bigger Thomas

Nobody knows what to do with Bigger Thomas. The lead character of Richard Wright’s seminal 1940 novel, Native Son, is one of the most frustrating in American literature. The latest evidence is a new film adaptation written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and...

“More than a rapper:” Artist, businessman and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle, killed at 33

Ermias Davidson Asghedom — better known as rapper, businessman and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle — was killed Sunday, gunned down in front of his own Marathon Clothing Store in his hometown of Los Angeles. Two others were wounded. Hussle was 33 years old. Hussle’s acclaimed...

We need to talk about Jussie Smollett

If the Chicago Police Department’s findings that Jussie Smollett fabricated a hate crime against himself are true — and the evidence has been damning — the talk around his actions should extend much further than jokes about his amateur plotting. The Undefeated discusses how...

The Jackie Robinson of pool, Cisero Murphy hustled his way to the top

NEW YORK — James “Cornbread” Thomas and Joseph “Strokey” Armstrong are sitting in Thomas’ living room and talking about their friend Cisero Murphy, the legendary pool player who made history in 1965 when he became the first and only...

‘Clemency,’ the best film at Sundance, was written and directed by a black woman

PARK CITY, Utah — In an early scene in Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, the death row inmate whom Aldis Hodge expertly brings to life is allowed outside for some solo time. His hands are cuffed behind him as he slips them inside an opening in...

Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world, and so must we all On his 90th birthday, what might the world look like if he were still alive?

by Jeff Rivers -- Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world. Had he lived, Martin, dreamer and doer, would turn 90 years old on Tuesday. Before an assassin’s bullet cut through the Memphis, Tennessee, air and claimed his life on April 4, 1968, he...

A new year doesn’t mean forgetting the past. Whatever 2019 brings will be based on an eventful 2018

“Come, Let us roam the night together Singing….,” Langston Hughes from his “Harlem Night Song.” We spent much of 2018 looking back at 1968, a year whose aftershocks are still being felt. Sports fans know all years are living things. Their power and influence don’t run...