The Undefeated

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By Michael A. Fletcher, The Undefeated Normally, the Presidential Medal of Freedom comes with no downside. It is the nation’s highest civilian award, recognizing people who have made extraordinary contributions to American life and culture. For most recipients, it is the honor of a lifetime. Tiger Woods received the medal from...
by Todd "Stereo" Williams His first film is an era-defining classic, a movie that helped shape so much black cinema of the 1990s. He cast rappers from Ice Cube to 2Pac to Andre 3000 in serious, dramatic roles that didn’t just trade on their personas but afforded them an opportunity...
James Harden is that dude at the gym who ruins the game with too many suspect calls. We all understand that the Houston Rockets superstar is trying to manipulate NBA rules to dethrone the Golden State dynasty. But Harden also belongs to the brotherhood of hoopers who play for the...
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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 colleges and universities (HBCUs) changed...
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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 2018 Coachella performance. Beyoncé not only...
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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 the actions of a man...
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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 directed by visual artist Rashid...
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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 2017 Victory Lap was nominated...
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 Smollett’s case may have harmed...
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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 African-American to win a world...