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Earth, Wind and Fire among this year’s Kennedy Center honorees

The holiday season is five months away, but Earth, Wind & Fire received an early gift Thursday. The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., announced that the group will be one of the marquee recipients at the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors later this year.Standing...

Another hidden figure: Clyde Foster brought color to NASA

Clyde Foster came of age in Alabama in the 1950s, a place and time so oppressive for African Americans that a former Nazi rocket scientist stood out as a figure of racial moderation. Foster’s father worked at a Birmingham iron foundry, where the dirtiest, most...

Coco Gauff and family following familiar path to greatness

There’s an oft-repeated story that Richard Williams mapped out the path to tennis stardom for his daughters —Venus and Serena — before they were conceived. That wasn’t quite the case for Corey and Candi Gauff, but the two realized their daughter, Coco, would be special...

Frances Tiafoe: The story behind tennis’s unlikely hero

Frances Tiafoe was always in search of a good game. While literally growing up at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in suburban Washington, D.C., he paced the grounds of the 15-acre indoor/outdoor tennis complex, racquet in hand, until he found the best competition. At 6...

Free agency is a lie that keeps NBA players shackled to teams

“Take advantage of it. You only come this way once. When it’s gone, it’s gone. You’re not going to be able to come back and play anymore.” — Oscar Robertson’s advice to NBA free agents Big O Day in the NBA begins on Sunday as...

HBO film ‘True Justice’ recounts Bryan Stevenson’s crusade for the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned

TSD Editor's Note: Bryan Stevenson was a 2016 recipient of the Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Bryan Stevenson may well be the nation’s most consequential civil rights lawyer since Thurgood Marshall. While Marshall stared down unrepentant racists in Southern courtrooms...

Brandon Clarke on NBA journey: ‘I wasn’t really on any mock drafts’

By Brandon Clarke, as reported by Marc Spears, The Undefeated NEW YORK – Three years ago, Brandon Clarke was a little-known basketball player for San Jose State looking to transfer. On Nov. 21, playing for Gonzaga, he made his name known to the basketball world...

Ja Morant: Point God from the back road

BRADENTON, Fla. — At IMG Academy in Florida, it’s really not that different from any other high school in suburban America. Well, except for the world-class sports and training facilities, hyperspecialized athletes, tremendous student-teacher ratio and national recognition. Other than that, it looks like...

Robert Smith’s pledge to pay grads’ loans is ‘a dream I couldn’t have imagined’

ATLANTA — Billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith, declaring that the Class of 2019 was “my class,” did the unthinkable at the Morehouse College commencement ceremony Sunday. He pledged to pay back the student loans of the entire graduating class, estimated at around $40 million. Smith’s...

Baseball keeps losing African American talent because the game isn’t fun

Major League Baseball used to offer its athletes the most prestige, money and fame among our nation’s pro team sports. But that hasn’t been true for decades. Consequently, Major League Baseball continues to lose in the competition for talent to other major pro team sports....