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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...

For Deion Sanders, a suicide attempt led him to the Lord

by Kelley Evans Deion Sanders knew all about success. He had won two Super Bowls and appeared in a World Series. He’d become a father, made a lot of money, even released an album. Yet in 1997 at the prime of it all, he drove his car...

The policing of black hair in sports

by Martenzie Johnson Following his New Jersey high school wrestling match in the 120-pound weight division on Dec. 19, junior wrestler Andrew Johnson, clearly exhausted from a hard-fought win over his opponent, slowly picked himself up from the mat. With a bloody lower lip, Johnson...

Penny Hardaway on the time Michael Jordan wore Air Flight Ones over his own Concord 11s

By Aaron Dodson, The Undefeated Michael Jordan had a nickname for Anfernee Hardaway — and it wasn’t Penny. “He called me ‘Kid,’ ” said Hardaway, at 47 the head coach of the University of Memphis men’s basketball team. It’s been 25 years since Hardaway decided to...

Black death is haunting the theaters of New York this season

By Soraya Nadia McDonald, The Undefeated Dancer Rachel Watson-Jih was drifting off to sleep in her Brooklyn, New York, brownstone earlier this year when her husband became alarmed and shook her awake. Watson-Jih had begun flinching as she recalled the death of a woman she’d...

‘Just because we all wear a uniform doesn’t mean we all think alike’

Jason Reid, The Undefeated Sonia Y.W. Pruitt was tired and fighting a cold, but she wasn’t having it. After a colleague informed her that another police organization had blasted Nike for featuring Colin Kaepernick in its new national advertising campaign in early September, she perked...

In or out of the Oval Office, Jim Brown hasn’t changed

By Jesse Washington, The Undefeated Jim Brown is getting lambasted for the same thing the black community used to praise him for: defiant action to uplift African-Americans, by any means necessary. Last week, Brown met with President Donald Trump and Kanye West in the Oval Office...

LeBron James, ‘The Shop’ and the art of code-switching

During the premiere episode of LeBron James’ new HBO show, The Shop, James, flanked by Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, business partner Maverick Carter and professional athletes Candace Parker, Odell Beckham Jr. and Draymond Green, explains to Stewart the structure of the black barbershop. Seated in...

Eric Reid on Kaepernick: ‘Colin is at home with my kids. He should be playing’

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Standing both on principle and alone, Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid took a knee again. In his debut with his new team, Reid – the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick in order to shine a light on racial injustice...