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For third time, Staples Center becomes place to mourn

by Kelley L. Carter -- LOS ANGELES -- I’ve never heard a silence so loud. A few minutes after 10 a.m., when the lights went down and a video montage began playing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, the lull in the audience was...

Jesse Owens vs. Hitler wasn’t the only story at the 1936 Olympics

By Andrew Maraniss, The Undefeated In the decades to come, Jesse Owens’s record-setting performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the gold medals he won in the 100-meter sprint, 200-meter sprint, long jump, and 4×100 relay would be celebrated as a powerful rebuke of Adolf...

Can HBCU athletes get paid for use of their images and names?

By David Steele, The Undefeated Christina Chenault, a senior heptathlete at UCLA, has been operating a website for about two years called The Top Five. It began as a YouTube channel, evolved into a blog, and emerged as a platform for her fellow athletes to...

Eddie Murphy’s return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ feels great and there’s more to come

It wasn’t exactly Muhammad Ali in the streets of Zaire in 1974, but hearing the Saturday Night Live crowd chant Eddie Murphy’s name was surreal. The greatest living comedian returned to the SNL stage he helped save for the first time in 35 years....

Earth, Wind and Fire brought the funk to the Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON — Earth, Wind & Fire was a definitive part of LL Cool J’s childhood soundtrack in Queens, New York. Now he was hosting the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which featured the landmark ensemble as one of its five esteemed guests. “I remember my...

In ‘Queen and Slim,’ a black love story blooms from panic and tragedy

By Soraya Nadia MacDonald, The Undefeated Spoiler alert: This review discusses plot details of Queen & Slim. In their quest to make black people so real and full of humanity that “maybe they’ll stop killing us,” screenwriter Lena Waithe and director Melina Matsoukas have delivered Queen...

Kaepernick called an audible and beat the NFL at its game

By William C. Rhoden, The Undefeated RIVERDALE, Ga. — Colin Kaepernick proved beyond any doubt on Saturday that he belongs in the NFL. During an hourlong workout on a high school football field in Riverdale, Georgia, Kaepernick did all of the things NFL personnel would expect...

Is Kaepernick being used by the NFL?

The deck is stacked against Colin Kaepernick. I know it, you know it, the NFL knows it, and, of course, Kaepernick knows it. Yet on Saturday, Kaepernick is scheduled to participate in what feels like a hastily convened public relations tryout in Atlanta. Earlier this week,...

John Witherspoon’s style of comedy was timeless

John “Pops” Witherspoon was black as hell. Or as Ice Cube put it, “Life won’t be as funny without him.” He’s right. It won’t. The legendary actor and comedian died at his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home on Oct. 29 at the age of 77. The laughs,...

The joys and challenges of black fatherhood – through the lens of NBA dads

By Marc Spears, The Undefeated There has long been a perception that most African American players in the NBA do not have fathers involved in their lives. But the most recent NBA drafts shattered these stereotypes, as most of the black players were introduced with...