Saturday, September 26, 2020
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The Undefeated (by ESPN)

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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...

Simone Biles, Coco Gauff and Brigid Kosgei win in dominating fashion Black female athletes turn in a weekend of historic performances by turning on that #BlackGirlMagic

by Lonnae O’Neal, The Undefeated What a weekend for female athletes. To be clear, for black female athletes. With dominant, even historic, performances by world record marathoner Brigid Kosgei, tennis champion Coco Gauff and Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast in the history of the sport,...

The black falconer: One man’s love for birds in pictures How Rodney Stotts’ passion transformed his life

Rodney Stotts is an unlikely figure standing before the room full of young campers. Tall and gaunt in a black T-shirt and shorts, in worn Timberlands, he stands with a large owl perched on his gauntleted hand. He explains that Mr. Hoots, a Eurasian...

The untold story of wrestler Andrew Johnson’s dreadlocks

By Jesse Washington, The Undefeated When Andrew Johnson walked into The Line Up barbershop last April, all eyes focused on him. Since that awful day in December when a referee had forced the 16-year-old Buena Regional High School wrestler to either cut his dreadlocks or...

TIFF 2019: In ‘Dolemite Is My Name,’ Eddie Murphy makes a way out of no way

By Soraya Nadia McDonald, The Undefeated TORONTO — If there’s one thing that Hollywood loves, it’s films about the hometown business. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Hail, Caesar!, La La Land, The Artist, Sunset Boulevard, Tropic Thunder, The Day of the Locust, Slums of...

Stephen Curry provides six years of funding for Howard University’s first Division I golf program

Senior Otis Ferguson IV had tried for years to launch a golf team at Howard University. He printed flyers, held interest meetings with prospective team members and even reached out to a nonprofit that offered to provide golf equipment. Yet, the team never got...
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