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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....

Bakari Sellers, Angela Rye and Roland Martin making the rounds at HBCU graduations Diverse group of speakers to encourage ’19 graduates

If you follow any historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs) on social media, chances are your feeds are full of caps and gowns. Graduation season is upon us and will last through the end of May. Congratulations AAMU graduates and families. pic.twitter.com/NwWB9VFj0A — Alabama A&M University...

A tearful Tiger gets honor of a lifetime from a controversial president

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...

John Singleton was Hollywood’s first hip-hop director The success of the creative voice behind ‘Boyz n the Hood’ was a game changer in Hollywood

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...

James Harden is disrespecting the unwritten rules of the game

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...

For Beyoncé’s Homecoming scholars, their scholarships were lifesavers

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...

Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ is an illuminating two-way street

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...