Monday, July 13, 2020

The Undefeated (by ESPN)

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The story of the first all-black vs. all-white Little League game in the South

Fred L. Hicks and the 12 boys on his Pensacola Jaycee Little League Baseball team had their “hearts in their mouths.” Little more than 24 hours earlier on Aug. 6, 1955, the Little League headquarters directed the Florida state tournament supervisor to declare Hicks’...

In the movies, Denzel is a different kind of superhero

A quick look at today’s headlines or an exhaustive review of world history books would reveal the same conclusion: Anything can be legal. Anything can be illegal. It all depends upon who is in charge of making the laws and interpreting them. But right and...

America created Whitney Houston and then it destroyed her. Her family created Nippy, then did the same.

  Of all the telling moments in the new Whitney Houston documentary Whitney — and there are many — the most revealing may be a small anecdote from Debra Martin Chase, the producer of The Preacher’s Wife and the 2012 remake of Sparkle. Houston, the woman...

Be clear: Los Angeles Laker LeBron James is already a Hollywood power broker

In a move that wasn’t exactly a secret, it was announced on Sunday evening that the NBA’s biggest star would be taking his talents to Hollywood. Yes, it’s the hope of the Los Angeles Lakers organization that he help shepherd the franchise into a...

The ‘Uncle Drew’ star-studded cast spills behind-the-scenes secrets

Uncle Drew? It features Kyrie Irving’s dream cast. The Boston Celtics All-Star was thrilled to work alongside, and play with and against, some of his hoops heroes. “Reggie Miller, Lisa Leslie, Shaq and C. Webb … those four legends, they embody different historical moments...

Jason Collins talks about being part of the New York City Pride parade

Former NBA player Jason Collins, the first openly gay active NBA player, was part of Sunday’s New York City Pride celebration. For him, the NBA’s participation sent a message of inclusion and support of the LGBT community. “I’m very proud of the work the NBA...

Olympic runner Rochelle Stevens on the importance of looking good

Rochelle Stevens won a silver medal in the 4×400-meter relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and a gold in the same event in Atlanta in 1996. In this video interview produced by the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication, she discusses...

On Juneteenth, let’s pass the baton to the next generation

By Jeff Rivers, The Undefeated This time of year, black people all over America come together to celebrate Juneteenth: June 19, 1865. That was the day black slaves in Galveston, Texas, were told the Union had held. The South had been beaten. The Civil War...

The significance of a Stanley Cup champion named Devante

You might call it the Devante swing. At the start of the third period, the nearly 15,000 people inside Capital One Arena had resigned themselves to the fact that this might not be the night that the Washington Capitals get it done. The Vegas Golden...

Joe Louis KO’d white supremacy and Max Schmeling 80 years ago

On a summer night 80 Junes ago, black Americans drew close to their radios. They listened with great expectations and pounding hearts. No matter where they lived or how, the airwaves had transported them, body and soul, to a boxing ring in New York’s...