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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...

Michael Eric Dyson: ‘Blackness isn’t a team; it’s a league’

When was the last time you heard Robert F. Kennedy, Kobe Bryant and James Baldwin come up in the same conversation? It’s probably rare. But Undefeated columnist Bill Rhoden, CBS Local sportswriter Jamal Murphy and author Michael Eric Dyson found the common thread. They got...

Steve ‘Air’ McNair is among 11 HBCU greats on the ’19 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Quarterback Steve “Air” McNair from Alcorn State is among 10 greats from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on the 2019 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. McNair, who went on to star with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, is the all-time...

‘Evidence of Innocence’ on TV One tells the stories of the wrongfully convicted Almost half of exonerated prisoners are African-American

Lisa Roberts was always high-energy and athletic. Growing up in Boston and Palatka, Florida, she played basketball and volleyball and ran track. She then joined the Army, where she trained as a mechanic, hooped and played flag football and softball. She weighed just 123...

In 1975, Harvard got a glimpse of Muhammad Ali’s true greatness

The footage is simultaneously exhilarating and haunting. In the rare recording we see a handsome, self-assured Muhammad Ali speaking to the Harvard University graduating class of 1975, where he had been invited to give the commencement address. “I’m very flattered in coming here ‘cause you never...

NFL shows who and what it values with new anthem policy

So now we know for certain, the NFL really is full of it. There is no other way to say it: The NFL sold out its players with this new, thoughtless national anthem policy — which it arrogantly believed would not just end the player...

Why are some whites blind to the humanity of black folks?

by Jeff Rivers, The Undefeated Even when I was a child in the 1960s, I wasn’t a big fan of what I’ve been calling the “Kumbaya Yada Yada” for the past 20 years. You know, how we all have to learn to live together, as...

A national lynching memorial recognizes the domestic terrorism that killed my great-great-grandfather.

I mourn the man I never met. Charles Brown, my maternal great-great-grandfather, who died 78 years before I was born, was taken from the cellar of his employer’s house and hanged by a white mob in southwestern Mississippi in September 1879. What I imagine about his...

BLACK & BLUE: What happens when a black cop calls out racism in her own department?

By Jesse Washington, The Undefeated Editor’s Note: The following is the second of a special series by The Undefeated on African American police officers. Shared here with permission, this is an abbreviated version of this story, with links to the full version is at TheUndefeated.com. On...

50 greatest black athletes We teamed up with SurveyMonkey for a public ranking of the 50 greatest black athletes of all time. Keep coming back, because every week we’ll...

The 50 Greatest Black Athletes We teamed up with SurveyMonkey for a public ranking of the 50 greatest black athletes of all time. Keep coming back, because every week we’ll reveal 10 superstars who made the list.No. 50–4150494847464544434241No. 40–3140393837363534333231No. 30–2130292827262524232221No. 20–1120191817161514131211No. 10–110987654321Show ranking by:...