The Undefeated

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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. And he understood the importance...
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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 mother doing the vacuum dance...
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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 & Slim, a heartbreaking modern...
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 to see from an elite-caliber...
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, Kaepernick’s former teammate and close...
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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, characters and moments Witherspoon leaves...
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 their dads and shared emotional,...
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 superlatives have been flying. Besides...
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 eagle owl, is an unreleasable...
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 forfeit his match, he felt...