Contributors

Jerry Bembry

Jerry Bembry is a senior writer at The Undefeated. His bucket list items include being serenaded by Lizz Wright, and watching the Knicks play an NBA game in June.

View from the Hilltop: Hitting rock bottom

Karin Berry

Karin Berry is a general editor for The Undefeated. She is an avid reader of crime fiction and a genealogy addict.

Danielle Cadet

Danielle Cadet is a senior editor of The Undefeated. She is a shameless reality television watcher, and she enjoys boxes full of cute shoes and glasses full of expensive champagne.

Kelley L. Carter

Kelley L. Carter is a senior entertainment writer at The Undefeated. She can act out every episode of the U.S version of "The Office," she can and will sing the Michigan State University fight song on command and she is very much immune to Hollywood hotness.

Jamie Foxx says Dak Prescott is the true Willie Beamen

Cherisse Datu

Cherisse Datu is a digital editor at The Undefeated. Aggressively geeky, if she was a Pokémon, she'd be a dual game design/video type with a jolly nature.

View from the Hilltop: Episode 2

Aaron Dodson

Aaron Dodson is an assistant editor at The Undefeated. Often mistaken for Aaron Dobson of the New England Patriots, he is one letter away from being an NFL wide receiver.

Too much? ‘Friday Night Tykes’ tween Texas football molds boys to men

Kelley D. Evans

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.

Lionel Hollins on life after the Grizzlies and Nets

Michael A. Fletcher

Michael A. Fletcher is a senior writer at The Undefeated. He is a native New Yorker and longtime Baltimorean who enjoys live music and theater.

Still optimistic, Obama bids farewell in Chicago

Domonique Foxworth

Domonique Foxworth is a writer at The Undefeated. He is a recovering pro athlete and superficial intellectual.

Practice Squad: Divisional playoffs edition

Jill Hudson

Jill Hudson is the senior style writer for the Undefeated. She is an evolved nerd, a caffeinated shoe fanatic, and a maker of long lists and perfect martinis.

FLOTUS' casual glamour

Martenzie Johnson

Martenzie is a senior researcher for The Undefeated. His favorite cinematic moment is when Django said "Y'all want to see somethin?"

How MLK Day became a national holiday

Maya A. Jones

Maya Jones is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a native New Orleanian who enjoys long walks down Frenchmen Street and romantic dates to Saints games.

Ice Cube brings Allen Iverson out of retirement for some BIG3 basketball

Raina Kelley

Raina Kelley is the Managing Editor of The Undefeated and is obsessed with Whitney Houston, Maleficient's horns and pens. She also would have made an excellent homicide detective.

Serena Williams is the greatest of all time

Monis Khan

Monis Khan is a general editor of The Undefeated. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI and a menace on DC area dance floors.

Practice Squad: Divisional playoffs edition

Brent Lewis

Brent Lewis is the Senior Photo Editor of The Undefeated and a lover of all things Chicago except Chicago Mix popcorn. #justcheeseplease

The streets and scenes of Misty Copeland’s trip to Havana

Marcus Matthews

Marcus Matthews is a general editor for The Undefeated. He’s a DMV native but prefers the Lakers over the Bullets/Wizards - #HTTR all day though!

Empire Finale Recap

Soraya Nadia McDonald

Soraya Nadia McDonald is a senior writer covering arts, entertainment and culture for The Undefeated. Christopher Eccleston is her favorite Doctor Who.

‘Hidden Figures’ and the power of pragmatism

Ashley Melfi

Ashley Melfi is an associate editor for The Undefeated. She has an unhealthy relationship with bagels and is a loyal Knicks fan, when Steph Curry isn't playing.

Kevin Merida

Kevin Merida is Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated and a fan of great writing, great shooting, great beaches, great jazz clubs, underdogs and comebacks.

A letter from our Editor-in-Chief

John X. Miller

John X. Miller is senior editor for news and commentary for The Undefeated. He's a father, jazz aficionados and diehard UNC basketball fan.

Tennis' Dr. J trained black champions in a predominantly white sport

Morgan Moody

Morgan Moody is an associate digital producer at The Undefeated.

View from the Hilltop: Episode 8

Lois Nam

Lois Nam is a senior digital producer at The Undefeated. She still owns the VHS of every Sixers playoff game from 2001 and will never throw it away.

Mike Conley and Elliot Perry commemorate MLK Day by visiting the Lorraine Motel

Osman Noor

Osman Noor is a multimedia producer and a hopeless romantic for hopeless sports teams.

Practice Squad: Divisional playoffs edition

Lonnae O'Neal

Lonnae O’Neal is a senior writer at The Undefeated. She’s an author, a former columnist, has a rack of kids and she writes bird by bird.

Chicago celebrates Barack Obama as a game-changer

Latoya Peterson

Latoya Peterson is the Deputy Editor for Digital Innovation at The Undefeated. She is becoming a cyborg, but in the gamer way, not the Terminator way.

Colorism: 'Black' defines our beauty, art, history, solidarity -- me

Jason Reid

Jason Reid is the senior NFL writer at The Undefeated. He enjoys watching sports, especially any games involving his son and daughter.

Are Vance Joseph and Anthony Lynn a sign of change in the NFL?

Steve Reiss

Steve Reiss, deputy editor at The Undefeated, appreciates a good single malt and misses the old Cleveland Browns, often at the same time.

Danyel Smith

Danyel Smith is the Culture Lead at The Undefeated. She loves tangerine sno-cones, listens to way too much music, and misses Oakland every single day.

It's so hard to say goodbye: The Undefeated's In Memoriam 2016

Marc J. Spears

Marc J. Spears is the senior NBA writer for The Undefeated. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasn’t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.

Earl Lloyd's son maintains his legacy as an NBA icon

Brando Simeo Starkey

Brando Simeo Starkey is an associate editor at The Undefeated and the author of In Defense of Uncle Tom: Why Blacks Must Police Racial Loyalty. He crawled through a river of books and came out brilliant on the other side.

Be wary of racism absolvers

Justin Tinsley

Justin Tinsley is a culture and sports writer for The Undefeated. He firmly believes “Cash Money Records takin’ ova for da ’99 and da 2000” is the single-most impactful statement of his generation.

At Sharpton’s D.C. protest, it’s deeper than Trump

Rhiannon Walker

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.

What Had Happened Was: 1/17/17

Jesse Washington

Jesse Washington is a senior writer for The Undefeated. You can find him giving dudes the bizness on a basketball court near you.

Winning isn’t the only thing: Caring for black student-athletes

Caleb Wilkerson

Caleb Wilkerson leads original video production at The Undefeated. He was a finalist for MTV’s Real World New Orleans but did not make the final casting call.

Most Undefeated 2016: Social Justice

Tierra R. Wilkins

Tierra R. Wilkins is an associate editor for The Undefeated. She likes to eat fries with her ketchup.

New beginnings: The freshest books of 2016

Mike Wise

Mike Wise is a senior writer and columnist at The Undefeated. Barack Obama once got to meet him.

Obama’s basketball jones connected him to hoopheads everywhere

Mark W. Wright

Mark W. Wright is the director of special projects for The Undefeated. Born in England and raised in Jamaica, He sends referees running for the hills when they see the soccer dad (and Howard University alum) coming.

Talladega College raises more than enough money to attend Donald Trump's inauguration

Clinton Yates

Clinton Yates is a tastemaker at The Undefeated. He likes rap, rock, reggae, R&B, and remixes — in that order.

Daily Dose: 1/16/17