Contributors

Jerry Bembry

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.

Robin Montgomery, the future of women's tennis
Karin D. Berry

Karin D. Berry

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

It was past time for Aunt Jemima's image to go
Sania Blu

Sania Blu

Sania Blu is a production assistant for The Undefeated video team. She learned how to dance before she could walk and firmly believes she’d win the grand prize on any musical game show.

Dwayne Bray

Dwayne Bray

Dwayne Bray is a journalist-at-large for The Undefeated. He previously ran ESPN television’s investigative team. His 1999 memoir, “The Gift: Learning to appreciate the value of life,” is being revised for release in the near future. He tweets @DwayneBrayESPN.

Victim No. 79: America’s homicide crisis claimed my childhood friend
Kelley L. Carter

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.

'Another Act': Michael K. Williams on his role in 'Body Brokers'
Nick DePaula

Nick DePaula

Nick DePaula is a footwear industry and lifestyle writer at The Undefeated. The Sacramento native has been based in Portland, OR, for the last decade, a main hub of sneaker company HQs. He’ll often argue that ’How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days’ is actually an underrated movie — largely because it’s the only time his Sacramento Kings have made the NBA Finals.

A different Divine Nine: The women who had signature shoe lines share the experience

Maria Delgado

Maria Delgado is a production manager for ESPN Films, special projects and the ESPYS. Since 2009, Maria has worked on the Emmy and Peabody award winning series, 30 for 30 and was also part of the Oscar winning team for O.J.: Made in America.

David Dennis Jr.

David Dennis, Jr. is a senior writer at The Undefeated and an American Mosaic Journalism Prize recipient. His book, The Movement Made Us, will be released in 2022. David is a graduate of Davidson College.

Why 'Squid Game' resonates with Black folks
Aaron Dodson

Aaron Dodson

Aaron Dodson is a sports and culture writer at The Undefeated. He primarily writes on sneakers/apparel and hosts the platform’s “Sneaker Box” video series. During Michael Jordan’s two seasons playing for the Washington Wizards in the early 2000s, the “Flint” Air Jordan 9s sparked his passion for kicks.

The little-known story of Serena Williams’ first endorsement deal
Kelley D. Evans

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.

‘Another Act’: Producer Saladin Patterson explains why he added ‘The Wonder Years’ to his roster
Domonique Foxworth

Domonique Foxworth

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

Dak Prescott is better than Tom Brady. There, I said it.

Anna Gramling

Anna Gramling is an associate editor at The Undefeated. When she isn't running around with her two boys, she schedules her life around Astros baseball while hoping a time machine is invented so she can return to the 1980s.

Major League Baseball needs Fernando Tatis Jr.’s brilliance, not his apology
Brittany Grant

Brittany Grant

Brittany Grant is a general editor for The Undefeated handling data and analytics. Hobbies include Muay Thai, people watching, pulling threads and walking fast.

Sean Hurd

Sean Hurd is an associate editor for The Undefeated. He believes the “flying V” is the most important formation in sports history.

With Chicago Sky title, James Wade completes road paved by Black general managers before him

Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins is the Senior Culture Editor of The Undefeated and a New York Times bestselling author. When she's not napping, she tweets way too often.

Martenzie Johnson

Martenzie Johnson

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

The coded language of 'figuring out' Lamar Jackson

Monique Jones

Monique Jones is The Undefeated’s managing editor for news.

Raina Kelley

Raina Kelley

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

If the Avengers need help, the NBA is a natural place to look
Marcus Matthews

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!

Black History Month poetic tribute: Venus and Serena

Sharon Matthews

A native of Toronto, Sharon Matthews works on The Undefeated's digital storytelling platform. She develops and produces a multitude of specials, from “The Stop: Living, Dying while Driving Black” to “Tiger Woods America’s Son” and “A Room of Our Own” Most recently, Sharon led the launch of The Undefeated on ESPN+ extending the company’s commitment to telling Black stories.

Zion Williamson: The journey
Soraya Nadia McDonald

Soraya Nadia McDonald

Soraya Nadia McDonald is the culture critic for The Undefeated. She writes about pop culture, fashion, the arts, and literature. She is the 2020 winner of the George Jean Nathan prize for dramatic criticism, a 2020 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, and the runner-up for the 2019 Vernon Jarrett Medal for outstanding reporting on black life.

Broadway needs big structural change. The producers behind The Theatre Leadership Project are hoping to deliver it.
Ashley Melfi

Ashley Melfi

Ashley Melfi is a general editor for The Undefeated. She has an unhealthy relationship with bagels and was a pre-bandwagon Warriors fan.

Brandon Meyer

Brandon Meyer is the senior video editor for The Undefeated. He is an Emmy-winning editor in TV and documentaries, as well as an accomplished guitarist and music producer. In his spare time, he is a die-hard and long-suffering Philadelphia 76ers fan.

John X. Miller

John X. Miller

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

MEAC cancels spring football season because of COVID-19 concerns

Salim Moore

Salim Moore is a Production Coordinator II at The Undefeated. The culinary arts, wanderlust and 1950's jazz are her joys, alongside western-style equestrian riding.

Lois Nam

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.

A dream realized: How golf returned to Howard University
Tesfaye Negussie

Tesfaye Negussie

Tesfaye Negussie is a digital producer who creates video content for The Undefeated. He likes DMV sports (the Washington football team, Wizards and Terps), hip-hop, playing basketball and eating abnormally spicy foods. He will laugh at all of his own jokes. Even if you don’t.

Undefeated In The Know: The Black Panther Party
Lonnae O'Neal

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.

Tuskegee descendants, hip-hop anthems and hustlers are all being deployed to convince Black people to get vaccinated
Jason Reid

Jason Reid

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

Kyler Murray is ready to take the next step
Steve Reiss

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.

William C. Rhoden

William C. Rhoden

William C. Rhoden, the former award-winning sports columnist for The New York Times and author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” is a writer-at-large for The Undefeated. Contact him at william.rhoden@espn.com.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott says Lamar Jackson can be a game-changer in his city

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith is a content associate at The Undefeated. Football is her love language and Chipotle is her passion.

Marc J. Spears

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.

NBA commits to expanding opportunities and partnership with HBCUs this season and beyond
Brando Simeo Starkey

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.

Two Black rugby stars aim to showcase their skills and the game to America
Beth Stojkov

Beth Stojkov

Beth Stojkov is the art director of The Undefeated. She loves nature, solo adventures abroad, music festivals and parties (techno and house), and has an insatiable need to make things.

Justin Tinsley

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.

Reflecting on the significance of ‘Insecure’ as it heads into its final season

Josiah Turner

Josiah Turner is an associate editor at The Undefeated. He believes Allen Iverson truly revolutionized the NBA, and thinks ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ and ‘He Got Game’ are the two greatest basketball films of all time.

For Maia Chaka, the NFL's first Black female official, class is always in session
Jesse Washington

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.

Trial of men charged with Ahmaud Arbery’s death will measure where we stand

Brian Wilkins

Brian Wilkins, a four-time Emmy Award winner, is an acclaimed storyteller. He has excelled in producing and directing features, original programs and documentaries. He's also a former standout D-I linebacker for the University of Texas at El Paso and graduated in 2010 with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in African American studies.

Clinton Yates

Clinton Yates

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

Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Home to history and hardball