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.

What will Makur Maker's real impact be on Howard basketball this season?
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
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.

Remembering Chadwick Boseman
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 2020 All-bubble sneaker teams
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.

The Roundtable: Maya Moore’s impact on prison reform, Dak Prescott’s deal
Domonique Foxworth

Domonique Foxworth

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

'I Don't Give a Damn' with Domonique Foxworth: Week 6

Dorothy J. Gentry

Dorothy J. Gentry is a freelance writer and educator based in Dallas. She’s covered the WNBA, NBA, G-League and other professional sports leagues for several years. Her work has appeared in The Athletic, Slam and New York Times among others.

Truth, Hope and Justice Initiative provides healing for mothers of children killed by police

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.

How the late, great Kim Perrot keeps the Houston Comets' legacy alive
Martenzie Johnson

Martenzie Johnson

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

Dwayne Haskins' benching is unusual for a first-round quarterback
Maya A. Jones

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.

NASCAR's changes give hope to those who were previously driven away from the sport

Monique Jones

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

Raina Kelley

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.

Toni Morrison made me stop wanting to be white
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

Sharon Matthews is the director of video at The Undefeated.

Zion Williamson: The journey
Justin McCraw

Justin McCraw

Justin McCraw is a senior front-end editorial designer/web developer for ESPN.com and The Undefeated. When he isn’t writing code, you can find him solo traveling, reading too many magazines, and walking his dog, Dino.

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.

'The Good Lord Bird' episode three: 'Mister Fred'
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.

Kevin Merida

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.

John Lewis lived a life of grace and humility
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.

Fiction predicts reality in novel about star athlete attending Howard
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.

'Change Starts with Us'
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.

Black History Month poetic tribute: Venus and Serena
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.

Honoring Black lives lost to COVID-19
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.

What happened to Dak Prescott is awful, but Jerry Jones shouldn’t be blamed
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.

How Andre Dawson continued Curt Flood’s legacy of protecting players' rights
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.

'How to be a pro': Brian Shaw is coaching elite NBA prospects through a pandemic
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.

The NBA's swagger and joy of playing defies white supremacy
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.

Andrene M. Taylor

Andrene M. Taylor, Ph.D., is a founder of ZuriWorks, a DC-based storytelling organization that amplifies the voice of vulnerable communities. She is a professor at American University teaching intercultural understanding. She is  a 3x cancer survivor, an avid runner and feels accomplished when she hits 8- minute miles. 

Our patriarchal society doesn't always tell the stories of Black women

Jean-Jacques Taylor

Jean-Jacques Taylor, a native of Dallas, is an award-winning journalist who has covered the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL for 25 years and is president of JJT Media Group.

Losing Dak Prescott is about more than football for the Cowboys
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.

'I Can’t Breathe' is indeed the 'Music for the Movement'
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.

Black Americans overwhelmingly say unconscious bias is a major barrier in their lives
Clinton Yates

Clinton Yates

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

Baseball’s power players put real money behind Black participation