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.

The five NCAA tournament games that I'll never forget
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.

Lorraine Branham showed me that a black woman could succeed in journalism

Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN. He is the author of "Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston," "Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball," "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron" and “The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.” His book, “Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field,” was released Jan. 21.

Why black athletes run from black identity
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.

What to watch while the coronavirus keeps you in the house
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.

‘Hooper at heart’: Packers' Davante Adams realizes childhood dream with Jordan 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.

The Roundtable: Maya Moore’s impact on prison reform, Dak Prescott’s deal
Michael A. Fletcher

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.

Kaepernick and the debate over 'authentic' blackness
Domonique Foxworth

Domonique Foxworth

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

One reason for black people to root for Tom Brady

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.

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.

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?"

Antonio Blakeney's shot at an NBA return hurt by possible lost season in China
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.

Today in black history: W.E.B. Du Bois is born, a black woman is elected Manhattan borough president and Gen. Frank Petersen is put in charge

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

Eryn Mathewson

Eryn Mathewson is the editorial coordinator for the Rhoden Fellows program. She enjoys coaching young journalists, writing and producing podcasts. When she's not working, she's probably running or watching "bad" TV.

10 black podcasts we loved from 2019
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's based in Brooklyn.

As Broadway pauses, Jordan Fisher of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ turns to songwriting and gaming
Ashley Melfi

Ashley Melfi

Ashley Melfi is a general 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

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.

Jogging with President George H.W. Bush
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.

North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State face off in black college national championship
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.

Kobe Bryant Unguarded
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.

Don’t fight each other as you fight coronavirus
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.

Bobby Mitchell was the star who changed Washington's NFL franchise
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.

Coronavirus fallout shows how we have taken sports for granted
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.

Black executives around NBA frustrated by Bulls' front-office search
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.

Terrence Miller continues to thrive as one of the world's top Hearthstone players
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.

Will TikTok make Drake’s 'Toosie Slide' go No. 1?
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.

LeBron’s new documentary tells the story of his I Promise School in Akron
Khari Williams

Khari Williams

Khari Williams is an associate editor for The Undefeated. He once finished second in Jamaica’s national spelling bee, but it’s been all downhill from then.

Matt Wong

Matt Wong is The Undefeated’s deputy sports editor.

Clinton Yates

Clinton Yates

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

A look into the CIAA