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AAU Basketball, Arize Ijefika, Daily Uplift, LLC, More Than Basketball, Organized youth sports -

More than 36 million children participate in organized youth sports each year. For sports influencer Arize Ifejika, this number means he has to work harder to make sure that youths in lower-income communities are part of that conversation. “You’re competing with the best of the best,” he said. “You’re dealing with the actual landscape, where […]

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CCG, Charles Johnson, Christal Jackson, Daily Uplift, Devean George, Kevin Garnett, Mosaic Genius, NBA, NFL, Philanthropy -

When historically black college grad, award-winning philanthropist and author Christal Jackson realized her life’s calling was to empower those who give back to the community, she knew she was on to something. “What I recognized over the years is that there are a lot of people that want to do good,” she said. “Oftentimes they […]

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Cancer, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Health, Know Your Girls, Susan G. Komen, The Ad Coucil, Vanesa Bell Calloway -

Actress and breast cancer survivor Vanessa Bell Calloway knows how important it is to get the word out about breast health. In 2016, she shared her story of survival on Ebony.com. She caught the disease early, opted for a mastectomy and she’s been cancer-free since. Now Calloway has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen […]

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Daily Uplift, Detroit Pistons, Get Lifted, NBA, NBA Cares -

While the NBA playoffs were in full swing in mid-May, the Detroit Pistons were hosting 20 students from across the country competing in the second annual NBA Math Hoops National Championship, courtesy of the NBA Math Hoops Program, Learn Fresh and NBA Cares. On May 18, the team welcomed participants for the weekend event and […]

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Alice Marie Johnson, Barack Obama, Charles Johnson, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Kim Kardashian, Shontoria Johnson -

UPDATE: June 6, 2018 —“My mom is free,” Charles Johnson told The Undefeated when he first heard his mother Alice Marie Johnson’s most recent petition for clemency was granted today. “I’m happy, excited and in slight disbelief. I’m so nervous,” he said on his drive to pick up his sons Justin and Xavier and wife […]

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Chris Bosh, Daily Uplift, Harvard Business School: Crossover to Business Program, Ivory Latta, NBA, WNBA -

When WNBA free agent Ivory Latta and the Atlanta Dream’s Elizabeth Williams got an email from the league about a new program to develop players’ business acumen, they were a little reluctant. “I was like, ‘Uh-uh, I’m not doing this,’ ” Latta said. “So I just kept scrolling.” It was an opportunity to attend the […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted -

For WNBA players, the summer of 2016 was a year — for power and for the ability to speak out against social injustice. Before Colin Kaepernick took a knee, before The ESPYS’ cold intro when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade weighed in on gun violence. Minnesota Lynx  captains  Maya Moore, Seimone […]

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Brittany O'Grady, Daily Uplift, Fox, Jude Demorest, Lee Daniels, Queen Latifah, Ryan Destiny, Star -

Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady have been wooing viewers for two seasons now on Fox’s music-themed drama Star, created by film director and producer Lee Daniels. The storyline follows the journey of a girl group named Take 3 as they navigate the cutthroat music industry with their manager and mother figure Carlotta (Queen […]

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Daily Uplift, FOX Sports, Gracie Awards, Hakeem Olajuwon, NFL, Pam Oliver -

LOS ANGELES — Two tables filled with family, friends and colleagues cheered at the mention of Fox Sports reporter Pam Oliver’s name during the 2018 Gracie Awards. She hadn’t taken the stage, but her father-in-law, phone in hand, began taking photos. “She is the best ever at her job,” said Kevin Burkhardt, a play-by-play announcer […]

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Civil Rights, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Maya Cinemas, Moctesuma Esparza, Selena -

Growing up in the Laurel Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, award-winning Mexican-American filmmaker, producer, entrepreneur and activist Moctesuma Esparza could walk to three movie theaters. “Every neighborhood in the country had a great theater. … All died in the ’90s and closed,” he said. “It left many communities without any nearby entertainment venues at all, […]

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Boxing, Cancer, Daily Uplift, Daniel Jacobs, Health -

“Typically boxers like to get up early in the morning and go for a nice run,” said former WBA middleweight world champion Danny Jacobs. “They like to beat all the craziness before people get outside and just get a nice run, whether it’s 4 or 5 miles, 6 miles, whatever the case may be. Then […]

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Charles Harris, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Miami Dolphins, My Cause My Cleats, NFL -

For Charles Harris, giving back to his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, is important. “I feel like a lot of people come from places and then never come back,” Harris said. “I feel like I’ve never seen an NBA or NFL player growing up in Kansas City versus other cities like ATL, L.A., St. Louis […]

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Choices Matter, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Grant Hill, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Shatterproof -

On Sept. 7, millions of basketball fans will witness NBA playmaker Grant Hill’s induction into the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hill helped Duke win two NCAA titles (’91, ’92) and was the ACC Player of the Year. He boasts a 19-year NBA career, including seven All-Star selections, and he’s […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Health, Jonathan Sprinkles, Motivational Speaker Series -

People refer to him as Dr. Sprinkles. But he’s no doctor. He’s a man with a gift for helping other people see themselves. “I don’t know where they get that from. My mom is Dr. Sprinkles,” said author and motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles. “That was actually part of my journey. I went from my father […]

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Cheryl Miller, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Ida B. Wells, Two For Tuesday, Women's History Month -

During National Women’s History Month, The Undefeated will recognize two women every Tuesday. This week’s Two for Tuesday features basketball Olympic gold medalist Cheryl Miller and writer and journalist Ida B. Wells. Cheryl Miller Miller was born and raised in Riverside, California, the third of five children. She and her younger brother, Hall of Famer […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Jason Mayden, Jordan Brand, Nike -

Designer Jason Mayden had his dream job. As the lead designer at Nike’s Jordan Brand, Mayden spent long days and nights researching and designing some of the brand’s top shoes for its most popular athletes. But 13½ years into his tenure, Mayden decided it was time to serve a much larger purpose — and a […]

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Chloe Russell, Daily Uplift, Disney Dreamers Academy, Essence Magazine, Get Lifted, Hudson Osborne, Jonathan Sprinkles, Steve Harvey -

ORLANDO, Fla. — When 17-year-old Chloe Russell’s eyes met those of 41-year-old motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles, she felt an instant connection. Standing atop a stage, Sprinkles captivates the student athlete. She could relate, especially his testimony of watching his father deal with cancer. Like Sprinkles, Russell is watching her father — the same man who […]

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Daily Uplift, Disney Dreamers Academy, Essence Magazine, Get Lifted, Steve Harvey -

ORLANDO, Fla. — From “curing cancer” to “becoming a pilot” to “overcoming fears,” every child has dreams. And with the help of Walt Disney World Resort, Steve Harvey and Essence magazine, many of them also have a platform to help them achieve those dreams. On Thursday, 100 high school students, ages 13 to 19, from […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Health, Jean Titus, Motivational Speaker Series, Titus Unlimited -

At one point in his life, Jean Titus was much larger than his current chiseled frame. The latter propelled him to create his own clothing line, Black by Jean LeVere, because of a lack of choice choices available “off the rack.” Dubbed the “Ripped Grandpa,” without any grandchildren, the personal trainer developed his brand in […]

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Barack Obama, Daily Uplift, Dennis Hickerson-Breedon, Get Lifted, Michael D. Smith -

Former President Barack Obama’s face appeared on the largest JumboTron in the country, which is located in Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils. In the venue, more than 1,200 young men were offered haircuts, shoeshines, tie and blazer fittings and tailoring services for this year’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Pathways […]

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Daily Uplift, Elliot Perry, Get Lifted, Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Tigers, NBA, The Next Chapter -

Memphis, Tennessee, native and 6-foot point guard Elliot Perry was Memphis State University basketball coach Larry Finch’s first recruit. He started every game during his collegiate career (1987-91), leading the program to two NCAA tournament appearances and a second-round berth in 1987. That was more than three decades ago. Now, Perry is director of player […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, House Call with Dr. J, Julius Erving, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Podcast -

Dr. J, the Philadelphia 76ers legend and fan, admits that he is a longtime follower of the San Antonio Spurs. But he has a valid explanation. “It’s a former ABA [American Basketball Association] team that has been the most successful. I pull for them except when they play the 76ers,” he said with a short […]

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Adrienne Bosh, Ayesha Curry, Cookie Johnson, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Jada Paul, Mia Wright, National Basketball Wives Association, NBA, Tracy Wilson-Mourning -

“Managing our husbands’ brands is one thing that binds us together.” So said Mia Wright as she welcomed hundreds of guests to the recent National Basketball Wives Association (NBWA) Women’s Empowerment Summit. Attendees learned about the organization’s new vision and listened to a panel moderated by CBS anchor Gayle King that included Ayesha Curry, Cookie […]

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Daily Uplift, Dascha Polanco, Get Lifted, Netflix, New York Knicks, Orange Is the New Black -

The 35-year-old Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) star Dascha Polanco grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and was an athlete in high school. But she hit the basketball court last week in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game playing alongside teammates Jamie Foxx, Common, Quavo of Migos and WNBA player Stefanie Dolson. “I love that […]

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Ayesha Curry, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, National Basketball Wives Association, NBA, Stephen Curry -

LOS ANGELES — Ayesha Curry loves bringing family together and creating memories. She’s a “family-first” woman who has created her own empire while balancing a family. “I balance it all by realizing there is no such thing as balance,” Curry told The Undefeated. But her passion often stretches far beyond her own household. She is […]

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2018 NBA All-Star Game, After School All-Stars, Buddy Hield, Daily Uplift, Dikembe Mutombo, Felipe Lopez, Get Lifted, Imani McGee-Stafford, Kaiser Permanente, NBA, NBA Cares -

LOS ANGELES — When random individuals walk around an NBA event wagging their index fingers back and forth slowly, it’s safe to conclude it’s NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo’s signature move — and since it’s All-Star, it’s safe to say he’s probably somewhere nearby too. That’s what happened on Thursday when the former NBA center and […]

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2018 NBA All-Star Game, Bradley Beal, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Daily Uplift, Dikembe Mutombo, Draymond Green, Get Lifted, Jason Collins, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, NBA, NBA Cares, Swin Cash, WNBA -

LOS ANGELES — Five-week-old Skyler was sound asleep, being passed from arm to arm between his mother, Erika Kinyon, and basketball legend and NBA Cares Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo. The infant stretched out his arms, nestled perfectly in the hands of the popular 7-footer, who says he loves giving his time to children and family in […]

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2018 NBA All-Star Game, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Los Angeles, NBA Cares -

This year’s All-Star Weekend is a family affair for the NBA, which will be spreading a message of unity, hope, solidarity and change in its host city of Los Angeles. From Thursday through Sunday, the league is sending more than 3,000 volunteers into the City of Angels with more than 30 outreach programs and events. […]

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Daily Uplift, Daytona International Speedway, Diversity, Get Lifted, Jesse Iwuji, NASCAR, Shawne Merriman -

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — When Jesse Iwuji appeared on a NASCAR podcast at a trade show in November with NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney, the challenges to make it in racing were evident. Iwuji, at 30 years old, had started his racing career just a few years earlier at 27. Blaney, 23, was completing his second […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Minneapolis, NFL, Super Bowl, Super Bowl LII -

Beyond the chilly Minneapolis temperatures, the highly anticipated gridiron showdown, the electrifying halftime performance and the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy, there were a plethora of community service events surrounding Super Bowl LII, as is the case each year. Sunday’s season-ending celebration closed with a 41-33 win for the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England […]

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Amobi Okugo, Business, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, MLS -

As a 15-year-old rising soccer star, Amobi Okugo had all the tools necessary to impress any coach. The midfielder’s speed, quickness and tenacity made an immediate impression on John Hackworth, who at the time oversaw America’s pool of under-17 national players, all with dreams of representing the red, white and blue. Something else about Okugo […]

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Daily Uplift, Happy Birthday, Oprah Winfrey -

Happy birthday to the woman who has been a source of inspiration to all — Oprah! Take a look at the 10 times Oprah wowed us all. 1985 — She performed in one of the best black cult classics, The Color Purple. There will never be a day where The Color Purple is not referenced […]

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Chicago, Daily Uplift, Derrick B. Wells, Get Lifted, Guidelines for a Master: 12 Steps to an Extremely Happy Life, The Last Dragon -

The most recent Happiness Report revealed that happiness in America has fallen to its lowest score since 2006, due primarily to social issues rather than economic causes. Taking this into consideration, one Chicago reverend has formulated Guidelines for a Master: 12 Steps to an Extremely Happy Life, a practical guide to help readers pursue happiness. […]

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