The Undefeated, an ESPN site on race, sports, and culture for African Americans, which columnist Jason Whitlock once dubbed "Black Grantland," released its first story Thursday in preparation for the NBA All-Star Weekend, Chris Ip reported Thursday for Columbia Journalism Review.
"A prelude to the site's full launch as early as June, the story was posted to ESPN.com. It is a 9,000-word profile of controversial pundit and former NBA star Charles Barkley that traces his outspoken comments on race to Booker T. Washington and their shared home state of Alabama.
"The profile is an example of the kind of reporting Whitlock, the site's founder, says can use sports as a lens to look at larger society. . . ."
- Nicole Levy, capitalnewyork.com: Inside ESPN's plans for 'The Undefeated'