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The Undefeated Presents: A Room of Our Own

  • Hosted by musicians Freddie Gibbs, Jensen McRae and Tinashe
  • NBA’s Damian Lillard and WNBA’s Natasha Cloud are among athletes interviewed
  • Special performance of songs from The Undefeated/Hollywood Records’ “Music for the Movement” series

ESPN will televise The Undefeated Presents: A Room of Our Own, a one-hour special that explores the connection that Black athletes have with music and the impact of that association in powering social movements. The program will debut Sunday, Feb. 28, at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN, with an encore presentation Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m. on ABC.

Musicians Freddie Gibbs, Jensen McRae, and Tinashe, all of whom are featured on The Undefeated’s “Music for the Movement” Volumes I and II, will host the special. Gibbs and Tinashe are among the headliners on Vol. II, to be released Friday, Feb. 26. McRae was featured in Vol. I of The Undefeated music series, which was released in October 2020.

A Room of Our Own will focus on how music inspires Black athletes to drive change in their communities, and highlight some of the athletes who have been at the forefront of social change, using their voices to express the range of emotions – anger, outrage, hope and promise – in the struggle for racial justice. The program will combine narrative storytelling, taped conversations and roundtable discussions with performances of songs from The Undefeated music series. Trailer.

“Music has the power to lift and inspire. We hope this special is a motivator to create art and create change wherever you are,” said Kevin Merida, ESPN Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated.

A soundstage (Goya Studios in Hollywood, Calif.) provides the backdrop for performances by Alex Isley, who will cover People Get Ready, and McRae, who sings the Billie Holiday classic Strange Fruit – both songs on The Undefeated Music for the Movement Vol. I.  Highlights:

  • Washington Mystic guard Natasha Cloud – who decided to forgo the 2020 WNBA season to be on the front lines of social justice reform – has a conversation with McRae about finding her voice in protests and music
  • Singer/songwriter Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish) speaks with The Undefeated senior writer Jesse Washington about protests and patriotism
  • Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard talks about the music that motivates him and how growing up in Oakland impacted his life
  • Award-winning sports columnist and The Undefeated’s William Rhoden pens an essay on the exploitation of Black bodies in sports and music
  • SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett hosts a conversation with songstress Alex Isley, daughter of former Isley Brothers singer Ernie Isley, on the impact of the Black Power Movement.
  • A roundtable discourse with gymnasts – Trinity Thomas and Nya Reed (University of Florida), Kiya Johnson (LSU), Lynnzee Brown (University of Denver) and Margzetta Frazier (UCLA) – on why representation matters.

A Room of Our Own is directed by the Brooklyn, N.Y., based award-winning team of Jamaal Parham and Bashan Aquart, popularly known as JamsxBash. Executive producers are Michael Fountain, senior coordinating producer, and Sharon Matthews, director for original content and production, both with The Undefeated.