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:
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.