On Monday, March 29, and on the 29th of each month going forward, The Undefeated on ESPN+ will present a new Black History Always special, covering a broad range of themes relevant to the Black community, from breaking barriers on and off the sports field to the pride of attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
A Love Letter to Black Women, today’s 30-minute staple, is an ode to mothers, daughters, aunties, and countless others within the sisterhood of the Black community. It is the first Black History Always installment honoring and celebrating the Black women who positively impact all of our lives.
Black women deserve all the love letters we can give them. – ESPN SVP and Editor-in-Chief, The Undefeated<, Kevin Merida
“Black women deserve all the love letters we can give them,” said Kevin Merida, ESPN SVP and Editor-in-Chief, The Undefeated. “For their grace under pressure, for their beauty inside and out, for lifting us up and inspiring us. For their motherhood, and their companionship. For their fierceness and unsurpassed brilliance. For being . . . Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Ida B.Wells, Zora Neale Hurston, Simone Biles, Serena Williams, Renee Montgomery, to name a few. For being undefeated, and for leading The Undefeated. Thank you, Sisters. This show is for you. Black History Always.”
For all of my Sisters out here doing amazing things, often in the shadows, unrecognized. But forever loved by us. This one is for you. “A Love Letter to Black Women.” @TheUndefeated on @ESPN+ https://t.co/RKwppBPF7f
— Kevin Merida (@meridak) March 29, 2021
The monthly drops will provide vibrant and urgent access to the hearts, minds, and perspectives of our community. We’re proud to help make this happen. – Executive Producer, ESPN+ Original Content, Brian Lockhart
Said Brian Lockhart, Executive Producer, ESPN+ Original Content: “The Undefeated on ESPN+ was created to be an authentic home for Black stories past, present, and always. Black women often carry the heaviest burden, and A Love Letter is an intimate and powerful expression of care for them. The monthly drops will provide vibrant and urgent access to the hearts, minds, and perspectives of our community. We’re proud to help make this happen.”
“It was nourishing to collaborate with SportsCenter anchor Elle Duncan, professional softball player A.J. Andrews and music artist Jenson McCrae who are strong, young, brilliant Black women creating their own paths,” said Sharon Matthews, who oversees original programming, production and development for The Undefeated. “In addition to working with Black women from across ESPN+ original content including Integration Director Kati Fernandez, producer/spoken word artist Talaya Wilkins and first-time director Jalaine Edwards. They reflect the talent, intention, and leadership we bring to the work we do every day at ESPN and in our personal lives.”