Why this matters
Kenneth L. Shropshire and William C. Rhoden examine the question of who gets to tell Black stories, who is given the opportunity to tell Black stories, and why it's important to own your narrative.
On this episode, hosts Kenneth L. Shropshire of the Global Sport Institute and William C. Rhoden of ESPN's The Undefeated take a deeper look at the stories of the Black experience and those who are charged with sharing them with the world. As Ken watches the new documentary, "Muhammad Ali", from filmmaker Ken Burns and Bill returns from a road trip to visit HBCUs across the nation, the two reflect on the importance of storytelling and owning your narrative.
'Sport Matters' episodes arrive once per month to the Global Sport Matters podcast. From academia to media, Ken and Bill discuss the edges of sport, unpacking race and culture beyond the game.
About the hosts:
Professor Kenneth L. Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. He took on this current leadership role following a 30-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
William C. Rhoden is a columnist and Editor-at-Large for The Undefeated, ESPN’s news site about sports, race, and culture. He is the curator of the Rhoden Fellows and is also the author of several books, including 40 Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete. Before joining The Undefeated, Rhoden wrote an award-winning sports column for the New York Times and appeared as a guest on ESPN’s Sports Reporters for nearly 30 years. Rhoden began his journalism career as a news reporter at the Baltimore Afro American Newspaper. He was a senior editor with Ebony Magazine and then a columnist and jazz critic for the Baltimore Sun. Rhoden attended Morgan State University in Baltimore where he majored in English.