Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468
Andscapes Rhoden Fellows podcast is hosted by a rotation of six undergraduate students at HBCUs who are training under New York Times award-winning columnist William C. Rhoden as the next generation of sports journalists. Through the lens of sports, the fellows discuss stories about race, class and culture.
World of Opportunities and Music: 2/13/23
This week on the Rhoden Fellow Podcast, Host Monet Heath and Co-Host Alexis Black discuss with NBA Foundation Executive Director Greg Taylor and NBA 2022 Fellow Amirah Ali about the 2023 NBA HBCU Fellowship and the opportunities this program provides for undergraduate and graduate HBCU students that are interested. The Fellows also mention the awards that were given to Black artists at the Grammys along with the upcoming tours that have been announced and highly anticipated from fans. Stay tuned until the end of the podcast to listen in on Monet Heaths oldest family member interview segment.
A Journey Called Life: 2/1/23
Pamela Rentz and Jaicee Christian talk about the situation with Darius Miles, of the University of Alabama basketball team. The duo also discuss the reaction of students surrounding the Bethune-Cookman University ordeal and Ed Reed This week's special guest is SGA Vice President Janiya Jones, of Bethune-Cookman.
Return from Break, The Golden Globes, and Missouri House Dress Code.: 1/19/23
In this episode the fellows discuss returning from winter break, the Golden Globes award winners, the Missouri Republicans adopting a strict dress code and an interview with Zoey Hodge's grandmother.
Celebration Bowl, Underprivileged Youth, and Holiday Cheers: 12/20/22
This week on the Rhoden Fellow podcast, Host Pamela Rentz and Co-hosts Alexis Black and Scott Lipscomb discuss the build-up and results of the intense 2022 Celebration Bowl. Following, the fellows describe how underprivileged youth are not allowed to join AAU basketball teams and how these off-season programs are making or breaking these athletes. Lastly, the Fellows close the podcast by discussing their favorite Holliday festivities and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Trust the Process: 12/12/22
On this week's Rhoden Fellow Podcast, host Alexis Black and producer Zoey Hodge discuss the controversy surrounding the Washington Commander's Sean Taylor memorial. They are later joined by Courtney Fields, a North Carolina A&T student who took part in the Beats by Dre HBCU Creators Program, and discuss his latest project, Black Star, To finish the episode, Alexis and Zoey provide final exam hacks to college students as they complete the last few weeks of the Fall 2022 semester.
Chase the Opportunity: 11/21/22
This week on the Rhoden Fellow podcast, the fellows talk about the new Drake and 21 Savage album Her Loss. Then they discuss stars pulling out of the Grammy's and nominations. The fellows finish off the pod by talking to an intern from the La Rams Chauncy Sanders, about how he got his opportunity.
Free Game and the DMV hoop scene: 11/14/22
On this episode Rhoden Fellow Scott Lipscomb was able to interview Khalid Green ahead of the release of his book "Free Game." The book is a manual for black and brown parents navigating through the complicated, political and intimidating terrain of amateur sports. Mr. Green touches on exposing kids to high level play as well as well as making players buy in to create a cohesive unit. Quinton Mincey (Umass Lowell) and Christian McDaniel (Hamilton) both touch on the rich culture of DMV hoops, and how basketball has allowed them to give back to their communities.
Who is SWAC?/ Insight with Decobie Durant : 10/24/22
On episode three of the Rhoden Fellow podcast, Jaicee Christian and Pam Rentz break down the rich culture and importance of the Southwestern Athletic Conference with Coach Eddie Robinson Jr after a heated exchange with Coach Deion Sanders after the Alabama State v. Jackson State football game. South Carolina native Decobie Durant described his experience of transitioning from an HBCU football program to the Los Angeles Rams.
Style 101 and The Importance Of Band Dancers: 10/10/22
On episode two of the Rhoden Fellow Podcast, Zoey and Alexis break down HBCU fashion as well as the controversy surrounding the USC majorette team. From what events require what outfit, and the pressure to look your best everyday, fashion expert and founder of the Hampton Quarterly, Zoey will inform the listeners on how to be fashionably HBCU! Special guest Jewel McDonald of the Golden Delight dance team at NCAT gives her opinion on the USC situation, as well as details what majorettes mean to HBCU culture. Andscape columnist Bill Rhoden drops in as well. This podcast was produced by Scott Lipscomb.
Back in Action!: 9/26/22
After a summer of learning the 6th class of Rhoden Fellows is back on their respective HBCU campuses! The fellows discuss some of their experience so far with going to different NFL training camps, scoring a baseball game, and meeting an amazing WNBA team owner. Special guest Mia Berry from Andscape joins to talk about covering HBCUs as well as the importance of HBCU athletics. Tune in for a great episode to start the 6th season of the HBCU podcast.
Grand Finale: 5/9/22
In this weeks episode of the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Host Alexis Davis and Producer Calvin Sykes were joined by Rhoden Fellow Cayla Sweazie, Rhoden Fellow Kianah Robinson-Cherry, Rhoden Fellow Sarah Jones Smith, Rhoden Fellow Keion Cage, and Writer-at-Large William C. Rhoden. The fellows gave an in-depth perspective on their experience at Andscape.
Glimpse into the 2022 HBCU Softball Seasons: 4/25/22
In this week's episode of the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Host Cayla Sweazie and Producer Calvin Sykes were joined by Morgan State Pitcher Anaya Hunte, North Carolina A&T Outfielder Moriah Terry, and Former Norfolk State and now current NCAT Outfielder Jazzmaine Hammond. The players gave an exclusive sneak peek into their seasons chronicling HBCU Softball and more.
HBCU Fashion Episode : 4/11/22
For this weeks Rhoden Fellow Podcast, host Cayla Sweazie and producer Keion Cage spoke with Rhoden Fellow Kianah Robinson-Chery and HBCU fashion designers, Jeffrey Graham and Paris Smith. In this episode, we discuss HBCU fashion and creating a fashion brand on a HBCU campus.
HBCU All-Star Game: 3/28/22
On this weeks episode of the podcast, host Calvin Sykes and producer Kianah Robinson-Chery speak with April Taylor and Travis Williams, the organizers of the HBCU All Star game. They give exclusive content as to what will go on the weekend of the big event.
All Things Greek Life : 3/14/22
For this weeks episode, host Sarah Jones-Smith engages in conversation with Rhoden fellows Calvin Sykes and Keion Cage along with former Rhoden fellow Ashton Edmunds and special guest Camryn Deanes about their various Greek life experiences. This episode is produced by Alexis Davis and Kianah Robinson-Chery.
Women in Sports : 3/1/22
For this weeks episode, host Alexis Davis leads a women-only episode with Rhoden Fellows, Sarah Jones-Smith, Kianah Robinson-Chery, and Cayla Sweazie. In this episode, the Fellows spoke with ESPN Multi-Platform Host, Charly Arnolt, and ESPN Reporter, Lisa Salters, about being a woman covering sports and their journey to ESPN.
Black History Month: 2/7/22
This week on Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Host Kianah Robinson-Chery and Producer Keion Cage spoke with Rhoden Fellows, Alexis Davis and Sarah Jones-Smith, on the importance of celebrating Black History Month. The Fellows discussed how they celebrate Black History Month, HBCU Bomb threats, and Super Bowl LVI predictions.
The NFL needs more HBCU players.: 1/24/22
On this weeks episode of the Rhoden Fellows podcast, host Calvin Sykes spoke to ESPNs NFL Draft Analyst, Jordan Reid, and HBCU Gameday writer, BJ Jones, about the future of HBCU football players getting drafted. Sykes and this episodes producer, Sarah Jones-Smith, also spoke about the spring semester and what the future holds.
Welcome to 2022!: 1/10/22
On this weeks episode of the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Host Cayla Sweazie and Producer Kianah Robinson-Chery are joined by Rhoden Fellow Alexis Davis and writer at large for The Undfeated Bill Rhoden. They talked about their favorite parts of 2021, Rhodens early career, mental health and safety,
The Rhoden Fellows at the Celebration Bowl: 12/20/21
On this weeks episode of the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Host Cayla Sweazie and Producer Keion Cage spoke with Rhoden Fellows Alexis Davis and Sarah Jones-Smith on 2021 Celebration Bowl. The Fellows were joined by The Undefeateds HBCU reporter Mia Berry talk about ending of the 2021 HBCU football season.
Celebration Bowl and Holiday Season All in One! : 12/6/21
In this week's episode of the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Host Keion Cage and Producer Calvin Sykes welcome The Undefeated's HBCU reporter Mia Berry. The episode discusses Mia's journey through journalism, MEAC's Football Champions South Carolina State, and Christmas Tradition.
Finale of the Blackburn Takeover : 11/22/21
On this weeks episode of the Rhoden Fellows Podcast Host Sarah Jones-Smith and Producer Calvin Sykes were accompanied by Rhoden Fellow Alexis Davis as well as Howard Student Protestors Chandler Robinson and Taiye Martin. In this episode, they discuss their Blackburn Takeover and the impact of their student-led protest.
2021-2022 HBCU Basketball Preview : 11/8/21
On this weeks episode of the Rhoden Fellows Podcast Host Alexis Davis and Producer Cayla Sweazie were accompanied by Rhoden Fellow Kianah Robinson-Cherry as well as collegiate basketball players Trevor Moore of Morgan State, MJ Randolph of Florida A&M, and Sam Green of Howard University. The players gave an exclusive sneak peek into their seasons chronicling HBCU basketball and more.
HBCU Band Episode: 10/25/21
On this week's episode of the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Kianah Robinson-Chery, Sarah Jones-Smith, Alexis Davis, and Keion Cage discuss the new HBCU band rankings on The Undefeated. They spoke to Naderah Munajj, member of The Undefeated band team, drum major, Dariusz McKenzie, Ebony fire dance team captain, Selena Makell, and tenor drums' co-captain, Carlos Lovett from the Hampton University Marching Force. The fellows also discussed the start of NBA season and some hot topics surrounding the players and all-star weekend.
The Evolution of the HBCU Homecoming Tradition: 10/11/21
On this weeks episode of the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Calvin Sykes, Keion Cage, Kianah Robinson-Chery, and Alexis Davis welcome ESPN Black College Football Play by Play Announcer, Tiffany Greene, and the Host of Inside HBCU Football on the Black College Sports Network, BJ Jones. In this episode, they discuss their HBCU Homecoming experiences and the impact that SWAC football is making on college football and HBCUs.
Ep.4: Homecoming Preview: 9/27/21
As the fourth episode of the Rhoden Fellows' podcast is underway, host Sarah Jones-Smith and producer Alexis Davis come together to deliver our view on our universities' homecoming plans. Calvin Sykes and North Carolina A&T State University's former student university activities board president Tretel Ingram come on the show to reminisce on in-person homecomings and foreshadow this year's gatherings, or lack there of.
Ep. 3: It's A Hampton University Takeover: 9/13/21
On this weeks episode of the Rhoden Fellows podcast, host Keion Cage and producer Kianah Robinson-Chery and welcome everyone to the Tre Way episode. They discuss with their guest Alexis Davis the first week at Hampton, hot new music from Kanye, Drake and Chloe Bailey, and HBCU football.
Ep. 2; Back On the Yard: 8/30/21
This week on the Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468 podcast, hosts Cayla Sweazie, Alexis Davis and producer Calvin Sykes are joined by biological scientist Crichanni Watson to discuss students returning to campus. They also share their thoughts on fashion and music trends that youll likely see and hear on the yard, as well as discuss the HBCU games of the week.
Ep. 1: Back to School Edition: 8/9/21
On the first episode of the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, we meet the fifth class of Rhoden Fellows: Alexis Davis, Keion Cage, Kianah Robinson-Chery, Cayla Sweazie, Sarah Jones-Smith and Calvin Sykes. In this episode hosted by Cayla and produced by Sarah, we learn more about where the Fellows come from and their aspirations. The group discusses the summer portion of their fellowship, as well as heading back to campus. They also share some of their feelings about whether or not their campuses are requiring students to be vaccinated and name an HBCU athlete of the week!
Fellows Farewell: 5/17/21
On the final episode of the Rhoden Fellows Podcast hosted by Jonathan Scott, this years class of fellows all weigh in on the Atlanta Dreams first all-black, all-female newly announced broadcast team featuring LaChina Robinson, Angel Gray, Autumn Johnson, and Tabitha Turner. The fellows also react to the recent news of former NFL QB Tim Tebow returning to the league and signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but this time as a tight end. To cap off the final episode, fellows discuss former NFL WR Jacoby Jones and his hiring at Morgan State University as a tight ends coach, and also what it was like to be a Rhoden Fellow in this years class.
2021 NFL Draft, NIL & Graduation: 5/3/21
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Marissa Stubbs, Jayla Jones, and Ashton Edmunds discuss the 2021 NFL Draft, which HBCU players are most exciting in this year's draft class, the NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) Bill for college athletes, and Travis Scott providing more scholarships for HBCUs. The Fellows also discuss 2021 HBCU graduations and reflected on their HBCU experiences.
Rise in Women's Basketball; Another Hashtag: 4/19/21
This week on the Rhoden Fellow podcast, Alex, Jonathan, and Parker welcome the founder of Girls Talk Sports TV, Khristina Williams. They discuss the perception of women's basketball, address the recent shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota and discuss what it means for Eddie George to become the new head football coach at Tennessee State.
Rhoden Fellows Meets Another Act : 3/22/21
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Parker, Marissa and Jayla welcome senior entertainment writer for The Undefeated, Kelley Carter, as the four do a deep dive into her journey within the entertainment field and go over this years Oscar nominations. The Fellows also discuss notable Black coaches in the NCAA Tournament, HBCU attention and Parkers thoughts on the #StopAAPIHate movement.
Recognize Women; Time To Get Paid: 3/9/21
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, host Marissa Stubbs is joined by Fellow Jonathan Scott, ESPNs Digital Audio Producer Terrika Foster-Brasby and the legend himself, Mr. William Rhoden. They discuss Womens History month, the NBA All Star Game, Zlatans comments on Lebron and the unpaid/paid internships issue.
Love Black Love; NFL Media Day: 2/9/21
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, host Jonathan Scott along with co- hosts Marissa Stubbs, Parker Owens and Jayla Jones discuss Black History Always and NFL media day. Also, special guest Jonathan Kirkland, an alumna of North Carolina A & T and Head of Marketing and Brand of BLK gives insight on a dating app.
Man On the Mountaintop: 1/25/21
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Ashton, Jayla and Parker speak to writer and The Undefeated's David Steele, as the group discusses HBCU spring football, Deshaun Watsons decision to move on from the Houston Texans and the legacy of Hank Aaron. The fellows also offer some quick tips on how to get through the spring semester.
HBCU Alumni Leading The way: 1/11/21
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, host Marissa Stubbs is joined by Jayla Jones, Ashton Edmunds, and Jonathan Scott to discuss the importance of HBCUs, the head coaching climate in the NFL, and more. Plus, the crew shared some takes from their favorite NBA teams.
Moving Forward: 12/21/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, host Parker Owens and co-host Marissa Stubbs are joined by Athletic trainer Danny Lopez to discuss what the WNBA and NBA has done to advocate for social justice. Also, former Savannah State football QB David Handler stops by to discuss his experience as a white student at an HBCU. The fellows then finish off the episode discussing the generous donations given by MacKenzie Scott to several HBCUs this past year.
First semester wrap-up, Makur Maker at Howard University, Lavar Ball building a NBA dynasty : 12/7/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Jayla Jones, Marissa Stubbs, and Jonathan Scott welcome Senior writer for The Undefeated, Jerry Bembry, to discuss Makur Maker playing at Howard University, Lavar Ball and how he managed to get all three of his sons in the NBA and, they each gave their opinions on which entertainer they think would be great commentating sporting events. The Fellows also welcome in Ashton Edmunds to share how their first semester was and whether they will be online or in-person in the spring.
Taylor Rooks Shares Her Black Girl Magic : 11/23/20
Jonathan, Alex, Jayla, and Marissa welcome Taylor Rooks onto to show to discuss her college experiences, life in the NBA bubble, and the importance of women in the sports industry. Taylor gives her takes on the possibility of an NFL bubble, NBA trades, and she even drops gems about her interview techniques, gives advice for aspiring journalists, and shares valuable lessons she has learned along the way.
As The Dust Settles: 11/16/20
Alex Williams, Parker Owens and Ashton Edmunds share their reactions to the presidential election and welcome in special guest Desiree Williams. Also, the Fellows ask if Kamala Harris' win will start to shift more students towards attending HBCUs. Plus, the crew discusses the Sanders family committing to Jackson State, Georgia runoff elections, and react to the passing of beloved musicians.
Get out and vote, but first, whats Lovecraft Country about anyway? : 11/2/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Jonathan, Marissa and Jayla tag in senior writer Jesse Washington and former Rhoden Fellow Randall Williams, as the group discusses the upcoming election, Black television and seeing their favorite players grow older.
HBCU: No homecoming/Voter Registration, COVID Cases in the NFL/NCAAF & NCAA Basketball Return: 10/19/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Ashton Edmunds and co-hosts Jonathan Scott and Bill Rhoden discuss HBCU homecoming and voter registration on college campuses. Special guest Quamaine Dawkins, a senior at Auburn University shares how Auburn is handling Covid-19.
Lack of Diversity in NBA Coaching Positions, Has the NFL given up on Black Lives Matter?: 10/5/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Parker Owens and cohost Jayla Jones discuss a plethora of hot topics in the sports world. Parker and Jayla discuss the Doc Rivers hiring and lack of diversity in NBA with Senior NBA writer for the Undefeated, Marc Spears. The fellows also share if they believe the NFL has given up on Black Lives Matter, Deion Sanders new coaching position at Jackson State University, and the NBA Finals Predictions.
Learning In A Pandemic; Hot NBA Playoffs: 9/21/20
The Rhoden Fellows podcast returns for a new season with a new class of fellows! Marissa, Alex, Jayla, Ashton, Parker and Jonathan, alongside Bill Rhoden, speak on how remote learning has been so far this semester and what an HBCU bubble would look like if it existed. Plus, the fellows give their analysis of who they think will be the 2020 NBA Champions.
Morgan State President David Wilson: 5/12/20
In this episode, Bill and guest co-host Jamal Murphy speak with Morgan State University president David Wilson about his career in education and how his institution is handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCAA Changes; Doctor During Coronavirus: 5/4/20
In this episode, Bill, Randall and Whitney speak with Hampton University professor, Monique Smith, about the recent NCAA changes, allowing college athletes to profit off their name and likeness. Later in the show, they discuss the coronavirus with Virginia doctor, Raenell Williams.
Virtual NFL Draft; Essential Workers: 4/27/20
In this episode, Bill, Randall and Whitney discuss the virtual NFL Draft with a league intern, Sissy Farmer. Later in the show, they speak with Harlan Henderson, a firefighter from Columbus, Ohio, about how he is dealing with the spread of the coronavirus.
Stimulus Check; Jalen Smith: 4/21/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Randall and Whitney speak with college students Morghan Hyatt and Georgina Smith about the recent government stimulus check. Later in the show, they speak with NBA Draft prospect Jalen Smith about his career at the University of Maryland.
Sean Kelly Darks; Instagram Live Battles: 4/13/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Randall and Whitney speak with high school women's basketball player and North Carolina A&T State commit Sean Kelly Darks about changes to her life because of the coronavirus. They also talk about battles between musical artists on Instagram Live.
Sports During Coronavirus; Tik Tok Theft: 4/7/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Randall and Whitney discuss changes to the sports world and society following the spread of the Coronavirus. They also talk about TikTok and the social implications of the popular dances and songs on the growing app
The Shake Up: 2/7/20
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Whitney, Jamal and Eryn speak to journalist, Ed Gordon about his new book, Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership. They also talk about the latest shake up for the Knicks, and recap the Super Bowl.
The Legacy Of Kobe Bryant: 1/29/20
It's 2020 and Bill and the Fellows are back. They join Undefeated contributor, Jamal Murphy in discussing the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant. They weigh in on everything from the controversies to the campaign to make him the new NBA logo.
Decade In Review : 12/27/19
Who is the athlete of the decade? The biggest bust? Best artist? Most ridiculous trend? Bill, Kevin and Nate go in on the 2010s. Spoiler: Bill and the Fellows don't see eye to eye on Drake.
The Importance Of HBCU's: 12/20/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Randall and East speak with New York Times investigative journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones about why she thinks HBCUs matter, and why she supports reparations for African Americans. Later we discuss the death of Juice WRLD with Miami Herald Real Time Reporter and Rhoden Fellow alum, Isaiah Smalls.
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Bill, Arthur and East take a look at the NBA's expansion into China, India and Africa, and how globalization has changed things for the league. Then talk about #ADOS and the history of black solidarity movements.
New Era: 11/27/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Bill and Jamal Murphy speak with Michael Eric Dyson about Kaepernick, Lamar Jackson, and his new book, Jay Z: Made in America.
Load Management: 11/22/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Arthur and Whitney discuss the pros and cons of load management. Spoiler: Bill has mixed feelings
Jesse Washington on the NIL: 11/8/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, East, Randall and Kevin are talking about NIL and bad fan behavior. They speak with the coach and team captain of an all Native American girls high school volleyball team that was trolled with racial slurs during a state tournament game. They also talk to The Undefeated Sr. Writer Jesse Washington about NIL and Russell Westbrook.
The Real HU?: 10/31/19
It's #TBT on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast. Whitney and East took a look what's going on with Howard University's football team with senior Undefeated Writer, Jerry Bembry and Former Rhoden Fellow and Howard Alum, Tiffany Hoyd. They also discussed reactions to the sentencing of a former Dallas Police officer who entered the wrong apartment, and tragically killed Botham Jean.
Ed O'Bannon: 10/1/19
California Governor Gavin Newsom just signed the Fair Pay for Play Act into law in California. We are resurfacing an interview with Ed O'Bannon, one of the first athletes to challenge NCAA rules on compensating athletes. The original interview aired in March 2018.
WNBA Finals: 10/1/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Randall, Nate and Bill discuss all things WNBA with none other than WNBA writer, Michelle Voepel. They discuss the much-anticipated reboot of The Boondocks and what they love and hate about the new line of products from Apple.
Top Black QBs: 9/30/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows, Kevin, East and Bill speak with Senior NFL Writer Jason Reid about this season's top five black quarterbacks and what their successes mean for the way we talk about race and football. Then, we speak to Hampton University professor, Monique A J Smith, about why she supports California's "Pay for Play" Act.
Moving Forward: 9/20/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Whitney, Randall and Kevin spoke with Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver and Grambling State grad, Chester Rogers about Andrew Luck's retirement, playing with Jacoby Brissett and being a child actor. We also spoke with The Atlantic writer, Jemele Hill about why she thinks top black athletes are key to helping HBCUs survive and thrive.
Sports Equality: 9/11/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Bill, Whitney, Arthur and Nate speak with Diahann Billings-Burford, the CEO of the Ross Initiative for Sports Equality (RISE) about Stephen Ross, Jay Z, and how the organization is leading hard conversations about race and professional sports. They also speak with Ramona Shelburne about new 30 for 30 podcast, The Sterling Affairs.
Covering Kenny Still; School's Back: 9/2/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill introduces the new class of Fellows. Whitney, Randall, East, Nathan, Arthur and Kevin speak with NFL Nation reporter, Cameron Wolfe about athlete covering the Dolphins and covering Kenny Stills' activism. The Fellows also share songs to start the school year off right and explain "Hot Boy Summer."
Final Farewell: 8/11/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, we give a send off to Deja, Tucker, Isaiah. They'll always be Fellows but their time in the program has come to a close. They speak with journalist and author Marcus Thompson II about his new book, KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest. We also review Season 1 of the HBO show, Euphoria.
Pablo Torre : 7/31/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Tucker and Deja speak with High Noon cohost, Pablo Torre. They touch on his career path, his relationship with Bomani Jones, and the ethics of violent sports.
Kareem Maddox & John Rogers: 7/9/19
Bill and CBS local reporter, Jamal Murphy dive into the differences between FIBA 3 x 3 and Big 3 Basketball. They speak with Kareem Maddox and John Rogers - about how Team USA won its first 3x3 basketball Championship, and their hopes for the team when 3x3 debuts as an Olympic sport in 2020.
Scotty Thurman & Jamal Murphy: 6/28/19
Bill spoke with Scotty Thurman and CBS local reporter, Jamal Murphy about Thurman's professional basketball career, how he supports student-athletes, and why he sees coaches as educators.
Shakyla Hill: 6/14/19
Bill, Tucker and Deja talk to quadruple double queen and recent Grambling State graduate, Shakyla Hill about her basketball plans. They also touch on the movie Loqueesha, and whether it's worth watching.
Marc Spears : 5/24/19
Bill, Janae and Tucker talk with senior NBA writer for The Undefeated, Marc Spears about the NBA Finals, the upcoming Draft, and why getting a degree in sports business management can help sports journalists. They also weigh on the hate group that is expected to protest graduations ceremonies at the Atlanta University Center.
#NotKeisha Protest: 5/17/19
Bill, Allana and Tiffany discuss the #NotKeisha protest at Spelman College with Mississippi-based journalist Ko Bragg. They also speak on how they feel about their respective commencement speakers, and their thoughts on the coverage of royal baby Archie.
Joshua Miles : 5/10/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Isaiah, Deja and Bill speak with Joshua Miles. The Morgan State alum was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in April. They also speak with Undefeated culture writer, Justin Tinsley about John Singleton and Taylor Swift.
Beasley Reece and Beyonce's Homecoming: 4/25/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast, Bill, Janae and Tucker speak with the CEO of NFL Alumni, Beasley Reece about the work he's doing to improve healthcare for retired NFL players. They also speak with Taryn Finley, editor for Huffington Post Black Voices about Beyonce's Netflix film, "Homecoming."
Power Couple: 4/18/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill speaks with Tommi and Troy Vincent. Troy is the EVP of Football Operations for the NFL and his wife is a chef, entrepreneur, and visionary behind the lifestyle brand, Vincent Country. The Vincents talk about the impact of their social work and how they made their marriage work during and after Troy's football career.
Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament Nipsey Hussle: 4/5/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, we talk about the women's NCAA tournament with ESPN's play by play commentator, Tiffany Greene. We touch why it's been more exciting than the men's tournament, but still sees lowers rating and attendance numbers. We also talk with Money B from the rap group Digital Underground about the impact of Nipsey Hussle.
Men's NCAA Tourney & Daniel Ceasar: 4/5/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows Podcast - we talk about the men's NCAA basketball tournament - the upsets, the underdogs, and our predictions about who which team will take the championship. We also catch up with former Fellows Paul Holston and Miniya Shabazz and get their thoughts on the Daniel Ceasar controversy.
It's A Scam; Serious Allegations: 3/21/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill talks about the college admissions scam with senior writer for The Undefeated, Michael Fletcher and CEO of the Global Sports Institute at ASU, Kenneth Shropshire. Then he catches up with former Fellows, Simone Benson and Kyla Wright, and their thoughts on R. Kelly and the surfaced allegations against Michael Jackson.
Mardi Gras and More: 3/8/19
On this week's Rhoden Fellows podcast, Deja hosts from New Orleans so she can school Bill on Mardi Gras. Later, they talk sports labor issues post Kaepernick and catch up with former Fellows, Donovan Dooley and Isaiah Smalls.
Latest On Smollett, Kraft & Tristan Thompson: 3/1/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Tiffany and Isaiah talk Jussie Smollett, Robert Kraft, and the most googled athlete of 2018, Tristan Thompson. Plus, Bowie State University head football coach, Damon Wilson joins to discuss the NFL Combine and what's next for his quarterback, Amir Hall.
Blacklash Of Blackface: 2/19/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Tiffany, Deja, Allana and Bill catch up with Grambling's quadruple double queen, Shakyla Hill. Then they discuss the latest rash of blackface in the news and ways to respond with Howard alum and former Africana Studies Director at the University of New Mexico, Alfred Mathewson.
Saints No Call; The Oscars: 2/1/19
The Fellows are back, and this week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Allana and Isaiah welcome Deja Harrison to the squad. They talk about how Saints fans are coping with that controversial no call, and what's happening with the Oscars.
Dorothy Gilliam, The Washington Post: 1/18/19
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill and Eryn speak with the first black woman reporter at The Washington Post - Dorothy Gilliam. They discuss her new memoir, Super Bowl predictions, and Clemson's visit to the White House.
2018: A Year In Review: 12/28/18
For the last Rhoden Fellows podcast of 2018, Bill, Allana, and Isaiah debate who is the King of R&B. Then Lisa Wilson, Managing Editor at The Athletic and students from Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of Massachusetts join them to pick the top sports and culture stories of the year.
Celebration Bowl & SWAC Commissioner McClelland: 12/21/18
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Janae, Tucker and Bill recap the 4th annual Army Reserve Celebration Bowl and debate whether it should be renamed the Aggie Invitational. Senior sports writer for The Undefeated, Jerry Bembry and SWAC Commissioner McClelland give their take on that controversial two-point conversion and explain how the game can boost HBCU enrollment and moral.
Kareem Hunt; Grown-ish Returns: 12/12/18
This week Bill, Allana and Tucker discuss the NFL's latest debacles with Kareem Hunt and Reuben Foster. They also weigh in on the second season Grown-ish. Spoiler: some of us won't be tuning in.
Football & Superheroes : 12/4/18
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, we talk about football and superheroes. Senior news editor for The Undefeated, John X. Miller joins Janae, Tiffany, Isaiah, and Bill to predict Celebration Bowl match-ups. Then we discuss the upcoming Spider Man film and why Bill thinks he's the weakest super hero.
Jordan McNair: 11/5/18
Bill, Isaiah and Tiffany talk about the tragic death of University of Maryland football player, Jordan McNair, and what HBCU football programs are doing to protect their players. They also discuss the future of college football.
Covering Kanye 101: 10/23/18
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Tiffany, Isaiah and Tucker talk about how to cover Kanye with various HBCU professors. They also speak with author Camille Acker about her debut collection of short stories, Training Schools for Negro Girls.
Kanye West vs. Eric Reid : 10/12/18
Bill, Isaiah, Janae and Zach talk about two of prominent, controversial very different voices in black liberation - Eric Reid and Kanye West
Cosby, Kavanaugh, NBA Scouting: 10/4/18
On this week's Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Allana and Tiffany break down Cosby and Kavanaugh with University of Wisconsin law student, Jason Meehan. Students at Howard and Xavier University of Louisiana also share their thoughts on both situations. NBA Scout Khalid Green talks about the upcoming season and how he finds players.
Hurricane Florence and Women's Basketball: 9/25/18
Bill, Tiffany and Tucker take a look at Hurricane Florence's impact on HBCUs. Comedian and actor, Seaton Smith talks about Serena and Bill Cosby. Ty Grace, the women's head basketball coach at Howard talks about the WNBA Final and Howard's upcoming season.
Serena's Legacy; Nike Ad: 9/11/18
On this week's Rhoden Fellows podcast, Allana, Isaiah and Janae took over to talk about the new Nike Ad and Serena's legacy post US Open. Janae honors Mac Miller and debates the song of the summer.
Serena & Aretha: 9/11/18
On this week's Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Allana and Zach talk about why there are so few black male players on the professional tennis circuit and do a temperature check on NFL players protests. Tucker heads to the US Open and Isaiah calls in from the Queen of Soul's funeral.
On this week's Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill welcomed his new cohosts - Janae, Tucker, Allana, Zach, Tiffany, and Isaiah. They shared why they chose to attend HBCUs, and debated whether Spike Lee's new film, BlacKkKlansman is worth seeing.
A New Class; Charlemagne Joins: 8/13/18
Bill says goodbye to the inaugural class of Fellows and welcomes class #2! He also speaks with Charlemagne about controversy and his new book, "Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me."
Zach Lowe : 7/11/18
This week, Isaiah, Miniya and Donovan rate their top 5 entertainers of all time. Bill weighs in with the help of renowned jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis and his son/author, Simeon Marsalis. Bill also speaks with Zach Lowe about his career, Kawhi and the Knicks. The Fellows share World Cup winner predictions.
Views Of the Six; Jason Collins : 7/4/18
Miniya, Donovan and Isaiah give a full review of Drake's new album, Scorpion. (spoiler: Donovan inadvertently starts beef with Pusha T) Then Bill and former NBA player, Jason Collins join them to talk LeBron, and the way the NBA supports LGBTQ players.
Fellow Takeover: 6/28/18
While Bill was covering the NBA Draft in NYC, Donovan, Miniya and Isaiah took over the pod. They discussed draft picks - surprises and let downs and redrafted the 2017 class. (spoiler: Fultz didn't do so well). Then they broke down on the ongoing beef between Drake and Jay Z, and their new albums
The World Cup: 6/22/18
Bill Rhoden speaks with Mark Wright about racism and the World Cup, then the challenges black American athletes face in getting into soccer with Irv Smalls.
Michael Eric Dyson : 6/8/18
Bill Rhoden speaks with CBS local sports writer, Jamal Murphy and author, Michael Eric Dyson about the anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's death and his impact on the black community. They connect the issues Kennedy grappled with to racial justice conversations happening today, especially regarding outspoken, prominent black athletes. Dyson also weighs on the MJ v. LeBron conversation.
Stephen A. Smith : 5/24/18
Stephen A. Smith joins the podcast and shares why he thinks LeBron will NEVER surpass Jordan. (This debate will never end). Paul "The Truth" Pierce called in to tell us about promoting Bengay's #SoreWinners campaign with Baron Davis, and much more.
This Is America: 5/15/18
Elle Duncan opens up about her career and what would make her rank LeBron over MJ. Then two graduating seniors, Brooklyn McDaniels and Ibrahim Conteh reflect on their college experiences and where they are going next. Spoiler: don't ask them if they're ready for the real world, ask them how they make an impact. Lastly, Bill, Isaiah, Donovan and Miniya break down Childish Gambino's latest video, This is America, with help from Clinton Yates' commentary on the video.
The MJ vs LeBron Debate : 5/9/18
On this week's Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill, Isaiah, Donovan and Miniya discuss Robert Kraft, the Kentucky Derby and more. Plus, Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated Kevin Merida weighs in on the NBA playoffs, Kendrick, and the MJ v. LeBron debate. Then international thoroughbred broker, Greg Harbut shares why Derby history is black history.
Fellows At The NFL Draft : 5/2/18
Bill and the Fellows come to us live from the 2018 Draft in Dallas, Texas to follow up on the various prospects from HBCUs and more.
Beychella, Starbucks and the NFL Draft: 4/25/18
It seems like everyone swooned over Beyonce's Coachella performances, but Mama Tina Knowles had to be convinced. Undefeated culture critic, Soraya McDonald tells us why. Are you boycotting Starbucks? Racial justice heavy weight, Rinku Sen shares some alternatives in case you can't let go, and how the coffee chain can do better to address racism and more.
Draft Disparities : 4/19/18
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, we talk NFL and golf. Draft prospect and left tackle, Brandon Parker speaks on disparities in the draft process and proposing to his fiance during a game! You may need a tissue. Then senior writer for The Undefeated, Michael Fletcher explains why we see so few black professional golfers. Spoiler alert -- it's not Tiger's fault.
NBA Predictions With Marc Spears : 4/10/18
NBA playoff season is about to begin, which means we had to have Senior NBA Writer for The Undefeated, Marc Spears on the show. His championship predictions might make you cry. Plus, we asked Martenzie Johnson, Senior Researcher for The Undefeated to break down the problems at HU.
Ending The Madness: 3/23/18
March Madness is over but conversations about Villanova, Notre Dame and their competitors are far from over. Bill, Isaiah, Donovan and Miniya talk with Duke basketball beat writer for the Raleigh News and Observer, Jonathan Alexander about Coach Krzyzewski's future with Duke, the pros and cons of recruiting one-and-done players, and what makes a good coach. Also, everyone gave their predictions for men's championship winner, only one person got it right.
Eloquent Rage: 3/23/18
We are in the thick of March Madness and Women's History Month, so we're talking about athletes, activism and anger. Bill Rhoden and guest hosts, Eryn Mathewson and 30 for 30 Podcasts Associate Producer, Taylor Barfield speak with author, Brittany Cooper, about her new book, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Super Power. They talk ways black women can turn their anger into action - from Michelle Obama to Venus and Serena.
Pay To Play? : 3/15/18
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill talks with CBS local sports reporter, Jamal Murphy and former professional basketball player Ed O'Bannon about whether college athletes should be paid. They also discuss how O'Bannon took on the NCAA and won.
Influential Athletes: 3/2/18
Black History Month and the Winter Olympics have come to a close, but Bill, Donovan and Isaiah will celebrate black greatness and history whenever they get the chance. This week, they start with the new NFL Network Film, Breaking Ground, about the way HBCU athletes influenced the NFL. Then they touch on the newest NCAA scandal and why some people didn't watch the 2018 Winter Olympics. Spolier alert - Isaiah has never tried curling.
Black Panther : 2/16/18
The Black Panther is getting a lot of attention this week. The new Marvel film is in theaters, and star, Winston Duke shares what it's like to play a villain and be a part of one of the biggest and black film projects in super hero history. Then award-winning director, Stanley Nelson talks about producing a film about the Black Panther party, and how some people confused the two. His current film, Tell Them We Are Rising - about the history and importance of HBCUs in America.
Super Bowl Edition : 2/5/18
In this Super Bowl edition of HBCU 468, Bill, Simone, Isaiah and Donovan discuss the big game - including the halftime show. They debate over Nick Foles' future and whether Carson Wentz still be charged with leading the Eagles. They also hear from Malcolm Jenkins about the Players Coalition and why he decided to stop protesting.
The Black Athlete/ Evelyn Lozada: 2/1/18
Bill, Simone, Donovan and Isaiah discuss the State of the Black Athlete collaboration between ESPN The Mag and The Undefeated. Then Kyla, Miniya and Simone chat with Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada about the upcoming season, her life and more.
Dramatic Moments: 1/24/18
After the Patriots defeated the Jaguars, Bill and the Fellows (Isaiah Smalls, Simone Benson and Donovan Dooley) share their favorite jaw-dropping, game winning moments.They also debate whether Black history month is celebrated differently in predominantly black spaces.
Detroit Love : 12/27/17
Bill Rhoden and Kyla Wright speak with the infamous host of The Breakfast Club, Angela Yee about her career journey and her love for Detroit. Then CBS local sports reporter Jamal Murphy joins the conversation to discuss some of the hottest stories in 2017 - #metoo, LaVar Ball, and Kaepernick.
Celebration Bowl Debrief : 12/22/17
This week on the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill and the Fellows debrief about the Celebration Bowl with Senior News Editor, John X. Miller. We break down everything from the players - like Devante Kincaid, Brandon Parker, Lamar Reynard - to the promotion for the event in Atlanta.
Celebration Bowl Preview : 12/15/17
On this week's episode of the Rhoden Fellows podcast, Bill talks about the upcoming Celebration Bowl in Atlanta with the Bowl's Executive Director, John T. Grant, and North Carolina A&T's Sports Information Director, Brian Holloway. Then he and the Fellows speak with Isaiah Johnson - actor in "Hamilton" and "The Color Purple."
Misconduct & Pledging Social Change: 12/6/17
Bill Rhoden and the Fellows discuss the new rules for avoiding sexual harassment and the NFL's latest proposal to donate money to social justice organizations. Undefeated Senior NFL writer Jason Reid and ESPN NFL Insider Josina Anderson weigh in on the conversation.
The Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 11/22/17
30 for 30 producers Andrew Mambo and Taylor Barfield discuss the UFC documentary, and Basketball Wives star Royce Reed talk stardom and Hollywood sexual assault allegations.
Rhoden Fellows: 11/13/17
Bill Rhoden and The Fellows discuss the 125th Commemorative Classic football game between Johnson C. Smith and Livingstone College. And Kelley Carter talks Blacks in Hollywood
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 11/2/17
This week Bill and The Fellows talk bWorld Series with Pedro Gomez and campus safety with Grambling State University police chief Howard Caviness.
BONUS: 30 for 30 Season Two Sneak Peek: 10/30/17
The Rhoden Fellows share the trailer for Season Two of 30 for 30 Podcasts, launching November 14th, as well as one of our favorite episodes from Season One, The Fighter Inside.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 10/24/17
The Rhoden Fellows talk about the historic relationship of Homecoming Weekend on HBCU campuses with Howard AD Kery Davis and Ms. Grambling 2017, Jimmitriv Roberson.
HBCU 468: 10/17/17
The Fellows discuss the National Anthem and sporting events with Marine, Ron Terrell, and get advice from Steve Harvey Show digital producer Amber McKynzie on social media.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 10/9/17
Jets linebacker Demario Davis talks to The Fellows about how NFL players are focused on getting out the right message regarding protests, and a recent meeting with owners.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 9/25/17
Cardinals rookie WR Chad Williams from Grambling talks about making an NFL roster and feeling like he belongs, despite not coming from a so-called big-time college program.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 9/19/17
Bill Rhoden talks to James 'Shack' Harris about being a pioneering black quarterback in the NFL. The Fellows also talk to Grambling Athletic Director Paul Bryant about the program's history and whether Historically Black College and University football teams can recapture the glory of their past.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 7/19/17
The Fellows say Boston's Jayson Tatum is the NBA rookie to watch, and they can't believe Kobe Bryant didn't make the Undefeated's 50 Greatest Athletes list, but Tim Duncan did.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 7/14/17
This week on HBCU 468 The Fellows talk to Justin Tinsley about NBA free agency, and Jay Z's 4:44 album. They also spoke to 2012 Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 6/29/17
The Fellows provide their insight into Phil Jackson's failure running the New York Knicks and the impact of Chris Paul going to the Houston Rockets.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 6/23/17
The Fellows talk to Bob Ryan about his 50 years covering the NBA, and Newsday's Kimberly Martin discusses being the only Black female NFL beat writer in the country.
Rhoden Fellows - HBCU 468: 6/16/17
In this week's edition the Fellows talk to Marcus Thompson II about covering the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and his book, "Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry".
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 6/8/17
This week the Rhoden Fellows discuss Black athletes and activism, LeBron's response to the racial epitaph on his property and Tiger Woods recent DUI.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 469: 6/2/17
Recognizing the one-year anniversary of Muhammad Ali's death, ESPN senior writer Tom Junod joined The Fellows and described in detail writing about Ali's last day and funeral.
Rhoden Fellows - HBCU 468: 5/31/17
Mark Jackson breaks down the NBA Finals, claiming LeBron can pass Jordan as the best ever. The Fellows also talked to Tom Junod about his story on, The Greatest, Muhammad Ali.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 5/25/17
The Fellows talk to Undefeated General Editor Kelley Evans about covering the Grizzlies for the Tri-State Defender in Memphis, and then discuss recent commencement speeches.
Rhoden Fellows - HBCU 468: 5/18/17
James Harden's play against the Spurs has the Fellows discussing his legacy. They also talk to black students at predominantly white colleges about their experience on campus.
Rhoden Fellows: HBCU 468: 5/11/17
Stephen A. Smith praised Isaiah Thomas's compelling effort in the playoffs, and explained Kevin Durant's impact on Golden State. He also talked about attending an HBCU.
The Rhoden Fellows - HBCU 468: 5/3/17
Before the Falcons signed Taylor Reynolds as a free agent out of James Madison, he expected to get drafted. Reynolds talks to about the process leading up to the NFL Draft.
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