Black History Month

Saturday, February 1
Updated: February 28, 1:45 PM ET
The search for Street Cred

Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson
Kobe has all the rings, but Iverson has the street cred.

Keeping it real
What is street cred? It's the game. The life. The walk. The talk. The clothes. Hard to explain but easy to see, it's that thing you can't exactly put your finger on. It's that thing that makes it real, as the kids say. Street cred is not about running around with ice chains and bad tattoos and it's definitely can't be bought or created by a shoe company, writes ESPN the Magazine's Chris Palmer. It's also something that the NBA has embraced as a marketing tool after an initial reluctance, writes Darren Rovell.

Entering a new frontier
As the owner of Charlotte's new franchise, Robert Johnson has become a true pioneer, writes Marc Spears. He will more than likely have to deal with another African-American pioneer as he attempts to sign top notch players. Agent Bill Duffy is one of the hottest agents in the NBA with three of the top four picks in last year's draft including center Yao Ming, writes Chad Ford.

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Hurricane Forever immortalized in the Denzel Washington movie "Hurricane," Ruben Carter's story of determination in the face of impossible odds remains inspiration.

Jim Brown Football great, movie star, civil rights leader. Jim Brown's legacy includes more than being the most dominating running back in NFL history.

Jesse OwensJesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Berlin amidst racial intolerance

Hank Aaron The venom-spewing letters Hank Aaron received didn't stop him from breaking Babe Ruth's home run record, but he says they did change him.

Tyrone WillinghamTyrone Willingham is the first African-American head coach at Notre Dame and one of only four black head coaches in Division I-A college football.

Althea GibsonThe Jackie Robinson of tennis, Althea Gibson was the first African-American to win a Grand Slam title.

Arthur Ashe Arthur Ashe said he could never forgive himself if he elected to live without human purpose. He lived everyday of his life extolling that ideal.

Wilt Chamberlain The only man to score 100 points in an NBA game, Wilt Chamberlain successfully combined grace and power to become one of the greatest NBA centers ever.

Barry Bonds The son of former major leaguer Bobby Bonds and the godson of Willie Mays. During his major league career, Barry Bonds has equaled and in some cases surpassed his incredible lineage.

Jerry Rice Quite possibly the greatest player in NFL history, Jerry Rice holds 14 NFL records, has won three Super Bowls and a Super Bowl MVP. Rice recently started in his fourth Super Bowl at the age of 40.

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