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Beyond28 seeks to celebrate and honor the Black community beyond the 28 days of February. Through conversations and stories, listeners will take a deep dive into the rich Black history of the Bay Area. Hosted by Marc J. Spears, senior NBA writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated.


The Beyond28 podcast is presented by the Golden State Warriors and Chase.

Beyond28 Chase and the Golden State Warriors

    • Society & Culture
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Beyond28 seeks to celebrate and honor the Black community beyond the 28 days of February. Through conversations and stories, listeners will take a deep dive into the rich Black history of the Bay Area. Hosted by Marc J. Spears, senior NBA writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated.


The Beyond28 podcast is presented by the Golden State Warriors and Chase.

    Deconstructing the F-Word: What Does Freedom Mean?

    Deconstructing the F-Word: What Does Freedom Mean?

    July means summer, it means cookouts and the 4th of July. In this age of the quarantine, both are also symbols of freedom. But with that freedom comes a complicated relationship between the Black community and the supposed freedoms we celebrate.  In this episode of Beyond28 we examine that complicated history and ask what freedom means in 2021.

    (6:22) Listen as host Marc Spears welcomes Supervisor Shamann Walton, San Francisco’s first Black President of the City’s Board of Supervisors as he discusses the need for reparations for its Black residents and how the city continues to erase its Black community through gentrification and what he’s doing to reverse that course.

    (20:50) Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP joins Beyond28 to discuss the fight to preserve African American voting rights currently under threat as a result of legislation created by the GOP in the wake of bogus voter fraud accusations. Plus, Johnson outlines how freedom from student debt would uplift an entire generation of Black students.

    (34:38) In our Rewind section, Beyond28 travels back to the hot summer nights of 1969 to look at the legacy of Bobby Seale and the Black Panthers in Oakland. As the city roiled with conflict, the Panthers we’re building out a new modality of activism to help build and protect the whole community.

    • 42 min
    Celebrating Juneteenth and Pride

    Celebrating Juneteenth and Pride

    In honor of Juneteenth and Pride Month, this month's episode of Beyond28 celebrates the legacy of the Bay Area in establishing both of these important national traditions. Host Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated is joined by Warriors forward and Bay Area native Juan Toscano-Anderson (5:59) to discuss his Mexican and African-American heritage and his growing embrace of the Juneteenth celebration. Next twin brothers Jarron and Jason Collins (18:50) explore intersectionality in the black community and Jason's decision to come out as only the second openly gay active NBA player. To cap off the episode, Marc revisits the work of Rachel Townsend (37:38), the woman credited with keeping San Francisco's Juneteenth celebration alive.

    • 45 min
    Mental Health Awareness

    Mental Health Awareness

    In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, this episode of Beyond28 explores a few personal narratives surrounding mental health and its relationship to the Black community. Host Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated is joined by Sydel Curry-Lee and Damion Lee, Warriors’ power couple and mental health advocates (3:40); Dr. William Parham, the National Basketball Players Association’s first-ever director of mental health and wellness (11:20). At the end of the show, Marc revisits the life of Bruce Lee in honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month where we speak with his daughter Shannon Lee to discuss her father’s lasting legacy as well as the work being done today through the Bruce Lee Foundation (26:34). Go to warriors.com/beyond28 to continue the conversation and learn more.

    • 37 min
    April is Black History Month

    April is Black History Month

    In honor of April being National Poetry Month, this episode of Beyond28 explores the influence of poetry and spoken word on Black culture in the Bay Area through four unique stories. Host Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated is joined by members and directors of Youth Speaks, a local Bay Area poetry and arts organization (4:25); Ralph Walker, the head of security of the Golden State Warriors (09:51); and Imani Cezanne, the 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion (14:26). At the end of the show, Marc takes the listeners back to April 12, 1945, to revisit Billie Holiday’s performance of her timeless and impactful ballad “Strange Fruit” at the Geary Theater in San Francisco (24:22) where we speak with Bay Area jazz historian Marcus Shelby to dissect the impact of this historical period (27:26). Go to warriors.com/beyond28 to continue the conversation and learn more.

    • 30 min
    Beyond28 Trailer

    Beyond28 Trailer

    Beyond28 seeks to celebrate and honor the Black community beyond the 28 days of February. Through conversations and stories, listeners will take a deep dive into the rich Black history of the Bay Area. Hosted by Marc J. Spears, senior NBA writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated.

    The Beyond28 podcast is presented by the Golden State Warriors and Chase.

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Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

Higha Colin ,

Absolutely incredible show

Dynamic and very cool - a nice escape in the podcast space

Mr.Ed 2020 ,

Dread Scott

Extremely well done. This show is smart, provocative and timely. Thank you Golden State Warriors for making this possible.

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