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What Had Happened Was: 6/6/16

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Operation Beatdown continues.

We could give you all the gory game details — Stephen Curry scored under 20 and the Golden State Warriors still won by 33, for example — but these details speak more to just how poorly Sunday night went for the Cleveland Cavaliers:

Andre Iguodala was so bored by the game that he started lining up his postgame activities — while on the bench. Curry was so bored he whipped out his video game controller, then lounged on the sideline like it was South Beach.

Speaking of South Beach, do we even need to say it, LeBron James? Yes? OK, if you insist.



Y’all don’t even let the body get cold. The internet remains extremely undefeated.


We have a winner for the Miss USA Pageant … and she comes from our own backyard in the nation’s capital. This is the first time in 14 years Washington, D.C., has won and the third time overall. Deshauna Barber was slaying, y’all.

We’ll now allow someone from the DMV to explain:



If you have some time, check out Muhammad Ali’s last portraits. British photographer Zenon Texeira took the photos this March. Rest in Power, champ.

A reprint of the story of Ali meeting Fidel Castro in Havana.

Kanye West performed The Life of Pablo at 2 a.m. this morning, because the original showing was canceled due to weather.

The New York Times went inside Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. Shootings are up 50 percent and 64 people were shot over the holiday.

Read Hana Ali’s letter about her father’s death from Saturday morning.


Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?

1. #QTNA




Our friend Derrick Z. Jackson wrote a stirring piece on Muhammad Ali’s daring defiance and how the champ forever spoke for those who couldn’t:

Lost in all that is that Ali forced white America to take stock of its own humanity and lack of courage. When Ali changed his name from Cassius Clay and declared himself a member of the separatist Nation of Islam, he was condemned by many white sports columnists. When he refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War and lost three prime years of his career as society’s punishment, the greatest sportswriter of the era, Red Smith, wrote, “Squealing over the possibility that the military may call him up, Cassius makes himself as sorry a spectacle as those unwashed punks who picket and demonstrate against the war.” But for ordinary African-Americans, whose voices were yet to be heard in the still largely segregated white media of the 1960s, Ali was the rebel my black working-class neighborhood on Milwaukee’s North side cheered on, even if we never walked a protest line or traded a Christian cross for a Nation of Islam crescent. Ali’s opposition was a key part of the dawning realization that Vietnam was killing black men overseas while draining domestic resources from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s so-called War on Poverty.



Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.

Kofie Yeboah asks for Sweet Tea at every restaurant and recites approximately 2.5 Spongebob lines per hour.