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What Had Happened Was: 9/19/16

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You know the deal by now, fam. What did you miss on a Monday this time of year? FOOTBALL. College, pros, blowouts, heartbreaks, laughs, grumbles, selfies and top hats? We even had an injury while celebrating on Sunday — a classic. We got it all for you. Here’s the best of what we witnessed this weekend:





Congrats to WNBA superstar Tamika Catchings on playing her final regular-season game in her illustrious career.



A modeling agency seeks to dispel the idea that Islam and modern fashion are incompatible.

A short film with Mahershala Ali and Laura Harrier takes shots at our social media obsession.

The stories and artifacts that brought the National Museum of African American History and Culture to life.

Director Alan Yang’s speech about Asian-Americans on Sunday at the Emmys was heartfelt and powerful.

An 8-year-old girl became the youngest female to skate the Vans Open Pro Series.


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

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Our brother Mike Wise penned an urgent, important piece this weekend in light of Penn State honoring former coach Joe Paterno on Saturday. Wise reminds us that it’s not up to Penn State or its fans or to Paterno’s family when it comes to deciding when and how Paterno should be remembered — it’s up to a group of people far more important.

Four Octobers ago, I stood in a single-file line outside a small county courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. It was a crisp, sun-dappled fall day. I’ve never experienced such rage. We were waiting to get into the courtroom where Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, would be sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for the sexual abuse of 10 boys. The college president would resign. The athletic director would resign. And the head coach was fired in disgrace. They all knew….Sandusky used his Second Mile Charity for at-risk and underprivileged youth to groom his victims. He did not discriminate. Black, brown and white kids were molested, their economic status creating another layer of vulnerability. Many of these boys were orphaned. They didn’t merely come from broken families; they had no family. Second Mile and “Touchdown Jer”became their family. They say, “We are Penn State.” They call themselves a family …Well, I happen to know something about families like this.



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.