*NBA veteran Chris Paul is set to take inquiring minds inside the challenges that historically Black colleges and universities face when recruiting for their basketball programs.
According to Deadline, the series will follow “schools over the course of the 2020-21 season as programs try to compete with bigger schools for top prospects” the outlet writes.
“There was an HBCU right in my back yard,” Paul told the publication. “For some reason, I just didn’t really think of it. Today, kids’ mindsets have changed. We hope that this show will keep that conversation going.”
While Paul didn’t attend a historically Black college himself, he has paid it forward to various HBCU programs, including a $25,000 donation to Winston-Salem State, per The Athletic.
“Everybody in my family went to HBCUs except for me,” he said at All-Star weekend. “So I understand the importance of them. They don’t always get the same funding that a lot of other schools get, so I’m trying to bring a lot of that knowledge to the forefront because it’s education.”
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Paul believes the ongoing protests against racial injustice could have a positive impact on HBCUs.
“With the current racial awakening in our country prompting young athletes to look at where they play, he said. “It’s now more important than ever to shine a light on HBCUs and showcase their value in sports and society.”
Meanwhile, Paul told ESPN’s Marc Spears that the Players Association is working with the league to allow political, social or charitable messages on jerseys.
Instead of a player’s last name, the back of his jersey could feature the name of Black Americans killed by police, such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor or phrases like “Black Lives Matter” or “I Can’t Breathe.”
“People are saying that social justice will be off of everybody’s mind in Orlando,” Paul told Spears. “With these jerseys, it doesn’t go away.”
Paul said players will be forced to participate.
“The guys I talked to were definitely excited,” Paul told Spears. “The reason I’m passionate and excited about it is that it gives a voice to the voiceless.”
— Oklahoma City Thunder (@updates_okc) June 30, 2020
In related news, the NBA season is set to resume July 30 at Disney World. The Thunder will open play Aug. 1 against the Jazz for the first of its eight “seeding games,” per The Oklahoman.
“A shared goal of our season restart will be to use our platform in Orlando to bring attention to these important issues of social justice,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday.
“We look forward to engaging in ongoing conversations with the players and their association about our joint league wide initiative and thank Michele (Roberts), Chris and the other players for their leadership toward creating meaningful, long-term change.”
Babysitter in ‘Borat 2’ Feels ‘Betrayed’ After Being Tricked to Appear in Sequel, Launches GoFundMe
*A professional babysitter who makes an appearance in “Borat 2” claims she was tricked into participating in the film and now she feels betrayed.
Jeanise Jones, 62, was recruited for the comedy to babysit Tutar (Maria Bakalova), the 15-year-old daughter of Borat (played by Sacha Baron Cohen).
She is tasked with teaching Tutar about modern women of the world, and that females are not born to be uneducated servants and slaves (how ironic a Black woman was hired for this lesson). Jones also encourages Tutar not to undergo plastic surgery purely at her father’s behest.
Jones thought she was signing up to appear in a film about women’s rights. She had no idea Baron Cohen was a world-famous comedian when she was asked to participate in the mockumentary. She also believed Tutar was on her way to being sold into the sex trade.
I employ a babysitter in US&A, but since I did not have a baby for her to sit on, instead she take care of my daughter pic.twitter.com/LMmP9jazuc
— Borat (@BoratSagdiyev) October 24, 2020
“I’m feeling like she’s from the Third World and that kind of stuff does happen where they sell women,” Jones told Page Six. “I’m thinking this is for real so I felt kind of betrayed by it.”
She continued: “They told me it was a documentary for this young lady to understand she has rights and she can do whatever a man can do. I felt pain for her and tried [to see] if there’s any way we can get through to her that she doesn’t need to do all that.”
Jones was found by the Borat 2 production team through the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City in which she volunteers, and was paid $3,600 to participate.
She now claims to be out of work due to the COVID pandemic and her pastor has launched a GoFundMe campaign.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Jones said that she did not “know this was a satirical comedy movie and that I was being ‘setup.'” In an interview with the New York Post, Jones said she felt “betrayed.”
Javicia Leslie: First Look at Actress in Redesigned ‘Batwoman’ Suit
*The CW has served up the first full look at Javicia Leslie as the new Batwoman in the brand new, redesigned bat suit.
During DC FanDome in September, Leslie toucned on the new features for the character Ryan Wilder, saying that she wanted to celebrate her natural hair and curves.
“Ryan’s journey starts from a place of ‘What can this Batsuit do for me?’ But it’s not long before she realizes the power of its symbol and what it can do for everyone else in Gotham City,” said executive producer Caroline Dries of Batwoman’s new look. “As Ryan embraces everything that makes her special, she adjusts the suit to fit her physically and figuratively. This meant creating a new body design and new cowl that was undeniably a statement that screamed ‘powerful,’” she explaind.
“Maya Mani sent me her drawings and I loved it. The wig was something we never perfected in season one, and Janice Workman crushed it with this new take. Javicia and I saw various prototypes of styles and red ombres, and at one point we were trading our own iPad-doodled versions. Janice translated that into what we are looking at now. When I see it, I smile. It makes me feel inspired.”
— Batwoman (@CWBatwoman) October 26, 2020
Leslie added, “I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment! It was an honor to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”
“I was asked by Caroline Dries to design a Batsuit that was unique to the character of Ryan Wilder; as she is a highly skilled fighter, encapsulating her raw, athletic, and passionate nature was imperative,” said Mani. “As Batwoman, Javicia Leslie not only brings a fresh perspective, but physical strength to the role. It was important for the new suit to define Javicia’s commanding presence while showcasing her athleticism and allowing her the freedom to express the physical nature of Batwoman, all while looking ultra-cool in the process!”
Leslise is picking up where actress Ruby Rose left off when she exited the show after season one.
“When I read the character description, it was definitely me. I love the idea that it’s goofy meets bada** meets a person who doesn’t like to be told what to do. A person who does not like to follow the rules. I loved the fact that Ryan was just who I am, just a hot mess!” Leslie joked during DC FanDome last month.
Jaden Michael Set to Play Colin Kaepernick in Netflix’s ‘Colin in Black & White’
*Netflix has announced that Jaden Michael will star as a young Colin Kaepernick during his formative high school years in “Colin in Black & White”
Michael’s past credits include Todd Haynes’ drama Wonderstruck, Baz Lurhmann’s critically acclaimed, The Get Down, and the indie feature, Custody alongside Viola Davis and Ellen Burstyn. Most recently, Michael starred in the lead role in Lorne Michaels’ comedy, Vampires vs. The Bronx.
“Colin in Black & White” is a limited series created by Colin Kaepernick and Academy Award® Nominee and Emmy Award® Winner Ava DuVernay. Emmy Award® Nominee Michael Starrbury writes and serves as executive producer, alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick who will appear as himself as narrator of the series.
Via a statement, Netflix says the six-episode series will “provide an introspective look at Kaepernick’s adolescent years as a Black teen growing up with a white adopted family.”
The streaming giant also said: “It will follow his journey to become a great quarterback while defining his identity and lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today.”
Kaepernick drew national attention beyond the realm of professional football when he began kneeling during the national anthem ahead of NFL games in protest of racial injustice in America in 2016.
Since then, as TheWrap notes, Kaepernick has seen some crossover success in Hollywood, recently inking a first-look deal with Disney for scripted and unscripted projects including a docuseries about his career and activism.
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