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Chris Paul to Produce Docuseries on HBCU Struggles with Recruiting HS Basketball Programs

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*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.” 

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.”

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*Supermodel Don Benjamin Talks Tyra Banks, His New Novel “My Truth,” His Faith and Making Babies / The Trend W/ Derrial Christon and Courtney Stewart.
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Deion Sanders Departs NFL Network, Joins Barstool Sports

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*One day after announcing he’s leaving the NFL Network after 14 years, Deion Sanders announced Wednesday that he’s moving on to Barstool Sports. 

“BREAKING NEWS: Primetime. Primetime. Primetime. It’s a new age. Primetime has joined Barstool Sports,” tweeted Barstool, along with a video of Sanders talking about his new gig, TheWrap reports. 

“Now, I have the platform that I can spread what I got to the masses. Oh baby, thank you !” Sanders exclaimed. “Barstool has the young generation of fans I want to help cultivate. I want to mold you. I want to talk to you. I want to speak to you. See, I love to speak my mind and now baby I got the platform to do it year-round. Controversy ain’t never scared me. See, podcasts are the future; I’m so excited about this opportunity, but I’m also excited to continue my relationship with the NFL … in some capacity.”

“What a move by us,” founder Dave Portnoy wrote in a post on the sports website, noting that Barstool Sports “stealing him away from the NFL network.”

“Let me ask you this,” he added. “What NFL pregame show are you gonna watch this year? Me, Big Cat and Primetime from his ranch in Dallas or the suits at the other networks.”

“Deion has been one of the key figures responsible for the growth of the NFL Network,” NFL VP of communications Alex Riethmiller said in a Tuesday statement. “We thank him for his work and wish him the best in the future.”

Sanders will have a podcast, make regular appearances on the Pardon My Take podcast, and also be part of a Sunday pregame show, per MSN.

The NFL Hall of Famer was recently criticized after he slammed NFL players who decided to opt-out of the coming season over concerns regarding COVID-19.

“All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u. This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref, umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

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Leslie David Baker of ‘The Office’ Shares Racist Messages Over ‘Uncle Stan’ Kickstarter

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*We previously reported that Leslie David Baker, who played Stanley on NBC’s “The Office,” launched a Kickstarter campaign for a spinoff centered on his character.

Baker and his business partner, producer Sardar Khan, have since passed their goal of $300,000 to shoot the pilot. They plan to shop it to networks and streaming platforms.

The actor is now sharing some of the racist messages he received in reaction to the campaign.

“For those of you who don’t believe racism is still alive in the world…here’s the proof,” he captioned a Instagram post of screenshots of some of the comments he received, including photos of a lynching. Check out the post below.

MOREREAD : ‘The Office’ Star Leslie David Baker Launches Kickstarter for ‘Uncle Stan’ Spinoff

On the official campaign page for the project, the proposed “Uncle Stan” spinoff will follow Stanley Hudson’s post-retirement. The fundraiser makes no mention of “The Office” or showrunner Greg Daniels or original series creator Ricky Gervais, most likely due to copyright issues, per Complex.

“After enjoying his retirement in Florida, carving wood, enjoying the white sand beaches, and dancing to old disco, Uncle Stan (Leslie David Baker) gets a call from his nephew Lucky in Los Angeles asking for help with his two kids and running his motorcycle/flower shop,” the Kickstarter reads. “With his business failing, his kids growing up without enough attention, and on the brink of losing his patience with the cast of characters he has working in the shop, Lucky is going to need all the help he can get from no-nonsense Uncle Stan.”

The campaign also notes the risks and challenges, stating: Any time a large scale production such as Uncle Stan takes place, there is a chance that challenges might arise. With our team of entertainment professionals that between them have decades of experience in the industry, we will help ensure that we stick to our scheduled production and reward fulfillment schedule.

Check out his Kickstarter here.

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