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7 Celebrities Who Fearlessly Support Black Lives Matter

The week of July 3, 2016 may go on to be looked at as a turning point in the history of the Black Lives Matter movement. With the death of Alton Sterling, immediately followed by the death of Philando Castile, immediately followed by the shooting of nearly a dozen Dallas police officers, it’s sure to be a time period we remember for quite a while.

Not One…Not Two…: LeBron James’ Message to Single Mothers

Last week, Beyonce garnered many of the headlines about this year’s The Shriver Report, an annual study about the state of women and girls in society today. Queen Bey’s brief essay both further solidified her position as a feminist and gave bloggers and pundits yet another opportunity to consider the merits of her feminism. Yet, there was a more compelling essay written by an equally famous person that I think should have gotten a little more press. On the surface, the essay that basketball superstar LeBron James contributed to The Shriver Report is an incredibly moving tribute to his mother, Gloria James, and less importantly, a lesson on how a strategically placed exclamation point can do all things. In his piece, James chronicles his mother’s struggle to provide for him: 

Will a Win for LeBron Tonight Rehab His Image?

If they win tonight, the Miami Heat will hoist its second championship banner, and LeBron James will finally have his first championship.

Of course, the self-appointed King James has long been the source of fan vitriol and ridicule–for his hubristic and dramatic televised “Decision” to announce that he was breaking the hearts of Cleveland sports fans, and his inability to show up in the most important moments during games.

The Problem with LeBron James

Contrary to popular belief I don’t dislike LeBron James. I almost feel sorry for him. He has been commodified since he was about 16 years old. I was a sophomore in high school the first time I saw him on television. And then he was on the covers of magazines. All before he even arrived on stage at the NBA draft.

The King Wants Rings Redux

The other day, I was talking to my so-not-a-sports fan friend, rrrr about the LeBron James situation.  I mentioned how people took real issue with the slavery as analogy aspect of the whole debate.  I know I said something about the plantation model in my previous post about LBJ, but I wanted to return to it here.

One thing I failed to mention in my LeBron James/plantation model discussion was his financial impact on Miami. I just read something about a restaurant in Miami offering a Lebron Burger,  and a spa offering “The LeBroyal Treatment.”  Thinking about this in conjunction with the how financially hurt Cleveland will be with James’ departure reminds me that the economic viability of these small institutions is directly affected by and reliant upon LeBron James’ body, his literal presence in the city. If LeBron doesn’t succeed in Miami, if he doesn’t play–and play well– or if he leaves, then not simply the Heat, but these other businesses are in some trouble.

Plantations, Power and Professional Athletes

There is so much wrong with this entire LeBron James fiasco it would take a year to flesh it all out, by which time LeBron may have his first ring (courtesy of Dwyane Wade and the backup dancers down in South Beach). Reactions have been varied, as expected. This decision will affect the NBA game and business. The most interesting conversation to come from this ordeal surrounds Jesse Jackson’s comments which allude to the Plantation Model in sports. All I can say to this is amen.