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Michael Jordan’s Open Letter on Police Respect/Brutality is Too Little, Too Late

July 27th, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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Honestly, if Michael Jordan wasn’t going to say anything remotely revolutionary, then he probably shouldn’t have said anything at all.

It’s not that anything he wrote in his open letter on why he could no longer stay silent about police brutality and the cop killings, was particularly offensive – at least not as offensive as what is currently public discourse in this country on the issues of race and police brutality.

It’s that it’s too late for him to say anything at all, especially something as cautious as this:

“Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

“To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Institute for Community-Police Relations’ policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. My donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s oldest civil rights law organization, will support its ongoing work in support of reforms that will build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.”

Yes, we get it, Jordan: All lives matter. Tell us something we haven’t been hearing for the past couple of years.

And while I would like to color myself surprised, what did anyone expect Jordan to say?

In spite of being a multi-championship winning, legendary basketball player, as well as a successful business man and co-owner of his own NBA team, he is also seen by many within the community as anti-Black and unlikable. It’s a reputation both earned and born out of conspiracy.

The conspiracy part helped to position Jordan as some sort of Black version of a evil tycoon super villain who peddles a product that promoted greed, conspicuous consumption and violence in the Black community. The belief is that people kill for Jordans and the actual Jordan took no responsibility – all while cashing in on millions.

As fictitious as the belief is, it is a theory that is only aided by Jordan’s real-life persona, which many have said was downright rude, competitive and antagonistic to other people of color, who he felt were less respectable than himself.

Or as rapper N.O.R.E once told the RapRadar podcast about a chance meeting with Jordan:

“I seen him shut Redman down at a Def Jam Christmas party,” the Queens native recalls. “We were all sitting there waiting to speak to Michael Jordan. N—-s said, ‘Yo, Redman and Method Man is here.’ [MJ] said, ‘F— rap.’ I seen the n—- say that.”

“That s— hurt me. Def Jam Christmas party, Mariah Carey hosting and s— like that,” he added. “He only spoke to Hov…that’s without a doubt.”

The way Jordan, and his cohorts, wanted us to see him was as a mentor. A hero. A perfect family man. A fine example of what can happen when a kid from a rough neighborhood bootstraps his way to the top. But ironically, it was the real and fanciful images of Jordan were instrumental in the deconstructing of a counter-narrative that Jordan – as well as the media and the NBA – had carefully crafted of the star player over the years.

And the dismantling of his image would ultimately come by the hands of a younger, more socially aware, generation of millennial (and younger), who turned decades of the community’s frustration with the legend into the now-infamous crying face Michael Jordan meme.

Or as noted by Ian Crouch in this article for the New Yorker entitled, “How Air Jordan Became Crying Jordan”

“The further we get from Jordan’s playing days, the easier it is to believe that he was just a marketing mirage. This is partly his doing, even if it’s not his fault. While he almost certainly never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too”—as is often attributed to him to explain why he remained mostly aloof from politics and quiet on social issues—he has always been a meticulous curator of his public image, and a vigilant protector of his right to earn money from his likeness. (There’s even mild concern on the Internet that Jordan, Inc., might soon try to come for Crying Jordan.) It’s ironic, too, that, as the man himself becomes inevitably less cool, the sneaker brand that bears his name has become only more sought-after and fetishized, to the point that “Jordan” and “Jordans” mean very different things. Just last summer, Jordan fell victim to a different Web meme while taking questions from kids at a basketball camp. In a gymnasium packed with young people, a camper popped up and shouted “What are those?” at Jordan, mocking the legend’s new sneakers. The entire place erupted in laughter. Getting owned by a seventeen-year-old: the world must seem like a strange place to Michael Jordan these days.

A new generation of basketball fans knows only this earthly, diminished Jordan, and it seems to have decided that he holds up poorly compared to the man who now claims the title of best player on the planet: Steph Curry. Curry, like Jordan in his day, represents a step forward in the evolution of basketball. And he is the centerpiece of a team that not only wins a lot of basketball games (the most ever this season, surpassing Jordan’s 1995-1996 Bulls) but appears to have a great deal of fun doing so. It’s impossible to imagine Curry punching a teammate in practice, or mocking the lesser players on his team. Curry radiates only joy, which, for now, seems as though it will last forever. Of course, Jordan was young once, too.

“I think eventually people are going to recognize the crying Jordan face more than his actual legacy,” a real twenty-four-year-old person told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. Please, put a Crying Jordan face on that millennial. And then put one on me, and on everyone else.”

As some will note, Jordan has given very generously over the years, and mostly in secret.

But as many others will argue, charity, while helpful, is not the same thing as activism or organizing. The money that he pledged to two organizations aimed at bridging the gap between the police and the Black community in no way competes his physical presence at negotiations with state legislatures to overturn the North Carolina bathroom law.

In an open letter where many were hoping to see Jordan finally take a stand for something, he chose to ride the fence.

And while some might be impressed that a man, known for not saying much about race, finally said something, for others his words and charity are too little and too late.

Michael Jordan “Can No Longer Stay Silent,” Writes Letter On Violence Between Black Community And Police

July 25th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Michael Jordan has long been criticized for his failure to use his voice to speak out on social matters. Just this past Friday the New York Times published an opinion piece on the announcement that Charlotte would no longer be the host of the 2017 NBA All-Star game, saying the opportunity represented, “For Michael Jordan, a Chance to Speak Up (For Once).”

Well the Hornet’s owner did just that today when he published an open letter on the growing violence between police officers and the African American community on The Undefeated and announced a generous donation toward mending relations between the two parties.

His letter reads:

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

“Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

“To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Institute for Community-Police Relations’ policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. My donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s oldest civil rights law organization, will support its ongoing work in support of reforms that will build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.

“We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country – a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.”

A spokesperson for Jordan told The Undefeated that the former pro has had a long-standing commitment to diversity, “But he’s always been very private and personal about many of these things.” Two weeks ago he made the decision to speak publicly on this particular matter but delayed the announcement after learning the 2017 All-Star Game would be relocated because of North Carolina’s highly controversial bathroom bill, so as not to away focus on the LGBT community. Today’s declaration is still right on time, given the shooting of Charles Kinsey last week, right on the heels of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille’s murders. And NBA commissioner Adam Silver praised Jordan’s move in a comment to The Undefeated, saying:

“I applaud Michael Jordan for these donations. His championing of important social issues including fundamental civil and human rights carries enormous impact in communities everywhere.”

Let’s hope these organizations will use this money to truly establish an environment of mutual respect that has never existed between police and people of color in our nation’s history. What do you think?

Michael Jordan Is The Richest Retired Athlete In The World

March 12th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Michael Jordan earned $100 million in 2014  — more than any other current or retired athlete — making him the richest retired athlete in the world, reports Forbes magazine.

Figures analyzed by Forbes show athletes’ salaries have increased in recent years as media companies have made billions broadcasting sporting events that can’t be DVR’d for later. An example of this is shown in the recent NBA and MLB salaries. NBA athletes earn $5 million whereas their baseball counterparts earn $3.8 million.

Because athletes have shorter professional careers, the financially savvy among them will invest their money or create a brand to ensure an ongoing paycheck. Thanks to Nike, Jordan has banked millions with his iconic and trendy sneakers. Jordan as also invested in various basketball teams and works in the NBA’s administration.

The other retired athletes who were among the richest retired athletes for 2014 were soccer athlete David Beckham earning $75 million, golfer Arnold Palmer raking in $42 million and another golfer Jack Nicklaus who accumulated $28 million.

Can You Say ‘Cha-Ching’? 10 People Who Have Recently Hit The Billion-Dollar Mark

June 18th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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We’re not sure what’s been in the water lately, but there seems to be an upsurge in billionaires — and we’d love to have a sip!

A whole cluster of entrepreneurs have added an extra zero to their net worth. Due to a few smart investments and well-played business moves, these people have now moved on up. Must be nice to be among the Gates, Winfreys, and Bloombergs.

Michael Jordan, as you may already know, has been initiated into the Billionaire Boys Club — thanks to his increased stake in the Charlotte Hornets. But who else has moved on up lately? MadameNoire Biz has got the scoop!

The Number Of Billionaires Will Grow By Almost 40 Percent In Less Than A Decade

June 16th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Knight Frank’s annual Wealth Report says the number of the world’s billionaires will rise 38 percent to 2,315 by 2023. The US is expected to have the highest number of billionaires at that time, but India and China will also be adding to the list at a pretty quick clip.

The majority of the world’s billionaires are over age 40, married, male and self-made. A group called Redfin did an analysis to see which billionaires could buy which American cities. Turns out Microsoft’s Bill Gates could buy Boston with his $76.6 billion. Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg could purchase Anaheim, CA with his $31.4 billion. And Mark Zuckerberg could buy St. Paul, MN with his $26.8 billion.

Most recently, we learned that America’s Black Billionaire’s Club just got a little bigger with the addition of former NBA player and current businessman (or “business man”) Michael Jordan. Jordan’s net worth jumped to the billionaire-dollar mark thanks to his stake in Nike’s Jordan brand and his increased ownership in the Charlotte Bobcats, up from 80 percent to 89.5 percent. Jordan is the only African-American majority owner in the NBA. He paid $175 million for the Charlotte Hornets in 2010 and the team is now valued at approximately $600 million.

It seemed like only a matter of time for Jordan to reach billionaire status. “His Jordan brand sneakers are among the most coveted sneakers in the world, fetching high prices and collected avidly by sneaker enthusiasts,” reports Black America Web.

At least now Oprah Winfrey won’t be so lonely in the club. She was the only African-American billionaire. Her net worth is $2.9 billion.

While it’s fine that people can attain vast amounts of wealth, there’s the question of how this will impact the majority of people who won’t even come close. For instance, we wrote about the Koch brothers last week, who use their billions to steer political conversations and elections in their favor. That can have a huge impact on issues like how we handle the student debt crisis when legislation makes its way to Congress. Note: That legislation failed because Republicans, who have staunch support from the Koch brothers and other members of the one percent, didn’t support it. Who is being hit hardest by high levels of student loan debt? Not billionaires.

In addition, there’s what BBC News is calling “ultra high net worth individuals.” So we’ve got a growing number of people who have growing amounts of wealth. Concentrating so much money in just a few hands can have negative consequences if we’re not careful.

Ann Brown contributed to this story.

“I Considered Myself A Racist At The Time” Michael Jordan Talks Growing Up In The South

May 8th, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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From EurWeb 

Basketball legend Michael Jordan shares his struggle growing up with racism in a North Carolina community where the Ku Klux Klan was heavily active in a new book entitled “Michael Jordan: The Life.” During an interview with Sports Illustrated, author Ronald Lazenby said his research revealed how powerful the Klan was at the time.

“As I started looking at newspapers back in this era when I was putting together Dawson Jordan’s [Michael’s great-grandfather] life, the Klan was like a chamber of commerce. It bought the uniforms for ball teams, it put Bibles in all the schools. It may well have ended up being a chamber of commerce if not for all the violence it was perpetrating, too,” Lazenby said. “A lot of the context just wasn’t possible to put it in a basketball book. A lot of it ended up being cut.”

In the book Lazenby chronicles the basketball legend’s rise from his youth to his status as a sports superstar and how both his upbringing and his race played major roles in his life.

Jordan, who believed he was a racist in his youth because he hated all white people, said he began to understand race relations after watching the critically-acclaimed television miniseries “Roots.” He also opened up about being suspended from school in 1977 after a girl called him the n-word.

“I threw a soda at her,” Jordan said in the book. “I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people.”

Lazenby calls Jordan’s tale a “black power story,” exploring the affects racism had on his family’s economic standing and how that ultimately molded him into the man later praised for his incredible athletic ability.

Read more about Micheal Jordan’s book at EurWeb.com 

15 Of The Greatest Basketball Movies Ever Made

April 29th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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The NBA playoff season is heating up with the Miami Heat looking to three-peat while fighting off championship contenders such as the Oklahoma City Thunders, Houston Rockets and the Brooklyn Nets. In honor of this exciting time of year, we take a look at some of our favorite basketball movies.

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He Got Game

Spike Lee and Denzel Washington have collaborated on several films together including his 1997 film He Got Game. Washington played Jake Shuttleworth, a prison inmate and the father of the country’s top high school basketball star who was granted a one-week parole release to convince his son to play for the governor’s alma mater. Real life NBA player Ray Allen made his debut into film as the star player Jesus Shuttleworth but he wasn’t the only hoops star cast in the movie. Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Rick Fox, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Bill Walton also appeared in the film.

Michael And Yvette Jordan Welcome Identical Twin Daughters

February 12th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Back in December we told you that legendary basketball icon Michael Jordan and his new wife, Yvette Prieto-Jordan, were expecting a set of twins. We’re happy to report that the newlyweds are now the proud parents of twin girls. The sports mogul’s spokesperson, Estee Portnoy, tells the The Associated Press that Yvette gave birth on Sunday night in West Palm Beach, Florida. The twins are identical and have been named Victoria and Ysabel/

Michael married the former model this past April after meeting her six years ago. Their star-studded reception was held at a private golf club in Jupiter, Florida. In addition to the newborn twins, Michael fathers three other children—including two sons, Jefferey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter Jasmine— from his previous marriage to Juanita Vanoy. They divorced in 2006.

Mom and babies are said to be doing well.

“Yvette Jordan and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival,” Portnoy said.

Congrats!

Bebe’s Kids: 15 Celebs With Problem Children

January 30th, 2014 - By Rich
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  These stories of celebs with problem children are intense and run a gamut of problems from drug abuse to underage drinking to hit and runs to being caught by the cops with firearms. See if some of your favorite celebs mini-me’s made the list!

Sources: Ranker, TMZ

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Bebe’s Kids: 15 Celebs With Problem Children

Michael Jordan And Wife, Yvette Prieto, Expecting Twins

December 18th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Michael Jordan,50, is about to be a father again. Thankfully this time, he’s pretty sure it’s his!

Last month we told you that the legendary athlete and his wife of eight months, Yvette Prieto were with child. Well, it actually turns out that they’re expecting two! According to TMZ, Yvette, 34, is carrying identical twins. Sources have chosen not to disclose how far along Yvette is into her pregnancy, but they say she’s progressing just fine.

Michael and Yvette dated for five years before tying the knot back in April during a star-studded ceremony in Jupiter, Florida. Aside from the new babies, he has three children, who are all in their 20s. It will be pretty interesting to see him starting over again. You know, warming bottles and changing diapers. But as previously stated by Drenna Armstrong, he’s retired, so he should have plenty of time to devote to his family’s newest additions once they arrive.

In the past, Michael has been involved in his share of paternity drama, with two women coming forward claiming to have small children by him. As it turns out, neither of the children were his.

We wish Michael and Prieto all the best!

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