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Michael Jordan “Can No Longer Stay Silent,” Writes Letter On Violence Between Black Community And Police
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 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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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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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!
First comes love, then comes marriage…and now it looks like Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto are on their way with the baby carriage.
Reps for the Jordans have confirmed to US Weekly that Yvette is pregnant with the couple’s first child. While they didn’t reveal how far along she is, a source leaked a picture to GigiOnThat and she appears to be very far along in her pregnancy.
This will be 34 year Prieto’s first child but the fourth child for 50 year old Jordan. His oldest children are with his ex-wife Juanita Jordan who he divorced back in 2006. In fact, Jordan is starting completely over in the baby department as his youngest child with Juanita is 19 years old. The good thing is that he’s retired so he can be completely hands on now with the feedings and changing of diapers.
Jordan and Prieto have been together for five years and were married in April in a huge ceremony in Jupiter, Florida.
I wonder if his older children are excited about the impending arrival of their new sibling. It has been just the three of them for a very long time.
Congratulations to them and we wish Yvette a safe pregnancy and a healthy bundle of joy!