Drake Discusses Surprise Pregnancy, Embracing Fatherhood and More With LeBron James

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Friday night on HBO, Drake was a guest on LeBron James’ The Shop. This was the first time we heard Drake speak candidly about his relationship with his child, his child’s mother, Kanye West and the infamous beef with Pusha T.

Kanye approached Drake about being a “mentor” to him, a Quincy Jones producer/ mentor much like Quincy was to Michael Jackson. Kanye told Drake that he needed to “open up” to him, Drake told him about his son.

Drake said he was not mad about Pusha T mentioning his son or mentioning that he was a “deadbeat dad,” that’s all part of hip hop beefs. He did have a huge problem with Pusha talking about his producer/friend “40” and his medical condition, MS. Drake said there are rules to rap beefs, you don’t attack defenseless people.

He said he did write a very cruel response that he never put out. He said he contacted LeBron James to ask him if he would think less of him if he didn’t respond to Pusha.

He also mentioned wanting to have a baby with Rihanna!

Drake & LeBron James Discuss Retirement in ‘The Shop’ Preview

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This Friday, October 12th the HBO series , The Shop returns with Drake.

The topic of barbershop discussion is knowing when to retire.

Drake says that his biggest concern is, how to exit gracefully. I’ve watched people overstay their welcome.

LeBron says that it is important to have the right people around you who will help you make that decision.

15 NBA Players Who Took Their Hardwood Talents To The Booth

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The saying goes, rappers want to ball, athletes want to rap, but unfortunately the abilities from the hardwood didn’t carry over to the booth for many of those that tried.

Take a look at 15 current and former NBA superstars that tried to take their talents to the studio.

Lebron James – F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit

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Lebron tries to get his Hov on in his only freestyle video released. This isn’t as bad as some of the others, but still probably should have kept this for his own ears. He probably won’t be crowned King of the microphone anytime soon.

 

Kobe Bryant Ft. Tyra Banks – K.O.B.E

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Kobe was really feeling himself with this record, appropriately titled K.O.B.E. But again who wouldn’t? He took Brandy to his senior prom, and a few weeks later was the future of the Lakers, so we get it, but again, this would of been better to keep on his and Tyra Banks iPod.

 

Shaquille O’Neal – I Got Skillz

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Believe it or not, this song was a big hit on the Billboard charts at the time, and the album ended up going platinum, yes a million copies were sold. You know how many artists never accomplish that? Shaq really took advantage of his bigger than life character and cashed in. But believe it or not Shaq definitely has some flow compared to a lot of the other athletes.

 

Kevin Durant – Worried About Tomorrow

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Kevin Durant seems to just rap as a hobby, and isn’t terrible. But it seems that he hops on tracks with his artist that he signed, to help give the song some more shine being he’s KD. Can’t get mad at that.

 

Ron Artest a.k.a Metta WorldPeace – Champions

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Metta WorldPeace, aka Ron Artest, always had hip-hop in his blood since he grew up in NYC in its height of hip-hop dominance. And after winning his first championship with the Lakers, he let the world know through his song that he is the Champion!

 

Stephen Jackson – America Da Beautiful ft. Scarface

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Stephen Jackson retired from the hardwood and now lives in the booth. Unlike a lot of the one hitter rapper/ballers, he does it full time for a living now and goes by Stak5 and has collaborated with some big emcees from the south, including the track below with Scarface. His bars and concept behind this song are as real as it gets, but still needs to work on that voice complexion. He even called out his former owner Donald Sterling, for obvious reasons.

 

Steve Francis – Finer Things

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Steve Francis was once a NBA star, then just disappeared from the league. Last we heard from Stevie Franchise, he was Drunk In Love at the club, and getting his chain snatched on stage in Houston. He sure seems to know how to get caught up in the “hip-hop drama”, just not so much on actually making quality hip-hop music.

 

Lou Williams ft. Meek Mill – I Want It All

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6th man like Lou Will. After being name dropped heavy on Drake’s new song 6th Man, (and actually won 6th man of the year in the NBA in 2015). Lou has already been a “veteran” in this rap game. While playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, Lou Williams linked up with Philly’s own Meek Mill for a few collabs.

 

Tony Parker ft. Fabolous – Top Of The Game

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I bet a lot of you had no idea about this, because we didn’t. Back in the mid 2000’s Tony Parker took a try in the hip-hop game. His biggest song we could find featured Fabolous, but since TP rapped in French, we can’t tell you if the lyrics were any good, but those clothes, bring back some throwback memories!

 

Allen Iverson – 40 Barz

 

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A.I. was the king of the NBA at the time he released his rap debut. He kept it all the way streets unlike some other athletes, and to hip-hop fans, the content was nothing new, but to many media members it totally caught them off guard, and created quite the controversy in the media.

 

Iman Shumpert – The Offs

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Iman Shumpert is the reason for this whole post. He does have a few other songs out, and the concept behind a playoff anthem for his team is there. Kind of has a 3-stacks type of feel, in a way.

 

Chris Webber ft. Kurupt – Gangsta, Gangsta

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Chris Webber has been a major name in basketball since his freshman year at Michigan. His hip-hop career never really equated to that. Should of called a timeout before the beat dropped.

 

Joe Smith aka Joe Beast – The Beginning

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Remember Joe Smith, the once first overall pick? Well he is now a full time rapper named Joe Beast. Enough said.

 

Cedric Ceballos Ft Warren G – Flow On

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Cedric Ceballos, remember that name? Well back in the day he linked up with West Coast legend Warren G and made himself his own West Coast record.

 

Delonte West – KFC Freestyle

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Delonte West and his cousin got their freestyle on for 5 minutes while waited for some chicken at KFC drive through. This by far, takes the cake with ballers thinking their rappers. “He got that KFC hookup.”

LOL: Sisqo Remakes The ‘Thong Song’ In Support Of LeBron James

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It’s been 18 years since Sisqo‘s hit “Thong Song” dominated the airwaves — but the singer recently revamped his classic track all for LeBron James.

TMZ reports that the singer was approached by Colin Cowherd from FS1’s “The Herd” about remaking his 2000 classic in support of LBJ for MVP. Sisqo obliged at first, it turned out to be just the parody they were aiming for. The campaign anthem, also known as the “LeBron Song” throws shade at James Harden, Russell Westbrook and some other NBA stars while praising King James.The video shows Sisqo in the studio before it cuts to roast Harden for his turnovers and bad defense, Westbrook for being inconsistent and many more of the league’s top players.

Instead of the original line, “Let me see that thong,” Sisqo swapped it out with “It’s so wrong if you don’t give it to LeBron.”

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Check out the hilarious video for yourself.

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WATCH: New Jersey Man Ends Fight Between Black Teens, Praised By LeBron James

A New Jersey man who broke up a vicious fight between two African-American teens got praise from LeBron James and other athletes, reports the New York Daily News.

From New York Daily News:

When a fight broke out near the Atlantic City, N.J. Convention Center, an onlooker came over and ended the vicious and undated affair, using only words.

…As seen in a video posted by YouTuber Poodieville (another posted by Facebooker Marmar Duval has been shared 523,000 times), the mediator chastises the onlookers, who are gathered to watch and record the fight on their cellphones.

When the video later went viral, pro athletes like LeBron James, Torrey Smith and Jerry Hairston, Jr. praised the dedicated man who broke everything up.

In related news, James issued a warning to LaVar Ball — the father of UCLA freshman and college basketball rising star Lonzo Ball — to stop talking about his kids after Ball said that James’ son would have a hard time living up to their father’s legacy on FS1’s “In the Zone with Chris Broussard” podcast, reports ESPN.

SOURCE: New York Daily NewsESPN

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LeBron James Claps Back At ‘Hater’ Charles Barkley In Shocking Rant

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After losing to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, LeBron James set the record straight with ESPN on Monday night. In a rant heard ’round the world, James called Charles Barkley out after he recently questioned the star Cavs player’s leadership.

“He’s a hater,” James told ESPN. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” he added. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.”

“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that,” he continued.

Then he spoke about Barkley’s behavior on the court: “Go watch the ’93 Finals when John Paxson hit the shot,” James said. “Barkley and Jordan were laughing and joking with each other during one of the games while somebody’s shooting a free throw. In the Finals. But, oh, nobody were friends back then.”

Someone’s tired of taking the high road – and we can’t say we blame him. Read the rest of his interview here.

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Phil Jackson Reacts To Backlash He Received From His “Posse” Comment About LeBron James

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Phil Jackson has been called out by a few celebs after his comments last month on LeBron James and his “posse.”

The  New York Knicks President’s insensitive remarks were so offensive to James that even Jay Z called him out. On Thursday, Jackson finally addressed the backlash he received over his statements saying, “That’s a topic I’m not going to discuss because, one, we’re not supposed to discuss other teams’ players in this position that I have here. So I violated one of the tenets of our thing. And the obvious thing is, the word itself carries connotation. And I just don’t understand that part of it, the word. So I guess word choice could be something I could regret. But yeah, talking about other teams’ players, that’s out of the box.”

Sources added that Jackson was “saddened” by how his comments were received and that he feels misunderstood because he was in no way trying to offend LeBron or his business team. Although he is remorseful and aware that his comments were racially charged and offensive, Jackson reportedly does not feel his comments warranted such criticism.

A wise person once said, when you hurt or offend someone, you’re not allowed to tell them how to feel (cc: Phil Jackson).

Source: Complex 

Jay Z Speaks Out On LeBron James And Phil Jackson’s Beef

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When Hov speaks, the whole world has to hear him out.

On Monday night, the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, honoring the best in sports, such as Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps and NBA icon LeBron James.

Jay Z was in attendance to introduce his boy Lebron, and during his speech, he took shots at Knicks President Phil Jackson for his “posse” comments about the Cleveland Cavaliers star in which he pretty much called James a spoiled brat and referenced his business partners as a “posse.” Hov joked, “We know where we come from. We do understand where we come from, and the only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity. LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity. And as we witness their development, and if we’re looking up at the scoreboard, very few businessmen are better than Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Randy Mims, and all the rest of the posse behind the scenes that make it look like they’re just hanging out.”

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Who knew that Hova was a shade thrower. Check out his full speech in the video above.

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LeBron James And Other Cleveland Cavaliers Players Refuse To Stay At Trump Hotels

The negative effects of Donald Trump’s presidency continue to pour in, with many civilians and celebrities alike doing what they can to show their disapproval of the new president-elect. LeBron James is the latest celebrity to make his stance on Donald Trump known and it involves a boycott of any of his Trump-branded hotels.

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Basketball superstar LeBron James and several of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates are refusing to stay at any Trump-branded hotels while traveling on the road. When the Cavaliers face the New York Knicks, a select group of players led by James have opted not to stay at Trump hotel in Manhattan. This adds to the growing list of NBA teams and players who have refused to stay at any hotel branding the Trump name. ESPN has further details about this latest development and more.

Via ESPN:

A group of Cleveland Cavaliers players have been excused from staying at the team’s planned accommodations, the Trump SoHo hotel in lower Manhattan, when the defending champions visit New York City this week to play the New York Knicks, multiple team sources told ESPN.com.

Other members of the team’s traveling party will stay at the 46-story luxury building opened in 2010 and branded through a licensing agreement with President-elect Donald Trump, as the Cavs have a contract with the establishment.

LeBron James is included in the faction of players who will not be staying at the Trump SoHo, according to multiple sources. James publicly endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton about a month before Clinton lost the election. ESPN.com previously reported that at least three other teams will cease their business relationships with Trump-branded hotels this season.

This is likely the first in a long string of protests/boycotts from many Americans as they grapple with the reality of Donald Trump’s presidency. LeBron James is a very high-profile figure in the world of sports and it should be interesting to see how many other NBA players (if any) will choose to follow his lead in boycotting Trump.

 

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Muhammad Ali Exhibit Receives $2.5 Million Donation From LeBron James

It’s always nice when celebrities make headlines for genuinely doing something positive and uplifting. Basketball superstar LeBron James is not only using his celebrity, but also his wealth, in a very inspiring way. The National Museum of African American History has a wonderful Muhammad Ali exhibit on display, however LeBron decided to make it even better courtesy of his multimillion dollar donation.

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The newly opened National Museum of African American History has become the hottest place to visit in such a short period of time, with rave reviews coming from practically everyone who’s visited. The Muhammad Ali exhibit at the museum is one of the standouts and LeBron James was so moved by not only the exhibit itself, but what Ali means to the sports world as a whole, that he decided to generously donate a whopping $2.5 million to the exhibit. The Huffington Post has further details about the surprise donation, as well as James’ words on why he decided to do it.

Via Huffington Post:

LeBron James is donating $2.5 million to support a Muhammad Ali exhibit at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C., the basketball star and the museum announced on Thursday. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward said he was a longtime fan of Ali, one of the most beloved sports figures in history, who died on June 3 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s syndrome. “Every professional athlete, regardless of race and gender, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Muhammad Ali,” James said in a statement. “His legacy deserves to be studied and revered by every generation.”

The “Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change” exhibit features items from the late boxer, including a training robe worn at Dundee’s Fifth Street Gym in Miami. While the exhibit details Ali’s sports journey, it also highlights his community activism, spirituality and politics.

“We are extremely grateful to LeBron James,” said Damion Thomas, curator of the museum’s Sports Gallery. “As the most socially active superstar in sports today, LeBron James is a testament to the influence of Muhammad Ali (who) embodied the racial and social tumult of his times, blurring lines between politics and sports, activism and entertainment.”

In addition to the donation supporting the Ali exhibit, the funds will also be used for the museum itself. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, please put it on your list as soon as possible. The museum boasts 36,000 items and artifacts that trace the journey of African Americans dating back to the 1800s.

 

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LeBron James Makes Huge Gesture In Honor Of The Late Muhammad Ali

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The new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened back in September. Located in Washington, D.C., the NBA’s most prestigious have been jumping at the chance to donate to the museum, LeBron James included.

According to USA Today, the baller will donate $2.5 million to an exhibit honoring the late Muhammad Ali.

“Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor,” James told USA TODAY Sports in an exclusive interview about the exhibit.

“I think of him every day. Without his passion and goals and morals, I don’t know if I’d be sitting here today talking to you about it,” he continued.

James will make the donation through his foundation, alongside his business partner Maverick Carter. The exhibit is titled “Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change.”

USA Today reports: “They join the list of founding donors to the museum that includes two NBA Hall of Famers. Michael Jordan donated $5 million. Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie donated at least $1 million.”

Click here to read more about James’ ongoing philanthropy. Long live the king!

SOURCE: USA Today

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Jay Z Set To Headline Hillary Clinton Ohio Concert To Mobilize Black Voters

Hillary Clinton’s rocking the vote in a major way. The Democratic nominee’s campaign tapped mega rap superstar Jay Z to hold a get out the vote concert in Ohio right before the election, sources from Clinton’s campaign told BuzzFeed on Monday.

The concert will take place in Cleveland, but a date has yet to be confirmed, the outlet reports.

Jay Z’s appearance is a strategic move to mobilize young Black voters in the Buckeye state before November 8. Clinton struggles to take a definitive lead over opponent Donald Trump in Ohio, a key swing state. But, a large turnout of Black voters could turn the tide for the Clinton campaign.

Clinton’s campaign took a few notes from President Barack Obama’s election playbook when Jay Z and Bruce Springsteen performed in support of Obama at a November 2012 concert in Columbus.

Superstar couple Jay Z and Beyoncé haven’t been shy about their political affiliations. Both backed President Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections. During Labor Day Weekend, the couple was seen chatting with President Bill Clinton at the Made In America Festival, a yearly concert curated by Jay Z and sponsored by Budweiser.

According to Rolling Stone, LeBron James may also make an appearance at the event. James publicly endorsed Clinton in a Business Insider op-ed released in early October.

SOURCE: BuzzFeed, Rolling StoneBusiness Insider | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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LeBron James Sparks Controversy With ‘All Lives Matter’ Comment

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LeBron James supports Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to take a knee during the national anthem, but reveals, he will not be joining him.

The NBA star opened up about current racial tensions during the Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day, sparking social media backlash.

“I think you guys know when I’m passionate about something I’ll speak up on it, so me standing for the national anthem is something I will do, that’s who I am, that’s what I believe in,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect and don’t agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing. You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion and he’s doing it in the most peaceful way I’ve ever seen someone do something.”

James touched on the shooting deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott.

“None of us have the answer,” he said. “But the more times we can talk about it, the more times we can conversate about it. Because I’m not up here saying all police are bad because they’re not. I’m not up here saying that all kids are great and all adults are great, because they’re not.”

He added, “But at the same time, all lives do matter. It’s not black or white, it’s not that. It’s everyone, so, it’s just tough being a parent right now when you have a pre-teen.”

In other words, LeBron isn’t jeopardizing his endorsement checks.

James, who has three children, including two young boys, says the cop killings are “scary.”

“You see these videos that continue to come out, it’s a scary-ass situation that if my son calls me and said if he got pulled over, that I’m not that confident that things are gonna go well and my son is going to return home,” he said. “My son just started the sixth grade.”

It didn’t take long for Twitter to respond with backlash:

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While some criticized James’ for his comments, other fans defended him:

https://twitter.com/shomithe_/status/780482682191015936

How do you feel about LeBron’s comments?

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Lebron James has the gift giving skills on lock.

The NBA champion surprised his wife Savannah with a new, flashy car for her birthday. The all white Lamborghini was topped off with a big red bow during a sweet surprise in front of the couple’s closest family and friends. Isn’t he the sweetest?!

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Former record producer and manager Lou Pearlman has reportedly passed away in prison.

Pearlman was responsible for finding and launching two of the biggest boy bands in history, Backstreet Boys and N*Sync. Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence for swindling nearly 2,000 people out of a half a million dollars.

May he rest in peace.

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Spiderman:Homecoming director James Gunn is receiving a lot of backlash after rumors started circulating that Zendaya will be portraying Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming film.

Many are outraged that Zendaya, an African-American woman, will be playing a character that has been portrayed by white women in the previous films. Gunn addressed the criticism in a lengthy Facebook post.  “People get upset when something they consider intrinsic to a comic book character changes when adapted for a film. I get this… That said, I do not believe a character is the color of his or her skin.”

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DMX took a tumble, but like the real New Yorker that he is, he quickly got up and went on to rock the show.

The Yonkers rapper was recently performing at a show in Rochester, NY, when he fell on the stage. DMX was performing “How’s It Going Down” while walking back and forth prior to falling. Check out the clip above.

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LeBron James On How It Really Feels To Win A Title For Cleveland, His Charity, & More

After winning Cleveland’s first major league title in over 50 years, we’ve seen LeBron James‘ poignant speech at the ESPYs and his hilarious Instagram stories while on vacation. But in his first on-camera interview since winning the 2016 NBA finals, James opens up on Good Morning America about winning his latest rings, resigning with the Cavaliers, and his charity.

On ending the city’s sports drought, James, 31, says, “To be able to end our drought, to be able to uplift so many people… it was awesome.”

Recently, he just became the highest-paid player in the NBA, after inking a three-year $100 million deal,  but he’s just happy to be staying in his hometown.

It feels so good to be back with my hometown team and just commit for another three years on continuing to build excellence on the court and off the floor. It’s a good time for my family, a good time for Cavaliers fans, and everyone else that’s a part of it,” the father of three says.

Despite his success and wealth, James is still fighting to help others in Cleveland get the chance they deserve. Through his The LeBron James Foundation, he works to give back and recently started a partnership between his charity and the University of Akron to provide scholarships to kids from his program that graduate high school.


The champion understands just how important it is to invest in our youth.

What my foundation has been able to do has been unbelievable,” James tells host Robin Roberts. “Just to hit home, into our inner city, make sure our kids understand how important they are to us long-term, because they’re our future. I don’t have all the answers. I know that. But what I do know is going back into our communities — it starts there.

SOURCE: Twitter | IMAGE CREDIT: Getty

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Dwyane Wade Takes On The #SoGoneChallenge & Twitter Rips Him

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Dwyane Wade is the latest star to try his hand at the #SoGoneChallenge, but his bars may not be as great as his skills on the court.

The NBA player rapped over Monica‘s classic track and kept his rhymes light and easy, but that didn’t resonate with some of his followers.

A few Twitter trolls tweeted him:

Despite some negative feedback, it’s all fun and games for D. Wade. The Chicago Bulls member even challenged fellow players like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to show off their own freestyles.

To see how it’s done, watch Monica and Missy Elliott kill their own song. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter, Instagram

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