Barack Obama

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The former President is teaming up with the NBA and International Basketball Federation to serve as a strategic partner for the new "Basketball Africa League".


NBA Invests in the Basketball Africa League

Africa is going to be the next hot location for basketball in the world. We have seen the fantastic success of the NBA and EuroLeague for years with many rising stars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Nikola Mirotic, and many other European stars transitioning very successfully into the American league.

We also have seen African stars such as Dikembe Mutombo, Joel Embiid, Serge Ibaka, and countless other players have successful NBA careers for decades now. The formation of a proper Africa League opens up much more opportunity for players and fans from the continent and the new league has taken on many great influencers such as Barack Obama in the past year.

President Obama Becomes a Strategic Partner

Obama has been an outspoken fan of the sport for years and often showed off his skills even while he was President. In a video released by the Africa League, he can be seen reflecting on his early love for the sport, how it has helped him in life, and why the new league will provide so much opportunity for the continent.

"By investing in communities, promoting gender equality, and cultivating the love of the game of basketball, I believe that NBA Africa can make a difference for so many of Africa's young people."

Africa has the highest percentage of youth population in the world and while the NBA, specifically African-born players, have devoted special attention to the continent, the formation of a league is the next huge step in changing the sport.

Obama has been speaking to NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league for years about partnering up with his Obama Foundation in Africa to make this happen and the dream has finally become a reality.

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Get ready Netflix fans! The platform just announced that two of its biggest stars are joining together for their newest movie.

Netflix revealed to TODAY that their latest film project is bringing Joey King, from The Kissing Booth, and Chase Stokes, from Outerbanks, together to play the two lead roles.

The new movie is an adaptation based off of the hit young adult sci-fi series Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Rumors about a film adaptation for the series have been circulating since the first novel's release, so Netflix's announcement comes as quite the pleasant surprise for fans.

Netflix had already teased that King was joining the cast for Uglies, however Stokes' involvement in the production was completely unknown until Tuesday. Along with announcing Stokes as the latest addition to the cast, Brianne Tju, from MTV's Scream, and Keith Powers, from the Freeform drama Famous in Love, will also be joining.

Uglies takes place in a dystopian society where beauty standards are taken to whole new extremes. Instead of getting your driver's permit at 16, teenagers are instead forced to get a complete reconstructive surgery, making them absolutely flawless--but that seems to be the flaw.

King is set to play the main protagonist of the film, Tally Youngblood, who will do literally anything to avoid her surgery. The roles of Stokes, Tju, and Powers still have yet to be released.

Uglies will be directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, also known as McG, and Krista Vernoff is heading the screenplay adaptation. King will be executive producing the film alongside Jamie King, John Fox, and Scott Westerfield himself.

A premiere date for Uglies has yet to be disclosed.

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It's October 21st, so you know what that means. Kim K's birthday has arrived!

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