LeBron James

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When former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem of his games, he used his platform to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice. In light of recent events, more and more athletes are stepping up and speaking out for racial equality in the United States.


Stephen Jackson's Personal Connection To Floyd

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson was a good friend of George Floyd, as they grew up in the same neighborhood and played sports together. Jackson has been a vocal advocate for racial equality and putting an end to police brutality, and he is involved in Gianna Floyd's life. Gianna is the daughter of the late Floyd.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Helps Out At Protests

In this clip, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo hands out water to protesters in Milwaukee. According to Essentially Sports, he talked with protestors about wanting to his children to grow up in Milwaukee and feel safe walking down the street.

Russell Westbrook in LA

Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook lead protestors in Compton, California on June 7th. Westbrook is devoted to promoting racial equality and was joined by Spurs forward DeMar DeRozen along with musician and long standing activist Kendrick Lamar. Westbrook spoke to the crowd before calling a moment of silence.

A-Rod Joins Protest

Former MLB shortstop Alex Rodriguez and fianceé Jennifer Lopez were seen in Los Angeles on Sunday at a Black Lives Matter protest. Rodriguez's sign references Lopez's song "Lets Get Loud" but now it is for promoting racial equality.

LeBron James Speaks Out

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has used his immense fame to bring Black Lives Matter campaigns to life. He is very active on social media, posting about injustices in his industry, police brutality, and how communities need to be unified to fight injustice.

Von Miller Protests in Denver

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller showed support at a Black Lives Matter protest in Denver alongside many of his teammates. Miller responded to the issue on Instagram saying:

"If you consider yourself an ally, it is time to have tough conversations with your fellow man because the responsibility of deconstructing bigotry doesn't fall on those burdened by it."

Deontay Wilder Scribes Powerful Poem

Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder posted a powerful poem on social media, touching on the issues of slavery, police brutality, and racial injustices. With ominous thunder and lightning in the background, Wilder says:

"To this day jailed, raped, gunned, how long will it last? As if Malcom X and MLK wasn't a must. As Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin all died from well just being us. Dark like molasses, black like the night, unite we stand together we fight."

All of these athletes have come together in the fight for racial equality and police reform. They are all using their platforms for good and to draw attention to issues and bring about change.

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Ellen DeGeneres issued an apology to the world during her opening monologue for season 18 of her daytime talk show. The comedian had a lot to address concerning the "toxic environment" that former employees had spoken out about. Along with the apology, DeGeneres explained the future of the show and made a big announcement.

DeGeneres first became the center of controversy towards the beginning of quarantine when she hired a new production staff to help her create at-home content while many of her employees remained furloughed. It was around mid-April that crew members spoke out about their frustrations. They went weeks without knowing if they would still receive payments from the show which was still airing content. Communication between crews and the network was little to none.

Following this scuffle, former employees began to come forward online, calling the show a "toxic environment." This was surprising to hear, considering Ellen's motto has always been "be kind."

Soon after, executive producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly, and Ed Glavin all parted ways with the studio, amidst a sexual harassment investigation.

Today, for the first time in months, Ellen returned to the studio to kick off season 18 of The Ellen Show.

In her opening monologue she stated:

"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that every seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power, and with that ,comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show."

As for her character, she had this to say:

"The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad...I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress."

DeGeneres then shifted the spotlight over to show contributor Twitch. In the past, Twitch had served as DJ and a featured voice on the show, along with being Ellen's friend of course. Degeneres announced that Twitch will now be stepping up as her new co-executive producer.

'The Ellen Show' has been on air since 2003 and has just begun its 18th season on NBC.

Watch Ellen's full apology here:

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They're back! Ellen and Kelly and Jimmy...oh my! After Ellen's toxic workplace allegations, Kelly's split from her husband and Jimmy's blackface scandal...these three talkers all took the summer off (as most talk shows do) and laid low. But now they're all back and they have a lot to say...

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