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LeBron James: NFL Owners Have 'Slave Mentality'

On his TV show "The Shop," James slammed the NFL and commended NBA commissioner Adam Silver for allowing players to express themselves.

Screenshot from HBO's "The Shop"

LeBron James, star of the Los Angeles Lakers, slammed NFL owners on the latest episode of HBO's "The Shop," which aired on Friday night.

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Michael Jordan Makes Multimillion-Dollar Donation to Break Poverty Cycle Through Mentorship

"My mentors believed in me and taught me the power of perseverance," Jordan said.

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NBA legend Michael Jordan believes so much in the power of mentorship that he has made a multimillion-dollar donation to a national nonprofit whose mission is to "break the cycle of generational poverty."

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Black Men Get Candid About Mental Health

Celebrities are seeking out ways to fight the mental health stigma within the Black community.

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Studies show Black men are particularly concerned about the stigma of mental illness, and apprehensive about seeking help.

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, director of the Health Disparities Institute at University of Connecticut Health and associate professor of psychiatry, said that men of color are generally discouraged from seeking any kind of help, including help with mental health issues.

But some brave men in the very public eye, have decided to tackle the issue hoping to change the way the Black community views getting help.

Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants, and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.

NFL player Brandon Marshall, who struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, started a nonprofit Project 375.org to help eradicate stigma, increase awareness and improve training and care for youth. He wrote a powerful essay called "The Stigma," last year, where he was candid with his own battles and some of his coping mechanisms that included meditation and journaling.

The conversations around health are happening in other ways, in interviews, on albums, online and on screen.

Jay-Z has come out in interviews to talk about how the experience of therapy helped him grow as a man, overcoming situations, which he describes in his lyrics.

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On his album "4:44," he released a mini documentary "Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod," where he gathered a group of Black men to talk candidly about therapy, self-care, and mental health awareness.

He also advocated for therapy at younger ages and in schools.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted about his mother's suicide attempt on social media and went on "Oprah's Master Class" on OWN to discuss his own depression and how important it is to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

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Rapper Kid Cudi, in posting about and seeking help for his anxiety struggles back in 2016, inspired users on social media to start the #YouGoodMan hashtag, which became a place for Black men to share knowledge and their stories with support.

Primetime TV shows are breaking the silence in the Black community as well.

Sterling K. Brown star of "This Is Us," Romany Malco Jr. of "A Million Little Things," and Kendrick Sampson and Issa Rae of "Insecure" all struggle on screen with issues and survive.

These actors are tackling conversations around getting help for depression, suicide ideation, panic attacks, and trauma — many issues that plague the Black community based on everyday living experiences.

And talking about it helps.

Marcus and Markeiff Morris, twin brothers and NBA players talked to ESPN about their struggles with depression and trauma from growing up in a violent neighborhood. Marcus Morris, who shared their story, encouraged others, "If you have depression, you should be trying to get rid of it instead of bottling it up and letting it weigh on you and weigh on you and weigh on you."

Markeiff, initially agreed to speak about his illness, but bowed out, possibly a sign that he's not quite ready. There are many men like him.

Hopefully, the more men that come forward to advocate and share, the more others will feel empowered to do the same.

Reader Question: Why do you think Black men struggle to speak openly about their how stress impacts their mental health?

Trump Tries to Belittle LeBron James with Hateful Tweet, Social Media Users Defend the NBA Star and Philanthropist

"What responsible and right-thinking adult can point to Donald Trump as a role model for our youth?" Former CIA Director John O. Brennan said, in a tweet.

The president of the United States has again taken to Twitter to try and demean anyone who disagrees with his policies and practices. This time, his target was NBA superstar LeBron James, who recently addressed Trump's influence on sports.

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Papa John's Driven Out of Professional Sports after Founder's Racist Conference Call Comments

Another university boots the pizza retailer; John Schnatter calls his resignation a "mistake."

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To date, 20 athletic organizations — from collegiate sports to professional sport leagues (MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL) — have cut ties with Papa John's after founder and former CEO John Schnatter's N-word comments on a conference call. The severing included renaming stadiums and discontinuing or suspending promotions and partnerships.

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LeBron James, Once Told to 'Shut Up and Dribble,' Is a Black Athlete Who Stays Woke While Managing His Success

James, in the spotlight for his latest move to the Los Angeles Lakers, doesn't shy away from addressing racial issues in the U.S.

LeBron James trended on social media on Sunday for signing a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time. Since his six-year contract with the Miami Heat in 2010, it's the longest deal he's signed, according to ESPN.

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NBA Player Sues Milwaukee for Wrongful Arrest, Officer Mocks Him on Facebook

The "imbalance in violence against African Americans by police officers is particularly rampant in the State of Wisconsin," Sterling Brown's lawsuit states.

From body cam video of arrest.

NBA Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee and multiple local police officers after they used a stun gun on him for a parking violation, and for an officer's inappropriate memes on social media regarding the incident.

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Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) celebrates with Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. / REUTERS

President Donald Trump refused to invite the Golden State Warriors to a customary White House visit for NBA champions. So, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee invited the players and their families to the Capitol instead.

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Why They Take a Knee — Parking Violation Results in Savage, Racist Cop Behavior: Video

"My experience in January with the Milwaukee Police Department was wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody," said NBA player Sterling Brown.

Milwaukee's school-to-prison pipeline for Black students is notoriously awful. In Milwaukee County, more than half of Black men in their thirties have served time in prison. The racism and racial profiling that perpetually exists in the city is again in the national spotlight as police used excessive force on a Black NBA player.

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Golden State Warriors' Trip to African American Museum Outshines Trump's Refusal for White House Visit

"We have decided that we'll constructively use our trip to the nation's capital to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion," the Warriors said in a statement.

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President Donald Trump denying the Golden State Warriors a visit to the White House actually provided an opportunity "to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion," the Warriors said.

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Trump Encourages Racists, Says Celtics' Jaylen Brown

Donald Trump "has made it a lot more acceptable for racists to speak their minds," the 21-year-old NBA forward said.

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown opened up about his experience with racism growing up in Marietta, Ga., and how he thinks President Donald Trump emboldens racists.

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