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ESPN AND JEMELE HILL PART WAYS—IS IT TIME FOR A CAREER BREAKUP FOR YOU TOO?

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No matter what stage or phase you are in your career or at your company, it is always important to know when to sever the ties. Especially when you have experienced challenge after challenge for being who you are unapologetically. And for Jemele Hill, longtime sports analyst for ESPN, that time has come. Hill is known for being a great sports journalist and a great mind. She is also known for being woke and outspoken.

It has been almost a year since Hill called the president a racist.

Ever since that tweet and another encouraging people to boycott Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for his comments about players kneeling and standing during the national anthem, it seems to those of us on the outside that she has been paying the price for speaking truth to power. For black women, navigating the complexities of race and gender in the workplace is an uphill battle. According to the Harvard Business Review, black women find it difficult to find allies and sponsors within the workplace in addition to other issues.

Over the past year, Hill has experienced a couple of internal career changes at ESPN from the ending of her SportsCenter show with Michael Smith to becoming the chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated. In the midst of her transitions, people began to question what was next for Hill.

Similar questions were posed after Colin Kaepernick first took a knee and later couldn’t secure a spot on a 53-man roster for an NFL team. He’s since moved on to philanthropic and community activism.

And yesterday, ESPN announced that Hill has amicably ended her multi-year contract with a buyout and will depart from the company on Sept. 1. The announcement came shortly after the new president of the network, Jimmy Pitaro, told reporters that ESPN will stick to reporting sports news and not politics.

Read more @ Black Enterprise by Lyndia Blanco

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GOATs on GOATs: LeBron and MJ in their own words through the years

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Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Six championships. Count ’em. OK, stop us if you’ve also heard this: LeBron James is the GOAT. The King is simply bigger and stronger, and he has done it longer.

The two never faced off in an NBA game. Jordan played his last game for the Washington Wizards on April 16, 2003 — two months before the Cleveland Cavaliers made James the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. But their paths have been linked for as long as we can remember — and will cross again soon. James is set to serve as a captain for this weekend’s 2019 NBA All-Star Game, being staged in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Jordan serves as the owner of the Hornets. Shortly after, James, now in his 16th season, likely will pass Jordan for fourth on the league’s all-time scoring list. So who is the real GOAT? The debate rages on. On your television. In the comments section. In your Twitter replies.

But it doesn’t matter what we say. Here are Jordan and James, in their own words, talking about each other over the past 17 years.


2001: The first meeting

LeBron James was a young high school star who had yet to make his big impression on the national stage when he first met Michael Jordan, who was preparing for a comeback with the Wizards. James spoke about that first meeting this past December as he prepared to play the Jordan-owned Hornets in Charlotte.

“It was godly. I’ve said that over and over before, but it was like meeting God for the first time. That’s what I felt like as a 16-year-old kid when I met MJ.
— LeBron James
Dec. 15, 2018 (Source: Multiple, pregame media availability)

2002: LeBron hits the scene

Just a year later, James himself was getting compared to deities, being dubbed “The Chosen One” on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” as a junior in high school.

He’s very talented. But he’s young, and there’s a lot of things he doesn’t know.”
— Michael Jordan
Jan. 18, 2002 (Source: Associated Press)

“If you have a chance to talk to him, you listen. More people listen to him than listen to the president of the United States.”
— LeBron James
Nov. 5, 2002 (Source: Newhouse News Services)

Read full feature by Anthony Olivieri HERE

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