Hill confirmed her new gig with The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “Lately, LeBron has talked about gender and wanting to uplift and position black women, in particular. I get the sense that this is all part of that. If you look at the societal ladder, black women remain on the lowest rung. He clearly understands that we are facing a unique battle. It means a lot that he understands the intricacies of that.”
Appreciate the opportunity. Although I don’t have hops, this is quite the alley oop ✊🏾 https://t.co/w37uEBaedr
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 19, 2018
The three-part series will chronicle the changing role of athletes in the current political environment, according to Variety. It was inspired by conservative talking head Laura Ingraham’s jab at James when players from the Golden State Warriors declined an invitation to the White House following the 2018 NBA Finals.
Showtime President and CEO David Nevins made the announcement at the TCA summer press tour.
“If being a star athlete is inherently a political experience, Shut Up and Dribble tells that complex and dramatic story from the past to the present and from the inside out,” Nevins said. “LeBron James is one of many competitors whose place in the spotlight has led not to silence but perspective, and he, Maverick Carter and Gotham Chopra have given us an important, insightful docuseries that should bring their fans and fellow citizens to a higher level of discourse, rather than the dismissal satirized in the title.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.