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Former NBA star Charles Barkley is putting his wallet to action in his home state by donating $1 million dollars to African-American women business owners.

During a Thursday segment on TNT’s “Inside The NBA,” Barkley announced his pledge as a tribute to Black women who came out in significant numbers to secure the win for Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s special senatorial election on Tuesday.

“I’m proud of my people in Alabama, they really stood up this weekend. Alabama, that’s my home. I am pledging $1 million dollars to Black women in Alabama to start I.T. startups,” he said. “Black women really came out and supported Doug Jones.”

Barkley also couldn’t help but slide in a backhanded joke as he continued. “That does not mean hair salons and restaurants. We’re going to do’ I.T.’ and that don’t mean ‘it,’” Barkley said.

In the past the former NBA all-star has had trouble vocalizing his stance in the Black community sometimes playing into respectability politics, especially when it comes to the national conversation regarding law enforcement and communities of color.

But during a CNN interview on Tuesday, Barkley changed his tone by calling out the democratic party and its reliance on Black voters.

“I’m so proud of my state. I love my state. We got some amazing people here. Yeah, we got a bunch of rednecks and a bunch of ignorant people, but we got some amazing people here and they rose up today,” he said. “It’s time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor,” he continued.

SOURCE: The Hill


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19 thoughts on “Charles Barkley Pledges $1 Million To Alabama Black Women For Tech Startups

  1. What’s the problem ? all he said was ” we have ENOUGH weave shops and restaurants in the hood”. i agree..we are better than that ,,he’s trying to support young business owners that want to create something for the future…I don’t see a problem because it’s HIS money..NOT the government…

  2. specialt757 on said:

    I almost got excited when I read the headlines, I thought yes! He’s on the right track, there’s hope for him yet. But oh no, he’s just Charles big head Barkley being the same ignorant mofo as he’s always been.

  3. Barkley is being SELECTIVE with his $$$$$.

    His donation does not include women of color who own/operate restaurants or beauty salons.
    Either make the gift to ALL Working women of Color in Alabama-or to NONE!!!!!!!


    • Your black history tells us you blacks were able to fly with the power of your minds till whites came around. Lol 0nly to live in mud huts and not a single successful black country on the planet. 75 cents of every dollar in haiti is from america. most of africa is a third world shi-hole!! Too easy blackstar

    • wrong you racist, black supremacist. Just like the blacks bullied Keaton jones because he’s white and then to cover it up they now claim he is the racist. You people are sick beyond repair.

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