Jemele Hill to Narrate LeBron James' Showtime Documentary SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE
Jemele Hill will narrate LeBron James' basketball documentary Shut Up and Dribble, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The documentary airs in November on Showtime. The three-part series is directed by Gotham Chopra.
The title was inspired by conservative pundit Laura Ingraham, who last February used it on her Fox News program as a rebuke to James and Kevin Durant for anti-Trump opinions they expressed during a segment on James' Uninterrupted digital platform.
"I think LeBron, like a lot of people, has been very frustrated by the behavior of this administration," Hill tells The Hollywood Reporter. "[Black Americans] feel very insulted and vulnerable within this time because of who's in charge."
Previously, Hill covered the NBA for ESPN. The film includes interviews with Isaiah Thomas, Charles Barkley, Kevin Durant, Sway Calloway, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, and of course James himself.
Hill adds, Still, it's unusual - though it shouldn't be - to hear a woman narrate a sports documentary. Especially a black woman."
"Lately LeBron has talked about gender and wanting to uplift and position black women in particular," says Hill. "I get the sense that this is all part of that. He was raised by a black woman, he is married to a black woman and he is raising a black woman. 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."
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