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LeBron James To Support NMAAHC's Muhammad Ali Exhibit With $2.5 Million Donation

To continue the preservation of Ali's legacy, another herald sports figure is stepping up to the plate.

The sports world is still healing from the loss of one of boxing's greatest figures, Muhammad Ali. The Louisville native passed away in June from septic shock, and endured a decades-long battle with Parkinson's disease. But to continue the preservation of his legacy, another herald sports figure is stepping up to the plate.

According to USA Today, LeBron James will donate $2.5 million to the newly-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture's exhibit, "Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change." James received the notice from American Express CEO, Ken Chenault, who said, "The fit of LeBron supporting the Muhammad Ali exhibit is perfect because he exemplifies the qualities that Muhammad Ali exhibited throughout his life."

In an interview with the news site, the Cleveland Cavaliers power forward shared why being a part of this venture is important to him. "Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring -- what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor," James said. "I think of him every day. Without his passion and goals and morals, I don't know if I'd be sitting here talking to you about it." James' donation sits alongside Magic and Cookie Johnson's $1 million offering, and Michael Jordan's $5 million contribution to the museum's showcases.

On the passing of Ali, James said he served as an early role model throughout his childhood. "As a kid I gravitated towards him because he was a champion, but I only knew as a kid of what he did inside the ring," he said. "As I got older and I started to be more knowledgeable about the sport, about sport in general and about the guys who paved the way for guys like myself."

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Earlier today, TMZ published a report that stated that a Hot 97 executive said the station has never really been fans of Tekashi 6ix9ine, and that they will not play his music upon his release. Shortly after the report was published, Ebro responded.

"All execs @HOT97 deny speaking to anyone @TMZ," Ebro wrote in a tweet, "So this means that Tekashi marketing machine is revving up to rally his on-line #Bots and drive stories."

All execs @HOT97 deny speaking to anyone @TMZ ..... so this means that Tekashi marketing machine is revving up to rally his on-line #Bots and drive stories.

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A follower replied how Ebro shuts down new artists. And Ebro responded by saying that he will play Tekashi's music.

And then this... hahahahaha! I just said I was gonna play it. Ya’ll dumb https://t.co/JQAjkE2L9W

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) October 14, 2019

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New York City's 'Hot 97' Will Not Play Tekashi 6ix9ine's Music After His Prison Release

With 6ix9ine expected to come home soon, reportedly to a record deal worth $10 million, New York City's Hot 97 radio station is making it known that they will not play his music.

According to a report by TMZ, an executive from the radio station confirmed that they are not planning on playing 6ix9ine's music upon his release from prison. Hot 97's exec admits that the station has never been a big supporter of the rapper. They also dislike the Brooklyn rapper's decision to testify against his former Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods associates.

This also includes possibly banning the rapper from Summer Jam concert. TMZ  reported that the "Gummo" rapper is too much of a liability to preform at the celebrated concert.

Last year, Hot 97 personality Ebro, host of Ebro in the Morning, traded shots with 6ix9ine after the rapper berated Ebro on "Stoopid."

The executive states  that unless there's a public uproar that demands the station to play an overly successful song, then the company would consider it.

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Queen Latifah To Receive Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

Praise for Queen Latifah's contributions to black culture continues to pour in for the Newark, New Jersey native. According to the Associated Press, the "U.N.I.T.Y" rapper will receive Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.

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The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal isn't only named after the activist but commemorates Du Bois' feat as the first black student to obtain a doctorate degree from the Ivy League.

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