Often we look at celebrities of today as uninformed, out of touch, and exempt when it comes to issues that affect us as a society, mainly being the ones that deal with people of color.
We’ve seen this narrative shift over the past few weeks as rappers, actors, and athletes have collectively stepped up and voiced their opinions and feelings about the racial profiling and police brutality that’s plaguing America through artistic expression and immeasurable participation in community activism and protests. New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has emerged as the spokesperson for the NBA in recent weeks, and he’s now planning to organize a meeting in Los Angeles, Calif., on Monday (July 25) to discuss the above mentioned issues.
“You have to keep the conversation going and dialogue going,” Anthony said Thursday while in attendance for Team USA workout in Las Vegas, Nev. “If you don’t, then you just become another tragedy that happens that everybody forgot about.” Anthony said that the meeting will not be open for media consumption because he wants everyone at the meeting to speak openly about their concerns and feelings. The meeting will also include politicians, community activists, and athletes from surrounding communities who have a voice on the matter.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 14, 2016
Anthony, along with fellow NBA superstars Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James opened the ESPY’s on Wednesday (July 13) with a spirit of urgency, telling their colleagues to help create change in their communities and use their position of power to influence and inspire. Anthony engulfed himself in the issues at hand with this tweet from Friday (July 8).
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) July 8, 2016
Thank you Carmelo.