Magic Johnson is one of the greatest basketball players of all time and the most prevelant faces in the fight against HIV. Since his diagnosis in 1991, Johnson has dedicated his life to HIV awareness. Now, Johnson hopes to use hip hop to decrease homophobia within African American culture.
“As a hip-hop fan, you realize that homophobia is still an issue everywhere, but especially in the black community. When people are scared to talk about it, that’s how the disease spreads,” Magic told the Huffington Post.
“I have a lot of friends in [the hip hop] industry and so what we’re trying to do is rally them to get behind the cause, deliver the message to these young people that HIV and AIDS is big and it’s not going anywhere.”
Maybe Magic can call on fellow basketball player rapper Ron Artest or Metta World Peace.
With no end in sight to the NBA lockout, players are turning to the dance floor.
Ron Artest has been confirmed as the newest contestant on Dancing With The Stars, and it looks like he will not be the only NBA player to be competing during the lock out…. CBS Sports is reporting Dwyane Wade is also to be in the running to win the Crystal Ball Trophy.
Fellow athlete and former winner Hines Ward confirmed the rumors and told Sports Radio Interviews: “I don’t know, but I did hear rumors and his name did come up. I also heard Ron Artest too.”
The official lineup will be announced after tomorrow’s episode of The Bachelor Pad. No word yet if Wade joins the cast LeBron and Chris Bosh will come as a packaged deal.
While most NBA players are debating on whether they should play in Europe during the NBA lockout, bad boy Ron Artest is taking his talents to the dance floor.
With ABC casting the new season of the reality competition, Artest is up for the challenge… kind of, “I’d want to go,” Artest said, “but I’d want to lose in the first round.”
Artest has showed his musical side before releasing his own rap single after the LA Lakers won the 2010 NBA Championship, but Artest is not so sure about dancing, “I don’t want to put my hips in a situation where I’m looking like Rick Fox,” Artest said. “Rick Fox is a great dancer, but I don’t want to put my hips in a situation where people are questioning whether I’m a rapper or a singer.”
Yet another sports star is coming out with his own reality show… this time LA Lakers bad boy Ron Artest is showing his softer side. The player responsible for the worst brawl in NBA history has a new show called “Last Second Shot.” Cameras will follow Artest as he mentors a group of parolees by teaching them life lessons through basketball.
According to Artest, “We’re gonna put them through an intensive experience, give them hope and confidence to change their lives.”
Artest himself is no stranger to second chances, not only was he reinstated to the league after being suspended for the 2005 season, but was also arrested for domestic violence in 2007 and spent ten days in jail.
While Artest’s reality show has a production company, no network has picked it up yet… but maybe Artest can start with Plaxico Burress.