Transcript for Michael Jordan announces $100 million donation to Black Lives Matter organizations
coming up but first we're so happy this. Is a big deal. We're really happy to have janai back from maternity leave. Janai, welcome back. Yay, welcome. Hey, guys. How is the baby? Guys, I'm so excited. She is fantastic. She is quite literally sleeping like a baby right now. The whole family is. They're all asleep, which means I am winning right now. I don't know. Maybe they're winning. But, janai, really appreciate it. Maybe. We missed you. Happy to have you back doing what's going on this morning? Thank you, guys. I'm so excited to be back in the saddle, and we are beginning with Michael Jordan and Jordan brand that have pledged to support the black lives matter movement announcing a $100 million donation to organizations dedicated to improving the lives of black people. The donation will be paid out over ten years, and the ultimate goal being, quote, ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education. The full announcement was shared on social media with the powerful caption, black lives matter. This isn't a controversial statement. We are you. We are family. We are a community. $100 million, guys. That will go a long way. And Michael Jordan is not the only one. More stars are supporting the black lives matter movement by using their platforms. Lizzo, lady gaga, Selena Gomez, SHAWN Mendes, each inviting black leaders and anti-racist organizations to take over their Instagram pages. Lizzo posted a video saying, it's time to ask how we can push the conversation towards progress. The singer having a conversation with black vision's collective in Minneapolis Friday discussing what's happening in the heart of these protests and what people can do to help. Lady gaga announced she'd be giving over her account entirely noting that after she gets it back, she vows, quote, vows to regularly in perpetuity across all my social media platforms post stories, content and otherwise lift up the voices of the countless inspiring members and groups within the black community. Selena Gomez told her 179 million followers, quote, after thinking about how best to use my social media, I decided that we all need to hear more from black voices. Selena explained she will give various leaders her platform to speak to the public, and first up, Alicia Garza, co-creator of black lives matter and force for and singer SHAWN Mendes introduced his followers to activist zyono Bryant saying he would be giving his platform to young black change makers. So if you are looking for ways to get involved, anyone at home, those are just a few of the places where you can start. And, guy, this video, wait till you see it, this is a surprise of a lifetime for 25 of the brightest high school students around. The Harvard debate council diversity project is one of the most competitive debate programs in the country, a 1% acceptance rate. Every year they have a surprise ceremony for the accepted, but, of course, because of covid-19, founder and assistant debate coach Brandon Fleming drove more than 200 miles and brought the surprise to them. Look at this. You got to come out. Oh! Congratulations. Congratulations! Oh. Oh, can you imagine the happiness? So exciting. Next year they will face off against 400 elite debaters from more than 25 countries at Harvard's annual international debate tournament. Brandon's team has won every year since the program started in 2017. He says the 3-day, 21-hour road trip was worth it. Seeing the excitement of each of those kids' faces. Holy cow, if that doesn't put a smile on your face. I love that video. I love the confetti too. It's amazing what they're doing. Janai, amazing what you're we're happy to have you back. Thanks, thanks for joining us this morning. Thanks, guys.
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