NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley can now add ‘Executive Producer’ to his resume. The 53 year old has teamed up with TNT to host new series “The Race Card.”
Announced by the television network Sunday [July 31], the show will give Barkley a chance to voice his opinion on topics other than basketball which often happens on TNT’s show “Inside the NBA.” The show will consist of six hour-long episodes of Barkley discussing race, culture, and class.
With the recent pandemonium regarding the wrongful killings of many African Americans and police officers, Barkley has had much to say, “We got to do better as black people.” He continues, “The cops have made some mistakes, but there’s a lot of blame to go around. But I’m not going to get on TV and yell like all these other idiots. I’m willing to sit down with anybody and have constructive criticism. I always tell myself as a black man: ‘Am I part of the problem or part of the solution?’ If I’m out doing illegal stuff, stupid stuff, I’m part of the problem. If I’m helping young black kids go to college like I’m trying to do, if I’m giving money to causes to help young men, I know I’m part of the solution.”
In regards to the new television show, “We as Americans never discuss the issues of race in this country and how it impacts everything in our lives until something bad happens.” He goes on to say, “I see this project as a way to talk about race, class and cultural differences and challenge everyone’s status quo.”
The show is set to air early 2017. Possibly a little controversial, will you be tuned in?