Jemele Hill to narrate LeBron James' Showtime documentary 'Shut Up and Dribble'

Just weeks after parting ways with ESPN, Jemele Hill has partnered with LeBron James to narrate the NBA superstar’s Showtime project “Shut Up and Dribble,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Shut Up and Dribble” is a documentary on the historical impact of NBA players beyond basketball and their ever-evolving commitment to social justice. The title came in response to a derogatory comment from Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who told James and Kevin Durant to “shut up and dribble” when the pair denounced President Donald Trump as a racist in a February interview.

Jemele Hill’s departure from ESPN

Hill has also been critical of Trump, calling him a “white supremacist” on Twitter last year. The White House called for Hill’s job. ESPN issued an apology on Hill’s behalf, suggesting she “recognizes her actions were inappropriate,” although she stood by her statement in subsequent interviews.

ESPN suspended Hill in October 2017 for “a second violation of our social media guidelines” after she suggested people who disagree with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stance on players kneeling for the national anthem could boycott the team’s advertisers. Not long afterward, Hill left her role as a “SportsCenter” anchor to write for ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” a website dedicated to race and culture.

In August, Hill and ESPN agreed to part ways, with Hill focusing on her production company, Lodge Freeway Media, which she established with fellow “Undefeated” writer Kelley L. Carter. Now free from ESPN’s media constraints, Hill is speaking freely on political issues, including those involving Trump.

“I think LeBron, like a lot of people, has been very frustrated by the behavior of this administration,” Hill told The Hollywood Reporter. “[Black Americans] feel very insulted and vulnerable within this time because of who’s in charge.”

LeBron James’ support for Jemele Hill

After Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of an alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly when a white supremacist drove his car into a group of protesters, James publicly supported Hill and denounced the president in an interview for his “Uninterrupted” media platform:

“We got Jemele Hill and Colin Kaepernick and all these people are speaking up — it’s for the greater cause; it’s for us to all come together. It’s not about division, it’s not about dividing. We, as the American people, just actually need to come together even more stronger, man, because this is a very critical time and me being in the position that I’m in, I had to voice this to ya’ll. So, love ya’ll man.”

Their partnership on “Shut Up and Dribble” was born from their shared interest in social justice. “Once you’re in the club,” Hill told The Hollywood Reporter,” it’s something that binds you.” Originally a commentator on the project, Hill was recently asked to narrate the documentary, and she credited James for following through on his recent publicpledges to support African-American women.

“Lately LeBron has talked about gender and wanting to uplift and position black women in particular,” Hill told The Hollywood Reporter. “I get the sense that this is all part of that. He was raised by a black woman, he is married to a black woman and he is raising a black woman. If you look at the societal ladder, black women remain on the lowest rung. He clearly understands that we are facing a unique battle. It means a lot that he understands the intricacies of that.”

“Shut Up and Dribble” is scheduled to debut on Showtime in November.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Jemele Hill (L) and Michael Smith at the Celebrity Basketball Game, presented by Sprite and State Farm, during the 2017 BET Experience, at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01: Jemele Hill and Michael Smith attends ESPN The Magazine's 'Next' Event at Tad Gormley Stadium on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Chang/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: (L-R) Cari Champion, Laura Gentile, and Jemele Hill attend the 'Venus Vs.' and 'Coach' screenings at the Paley Center For Media on June 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Jamie Horowitz, Michael Smith, Cari Champion, Skip Bayless and Jemele Hill attend IAVA 7th Annual Heroes Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for IAVA)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Jemele Hill, Michael Smith and Cari Champion attend the 'When the Garden Was Eden' Premiere after party during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at Hudson Terrace on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: ESPN columnist Jemele Hill and Michael Smith attend the The Paley Center for Media 2014 Spring Benefit Dinner at 583 Park Avenue on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Jemele Hill speaks onstage during the Genius Talks presented by RushCard at the 2014 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 8: Jemele Hill (R) asks a question to panelist U.S. Paralympian Amy Purdy (MR), WNBA player Elena Delle Donne (ML) and U.S. Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin (L) at the espnW: Women + Sports Summit on October 8, 2014 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Mpu Dinani/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Jemele Hill speaks onstage at 'Live Podcast: His and Hers' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Steve Rogers Photography/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Michael Smith (L) and Jemele Hill speak onstage at 'Live Podcast: His and Hers' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Steve Rogers Photography/Getty Images for SXSW)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 15: ESPN Sportscaster Jemele Hill speaks to the audience during the espnW Summit 2015 at St. Regis Monarch Resort on October 15, 2015 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Mpu Dinani/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Jemele Hill (L) and Hennessy's West Coast Marketing Manager Thuy-Anh J. Nguyen attend the official BET Experience gifting suite sponsored by Hennessy at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Hennessy V.S)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 14: ESPN Sportscaster Jemele Hill introduces Power Talk speakers during the espnW Summit 2015 at St. Regis Monarch Resort on October 14, 2015 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Mpu Dinani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Jemele Hill, radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, and honoree Cari Champion attend the 2015 WEEN Awards at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on November 18, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Journalist Jemele Hill provides commenary during the celebrity basketball game presented by Sprite during the 2016 BET Experience on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 03: ESPN TV Hostess Cari Champion and Jemele Hill take in the New Liberity vs the Los Angeles Sparks during a WNBA basketball game at Staples Center on July 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Co-host ESPN2's His & Hers Jemele Hill speaks at the Why Are We Still Talking About This? Women & Sport in 2016 panel at Liberty Theater during 2016 Advertising Week New York on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18: Actor Michael Che and sports journalist Jemele Hill attend GQ Celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend 2017 at Ogden Museum Of Southern Art on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images for GQ)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Michael Smith and Jemele Hill chats of the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bruce Yeung/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Jemele Hill Coach of the East Team holds up the MVP award after the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game as a part of 2017 All-Star Weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 01: ESPN's SC6, Michael Smith and Jemele Hill host a show before Game One of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 1, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: SPN host Jemele Hill attends BODY At The ESPYS Pre-Party at Avalon Hollywood on July 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
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