NBA All-Star Game to Open With Chat Between Michael B. Jordan, Kamala Harris [Photo]

Tonight, TNT’s 2021 NBA All-Star Game coverage will open with a “special conversation” between Vice President Kamala Harris and award-winning actor Michael B Jordan at 8 PM EST. The two discuss how the VP’s time at Howard University shaped her career, her love of basketball and the need to remain vigilant to stop the spread of COVID-19 and promote the vaccine’s efficacy.

via: New York Post

The NBA All-Star game will open Sunday with a “special conversation” between award-winning actor Michael B. Jordan and Vice President Kamala Harris.

The NBA teased the chat in a tweet early Sunday showing the pair smiling in two separate rooms, with Harris in front of an American flag.

Although details were not given on what they will discuss, Sunday’s game is generating $3 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — and Harris is the first HBCU graduate in the White House.

The 56-year-old VP is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, one of the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities, groups that the NBA is also paying tribute to Sunday.

“Creed” star Jordan also praised HBCUs for helping to “shape me into the man I am today” when he launched the Hoop Dreams Classic last year in his hometown of Newark, NJ.

The 34-year-old actor called the tournament “a way to celebrate the value of community, education, and Black college experiences,” Forbes noted at the time.

Sunday’s All-Star game in Altanta, Georgia, will raise $3 million through donations to scholarship funds.

The court was designed in collaboration from artists who attended HBCU schools, and Clark Atlanta University’s Philharmonic Society Choir will perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” commonly called the Black national anthem. Gladys Knight, a graduate of one of the nation’s oldest HBCUs in Shaw University, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The refereeing crew of Tom Washington, Tony Brown and Courtney Kirkland all are HBCU graduates.

“We are here representing HBCUs and trying to shed light on their ability to dream and one day have the opportunity to follow in our footsteps,” Brown said. “So, this game is mainly about giving people hope and allowing them an opportunity to dream.”

TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 5 PM EST with TNT NBA Tip-Off followed by the \ Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest starting at 6:30 PM EST. Coverage of the 70th NBA All-Star Game will begin at 8 PM EST, with the Slam Dunk taking place at halftime. The game will follow the same format as last year, with the teams competing to win each quarter and playing to a Final Target Score during the untimed fourth quarter.

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