Tarik Black: Giving Back

Tarik Black: Giving Back

Terry Davis, Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Former University of Memphis star Tarik Black hosted 50 area boys at Ridgeway High School for a basketball camp unlike most others. In addition to teaching basketball skills, campers learned about life off the court — including police etiquette, table manners and other life skills.

Sponsored by the Tarik Black Foundation, the four-day camp ends today (Thursday, July 13) and worked with youngsters 11 to 15 years old. Tonight, there will be an awards gala for camp participants with the NBA player and foundation CEO Tarik Black serving as the keynote speaker.

Four individuals who have had a major impact on Tarik’s life will receive awards in their honor. This event will be held at the Church of the Holy Communion at Cheney Parish Hall at 4645 Walnut Grove starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is only for campers and invited guests.

The Transformation50 basketball camp limits the camp size to only 50, so that staff can interact frequently with the campers and try to make an impact on their lives and be a positive influence on them. Black could have had in camp in any city, but he chose to bring it to Memphis.

“I have an obligation to my city,” said Black, who most recently played for the Los Angeles Lakers. “I was raised here. I was raised in that manner to give back. While walking in faith once you reach a certain level you are held accountable and responsible to give back.

“Memphis means the most to me,” said the Ridgeway High alum. “This city needs people of influence to come back and to persuade the city and do some things within it.”

Black graduated from U of M in 2013 with a degree in organizational leadership and transferred to the University of Kansas in 2014 to play out his final year of NCAA eligibility. He also earned a masters degree at Kansas.

Black said that despite how his departure looked at the time, he has no ill will toward U of M. He even met with Tigers coach Tubby Smith earlier this week. And former Tigers Chris Crawford and Trey Draper helped with Black’s basketball camp.

The Tarik Black Foundation, which is run by Black’s mother, Judith Black Moore, has other initiatives including one this weekend. The Righteous Revolution Rally will be from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. across the street from Mt. Olive C.M.E. Church at 538 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. The goal is to promote unity, love and power to the Memphis community. The public is invited to this event.

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Basketball star Tarik Black hosts ‘Righteous Revolution’ rally

Basketball star Tarik Black hosts ‘Righteous Revolution’ rally

A Mid-South basketball star finished his week by injecting positivity into the Memphis community.

Tarik Black held his first-ever “Righteous Revolution” rally on Friday, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was among the attendees.

Black said it’s all about inspiring and uplifting people to jump into action when it comes to bettering their community, particularly the Bluff City.

“Well, I’d like to say to the community to get involved, to help out,” Black said. “We all talk about having a better Memphis, we all talk about the potential this city has, but we all know with potential, it takes hard work to reach and we’ve talked about it long enough. Now it’s time to act on it.”

Earlier this week, Black held a camp meant to teach dozens of youth important life skills.

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Mid-South basketball star helps kids make an impact

Mid-South basketball star helps kids make an impact

A Mid-South basketball star is teaching more than just basketball skills.

Tarik Black concluded his first camp, called Transformation 50, that seeks to help youth make an impact off the court.

It was a packed house Thursday at a gala hosted by the Tarik Black Foundation to honor 50 boys across the city who made it through Black’s inaugural summer camp.
During the camp, these kids learned so many life skills, even things like tying a tie, networking, and talking to police.

“This right here is where my heart is,” Black said.

Black is a former U of M basketball player who last played for the LA Lakers in the NBA.

“I want you to work hard,” Black said. “Anything you want to do pursue it. But at the same time, don’t be an athlete, be a person that’s athletic.”

The camp meant so much for 13-year-old Bryce Daily, a rising 8th grader at John P Freeman.

“It taught us life lessons that we’ll know as a man,” Daily said. “Like how to change a tire and tying a tie.”

He said this camp changed his life.

“I learned to dress to impress and I learn life skills,” Daily said.

Black also honored his mentors at the gala who inspired him, including a current MPD sergeant.

Trey Draper also helped organize the camp and Wants the best for these kids and all kids across the city of Memphis.

“It’s about helping them and helping them become better in life,” Draper said.

One boy’s mom in the program had a flat tire a few days ago. The boy was able to change his mom’s tire in the heat.

Black is also hosting the Righteous Revolution Rally event Friday at 3 p.m.
To learn more about the organization, visit their website.

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Memphis NBA Player Tarik Black Pays It Forward

Memphis NBA Player Tarik Black Pays It Forward

by  (RSS) | July 3rd, 2017 12:51am CDT

When you are 6 feet 9 inches tall and earn $6 million a year as an NBA player, people listen to you when you speak.

Note: Mr. Black was waived by Los Angeles Lakers July 1, and if class counts for anything in the NBA, another team will pick him up. 
Tarik Black thanks the Lakers for the opportunity to play for them in heartfelt Instagram post after being waived

Tarik Black thanks the Lakers for the opportunity to play for them in heartfelt Instagram post after being waived

A classy response from a classy guy.

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Tarik Black’s time with the Los Angeles Lakers came to an end Saturday when the team waived him to avoid paying his $6.7 million salary for the 2017-18 season that was fully non-guaranteed if the Lakers waived him before July 4.

During his tenure in Los Angeles, Black was one of the most thoughtful and well-spoken players to put on a purple and gold uniform, always staying and answering questions following games for as long as reporters had them, often until postgame availability was over and he was the last player left in the locker room.

Right after the Lakers, let him go on Saturday, Black had one last statement to give.

“This picture best describes my time here in LA,” Black said in an Instagram post right after the Lakers announced they had waived him. “It’s been absolutely amazing and invigorating. I would like to thank the Lakers for an amazing ride and being there for me. From the staff, the team, and the fans I am indescribably grateful. You all opened the doors for me to live a dream to play for such an organization. I love you all and the Lakers are forever in my heart.”

The post feels incomplete, however, without Black’s characteristic way of ending interviews by thanking reporters for the opportunity to talk with them, so instead, I’ll offer this to one of the hardest-working and generous players to walk through the Lakers’ locker room.

Thank you for the opportunity, Tarik.

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NBA player, native Memphian returns home to launch foundation, get married

NBA player, native Memphian returns home to launch foundation, get married

By Destiny Quinn MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

NBA Los Angeles Lakers player and Memphis native Tarik Black had an exciting day Tuesday.

The basketball player launched a foundation for the youth of Memphis and married his girlfriend, Kennedy Raye. The couple was married by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

Black held a press conference to discuss the new “Tarik Black Foundation” and the inaugural TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp.

Black said through mentors, role models, and family he was able to play professional basketball and play for the Lakers.

“We’re just going to go through the process of teaching the kids basketball, but as well as instilling in them life skills and skills that we need to move forward beyond basketball, their backup plan so to speak, as everyone says,” Black said.

Area coaches were invited to learn more about the camp and the foundation.

They were able to recommend players from their teams to the camp.

The camp will be held at Ridgeway High School. That’s the same school Black attended and graduated.

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