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.


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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Tarik Black returns to Memphis to start foundation

Tarik Black returned to Memphis a few days after his most successful NBA season Black and announced the Tarik Black Foundation and the inaugural Transformation50 Basketball & Life Skills Camp.

, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 3:07 p.m. CT April 17, 2017

Long before he became the first Memphis men’s basketball in recent memory to transfer to Kansas, Tarik Black had two experiences that ensured he would eventually come back to his hometown.

The first was in 2007, when Magic Johnson came to Memphis and accepted a Freedom Award at the National Civil Rights Museum. Black still remembers Johnson’s speech vividly because the NBA Hall of Famer insisted basketball never defined him, that “he used it as a platform to give back.”

Then a few years later, when Black and his mom were late for church one Sunday, she elected to instead drive the Ridgeway High School product around the city. They went to south Memphis and north Memphis and everywhere in between, and Judith Moore’s message that day stuck with Black.

“Look at what we’re seeing right now riding around,” Black recalled during an interview Saturday. “These people need help. This is what your city looks like.”

It served as the initial impetus for Black’s return to Memphis this week, only a few days removed from the end of his most successful NBA season to date with the Los Angeles Lakers. On Tuesday afternoon, Black will formally announce the formation of the Tarik Black Foundation and the inaugural Transformation50 Basketball & Life Skills Camp for underprivileged inner city youth in Memphis during a 3:30 p.m. news conference at Streets Ministries on Vance Ave.

The camp, which will be free for 50 children of varying ages and skill levels based on an application process, is the first step in Black’s dream to give back to Memphis. He graduated from University of Memphis in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in organizational leadership and an emphasis on the non-profit sector. He also interned one summer with Ken Bennett and Streets Ministries, and hopes to have a similar impact on the city.

Black’s perspective changed for good once he elected to seek a graduate transfer at Kansas following the 2012-13 season. Though the decision proved unpopular with Tigers’ fans at the time, Black feels the experience of leaving home was essential for his personal growth. After thriving with the Jayhawks for one season, he landed with the Houston Rockets as an undrafted free agent and eventually signed with the Lakers in the middle of the 2014-15 season.

This past year, Black appeared in a career-high 67 games and averaged 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. He has a non-guaranteed year remaining on his contract and the Lakers have until July 4th to pick up that option. In the meantime, he’ll be exploring how to best serve Memphis through this new foundation.

“The mission is to provide life skills to inner city youth so they can come back and better their own communities,” said Black, noting the lessons he hopes to instill could be as simple as proper etiquette and writing a resume or as complex as figuring out the tax code.

“In the bigger picture, we want to run programs where we can take kids out of Memphis so they can see a different city. It opened my eyes that in Memphis I didn’t get to quite learn these things because I wasn’t around these people. We have people here that are very affluent but how often do we see them in the city? How often do they show their faces? How often do they teach us things and give back and reach out? I feel obligated to reach out and to give back and to take everything I’ve learned to give back and teach that.”

Black’s relationship with Memphis was awkward for a time. He still remembers being booed during his first NBA appearance at FedExForum. He was, after all, a Memphian who chose to leave Memphis following an NCAA tournament appearance, “and that caused some controversy,” Black admitted.

His return to town also comes just more than a week after brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson followed in Black’s footsteps and announced their transfer from Memphis to Kansas. Black said he communicated with Dedric Lawson in recent weeks, particularly once the decision to join the Jayhawks had been made, in order to prepare Lawson for what lies ahead, both here in Memphis and in the plains of Lawrence, Kan.

Black thought about all those experiences since arriving in Memphis ahead of Easter weekend, just 24 hours after an exit interview with Lakers Coach Luke Walton, General Manager Rob Pelinka and Johnson, the basketball legend who initially inspired this latest endeavor. During that meeting, Black talked about how he had established a professional brand built on rebounding, defense and energy.

It’s a style of play that he first showed off in Memphis as a sought-after recruit, but Black knows he could not have delivered this sort of pitch a few years ago when he left the Tigers. Now, he hopes others in the community can learn from that maturation process.

“Maybe going to the university at that time wasn’t right for me, but at the same token, I wasn’t quite equipped to handle the pressures and things that came with the situation I walked into,” Black said. “My road has been kind of bumpy because there’s some things I didn’t understand. If I had somebody that came in, who had learned so much and could come back and teach me something, I would have really appreciated it.”