Ten-time NBA All-Star. Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
There's a reason that Carmelo Anthony has become one of basketball's most beloved figures.
Now, he's using that influence for the greater good.
For the July issue of SLAM magazine, Melo served as a guest editor for a special edition of the publication surrounding social justice activism through the lens of basketball.
On the cover, Melo and his son Kiyan both wear black hoodies with the powerful words “It stops now,” written across the bottom.
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Drawing strength from the past. Fighting for justice in the present. Demanding equality for the future. Honored to serve as guest Editor in Chief, to share my perspective and help amplify the voices of so many others in this fight for social justice through this special issue of Slam. Link in bio. #ItStopsNow #STAYME7O
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Among his contributions to the issue includes an open letter to "future kings and queens" about their role in advocating against the systemic racism against black people and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
You may feel stuck. You may feel lost. You may be confused. I’m sure you have so many questions. The unknown is what keeps you up at night, but I want you to know your thoughts are POWERFUL. Believe me when I say this, you will get through this fog and uncertainty. Know you can do anything you set your mind to. Learn to trust your instinct. Get rid of that doubt. challenge your fears, overcome them and make them your strengths. Your circumstances do not define who you are as a young man, especially a black boy. It’s hard for me to tell you not to be afraid. I’m still afraid.
The struggle of life is, and always will be, a struggle against your own weakness. Will you become cowardly and think, “I can’t do this. I’m certain to fail”? Or will you challenge the difficulties that lie ahead with the courage of your convictions and tell yourself, “I AM STRONG! oh, and by the way, I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD”? You’re probably questioning whether or not you can become stronger still. Your destiny in life will vary greatly depending on the spirit that you maintain and where you allow it to take you. Just like anything else in life, there will be good and there will be evil. The key is in how you work to overcome that evil, and harness that energy to turn it into power.
Remember these words: LOVE, HELL and RIGHT. If you love it, you will go through hell and with time and patience you will come out right!!!!!!
As long as you know that, you will be able to pick out the chicken from the chicken bones. (I know, that’s deep.)
Growing up, I always thought it was cliché when people told me, “Life is what you make it” or “Be all you can be.”
Now that I’m wiser, I understand how much those words influenced me. I want you to know you are the future. No, really—you are the future!
Anthony will continue to use basketball and his platform to fight against racial injustice while participating in the NBA's resumption in Orlando this month where he will surely continue to speak out. Additionally, some of his Blazers teammates such as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will take advantage of the NBA allowing special messages on their jerseys.
The new SLAM issue includes essays from sports legends like Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, and Spencer Haywood, as well as a WNBA roundtable with Sheryl Swoopes, Angel McCoughtry and Lexie Brown.
100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to charities supporting issues impacting the Black community. Fans who want to get their hands on the Melo edition can order The Social Justice Issue here.