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

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 9/19/2018 Tom Schad
a woman holding a colorful umbrella: LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Jemele Hill speaks onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET) ORG XMIT: 775180097 ORIG FILE ID: 982397670 © Getty Images for BET LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Jemele Hill speaks onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET) ORG XMIT: 775180097 ORIG FILE ID: 982397670

Former ESPN host Jemele Hill will narrate LeBron James' upcoming documentary series "Shut Up and Dribble."

Hill, who left ESPN at the end of last month, confirmed the news Wednesday to The Hollywood Reporterwhich added that it would be her first job since departing the network. The three-part documentary series is scheduled to debut on Showtime in November.

"Lately LeBron has talked about gender and wanting to uplift and position black women in particular. I get the sense that this is all part of that," Hill told The Hollywood Reporter"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."

Hill and James, the Los Angeles Lakers forward, have become among the most notable critics of President Donald Trump in the sports community over the past 18 months.

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Hill, 42, was reprimanded by ESPN last year for calling the president a "white supremacist" on Twitter, while James has been blunt and outspoken in his criticism of Trump, some of his policies and some of his rhetoric. Trump, in turn, has taken shots at both individuals on social media.

"I think LeBron, like a lot of people, has been very frustrated by the behavior of this administration," Hill said. "(African-Americans) feel very insulted and vulnerable within this time because of who’s in charge."

Hill left ESPN last month after nearly 12 years with the company as a columnist, podcast host, commentator and "SportsCenter" host. She most recently wrote for The Undefeateda website owned by the company that examines the intersection of race, sports and culture.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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