For the primary time within the historical past of the 40-season, 18-year franchise, The Bachelor has a Black male lead. Matt James, a 28-year-old actual property dealer and Raleigh native, was introduced as the most recent lead on Good Morning America.
This announcement comes on the heels of a petition circulated by a bunch known as the Bachelor Variety Marketing campaign that demanded ABC take extra numerous actions within the casting of the present. Over 85,000 folks have signed the petition, together with a number of high-profile Bachelor alumni. Rachel Lindsay — the lone Black girl solid as a lead within the Bachelorette franchise — has additionally been vocal in regards to the want for change inside the franchise, saying it, “needs a diversity makeover.”
Mike Johnson, a preferred Black American contestant on the 2019 season of The Bachelorette that includes Hannah Brown because the lead, was rumored to be in competition for final season of The Bachelor earlier than Peter Weber was chosen.
Die-hard followers of The Bachelor know James as the great pal of Tyler Cameron — the runner up on Brown’s season of The Bachelorette — and as a suitor on Clare Crawley’s present season that was delayed by the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Tremendous die exhausting soccer followers may also acknowledge the identify as James performed large receiver for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. James performed for the Deacs from 2010-14, and was the third on the group in receiving his senior season with 401 yards on 40 receptions.
He redshirted his first season in Winston-Salem, and struggled with accidents — he broke his collar bone in his sophomore 12 months and had a shoulder damage that derailed his junior season — all through his profession.
His senior season (2014), the Demon Deacons went 3-9 (1-7 ACC) with wins over Gardner-Webb, Military, and Virginia Tech.
Listed below are his career stats:
James, who performed on the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints apply squads earlier than being in the end lower, has been residing in New York Metropolis for about two years. There, he based ABC Food Tours, a program that goals to “interact children in underserved communities” by artistic shops that think about bodily and psychological facets.
His recognition has grown on social media — James has over 272,000 followers on Instagram as of this put up — as he joined Cameron, Brown, and a handful of others in what they dubbed “The Quarantine Crew”.
Whereas we’ll have to attend till 2021 for his season to air, Matt James appears like an important match.