Today in Tha Wire NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley, has been spending his days in retirement on the other side of the ball.  Sir Charles serves as a sports annalist alongside  Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal on TNT's Inside The NBA.  Barkley’s outspoken personality makes for good TV and helps the network rack-up plenty of ratings every season.  Looking to build on that success now comes word TNT's turning the NBA legend loose to host his own show called, "The Race Card."

This should be pretty interesting. According to reports the talk show will examine various hot-button issues taking place in the nation.  Each week Barkley will get different viewpoints on the issues from today’s cultural leaders and brightest movers and shakers.  He said, “I see this project as a way to talk about race, class and cultural differences and challenge everyone’s status quo.”

The new show is right up his alley.  Never shying away touchy subjects, Barkley has been known to play devils advocate on "black issues," and recently spoke on the growing racial tensions between police and the black community.  Listen to what he had to say on that issue below:

Sir Charles was also happy to lend his opinion on North Carolina's new law, HB2, targeting the LGBT community.  He agreed with the NBA's decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game away from Charlotte.  Below listen to his comments in a recent interview.


Be on the lookout Charles Barkley is coming to a TV near you, with a whole lot to say! So far, TNT has ordered six episodes.  "The Race Card" premieres early 2017.  For more of Tha Wire, listen live on The Peoples Station 107 Jamz every weekday at 12:50 p.m, and 3:50 p.m.