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Gentrification’s Killing The Soul Of Basketball In The Hamptons

Gentrification’s Killing The Soul Of Basketball In The Hamptons
The upcoming documentary Killer Bees puts the spotlight on how the rich history of Hampton hoops is slowly being erased.
By Keith Nelson
July 26, 2018, 01:51 PM EST

 

A scene from the film Killer Bees. Photo by Hilary McHone.

You hate to hear this story, again and again. About Black people being forced out because of gentrification.

This all too common trend is at the center of the upcoming documentary Killer Bees, coming out July 27th, which follows the Bridgehampton High School basketball team of the same name as they defend their state title as their community slowly changes for the worst. Produced by NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, the documentary is a sobering look at how the Hampton’s opulent reputation is partly built on the backs of displaced middle and lower-class citizens, and how that can have deleterious effects on its storied basketball culture.

We spoke with the film’s directors, Ben and Orson Cummings, former Killer Bees players, about how gentrification has changed the culture of Bridgehampton and more.

Read more here:

https://www.theshadowleague.com/story/gentrification-s-killing-the-soul-of-basketball-in-the-hamptons