President-elect Donald Trump met Tuesday with several black celebrities, including rap mogul and possible future presidential candidate Kanye West, to talk about some of the issues facing inner city African-Americans.I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future president if we truly want change, West later said in a tweet.Trump met with West, former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis and NFL icon and civil rights leader Jim Brown, along with longtime Trump backer Omarosa Manigault, at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday. West refused to comment with reporters after the meeting, instead saying only I just want to take a picture right now as he posed for pictures with Trump.A few minutes later, West tweeted from his (at)kanyewest account that he met with Trump to discuss multicultural issues including bullying, education and violence in Chicago.West announced last year at the Video Music Awards that he would run for president in 2020. That means he would face Trump if the president-elect seeks a second term. After meeting with Trump, West hashtagged a tweet (hash)2024, the first time someone would be able to run for president outside of a possible two-term Trump presidency.This all comes as civil rights leaders have been asking for a meeting with Trump to discuss his upcoming administrations positions on issues like housing and urban renewal. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other civil rights leaders last week wrote Trump to ask for a meeting to discuss urban policies, and to hold a White House conference on violence.It was not immediately known whether Trump would be meeting with civil rights leaders. Meeting with black celebrities -- especially West -- is not going to give Trump much credibility among black voters, said Leah Wright Rigueur, a professor of public policy at Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government.Exit polls showed only about 8 percent of black voters backed Trump.While Trump may see this as establishing a level of legitimacy, it does nothing to validate him among black audiences. Kanyes recent views are outside the mainstream of black political thought, as are Donald Trump, she said. If anything, the association only serves to weaken Kanyes standing, particularly since Kanye has been silent on issues like economic inequality, joblessness, criminal justice reform and Black Lives Matter.Brown and Lewis said they talked with Trump about the new administration partnering with Browns Amer-I-Can outreach program, which aims to teach life skills to young people from poor backgrounds.The full governmental involvement of President Barack Obamas signature program, My Brothers Keeper, which is designed to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, will likely come to an official end at the conclusion of his presidency.Brown said he didnt vote for Trump. But we couldnt have had a better meeting, said Brown, a three-time MVP who retired from football to pursue an acting career and crusade for racial justice. The graciousness, the intelligence, the reception we got was fantastic.Lewis, a former Super Bowl MVP, said on Twitter that wherever Papa JB asks me to go I go. His vision is beyond platforms.After the meeting, Lewis praised the Amer-I-Can program, saying because of it we have 30,000-40,000 former gang members whove changed their lives.If they can partner with the Trump administration, forget black or white. Black or white is irrelevant, Lewis said. The bottom line is job creation and economic development in these urban areas to change the whole scheme of what our kids see.Jordan 6 Canada Outlet . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. Jordan 6 Canada Sale . That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions. Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the Boston Celtics 114-88 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. http://www.cheapairjordan6canada.com/ . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. 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In this league you can lose games in the blink of an eye.You are coming up against the best strikers. If you lose the ball you know they are going to score. We have to keep getting points -- we cant rest on our laurels.Boros chances against Palace (0-1-2) will be improved with the availability of summer signings Marten de Roon and Victor Valdes after the pair recovered from injuries that have kept them out since the opening weekendThankfully, they are OK and ready to play, manager Aitor Karanka said. Its really good news because we have a nice problem to choose the best 11, and the best seven for the bench.All of (the players) deserve to be involved, but they understand that we have to think about the best for the team.However, Boro still will have some absentees with Grant Leadbitter out until December with a hernia and James Husband still recovering from a dislocated shoulder.Saturdays visitors to Teesside have enjoyed a disappointing start to the campaign, failing to find the net against West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur on the opening two matchdays before grinding out a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth prior to the international break.ddddddddddddKeen to add some leadership to a rudderless squad, Palace manager Alan Pardew has brought in free agent and former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini this week -- a decision that the coach thinks could really benefit the team.I thought it was important to get another midfield player, Pardew said. His playing ability will help us but also his leadership qualities and his ability of how to win games in a passing style. I am delighted that we have secured a player of his stature.Flamini could be in line to make an immediate debut due to doubts over the fitness of fellow central midfielders James McArthur and Yohan Cabaye. Bakary Sako is also a doubt for the Eagles, but forward Loic Remy -- on loan from Chelsea -- is definitely out.New Boro striker Alvaro Negredo has been involved in all three of his sides goals so far this season (one goal and two assists), whereas Palace new boy Christian Benteke failed to score on his debut for the club. The Belgium international was also called offside five times against Bournemouth, giving him the highest number in the division despite only playing a single match.Saturdays meeting will be the first top-flight clash between the two in over a decade. Middlesbrough won both games the last time these two were in the Premier League, and Palace have never picked up three points at the Riverside in five attempts. ' ' '