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Published 17 December 2017

“That does not mean restaurants and hair salons, black women,” he said. “That means start-ups.”

Former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Charles Barkley has pledged to provide start-up capital for black women in Alabama.

RELATED: African-Americans, Women Hand Republican Roy Moore Defeat in Alabama

Barkley made the announcement, on TNT, he will put up $1 million for IT startup ventures to express the pride he felt following the result of the recently completed senate race in the state.

“That does not mean restaurants and hair salons, black women,” he said. “That means start-ups.”

African American voters, specifically females, manage to shift the narrative and hand victory to Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore, who has been plagued with numerous sexual assault allegations involving minors.

“Black women really came out and supported Doug Jones,” Barkley said.

During campaigning, the Alabama native urged voters to “stop looking like idiots” and rid themselves of Roy Moore.

“When people in your own party say they won’t vote for you or support you, that’s a dead giveaway. It’s amazing,” said Barkley.

“I am begging and urging everybody to get out, call all your friends. We’ve got to, at some point, we’ve got stop looking like idiots to the nation.”

The former NBA star also said pointed fingers at the Democratic Party, saying the party has taken the support of minorities for granted.

"It’s time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor," Barkley said.

“It’s time for us to make a difference. Everybody in life wants the same thing, we want our children to be safe and for them to go to a new school,” Barkley told WTVY.

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