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Monday night (January 5) was the season premiere of ABC’s The Bachelor and Matt James made history as the first black male lead.

James watched the premiere episode with his best friend Tyler Cameron who competed on season 15 of The Bachelor for Hannah Brown’s affection and his mom.

The 29-year-old used the opportunity to raise funds for LeBron James’ Foundation in support of his I Promise School.

James raised over $3,000 before the show aired on the West Coast.