Matt James has made history as the first Black man to be named the Bachelor in the show's year history. Initially, he was cast as a suitor in Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams's season of The Bachelorette —but was then offered his own season, which will premiere on January 4. The announcement of James as the Bachelor came after years of criticism of the show's lack of diversity, which has mounted in this cultural moment. Over 80, people signed an online petition urging The Bachelor to "reflect and honor the racial diversity of our country—both in front of and behind the camera. The 25th season of The Bachelor following a season of The Bachelorette that featured the show's first Latina leads. Until January 4, we're going to study up on James, the philanthropic former college football pro, who gives free food tours to low-income elementary schoolers in New York City.