Kaepernick’s Protest Is Bringing Out Critics and Supporters But Who’s Right?

Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem, a song that’s conveniently been separated from some of its slavery-inspired lyrics, has driven a wedge across the country. Ever since the San Francisco 49ers quarterback said he wouldn’t stand to honor a flag that represents something very different to him, everyone from fans, players, NFL executives and military veterans has chosen a side. Some of which were quite surprising and disappointing.

Why Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Matters

Our Managing Editor shared a few thoughts on Twitter regarding Colin Kaerpernick’s recent decision not to stand during the National Anthem. The quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has made it clear that he does not support the injustices against Black Americans in the United States.

In essence, she argues that Kaepernick’s protest should be seen as a larger disruption of white supremacy. See her tweets below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Photo: Instagram/Colin Kaepernick

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Feels Like A Gift From God

By: Sam Fleming

Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange and Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy are the only two albums that I feel truly changed my life. Maybe it is because I have played both so many times that they have soundtracked infinitely many memorable moments of my last few years, but both albums hold a special place in my heart and are critically acclaimed, groundbreaking projects from genre-defying artists.

When the homies wanna hit

“I gotta be honest with you Jennifer. Me and the homie wanna hit.”

I paused for a minute the first time a boy said that to me. I was a junior in high school. I was still exploring my sexuality but hadn’t been sexually active before. I had been talking to this guy, let’s just call him “Dave,” for a few months and had liked him long before that. So, when he introduced a friend, who I had no attraction to and had never expressed any interest in engaging with, into a conversation about sex with me, I was…uncomfortable to say the least. When I read Nate Parker’s newest interview with EBONY.com, my experiences with predatory boys and men in high school immediately came to mind.

U Chicago: “We Do Not Condone Intellectual Safe Spaces”

In a letter Dean of Students in the College John Ellison informed incoming first year students at the University of Chicago to expect an environment committed to freedom of inquiry and freedom of expression. He additionally warns students not to expect “intellectual safe spaces where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”

Watch Al Roker Shut Down Billy Bush On Ryan Lochte-Gate

There have been many opinions following “Lochte-Gate.” In summary, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte flat-out lied about a robbery and confrontation he initially claimed to have experienced with teammates while in Brazil. The story has since been debunked but that hasn’t kept many in the media from finding unique ways to defend him anyway. Today host Billy Bush found out the hard way that Al Roker, usually the show’s laid back host, was having none of the Lochte protectionism on Friday’s show.

Nate Parker and the Rape Stories We Don’t Tell

I told myself I would not write about Nate Parker being a rapist.

I’d known about his sexually violent history for years, and the vileness of his queerantagonism, too. The depth of his awfulness had already been addressed, and so it was odd to me—but certainly predictable—to witness the conversation rehashed at such a moment, in such a way.

Black Girl Magic and the 2016 Olympics: The Water and Oil of Black Athleticism

This article was originally posted at Water Cooler Convos.

Over the past two weeks, I have watched Black girl after Black girl medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Simone Biles has dominated gymnastics. Simone Manuel did the same in swimming. Michelle Carter won gold in shot put. And, while I felt immense pride watching each of them claim victory in their respective sports, I can’t lie and say that I wasn’t conflicted about it all.