Everyone may not have realized it yet because it’s still so fresh and current, but Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the National Anthem is a part of history. To officially deem it so, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will add him to its records.
Celebrating a birthday, or anything, can be difficult after the loss of a loved one. It’s not difficult to imagine this being the case for Kevon Edwards, 17, who was in the car when a police officer fired a rifle and fatally shot his younger brother, Jordan. The story made national news and is being followed closely as there are more developments Apparently, retired basketball players are no exception to hearing about the tragic incident.
Adam Jones appreciates the history of black baseball players and what they went through. If not for them, he may not have gotten the chance to be where he is now: playing centerfield for the Baltimore Orioles. To offer his thanks, Jones donated $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City during a visit last weekend.
The latest good deed from the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick occurred this past weekend. On Saturday, Kaepernick and his girlfriend, Hot 97 personality Nessa, dropped off two boxes of suits at a New York parole office.
Jasmine Orsted’s past coaches called her an “excellent athlete.” She proved that to be true during a year at Northern Virginia Community College where she played well. However, the next year she was cut from the women’s basketball team at the University of Mary Washington before the season started. Reportedly, it was because of a lack of “chemistry” between her and her teammates.
That’s at least what she was told. But Orsted tells a very different story that eventually led to a lawsuit and a settlement of $160,000, according to The Washington Post.
Prison officials say that Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell after hanging himself early Wednesday morning. Hernandez, the former NFL star who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted just a few days ago for a double murder in 2012.
The distrust between police officers and people of color doesn’t go away just because they’ve obtained fame and increased added commas to their bank accounts. They still feel the tension in the communities and are often harassed and wrongfully arrested themselves. To prove that they’re not removed from the international dialogue on police violence, a group of NFL players went back to Capitol Hill this week to speak with members of Congress about what could be done.
Following a series of proposed budget cuts, many fear that President Trump could be taking money away from Meals on Wheels, which helps bring food to senior citizens across the country, many of whom would not have quality food otherwise. To help keep this from happening, Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 to the program, according to The New York Daily News.
In just a couple of decades, the system of college athletic recruitment has had a major facelift. It was once almost a cliche for recruiters to regularly visit low-income households and court the talented children of parents who never went to college. Today, recruiters appear to be more focused on athletes that can get into better high schools and AAU programs.
Tom Farrey of ESPN’s The Undefeated studied this trend in a piece entitled “The Gentrification of College Hoops.”
The world actually seems to be slowly coming around to the idea of seeing a woman wearing a Hijab and living an ordinary life. Proof of this comes as Nike announces that it will be releasing the “Nike Pro Hijab,” which is meant to be worn during sporting activities.