Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid took a knee Thursday night during the National Anthem in protest to end police brutality and racial oppression in America.
This is Kaepernick’s fourth time refusing to stand during the National Anthem; however, Colin is now facing new scrutiny following Thursday night’s boycott. Last night marked military night at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium — over 240 military personnel unfurled a “U.S. Super Flag” while a sailor sang the “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Colin has been blasted with critics for not acting like an “American,” but according to the athlete, he will not “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Kaepernick said last week, “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Colin, meanwhile, isn’t just creating controversy with boycotting the nation’s anthem, but instead is putting money where his mouth is. On Thursday night, the 28-year-old revealed that he will be “donating the first million dollars I make this year to different organizations to help these communities and help these people.”
As Kaepernick continues to make headlines, folks are creating memes to discuss the controversial and heated discussion.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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