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During the start of the 2016 NFL season, a handful of players stood behind 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and protested the National Anthem by kneeling instead of standing.

Kaepernick and players such as Denver Broncos star Brandon Marshall used their platform as a way to create change and fight for the social injustices and treatment of Black men in America.

Kaepernick stated earlier this season that he will not “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Marshall was in accord with his competitor … that is, until now.

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On Sunday night, just before taking on the Oakland Raiders, the athlete honored the American Flag and stood for the Star Spangled Banner. Before the start of the game, Brandon took to Instagram to explain his actions.

“For the 1st half of the season, I’ve been taking a knee for the National Anthem to raise awareness for social injustice and to start conversation about what all of us can do to make a positive change,” he wrote. “I’m encouraged with the many productive discussions and progress that has taken place as the Denver Police department has decided to review its use of force policy.”

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“I’m proud to have joined so many of my peers throughout sports who’ve also made their own statements. Going forward, I will be standing for the National Anthem,” he explained. “Not because everything is perfect, or because I’m changing my stance on things. But because of my hope for what we can become. Just because I am standing doesn’t mean the work will end. There’s much work to be done.”

The athlete explained, “I’ll continue to recognize and support organizations that are stepping up as leaders and making a real difference in our community, and I will do my part to be there for those in need.”

Marshall shared that an organization he will be supporting is the “Idriss Stelley Foundation, a grassroots organization in the Bay Area that offer free support to victims of police violence.”

He added, “I’ll be standing for them and the family of the late O’Shaine Evans—on Sunday night in addition to making a donation from my Tackle Change program to further the meaningful work of this group.”

FASHION

Hot Or Bothered: Fashion At The 2017 American Music Awards

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The night music fans have been waiting for is finally here! The 45th American Music Awards went down right Sunday night at Microsoft Theater in L.A. and a host of your favorite stars hit the red carpet in some looks that were hot and some that had us bothered … let’s start with the hot!

The evening’s host Tracee Ellis Ross sparkled and shined in this burgundy sequined Stella McCartney gown. We’re  sure her mother Diana Ross inspired this look.

Meanwhile her  sister-in-law Ashlee Simpson Ross dazzled in a sparkly number by Christian Siriano.

And of, the evening’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner and honoree – Diana Ross proved why she’s a music and fashion icon in this black gown and hat.

 

Selena Gomez showed off her killer bod wearing a Coach leather minidress and brand new platinum hair.

Also killing it in an LBD – that’s leather black dress, was Ciara wearing Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture. Ok Ciara!

 

Demi Lovato looked like a goddess in this black sheer strapless gown by Ester Abner.

 

And, Kelly Rowland gave us grecian vibes in this velvet gown with embellished bodice.

But the look that stole the show  DJ Khaled’s son Asahd, looking super adorable in his tiny black suit and Gucci loafers that cost a whopping $275. That’s what we call winning at 1 year old.

But someone whose look was not winning … Nick Cannon. We’re not sure why he was dressed like a Bratz doll, but he needs to stop.

Sadly we also have to request that whoever dressed Pink in this awful tulle Monique Lhuillier dress be fired immediately. Sorry we love you Pink but this dress was a hot damn mess.

(Photos courtesy of J. Merritt/Getty Images)

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