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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.”

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7 Most Jaw-Dropping Celeb Maternity Shoots

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There’s nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman. There’s no debate … fight us. When a woman is carrying life in her womb she exudes beauty, grace and, of course, that pregnancy glow. But these celebrities took “pregnancy glow” to a whole ‘other level! Check out these stunning maternity shoots that left us with our jaws on the floor.

Toya Wright just released the photos from her maternity shoot and they are absolutely stunning. No matter how you feel about pregnancy nudity (seriously, if you’re against it you’re lame) you have to admit that this is tasteful and beautiful. Wright is expecting her second daughter Reign later this year.

And speaking of Toya, her bestie Tameka “Tiny” Harris also bared her body in a beautiful maternity photo shoot. When pregnant with her youngest daughter, Heiress Harris, Tiny got super creative with her look and went for an underwater theme that resulted in some gorgeous pics.

It was a family affair for Ciara who posed with her son Future, and husband Russell Wilson, in her maternity pic. This photo got everyone on the internet talking … was it weird? Beautiful? Awkward? We’ll let you decided. But, you have to admit, it definitely caught your attention. Ci Ci gave birth to her daughter Sienna almost a year ago … but we have yet to see her face.

The GOAT shared her glow with Vanity Fair and shut. it. down! Serena Williams gave us all the side-bump envy with her beautifully natural maternity shoot for the mag. The tennis phenom welcomed her baby girl, Alexis Olympia, on September 1st of last year.

Teyana Taylor is body goals and when she was pregnant with baby Junie she was definitely baby bump goals, too. Just look at this photo! Taylor and her hubby, NBA star Iman Shumpert, decided to highlight not only her beauty, but his strength in this photo shoot and the result was stunning.

Now, y’all already knew the Kels was going to slay her maternity shoot, and slay she did! Kelly Rowland gave us not one, but two awe-inspiring preggo pics that show why her nickname is the Godvia goddess. Get into that glow! Baby Titan did a body good.

And lest we forget Rowland’s homegirl, Beyonce! She did not come to play with you h*es, #FormationVoice. A bouquet of flowers, a bare belly and a veil over her face … many said the photo was over-the-top, but it’s ‘Yonce — what did you expect?! Queen Bey’s announcement of the impending arrival of twins, Rumi and Sir, was downright regal and quite different from how she announced baby Blue Ivy (the MTV mic drop heard round the world.)

Who was your fave? Or do you think we forgot someone? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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