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Colin Kaepernick Named GQ’s ‘Citizen of the Year’

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GQ Magazine will release four different covers in honor of the magazine’s year end awards, featuring Colin Kaepernick on the front cover as the “Citizen of the Year.”

Kaepernick made the cover alongside Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman of the Year), Stephen Colbert (Bad Hombre of the Year), and Kevin Durant (Champion of the Year). GQ’s editors explained their pick of Kaepernick:

“While Kap maintains his silent protest, he collaborated with GQ on a special project: a wide-ranging series of interviews with ten of his closest confidants and supporters—including rapper J. Cole, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, legendary artist Harry Belafonte, and more. Together, they explore Colin Kaepernick’s actions, provide insight into his world right now, and explain why there’s more work to be done.”

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback made national headlines last year by “taking a knee” during the “National Anthem” to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Remaining steadfast in reclaiming his reason for taking a knee—Kaepernick has sparked the movement of NFL players protesting the national anthem.

Niners linebacker Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick in his protest last year and has continued kneeling during the national anthem, was one of the people who spoke to GQ about his former teammate.

“He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL — all because he took a knee to protest police brutality,” GQ wrote in a news release about the cover. “Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”

In its cover story, “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced,” the editors expound upon Kaepernick agreeing to contribute to the project because “he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest.”  The cover story delves into Kaepernick’s journey, which takes readers on an exploration on why Kaepernick decided to take a knee.

Kaepernick declined to be quoted directly in the article, which consists of various perspectives, which GQ describes as Kaepernick’s “closest confidants.”

“Colin also made it clear to us that he intended to remain silent,” GQ says in the article. “As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence.

“It has helped his story go around the world. It has even provoked the ire and ill temper of Donald Trump.”

Kaepernick tweeted Monday morning that he was “honored” to be recognized by GQ in its December Men of the Year issue.

Other confidants who provided their comments included rapper J. Cole, filmmaker Ave DuVernay, activist Harry Belafonte and Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour.

Kaepernick is named one of GQ’s “Citizens of the Year.” Photo Credit (GQ Magazine)

The images featured in the article by Martin Schoeller, who photographed Kaepernick in Harlem, were meant “to evoke the spirit of Muhammad Ali’s anti-Vietnam War protests in the neighborhood during the late 60s,” according to GQ.

Kaepernick filed a grievance on last month—alleging that NFL owners colluded against him because of the protests, which were aimed at raising awareness of police brutality against African-Americans and other issues.

Kaepernick, who led the Niners to consecutive NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance, has remained unsigned since opting out of his contract in March.

By LeNora Millen             11-13-17

 

 

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‘Black Panther’ was the first movie filmed at Tyler Perry Studios’ new stages

‘Black Panther’ was the first movie filmed at Tyler Perry Studios’ new stages

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‘Black Panther’ was the first movie filmed at Tyler Perry Studios’ new stages

“Black Panther,” which had a four-day weekend haul of $235 million, was filmed mostly in metro Atlanta, but did you know Tyler Perry had a hand in the production, too?

The filmmaker recently took to social media this week to reveal the little-known fact that parts of the blockbuster was shot at one of the new stages at his studio located in The Peach City. In fact, he said the Marvel flick was the first to be filmed there.

From his Instragram account, Perry wrote: “Welcome to Wakanda! You wanna talk about black history! These are the new stages at Tyler Perry Studios. And guess what the first film to shoot on one of the stages was?!”

Several locations around the metro area were home to “Black Panther” settings, including the High Museumin Midtown and the rock quarry at the Vulcan Materials Co. in Stockbridge. An official from the Henry County city said several scenes of Wakanda, the fictional African nation in the film, were shot at the quarry.

About $84 million of “Black Panther’s” reported $200 million budget was spent in Georgia. The funds went toward rental equipment and grips; lumber, hardware and supplies; lodging and transportation, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

It also employed more than 3,000 Georgians during the shoot, which began in August 2016 and wrapped in November 2017, according to the state economic development department.

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2ND ANNUAL L.E.G.A.C.Y. AWARDS GALA

The legacy of Black entrepreneurship is often untoasted and uncelebrated. WDB Marketing and BLUE1647 are changing that. The two companies will collaborate for the 2nd Annual L.E.G.A.CY. Awards to celebrate the impact of Black entrepreneurs on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The event takes place from 6p-10p at BLUE Lacuna Lofts, 2150 S. Canalport, Chicago, IL.

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2ND ANNUAL L.E.G.A.C.Y. AWARDS GALA, FEATURING  

THE BLUE40, CELEBRATES THE TREMENDOUS IMPACT OF BLACK ENTREPRENEURS IN CHICAGO

National Best Selling Author and Co-Founder of Miss Jessie’s LLC,

Miko Branch to Provide the Keynote Address

 

January 23, 2018 (Chicago, IL) — The legacy of Black entrepreneurship is often untoasted and uncelebrated. WDB Marketing and BLUE1647 are changing that. The two companies will collaborate for the 2nd Annual L.E.G.A.CY. Awards to celebrate the impact of Black entrepreneurs on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The event takes place from 6p-10p at BLUE Lacuna Lofts, 2150 S. Canalport, Chicago, IL.

 

Together, WDB Marketing and BLUE1647 have worked with over 3,000 Black owned businesses throughout the nation, witnessing firsthand the enormous impact Black businesses are having in their communities. From job creation, to leadership, to generating hope – small businesses are integral to the growth of the community.  

 

“Our city has seen tremendous economic growth in the last few years. Unfortunately, much of it has been concentrated downtown and on the near west and north sides,” says Keeana Barber, founder and CEO of WDB Marketing. “As black business owners, we’ve come to understand that we have to be the change in our communities. We have to buy homes and open businesses in our neighborhoods. And we have to make meaningful business connections with our neighbors.”

 

Five business owners and community leaders will be honored for building L.E.G.A.C.Y which represents Leadership, Education, Growth, Advocacy, Community and Youth. Awardees will be announced on January 29th.  

 

New this year is the BLUE40. The BLUE40 represents a group of trailblazers that are making noise in their respective industries. In addition to Leadership, Education, Growth, Advocacy, Community and Youth this group of professionals are catalysts for social and economic change.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with WDB Marketing on this amazing event highlighting Black Entrepreneurs and change-makers,” says Emile Cambry, Founder of BLUE1647. “Being an award recipient last year and seeing the amazing turnout, we had to be a part of the 2nd Annual LEGACY Gala and we expect to have a night recognizing amazing people, but also use the gala as a catalyst to ensuring black businesses grow and thrive.”

The gala will feature a keynote address by Miko Branch, National Best Selling Author and Co-Founder of Miss Jessie’s LLC. As the pioneering brand of the natural hair industry, Miss Jessie’s disrupted the hair industry by empowering women of color to embrace their natural curls. And became the first black-owned natural hair product to make it to shelves of Target, Wal-Mart and many more.

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Actor/ Producer JB Brown shows us how “To Love The Soul Of A Woman”

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By Cedric Nettles Entertainment Editor Yes it is Valentine’s day. One would hope that in our relationships we love our significant others as if it is Valentine’s Day year round. Well after speaking with veteran Actor/Producer JB Brown, he shows us how true love can take dark turns. His movie delves into the issue of domestic violence from the male perspective in his movie “To Love The Soul Of A Woman.” Men are slightly more likely than women to be on the receiving end of psychological aggression by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Nearly half of men (48.8%) and half women (48.4%) have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Brown’s movie explores this issue in an action pack film that will make you laugh as well as cringe. How can a man love a woman the abuses him?

JB’s films are in retail channels coast to coast and he offers some great advice for indie film makers on how to succeed.Check out our candid conversation. Photo/Video Credit Cedric Nettles

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