As the NFL season draws closer, former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick still remain unsigned. Many believe that he is being keep off NFL rosters as punishment for his national anthem protest during the previous season. Despite the lack of opportunities, the 29 year old signal caller remains focus on one thing, social change.
Over the last year, Kaepernick has been putting his money and time to work for good. While in the midst of his protest he pledge to donate $1 million to charities devoted to fighting racial injustice. To date he has donated $800,000 to multiple organizations, including his most recent contribution of $34,000 to J.Cole’s Dreamville Foundation.
Dreamville is a nonprofit foundation that is designed to help the young people in Cole’s hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina, accomplish their dreams.
The news was first publicized by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, who tweeted the various organizations the NFL star has donated to.
No matter your opinion of his reasons and method of protest, you have to commend his commitment to doing good. It is most likely the reason why so many people have stood up for Kaepernick in the wake of his apparent blacklisting from the league. Whether the QB, who finished last season with 16 touchdowns against only four interception in 12 games last season. Those stats gave him a QB rating of 90.7 for the season, 17th among qualifying starters.
Bishop James Dukes, a pastor of Liberation Christian Center, is asking Chicago's Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, to remove the names of former presidents George Washington and Andrew Jackson from parks on the South Side. The reason he is giving is that we should not be honoring slave owners in predominantly black communities.
Pastor Dukes isn't looking to deny Washington's or Jackson place in history, he just feels that it is not appropriate to celebrate them in the black community.
At the corner of 51st and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive sits a statue of George Washington on horseback. “When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” Pastor Dukes said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”
Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.
“There’s no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that say Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it,” he said. “Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us ‘just accept it’ is actually insulting.”
The pastor also said President Andrew Jackson’s name should be removed from nearby Jackson Park, because he also was a slave owner. He said he’s not necessarily asking the city rename the parks altogether. He suggested Washington Park could be named after former Mayor Harold Washington, and Jackson Park could be named after civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.
“In an African-American community, it’s a slap in the face and it’s a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner."
Dukes said he has sent letters to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District asking them to change the names of Washington and Jackson parks. He shared the letter on Facebook.
From report on CBS.com
In the world of social media, a good post can make you, and it can cut you down from the highest of pedestals. No platform displays the public's ability to turn on you better than Twitter. Top celebrities, athletes and politicians have all let 140 characters be their downfall. It's why one should always choose words and images wisely when tweeting, and our 44th president, Barack Obama, recently did just that with a touching and inspiring message after the tragedy during the Charlottesville, VA protests.
As you can see in the picture above, the former POTUS is getting a lot of love for his tweet promoting unity. In fact, Obama's tweet was so popular that it has officially become the most like tweet of all time. The tweet took less than a day to gain 3.3 million likes, breaking the previous record. The tweet is still gaining in popularity as it is over 4.4 million like as of this writing. This tweet wasn't the only popular tweet from Barack, two other tweets that were posted along with the above tweet have gain 1.6 and 1.4 million likes.
Leave it up President Obama to show us all how twitter is supposed to be done.
It's only day nine of the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax and already the county may suffer from it. This time the issue comes from the federal side as how the tax is being charged could end up costing the county $87 million.
Cook County did the right thing by informing retailers that purchases made with federal food stamp benefits are exempt from the soda tax under federal law, but it's also allowed retailers to tax those purchases and provide refunds as a workaround for stores that haven't been able to program their point-of-sale systems. Despite the immediate refund, that practice still violates the strict rules laid out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, the federal agency overseeing the food stamp program.
"It is FNS's strict interpretation that retailers may not charge the tax to SNAP recipients at any time and that providing an immediate subsequent refund at a customer service desk does not cure the problem or the violation of the law," said James Dimas, secretary of the state Department of Human Services, in a memo to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday.
Preckwinkle spoke at the Cook County Democratic Party's slating event Thursday. Asked about the memo afterward, she declined to comment because she hadn't yet reviewed it.
To avoid "suspension or disallowance" of the federal money, the state human services department has until August 21 to submit a corrective action plan that either details how the county tax will be fixed or confirm a delay of the tax to allow retailers more time to program their point-of-sale systems.
Under federal law, SNAP purchases are exempt from state and local sales tax. Months ago, Cook County officials were hopeful that they'd be able to apply the tax universally by having retailers fold the cost of the tax into the selling price of the products, like overhead costs, instead of tacking it on at checkout.
But the state Department of Revenue advised in June that would constitute an "overcollection" because the higher selling price would then be subject to sales tax. On June 6 — less than a month from the planned July 1 start date — the county announced the tax could also be added at the point of sale, thus rendering SNAP purchases exempt.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Bad news for drill rapper Katie Got Bandz, also known as Drillary Clinton. According to XXL Magazine, the "Pop Out" rapper was was booked on Monday, Aug. 7, and is scheduled for her next court appearance on Aug. 21. Her bail is currently set at $50,000.
The 24-year-old rapper, real name Kiara Johnson, was gearing up to drop her Katie Blanco mixtape that’s yet to be released. She initially blew up with songs like “I Need a Hitta” (2011) and “Pop Out” (2013). Rising Chicago rapper Brian Fresco recently collabed with Katie on a song called “Lit.”
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This past August 4th, the 44th President of The United States celebrated his 56th birthday. Starting next year not only will the day mark the birth date of Barack Obama, but in Illinois it will be an official holiday.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner officially signed Senate Bill 55 which led to the creation of the special day. Along with creating the holiday, the bill also sang the praises of the first African-American President saying:
“…observed throughout the State as a day set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.”
While the day will be a official holiday, Rauner has said that Barack Obama Day wouldn’t serve as a “formal holiday with paid, forced time off,” the day will solely be herald as a time “of acknowledgment and celebration.”
Formal holiday or not, the acknowledgement is much deserved. Now the only question is, when do we get Michelle Obama Day?