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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is calling on artists to boycott the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick.

Gerald Griggs, vice president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP, told Edward Helmore of The Observer that the group has reached out to the performers who have signed on for the show, asking them to rethink their participation.

“The majority of artists we’ve reached out to are standing in solidarity against the NFL,” Griggs said. “They do not want to be associated because of the protest that was started by Mr. Kaepernick against racial injustice and police brutality.”

Rihanna and Cardi B both reportedly passed on opportunities to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in solidarity with Kaepernick.

Maroon 5 has long been rumored as the headlining act, with Travis Scott as one of their guests, though neither has confirmed their participation. Variety’s Jem Aswad and Shirley Halperin reported in December that Jay-Z is trying to talk Scott out of performing.

“We would implore them to rethink their participation,” Griggs said. “The protest Mr. Kaepernick is making over the number of people killed by law enforcement has not been resolved. We would hope they would use their celebrity status to send that message to an even broader audience by pulling out.”

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Tye Dillinger took to Twitter today and apparently issued some words of advice for Nia Jax after her earlier tweet that went viral. He also gave props to the WWE women’s division.

As noted, Jax apparently had an issue with no women of color being represented in a tweet WWE made on how the women’s division “brought it” in 2018. The tweet included photos of Charlotte Flair, RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, The IIconics, Becky Lynch and Carmella.

Jax wrote, “#WeHereToo” and included several emojis that apparently represent women of color.

Tye wrote, “ALL the WWE ladies had a great year but these ones had some very captivating moments in 2018! And, if you’re all #BooBoo face about being left off the list despite being on TV ALL the time….maybe spend more time on the craft instead of social media. Congratulations ladies”

LeBron James didn’t mince words during the Dec. 21 episode of HBO’s “The Shop” when discussing certain differences between the NFL and NBA, and the level of respect shown to the athletes of each league by ownership.

“In the NFL, they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said, according to The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.'”

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar went on to show his appreciation for Adam Silver, saying he feels the NBA commissioner provides players with the freedom to be activists for political and social change without fear of reprimand.

“He doesn’t mind us having … a real feeling and to be able to express that,” he said. “It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out. As long as we are doing it in a very educational, non-violent way, then he’s absolutely okay with it.”

The NFL announced in May that a national anthem policy had been approved by owners for the 2018 season, but it was quickly shelved months later under an agreement with the NFLPA. The policy would have required players and personnel to stand or remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem. It was in response to multiple players, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick, kneeling during the anthem to protest police brutality.

“I am very educated about what I believe in and I’m not doing it in a violent way,” James said. “I’m not knocking on your door saying, ‘Listen, I’m kneeling today and if you don’t kneel with me, I’ll knock you the f— out.’ But you know people go crazy when things are done outside the box. People don’t know how to react.”

James, Dwyane WadeCarmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul used the opening segment of the 2016 ESPYs to speak out against violence in the United States. Years earlier, James and several other players donned “I Can’t Breathe” shirts in support of Eric Garner, who was choked to death by a police officer in July 2014.

The 33-year-old also wore a “Kaepernick” shirt prior to the Lakers’ third preseason game and has voiced his support for the quarterback on numerous occasions.

Rihanna appears to be unapologetic about turning down the chance to be at the forefront of the football calendar.

The pop superstar reportedly declined an offer to headline the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick, a source told Nicholas Hautman of US Weekly.

“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the source told Hautman. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

Maroon 5 was eventually listed as the headliner for Super Bowl LIII.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a plea for continued protests against racial injustice while receiving Harvard University’s highest honor in African and African-American studies.

Kaepernick was one of eight people presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors on Thursday. He requested that his speech not be recorded or broadcasted, but he did allow his remarks to be on the record.

In the speech, which was transcribed by Eric Kane of 7News, Kaepernick discussed a visit he made in 2016 to Oakland’s Castlemont High School football team, who joined him in taking a knee during the national anthem.

“And one of the young brothers says, ‘We don’t get to eat at home, so we’re going to eat on this field,'” Kaepernick said. “That moment has never left me. And I’ve carried that everywhere I went. And I think that’s the reality of what I’ve fought for, what so many of us have fought for. People live with this every single day. And we expect them to thrive in situations where they’re just trying to survive.

“And I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” he continued. “Because if we don’t, we become complicit in the problem. It is our duty to fight for them and we are going to continue to fight for them.”

Kaepernick also spoke about his Nike campaign and the quote that was at the heart of it.

“As I reflected on that, it made me think of if we all believe something, we won’t have to sacrifice everything,” he said.

Colin Kaepernick will receive Harvard University’s highest honor in African and African-American studies next month.

The former NFL quarterback, along with comedian Dave Chappelle and six others, will be presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct. 11, the university announced Thursday.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal is awarded to those who “have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, and more broadly, are individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.” Past recipients include Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey.

In its press release, Harvard highlighted Kaepernick’s pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations, which he completed in January. He was recently made the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” 30th-anniversary campaign.

President Donald Trump bashed Nike for its endorsement of Colin Kaepernick, who was crowned the face of the company’s 30th anniversary campaign.

“I think it’s a terrible message,” Trump told Vince Coglianese and Saagar Enjeti of The Daily Caller. “Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent.”

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel for the national anthem in a protest against social injustice throughout the United States. He’s been unemployed since March 2017 and is attempting to sue the NFL for collusion.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Kaepernick and other NFL players who have demonstrated during the national anthem before games. He once went as far as to call Kaepernick a “son of a b—-” for refusing to stand.

“But I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it, but I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent,” Trump said. “There’s no reason for it.”

Trump added that he respects Nike’s right to support Kaepernick, even if he doesn’t.

“As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way – I mean, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”