‘Black-ish’ actress Jenifer Lewis sported a Nike ensemble at the Primetime Emmy Awards, saying she chose the outfit “in support of Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice.” (Sept. 18)
Several celebrities have doubled down on their support of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick by vowing to boycott Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
“I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the #SuperBowl today in protest of the @NFL’s racist treatment of @Kaepernick7 and its ongoing disregard for the health (and) well-being of all its players,” she wrote Sunday.
DuVernay continued: “To watch the game is to compromise my beliefs. It’s not worth it. #ImWithKap”
Other celebrities voiced their support for Kaepernick with the hashtag #ImWithKap, after the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was reportedly blackballed from the NFL in 2016 for protesting racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
Common included the hashtag while quoting activist Angela Davis on Twitter Saturday: “‘I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I’m changing the things I cannot accept.'” His post included a picture of Davis wearing an #ImWithKap jersey.
Actress and screenwriter Lena Waithe shared the same image of Davis on Instagram Saturday, along with a fist emoji.
“The Masked Singer” host Nick Cannon used the hashtag to spread word of the Kaepernick-inspired “7 Challenge” Sunday. His post included a video of himself wearing an #ImWithKap jersey and reciting an NSFW poem.
“I am donating $7 to Colin’s Know Your Rights Camp,” Cannon wrote. “The number 7 symbolizes Kap’s jersey number. I challenge you to donate $7 to @YourRightsCamp and nominate 7 others to do the same. Go to KnowYourRightsCamp.com and click donate.”
Former “Girlfriends” actress Jill Marie Jones tweeted Sunday, “Ya already know #imwithkap.”
Other celebrities, including Rihanna and Jay-Z, reportedly turned down opportunities to perform at the coveted Super Bowl halftime show over Kaepernick. Rapper Cardi B also passed on an offer to perform alongside Maroon 5 to “stand behind” the former quarterback because he “stood up” for minorities.
“My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It’s really hard for him… He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can’t go to the Super Bowl, because he’s got to stand for something,” Cardi B told the Associated Press Friday.
She continued: “You have to sacrifice that…I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.”
Maroon 5 will perform at this year’s halftime show in Atlanta with Outkast rapper Big Boi and Travis Scott.
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