Why Kaepernick Takes the Knee

25siegelWeb-master768Given the fiery responses to Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem — taking a knee, a gesture now being adopted by a wave of professional athletes — you would think that it was a militant motion, full of anger and menace, akin to the Black Power salutes raised by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics. But kneeling during the national anthem is a gesture of humility, not ominous ire.

In youth sports, players take a knee when another player is hurt. It is an acknowledgment of the vulnerable humanity that, for the moment, has been obscured by the intense competition of the game. Taking a knee in that context is, like a religious genuflection, a gesture of self-surrender before the greater reality of human suffering.

Likewise, when black players take a knee during the national anthem to protest police violence against African-Americans, they are making a gesture of pain and distress. They are putting America in a more honest context — our “Star-Spangled Banner” dimly seen through the mists of deep injury. It is like flying an American flag upside down in a moment of emergency.

Still, black players kneeling in this way has a disorienting quality. Clearly, however humble and sincere Kaepernick’s intentions, his critics have decided that he is disrespecting a growing list of American institutions: the flag, fallen service members — even the perceived line between playing professional sports and speaking out on issues of national importance.

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/opinion/nfl-football-kaepernick-take-knee.html?ribbon-ad-idx=9&rref=opinion&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&pgtype=article

Retrofit Republic Presents: Adaptation: A Presentation for Sustainable Style Design and Fashion Show

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 1:10 PDT Calling all San Francisco Fashionistas! — Head to San Francisco Green Festival November 10-11 and check out the latest in eco-friendly and recycled vintage wear, promoting and supporting local and global social justice, as Retrofit Republic presents, “Adaptation: A Presentation for Sustainable Style Design and Fashion Show.” Retrofit Republic is a styling firm and vintage retailer with a social impact. Retrofit Republic specialize in vintage and recycled clothing and offer styling to individuals, changemakers, and brands. Their vision is to change the belief that fashion and eco-sustainability are mutually exclusive. As a values-driven business, Retrofit Republic is committed to impeccable style, sustainability efforts, and initiatives that benefit low-income populations, communities of color, and the LGBTQ family “Adaptation: A Presentation for Sustainable Style Design and Fashion Show will make its San Francisco Green Festival debut Saturday November 10 at 6pm on the Main Stage.

Storm-crippled NYC subway creaks back into service

ImageNEW YORK (AP) — New York tried to resume its normal frenetic pace Thursday, getting back much of its vital subway system after a crippling storm, but was l slowed by gridlocked traffic. Commuters lined up at Penn Station to board uptown trains at 6 a.m. Technology worker Ronnie Abraham was on one of them, hoping to get home to Harlem, a trip that is 20 minutes by train and 2 ½ hours by bus. “It’s the lifeline of the city,” Abraham said. “It can’t get much better than this.” Ray Dunn, a paramedic, was trying to get work in the Bronx for the first time since the storm barreled up the East Coast, killing more than 70 people, devastating coastal communities and leaving millions without power from New Jersey to the West Virginia mountains. “There’s no way to get to work unless you drive,” said Dunn, who doesn’t own a car. After reopening its airports, theaters and stock exchange, city officials hoped the subways would ease the gridlock that had paralyzed the city, forcing cars and pedestrians to inch through crowded streets without working stoplights. But television footage Thursday showed heavy traffic crawling into Manhattan, as police turned away cars that carried fewer than three people — a rule meant to ease the congestion that paralyzed the city earlier this week. And the platforms weren’t crowded; a dozen people at a time waited on platforms. An F train headed to a bus stop in Brooklyn rolled in near silence, with just a fraction of its normal load, then sat in a station for 15 minutes while the train waited for a space in the next station. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Storm-crippled-NYC-subway-creaks-back-into-service-3999009.php#ixzz2AyUur5Dk

Timberlake ‘deeply sorry’ for ‘distasteful’ video

3:45PM EDT October 26. 2012 – Justin Timberlake says he’s “deeply sorry” for the “distasteful,” “unsavory” and “silly” video that went viral this week — in which homeless people in Hollywood congratulate the singer and new wife Jessica Biel. In a rare open letter posted to his website, Timberlake calls the 8-minute clip, shot by his friends — “good people” — a “lapse in judgment which I’m sure no one who is reading this is exempt from. But, I don’t believe it was made to be insensitive.” That said, he writes, “I think we can all agree that it was distasteful. “I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by the video,” he adds. The newlywed also insists he knew nothing about it: “I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it,” and that, contrary to reports, it was not shown at his wedding. “But, I do understand the reaction and, by association, I am holding myself accountable.” And the friend who filmed it: “You can bet your (vulgarity) that I’m having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service… Boom.”

SOURCE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2012/10/26/justin-timberlake-apologizes-for-controversial-wedding-video/1661085/ 

Chevy Chase Uses ‘Nigger’ on “Community” Set

Chevy Chase is in hot water after allegedly using “nigger”while decrying his “Community” character’s bigoteddialogue on the set of the NBC show. While Chase did not direct the racial slur at any of his African American cast mates, the legendary funnyman used the poignant word to complain to the show’s writers that they had gone too far with their writing. Fearing that they would expect him to use the “n-word” at some point, Chase decided to jump the gun and beat them to the punchline. The comic actor is reported to have apologized to his fellow actors immediately afterwards. But this is not the first clash between the 69-year-old actor and the “Community” creators. He has publicly feuded with the show’s creator Dan Harmon in the past and has slammed the acclaimed sitcom as “mediocre.”

Read it at The Huffington Post.


Power is many things—strength, focus, commitment, determination. Power is innovation. Power is elevation. Power is about shaping the world in new and different ways. This is why we can barely contain our excitement about the The 2012 EBONY Power 100! In a matter of days, in New York City, EBONY magazine will recognize the very best of the very best in Black America at an intimate inaugural celebration — The EBONY Power 100 Gala. With your help we have determined who among us has really done the work, those leaders in a number of exciting fields who have truly pushed the needle forward.

We’d like to send out a huge thank you to our 2012 EBONY Power 100 Gala sponsors, all of whom are committed to celebrating Black excellence. We’ll see you in New York!

All winners will be revealed in the Dec 2012/Jan 2013 issue of EBONY!