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Beyonce Presents Colin Kaepernick With Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

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Beyoncé presented Colin Kaepernick with the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which honors an athlete who uses their platform to further change.

Beyonce was a surprise presenter on Tuesday night and her heartfelt words really touched the

“Thank you Colin Kaepernick. Thank you for your selfless heart, and your conviction,” said Beyonce in her presentation speech. “Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.”

“We’re still waiting for the world to catch up. It’s been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America. So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selfless serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”

In his acceptance speech, Kaepernick said that his “platform is the people.”

“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America,” he said. “I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”

He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali’s legacy of fighting social injustice, saying the boxing great “mentored me without ever meeting me.”

“The footprints he leaves are large,” Kaepernick said, “and his life is and has been a multitextured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I’m taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.”

 

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Bill Cosby Sentenced To 3-10 Years In State Prison

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Bill Cosby finally received his sentence on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

The judge deemed Cosby a “sexually violent predator” by a judge before sentencing the 81-year-old fallen star to three to ten years in prison.

“I’m not permitted to treat him any differently based on who he is or who he was,” the judge said. “As she [Constand] said, Mr. Cosby, you took her beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it.”

Constand accused Cosby of raping her in 2004 when she was working with Cosby at Temple University’s athletic department. She was among the more than 60 women have come forward with accusations, most of whom cited Cosby’s use of the sedative Quaaludes to overpower them.

Cosby did not take the stand during his 13-day trial. He will be able to appeal his sentence. But for now, there is some justice for many of his victims.

 

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Drake Sues Woman Over Extortion And Fruad

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Drake is suing the woman that made false pregnancy and rape allegations against him in 2017.

According to TMZ, in the suit, Layla Lace met Drake during last year’s Boy Meets World Tour in Manchester, England, where he claimed they had consensual sex.

He claimed that when he stopped responding to subsequent messages, she allegedly began threatening to leak their correspondence, publicly claimed he had impregnated her, accused him of rape, and demanded “millions of dollars” in exchange for silence. Drake is reportedly suing for civil extortion, emotional distress, fraud, defamation, and abuse of process.

The suit claims Layla refused to take a paternity test and Layla and her lawyer went radio silent. Drake says the whole thing was a scam … “There is no credible evidence of pregnancy, nor any baby, which would have been born last Fall.”

According to the lawsuit, Layla switched tactics and went to authorities in New York and alleged Drake had raped her during their one-night stand.

The Manchester police reportedly interviewed and cleared Drake of sexual assault accusations when the case was referred to them.

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Michael Jordan Is Donating $2 Million Dollars For Hurricane Florance Relief

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Michael Jordan is donating to hurricane aid for his home state.

Jordan is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund. The American Red Cross is providing food and shelter to thousands of people who have been displaced by the hurricane, while the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund directs funds to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm.

Jordan also reportedly stressed the importance of the long-term recovery from the storm.

“People need to understand this will not be a week-long process. This is going to have a huge disruption on people’s lives – not for 10 days, but for years,” Jordan told the Charlotte Observer, adding that he hopes his donation will spur people to get involved.

Hurricane Florence made landfall over the weekend across the Eastern seaboard, leaving at least 33 people dead and causing flooding and widespread power outages in the areas hardest hit by the storm in Virginia and the Carolinas. More than 10,000 residents have reportedly been displaced amid the devastating aftermath

 

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