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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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Puma Promises To Donate Proceeds From Peace On Earth Shoes To Trayvon Martin Foundation

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Puma has decided to show their support for against gun violence with a new line of sneakers.

The company announced it will donate $5 dollars from each shoe sold from the Peace On Earth line to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

The PUMA Clyde Court colorway features a feather white knit build with off-white accents. Grey is featured at the heel counter while a touch of jolly red can be found at the top eyelet.

The sneaker will release on December 20.

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Juicy J Backed Water Company Sells For $525 Million

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Juicy J is celebrating after his investment in Core Water brand has paid off.

The company has been acquired by Keurig Dr. Pepper for $525 million. The Oscar-winning artists commented on the deal via Instagram typing, “The best investment I made in my life.”

Wholesale sales for CORE were between $70 and $80 million, while retail sales were close to $200 million. KDP expects to reel in $90 million in tax benefits as part of the deal.

“KDP has been an outstanding partner for CORE and I am certain that, under its ownership, CORE will continue to see tremendous long-term success,” founder Lance Collins said in a press release. “I am a strong supporter of the KDP strategy and business model and am looking forward to being a shareholder in the company.”

 

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Drake Wins Lawsuit Over Woman’s False Rape And Pregnancy Claims

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Drake has won his lawsuit with the woman that made false pregnancy and rape allegations against him in 2017. Layla Lace met Drake during last year’s Boy Meets World Tour in Manchester, England, where he claimed they had consensual sex.

According to TMZ, Drizzy won his case and Lace is prohibited from using media to assert the claims. Manchester police also investigated, once Lace made the claims and could not find any evidence.

Drake 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 claimed 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.”

Celebrity attorney Larry Stein, who’s repping Drake, tells TMZ … “The filing made by Drake against Layla Lace has been resolved, with Layla avoiding going to trial by agreeing to a stipulated judgment which prohibits her from repeating past statements she made against Drake.  Drake and his team are satisfied with this outcome and while Drake appreciates the support he has received, he asks that his fans and the media allow both parties to move on with their lives”

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