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NFL Pledges More Than $80 Million For Social Justice Projects

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It looks like the NFL is ready to step to the table and do something right. The NFL is on the verge of signing an unprecedented deal to help with social injustice issues around America. Thanks to players taking a knee for social inequality and using their platform, some fundamental change can take players.

The NFL will contribute $89 million over seven years to projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education according to ESPN.

During a conference call Wednesday night, Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin, who lead roughly 40 players who have negotiated with the league office about demonstrations during the national anthem, guided the group through the highlights of the package, which represents the NFL’s largest contribution to a social issue, surpassing that of Salute to Service or Breast Cancer Awareness/Crucial Catch.

Under the league’s proposal, the $89 million has been earmarked over a seven-year period for both national and local projects. On the national level, owners this year will allocate $5 million, with their commitment growing annually and maxing out at $12 million per year from 2021 through 2023.

At the local level, owners would put up $250,000 annually and expect players to match that amount, totaling $500,000 for each team. Players and owners can exceed that amount if they choose, with no matching requirement. In addition, there would be other fundraising opportunities, including telethons and auctions of jerseys worn in games.

This doesn’t mean Colin Kaepernick will be back in the league or that players will stop protesting. The agreement does not include language calling for players to end protests during the national anthem in exchange for funds; there’s no implication.

But it what it does show, is the players taking a knee for social inequality and using their platform were able to create some much-needed change.

 

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Real Life Kwik-E-Mart Is Open For Business

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The Simpson iconic store the Kwik-E-Mart now has a real-world location.

The store opened it’s doors on Friday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The store will sale memorabilia associated with Bart Simpson, his parents, Homer and Marge, sisters Lisa and Maggie and the rest of the globally known characters from the town of Springfield.

“This is the first, world’s first authentic Kwik-E-Mart. Every inch of this store is themed, including bringing products to life,” Mark Cornell, senior vice president of attractions development with simEx-Iwerks Entertainment, told WMBF News.

“The products that are on the show, you can actually come and experience in the store first hand. Sort of like getting a taste of the show.” Back in 2007, 7-Eleven converted a few of their chains into small-scale versions of the convenience store as a way of promoting the release of The Simpsons Movie. This newly-opened Kwik-E-Mart offers fans a much more immersive experience that allows them to see (and even taste) what it would be like to actually live in Springfield.

There is also similar version of the store opened in Universal Studios Orlando.

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Snoop And Matt Barnes Team Up For Cancer Benefit

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Snoop Dogg and Matt Barnes continue to help support the fight against cancer. On Sunday, the two stars held the fifth annual Athletes vs. Cancer All-Star Weekend.

Barnes created the nonprofit Athletes vs. Cancer (AVC) in memory of his mother, who died just 26 days after being diagnosed with stage four cancer, according to the organization’s website.

“This nonprofit is a community of influencers — musicians, athletes, actors — who come together to bring awareness to cancer but also support families who are harmed by cancer,” said Holly Baird, communications director for AVC. “They provide scholarships, care packages and all-around support for families.”

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush also participated at the event.

“I think everybody here has been affected in some way, shape or form by cancer. Obviously, it’s a nasty disease. It’s taken a lot of people way too soon. I’ve been affected by it, close family members, friends, co-workers, and so I’ve known Matt and Snoop for a long time and they’ve supported me for a long time, so it’s only right that I come to support them.”

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Randy Moss Pays Tribute To Police Brutality Victims

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Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss is now in the NFL Hall Of Fame. Moss stepped to the podium with a tie with the names of victims from Police Brutality.

The tie had the names of including Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, and Travyon Martin to name a few.

“What I wanted to express with my tie was to let these families know they’re not alone,” Moss said. “I’m not here voicing, but by [having] these names on my tie, in a big platform like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country and I just wanted these family members to know they’re not alone.”

 

 

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