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Future Doctor Colin Kaepernick Hopes To 'Change The Game' With Young Adult Novel

Colin Kaepernick likely had no idea the impact he would have on society from taking a knee. His visible act of protest against police brutality attracted the attention of supporters and critics alike. However, he never let any of the pressure stop him from standing ten toes down (well, knee down) on what he believed was right. Several years into his activism, Kaepernick is adding young-adult author to his arsenal of tools with an upcoming book entitled “Change The Game.”

May 19, 2022

Colin Kaepernick Claims Nike's Value Increased By $6B Thanks To His Likeness Following His Kneeling Protest

Colin Kaepernick is on a mission to get the NFL to give him another shot since he was last on the field in January 2017. While the former San Francisco 49ers player is currently adamant on the decision of wanting to have another go at professional football, he’s also made a comeback with receipts proving his impact on the league. When recalling the aftermath of taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016, Kaepernick shared with the “I Am Athlete” hosts that Nike greatly benefitted from his likeness — specifically in a big payout — The Jasmine Brand reports. “When I first took a knee, my jersey went to number one,” he said, according to The Jasmine Brand. “When I did the deal with Nike their value increased by $6 billion. So if, you’re talking about the business side, it shows beneficial. If you’re talking about the playing side, come in, let me compete, you can evaluate me from there.” He continued: “The NFL is supposed to be a meritocracy. Come in let me compete. If I’m not...

Apr 20, 2022

Colin Kaepernick Releases First Children's Book To Serve As Representation For Black And Brown Youth

In 2021, a Netflix series titled “Colin in Black and White” was released, which explored the life of Colin Kaepernick. Now, his journey of growing up being adopted has been transformed into a children’s book. People reports that the football player and activist’s book, “I Color Myself Different,” was inspired by a transformative moment in his childhood. View this post on Instagram A post shared by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) “When I was 5-years-old, I was given an assignment in school: ‘draw a picture of yourself and your family.’ I drew my white adoptive family with a yellow crayon and then picked up a brown crayon to draw myself,” he said, according to People. He continued: “This revelatory moment taught me an important lesson about embracing my Black identity through the power of self-love and eventually helped me to understand how my brown skin was connected to my Blackness. Above all, I hope that I Color Myself Different can inspire young people to embrace their power, love...

Apr 11, 2022

Colin Kaepernick Joins Naomi Osaka's Skincare Brand KINLÒ As An Investor And Board Member

After launching her skincare line in 2021, Naomi Osaka has recently onboarded new members to KINLÒ’s leadership team. The tennis star and her partners at A-Frame Brands have added fellow athlete Colin Kaepernick to the brand’s board of directors, according to Black Enterprise. He will now be joining alongside Osaka, A-Frame co-founders Hill Harper and Ari Bloom, plus Osaka’s agent Stuart Duguid. The announcement comes in addition to the news of him and his partners Jim Nikopoulos and Akim Aliu investing in KINLÒ’s seed round. Osaka’s brand advocates for the Black community’s skin health, which Kaepernick fully supports. “Not only does KINLÒ produce compelling and sustainable personal care products, but it also calls attention to the ways that melanated skin-toned communities are often marginalized in research around sun care and often excluded from clinical studies on skin cancer. I believe KINLÒ has the capacity to right this wrong,” Kaepernick said, according to the outlet.

Mar 17, 2022

Former Miami Dolphins Coach Brian Flores Files Lawsuit Against The NFL, Teams For Alleged 'Racism In Hiring'

Is this how we’re kicking off Black History Month? Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores will officially sue the National Football League (NFL) for “racism in hiring” per reports from ESPN. He will also sue individual teams for the same alleged racist practices, which include the Denver Broncos, the New York Giants, and the Dolphins. “God has gifted me with a special talent to coach the game of football, but the need for change is bigger than my personal goals,” said Flores in a statement surrounding the news. “In making the decision to file the class action complaint today, I understand that I may be risking coaching the game that I love and that has done so much for my family and me. My sincere hope is that by standing up against systemic racism in the NFL, others will join me to ensure that positive change is made for generations to come.”

Feb 2, 2022

Despite His $20M Net Worth, Colin Kaepernick's Building A Legacy Worth More Than Money

One thing about Colin Kaepernick — you will never, ever forget him. He could have gone down in history as one of the greatest NFL stars that Milwaukee, WI, ever produced. But the man born Colin Rand Kaepernick had a calling for something bigger than himself. As a result, he made history in yet another, more impactful, way. And though he remains unsigned by an NFL team to this day, he remains unbothered. For him, it’s about creating a larger conversation that will, hopefully, change the world for the better. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Colin Kaepernick said at the height of the “taking a knee” movement. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for...

LeBron James' High School Jersey Estimated To Be Auctioned For Up To $600K

LeBron James may not be in this year’s NBA Finals, but he is still the talk of the town! The NBA superstar’s high school jersey is reportedly being estimated to be auctioned for up to $600,000. In an official press release shared with AfroTech , Julien’s Auctions announced that the Sports Legends auction for some of the world’s most sought-after sports treasures will take place on July 17 and July 18. Julien’s Auctions is the world-record-breaking auction house to the stars and the star-studded event includes some of the best of the best in the sports world. The event will feature items from Tom Brady, Zinedine Zidane, Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Trout, Roger Maris, and more. LeBron James’ St. Vincent — St. Mary’s high school basketball jersey which he wore on “The Chosen One” 2002 magazine cover for “Sports Illustrated” is estimated to sell between $400,000-$600,000. Colin Kaepernick’s game-worn and photo-matched No. 10 University of Nevada 2008 season football jersey are also among the...

Jul 9, 2021

Colin Kaepernick Ventures Into SPAC Game, Aims to Acquire a $1B Firm With Social and Cultural Impact

Former NFL quarterback and social activist Colin Kaepernick is the latest public figure to form a special purpose-acquisition company (SPAC) seeking to raise upwards of $250 million to create a positive social and cultural impact. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kaepernick is the co-sponsor and co-chairman of Mission Advancement Corp., — a blank check company that aims to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses — which is also working in partnership with Jahm Najafi of private equity firm The Najafi Cos. Mission Advancement Corp’s overall mission for this move is to focus on resolving racial injustice and diversity issues, while it also aims to acquire a consumer business with an enterprise value around $1 billion, MarketWatch shares. “The mission of the Najafi/Kaepernick partnership is to identify, acquire and advance a company with the...

Feb 16, 2021

Ben & Jerry's Joins Forces With Colin Kaepernick to 'Change the Whirled'

Colin Kaepernick changed the world when he first decided to kneel and now he’s teamed up with Ben & Jerry’s to continue to be that change — one scoop at a time. “I’m honored to partner with Ben & Jerry’s on Change the Whirled,” said Kaepernick in a press release. “Their commitment to challenging the anti-Black roots of policing in the United States demonstrates a material concern for the wellbeing of Black and Brown communities. My hope is that this partnership will amplify calls to defund and abolish the police and to invest in futures that can make us safer, healthier, and truly free.” The latest partnership includes a new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor inspired by Kaepernick’s social justice efforts. The new flavor Change the Whirled™ honors his activism in the pursuit of racial justice, according to a press release. “We are so inspired by Colin Kaepernick’s bold activism for racial justice that we did what we do best: We whipped up [an] euphoric flavor to honor his work,” said...

Dec 11, 2020

Colin Kaepernick Returns to Madden’s Virtual Field For the First Time Since 2016

It looks like gaming giant EA SPORTS is welcoming former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick back to the field. Kap has returned to the game after four years of riding the sidelines both virtually and IRL. Though he hasn’t made his comeback to the real-life NFL field, he is now the top free-agent quarterback in Madden 21, with an 81 overall rating, The Undefeated reports . “Knowing that our EA SPORTS experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football,” EA said in a statement Tuesday (Sept. 8). “We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.” Kap became an NFL free agent after the 2016 season. As a result, EA no longer had licensing rights to use the player’s likeness. However, recently, EA and Kap hashed out the particulars, including...

Sep 9, 2020

Colin Kaepernick Inks Partnership Deal With Disney

On the heels of his appointment to Medium’s Board of Directors, Colin Kaepernick announced a first-look deal with Disney on Monday (July 6). “I am excited for this partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers & producers,” he tweeted . “I look forward to sharing culturally impactful and inspiring projects” According to Variety, the partnership between Kaepernick’s Ra Vision production company and Walt Disney will “emphasize scripted and unscripted stories that deal with race, social injustice and the quest for equity.” In addition, the deal will include a docuseries by ESPN films chronicling Kaepernick’s transition from San Francisco 49ers quarterback to activist. I am excited for this partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers & producers. I look forward to sharing culturally impactful and inspiring projects. — Colin...

Jul 7, 2020

Colin Kaepernick Joins Medium as Board Member to Elevate Black Voices

Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick is taking a seat on the board of directors at Medium. Medium will partner with the activist and Kaepernick Publishing to create content focused on race and civil rights in America, the statement reads . Also, Kaepernick will work with Medium’s Level and Momentum publications to elevate emerging Black voices. “I couldn’t be more happy to welcome Colin to Medium,” wrote Medium CEO Ev Willams. “He’s an incisive, independent thinker, whose integrity has inspired so many. The world needs more of that.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kaepernick Publishing (@kaepernickpublishing) This news comes on the heels of the NFL’s renewed but performative support for Kap’s return to the field. “If he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then it’s obviously going to take a team to make that decision,” Roger Goodell said during an interview with ESPN . “But I welcome that, support the club making that decision and encourage them to do that.” Also,...

Jun 18, 2020