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Simone Biles, Cerebral Part Ways Months After The Mental Health Startup Gets Hit With Federal Investigation

Simone Biles is reportedly stepping away from her role with mental health startup Cerebral.

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 21, 2022

'Just Tell Me If I'm Broke Or Not' — Simone Biles Reveals Her Request For Advisors When It Comes To Managing Her $16M Fortune

Growing up in a Black household, you likely heard the phrase “don’t jump on my furniture.” And as much as many people tried to adhere to the rule, for some, jumping was a natural passion and interest. That passionate sentiment could be said for Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles. With an early interest in the sport since the age of six, Biles, no doubt, took Kriss Kross’ lyrics to “Jump” literally. The Olympic star began competing in competitions by capitalizing on her affinity for gymnastics. It earned her initial first-place prize on vault at the 2012 American Classic, landing her a spot to compete at the 2012 USA Gymnastics National Championships. Biles would be named to the U.S. Junior National Team that same year. After mastering the aerodynamic sport, Biles would earn gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Olympics. She also has won various other world championships. While her sports career is impressive, Biles has leveraged her success as an athlete to make investments and...

Josh Rodgers

Aug 18, 2022

These Are The Top-Paid Black Female Athletes In 2022

Forbes has just released its list of the top-paid female athletes, and five out of the ten spots belong to Black female athletes. There were some athletes on the list that should be no surprise. Naomi Osaka and the Williams sisters, of course, would definitely be the top earners. But there were some new entries on the list, as well. And according to the outlet, it’s because for the first time, women in sports — and Black female athletes — are being taken seriously in their fields. “The world’s ten highest-paid female athletes earned a combined $167 million before taxes in 2021, according to Forbes estimates, a 23% increase over 2020 and a 16% jump from the prior record of $143.3 million set in 2013,” reports the outlet. “New money and new sponsors are pouring into women’s sports; it’s just that the dollars are being spread among more athletes and finding their way into new leagues.” That means it’s not just tennis stars like Osaka and the Williams sisters that stand to dominate the...

Naomi Osaka Tops The Forbes List Of Highest-Paid Female Athletes — Again

Naomi Osaka continues her winning streak. Forbes just released its list of highest-paid female athletes, and once again, the rising tennis superstar tops the list. The outlet reports that Naomi Osaka brought home nearly $60 million in 2021, more than every other female athlete on the list. The list also includes Serena Williams, who took the runner-up spot with a cozy $45.9 million in take-home pay. And according to the outlet, their handsome salaries are due to a new — and exciting — trend of capital infusion in female sports. More than any other year prior, sports insiders are saying that women’s sports are being taken seriously as money-makers. And this also means that other female athletes in different sports are also beginning to dominate the field. “New money and new sponsors are pouring into women’s sports; it’s just that the dollars are being spread among more athletes and finding their way into new leagues. For the first time in at least a dozen years, a gymnast (Simone...

The GOAT Effect: Simone Biles-Backed Mental Health Startup Cerebral Now Valued At $4.8B

Simone Biles is not only leaving her mark on the world of just gymnastics but the world of technology as well. AfroTech previously shared that the Olympic star partnered with Cerebral — the leading online mental health provider — as its Chief Impact Officer (CIO) in October 2021. After being on the team for less than two months, the mental health startup’s value has vaulted to a higher level, InnovationMap reports.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 14, 2021

After Her Debut NFT Collection Sold Out Within Minutes, Simone Biles Is Back With Her Most Iconic Moves

In August 2021, Simone Biles released her first NFT collection with the platform Autograph of 10,000 non-fungible tokens (NFTs), AfroTech previously reported. And might we add, the collection proved to be successful and sold out within minutes. Now, she’s back, and this time the GOAT is paying homage to some of her most famed moves as a part of Autograph’s Mystery GOAT collection. The Olympic athlete’s latest collection will mark a new direction for Autograph NFT’s, as they will be debuting 8-bit style animation highlighting the very moment when Simone Biles’s mother realized the blooming star needed to join gymnastics. Fans can also look forward to seeing Biles’s legendary moves such as the Double Double Beam Dismount, Double Layout Half and Triple Double. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Autograph ( “This collection was co-authored by Simone and it pays homage to trends that we’ve seen in the crypto space and that the existing crypto audience have enjoyed...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 16, 2021

Simone Biles Plans To Make Mental Health Resources Accessible As Chief Impact Officer Of Cerebral

Simone Biles has been transparent throughout the year about the importance of prioritizing mental health. In alignment with that, her latest partnership aims to make mental health resources more accessible. According to a press release, the Olympic gymnast has partnered with Cerebral — the leading online mental health provider — as its Chief Impact Officer. “Mental health is just as important as physical health, but for far too long the stigma of mental health has prevented too many people from seeking help,” Biles said in a press release. “I have my own challenges with mental health, and therapy has been very empowering for me as I try to be the best person that I can be. I believe everyone should have access to mental health resources and Cerebral gives me the ability to personalize my mental health care experience.” Barriers such as cost of therapy and lack of insurance keeps people from getting help, and Simone Biles and Cerebral’s partnership will financially assist underserved...

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 22, 2021

Autograph Taps Usain Bolt To Its Advisory Board & Announces The Iconic Olympian's First NFT Collection

Usain Bolt is back with another power move! According to PR Newswire, the iconic Olympic Sprinter will join the advisory board for Autograph, the company leading the charge in partnerships with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. The company is on a mission to bring forth a new era of digital collecting and now Bolt will play a role in helping to bring that vision to life. Bolt will not only become Autograph’s Advisory Board’s newest edition, but The World’s Fastest Man will also make his non-fungible tokens (NFTs) exclusive to view through the company. The collection will be available for purchase through the DraftKings Marketplace. “We’re honored to partner with Olympic legend, Usain Bolt, and drop his first-ever NFT collection,” said CEO & Co-Founder of Autograph, Dillon Rosenblatt, in an official statement. “Autograph is committed to celebrating the careers and achievements of our content partners, and we’ll now be able to provide our community with an...

Shanique Yates

Oct 1, 2021

NBA Star Stephen Curry Joins Tom Brady At Crypto Exchange FTX As Shareholder And Ambassador

NBA superstar Stephen Curry recently took to Twitter to ask users for solicited advice — hinting he may be dabbling into the cryptocurrency world soon.   Just getting started in the crypto game…y’all got any advice?? — Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 7, 2021 Less than 24 hours later, Stephen Curry revealed a new long-time partnership with cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Limited in a hilarious promotional video. Welcome to the FTX Team, NBA Superstar Stephen Curry! 🏀 We’re excited to announce he’s become FTX Global Ambassador and a shareholder. Though, who better to announce it than @StephenCurry30 himself?! — FTX – Built By Traders, For Traders (@FTX_Official) September 7, 2021 This marks the first crypto venture for the seven-time NBA All-Star. Curry will receive an equity stake and become a global ambassador for the company. His involvement is said to propel FTX’s goal to expand and cater to new audiences. “I’m excited to partner with a...

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 8, 2021

How The GOAT Simone Biles Became A Multi-Million Dollar Olympic Gymnast

Simone Biles — aka The GOAT — has returned. According to Reuters, Biles stepped on the balance beam for the first time since withdrawing from the Olympic competition and took home the bronze medal. This latest win brings Biles’ medal count up to seven — tying the record for the most medals won by a U.S. gymnast at the Olympics. But Simone Biles told the outlet that she didn’t just hop on the balance beams and knock out the win. Rather, thanks to her well-documented struggles with mental health, she had to subject herself to a battery of psychological exams. “Every day I had to be medically evaluated by the doctors here, and two sessions with the sports psychologists here as well, which helped to keep me a little more level-headed,” she said. “I was cleared to do beam which I honestly didn’t think I was going to be cleared to do last night.” Biles will be remembered not for the number of medals she took home from Tokyo, but for the triumphant way she changed the conversation about...

Twitter Declares Simone Biles The 'GOAT' With New Emoji Ahead Of The Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles has already reached “greatest of all time” status, but Twitter just made it official. Just in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Twitter has announced that it’s launching a new GOAT emoji specifically to honor the Olympic gold medalist. This moment marks history for the 24-year-old as she’s the first Olympian to receive a custom emoji from Twitter and first female athlete ever to receive her own GOAT emoji, following after people like Patrick Mahomes. When used by Twitter users, the emoji will automatically populate alongside hashtags like “#SimoneBiles” or “#Simone” throughout the Olympic Games, which begin today and continue until Aug. 8. The social recognition for Biles is sure to explode over the next few weeks as she’s considered a crowd-favorite. Her new emoji is designed as a goat sporting a red, sparkly leotard with a gold medal around its neck to recognize her accomplishments. Witness greatness Tweet with greatness #SimoneBiles #Simone

Njera Perkins

Jul 23, 2021

Simone Biles Ends Six-Year Nike Deal To Join A Brand She Says Is 'Truly For Women By Women'

One of the most decorated gymnasts ever and one of the greatest Olympic athletes has ended her massive powerhouse deal with Nike. Simone Biles has announced that she’s officially ending her six-year Nike endorsement deal to enter a new apparel partnership with Athleta, which she believes will more closely align with her personal values, Wall Street Journal reports. “I felt like it wasn’t just about my achievements, it’s what I stood for and how they were going to help me use my voice and also be a voice for females and kids,” she told Wall Street Journal in response to what attracted her to Athleta. “I feel like they also support me, not just as an athlete, but just as an individual outside of the gym and the change that I want to create, which is so refreshing.” According to the news outlet, Biles’s new deal with Athleta will include her own performance wear line, as well as other sponsorship opportunities where the brand will offer the gymnast a platform to participate in”honest...

Njera Perkins

Apr 27, 2021