Colin Is in Good Company

This week’s spotlight is now sharing close quarters with some of the world’s most recognizable arts works, such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. Starting on October 1, 2017 Colin Kaepernick`s number 7 red San Francisco 49ners jersey is hanging in New York`s Museum of Modern Art in the "Items: Is Modern Fashion?" exhibition.

MoMA curator Paola Antonelli shares her reasoning behind this new addition, “Children around the world look up to sports heroes as role models; for them, the jersey embodies a dream or aspiration.” In 2016 Kaepernick took a stance on the racial injustice in America by sitting down during the national anthem.

Kaepernick used his platform for those who feel as if they don’t have a voice and has been sending shockwaves around the country, and the world. This jersey hanging in such a prestigious venue represents an appreciation of courage, empathy, and utter bravery.

I hope the symbolism of his jersey resonates to children, adults, and everything in between. Congratulations to Colin Kaepernick and let it be known that it is ok to have a voice, be brave and use it.

 

- Sydnie Henderson

Copy of Breast Cancer Awareness

Fall is here, Halloween is near, and pink is held dear to our hearts. As we enter Breast Cancer Awareness month let us commemorate the brave men and women affected by this illness. It`s always important to celebrate these people year-round but this month especially dedicated to them. This spotlight is for our survivors, fighters, and fallen ones. Your sheer strength and courage has not gone unnoticed. Let us take a moment of our days to appreciate these beautiful people!

Below is a link that will provide you with ways to check for symptoms, signs, and important facts on breast health. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org 

 

- AWB

Quarterback Drops The Ball & Dannon Drops The Quarterback

Due to recent comments made by star quarterback Cam Newton in a post game press conference, Dannon Yogurt has decided to pull its sponsorship of Carolina Panther’s starting quarterback Cam Newton. During a press conference Cam Newton was asked a question by reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, following the question Newton stated, “It is funny to hear a female talk about passing routes.” Darren Rovell released Dannon`s statement via twitter:

Newton was not the only person involved to receive backlash, as Rodrigue was also topic of discussion because of previous racial tweets made back in 2012 which was reported by Blacksportsonline.com.  Rodrigue issued an apology stating, "I apologize for the offensive tweets from my Twitter account from 4/5 years ago," Rodrigue tweeted. "There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize."

Being an African- American female there is no black or white opinion to this situation. Both parties participated in offensive actions and should be held accountable. Placing my bias aside I ask you, the reader, did Dannon make the right choice as far as Newton`s sponsorship and should there be a greater consequence for Rodrigue`s racial comments other than a tweet?

- Sydnie Henderson