Colin Kaepernick’s Eyeing A $1B Socially Conscious SPAC

Colin Kaepernick is still standing and looking to pull his community further upward by forming a special purpose acquisition company. The social justice hero and former NFL player has intentions to manifest $250M to fund a SPAC. The company namely Mission Advancement Corp. will concentrate on racial equity and social justice issues.

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 “I. Consumers are investing in brands that reflect their social values and recognize that purchasing decisions can act as instruments of change. II. Companies are becoming more mission-driven and seeking to align with culturally relevant social causes. III. Brands are evolving into media platforms, enabling authentic cultural and celebrity influencers to help drive awareness, marketing exposure and value” according to their filing.

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Kaepernick is cited as the global ambassador and is one of the owners who will also sit on the firms board.

“Najafi and Kaepernick’s commitment to their social mission is reflected in the formation of the independent board, made up of 100 percent Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and has a female majority,” states the filing. “In addition, our team has indicated an intent to launch an initiative in connection with the consummation of our initial business combination to provide opportunities for college students from underrepresented communities to gain access to fellowships and full-time opportunities in business and finance.”

The prospectus also stated that “We believe Mr. Kaepernick’s substantial business experience combined with his long-term leadership on racial equity and justice issues will support our success in identifying a prospective target company and adding transformational value to the combined entity.”


South Africa Deems Astrazeneca Vaccine Inefficient for Variant Discontinues Use

South Africa has discontinued the use of AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine after a study revealed that it falls short when treating the variant. The coronavirus mutation has taken predominance in the country prompting officials to halt what a Oxford University study revealed as a “substantial drop” in suppressing the variant.

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“When we analyzed individuals in terms of how well the vaccine worked against the variant, there was very little difference between the vaccine group and placebo group and placebo group, said the studies leader, Shabir Madhi. While adding that covid-19 vaccines are the “only sustainable option of reducing risk of severe disease and death.”

South Africa tallied 2,435 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday bringing it’s total infections to more than 1.47 million people and 46,290 deaths.


1st Black US Gymnastics Champion Dianne Durham Dies at 52

Gary, Indiana has produced a variety of prominent public figures. Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and family are some of the most notable mentions but doesn’t limit the city to it. The list of remarkable names range from economist (Joseph E. Stiglitz) and reach to former NBA players including Glenn Robinson then stretched all the way to rappers such as Freddie Gibbs. This small midwestern town has produced some of the greats and also was the birth place of one of the 1st Black gymnast in the country namely Dianne Durham who has died at 52.

Durham was only 14 years old when she performed in front of thousands of people on America’s largest gymnastics platform in 1983. In less than two minutes she would soar through a polished floor routine and fly through the air to land in a double twist with her hands raised as only a champion would. Her performance would earn her a resounding round of applause and four gold medals. It also penned her name in the history books as the first Black gymnast to ever achieve such victories. Her career was short and sweet but inarguably set an exemplar for ethnic athletes.

The Gold medalist’s would later suffer an ankle injury that catapulted her to coaching & gym ownership as a way to still take part in the sport. Her husband spoke to CNN regarding his late wife saying “Her personality was bubbly and she was a very charismatic individual who was respected and admired by a lot of people. Whether highest level or recreation class, all the students admired her because she treated them the same.”

June 5, 1983- Dianne Durham right is pictured giving autographs in Gary, Indiana after winning the women’s title at the Mcdonald’s U.S.A. Gymnastic Championship at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Source: Associated Press

The departed champion previously spoke on her home town stating the city of Gary was behind me 100,000%. She also released a statement following the death of George Floyd that read:

“In my own life and gymnastics career I encountered discrimination and prejudice. It didn’t stop me from reaching all of my goals, but it did play a role in preventing me from reaching some of my biggest goals.

“As an icon and trailblazer in our sport, Dianne opened doors for generations of gymnast who came after her, and her legacy carries on each day in gyms across the country,” said USA Gymnastics CEO Li Li Leung in a statement.

Simone Biles, Dominique Dawes and Gabby Douglas are successors of Durham who was reported to have passed peacefully in a Chicago hospital with her spouse and sister at her side according to US NEWS.

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Is she receiving late flowers?


Covid-19 & Several Variants: NBA Plans All-Star Game During Players “short” off Season, Lebron James Reacts

The NBA decided to resume it’s sport during a global pandemic. The 2020 season ended covid-19 free but the players brief break may soon be over due to an All-Star game being announced. Professionals who powered through a non traditional, health threatening season seem non to pleased with the leagues decision and have began to speak out.

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“I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year,” Lebron James said to the press. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game. He continued to detail the dramatically different circumstances players yielded to during a global health crisis adding “Short offseason for myself and my teammates. It was 71 days. And then coming into this season, we were told that we were not having an All-Star Game, so we’d have a nice little break.”

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The 4x NBA champion appeared blindsided by their move sharing “Five days (in March) from the fifth through the 10th, an opportunity for me to kind of recalibrate for the second half of the season–my teammates as well, some of the guys in the league. And then they throw an All-Star Game on us like this and just breaks that all the way up. So um, pretty much kind of a slap in the face.”

“The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street” film producer went on to express how the seemingly last minute decision is affecting his morale and potential health. “Were also still dealing with a pandemic, still dealing with everything that’s been going on. And we’re going to bring the whole league to one city that’s open, so obviously the pandemic has absolutely nothing to do with it at this point when it comes to that weekend. Obviously you guys can see I’m not very happy about it but it’s out of my hands. And I’ll be there if I’m selected. But I’ll be there physically, but not mentally.”

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Giannis Antetokounmpo also spoke out regarding the NBA’s alleged back track saying “I think every player was looking forward to those five days, seven days, whatever the days are. While staying united with James sentiments “We’ve got to all follow the big dog. The big dog says he has zero excitement and zero energy for the All-Star Game and I’m the same way. I really right now don’t care about the All-Star Game. We cannot see our families.” But did affirm his commitment to play despite the international circumstance. “I’m always gonna do my job, I’m always showing up, showing the right example. But at the end of the day inside, deep down, I don’t want to do it. I want to get a break.”

Milwaukee Buck’s player, Giannis Antekokounmpo seen surprising 15 youth from the area Boys & Girls club with autographed jerseys after ranking top ten on Dicks Sporting Goods Jersey Report in 2018. Source: C.T. Kruger/ Now News Group


Nick Cannon’s Headed Back To the Show He Created “Wild N Out” After Firing

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The Wild N Out show is set to go on and will again include it’s creator Nick Cannon. ViacomCBS cut ties with Cannon last July due to displeasure with an interview on his Howard University podcast (Cannon’s Class) which included professor Richard Griffin. They’ve since had a change of heart and released the following statement.

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“Nick has not only apologized and taken responsibility for his comments, but he has also worked to educate himself and others through engagement with Jewish leaders on his platforms. A ViacomCBS spokesperson continued “Those efforts are of the utmost importance and that’s why he have invited him to rejoin our team according to TMZ.

The Masked singer (his other gig) never jumped ship on Cannon during his media flogging. They saw worth in the mogul and gave him the space to clarify his statements.

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“We we were made aware of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick.” The shows network (Fox) also said “On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly. While condemning “all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind.”

Are you asking how fly is he?


Polo G’s Mom Launches “I Birth Legends” Podcast Interviews Beyonce’s Mom-Tina Knowles

Polo G’s mother Stacia Mac has received a big blessing courtesy of her son and is doing big things The momager took to Instagram to display videos of a glorious home. That she revealed was purchased by the “Pop Out” rapper.

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Mac has advocated for her son throughout his career as his manager and previously told a bit of their story to Vogue LA.

“Being a Chicago native, I am a self-proclaimed hustler. I’ve learned to quickly adapt and be ready for any obstacle. With my background initially in property management, I had built a practical lifestyle for my family. When my eldest son ‘Polo G’ expressed his aspirations of becoming a rapper, I knew it was imperative not only to support his decision but to make it a reality. So said, so done. I myself took on the role of his full time manager.”

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The “Only Dreamers Achieve” (management agency) business woman continued sharing “With the help from a legal counsel, I constructed, negotiated, and finalized Polo’s label deal with Columbia Records. The combination of her support and her son’s outstanding talent would prove sufficient in manifesting a winning team that has produced but isn’t limited to “double platinum” and RIAA Gold tracks.

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While hard work has certainly paid off for the entrepreneur and proud mom. She’s shown no indication of planning to slow down in the near future.

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Mama G released snippets of her new podcast legitimately entitled “We Birth Legends.The clip shows Tina Knowles (Beyonce’s mother) as her interviewee.

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Are you impressed?


Black Marine Veteran Chosen as Super Bowl LV’s Honorary Captain

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The NFL has chosen a Marine Corps veteran namely James Martin as one of their honorary captain’s for the upcoming Super Bowl. Martin served in Iraq as well as Afghanistan between the years of 2000 until a paralyzing injury in 2015. He will be one of three members to take part in the coin toss.

The service member expressed excitement about the opportunity to Fox News stating “I’m absolutely astonished, humbled and surprised.Martin is a married father of 8 who’s been assisting veterans stay connected during a socially distanced pandemic.

“I worked with Wounded Warrior Project. We opened up a Discord. It was meant to virtually connect veterans together during the pandemic Martin said “We knew there was a large population of our veterans that we served that played video games, and this was one of the ways we could not only connect with with them but to still be able to provide services and do programs.”

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He also livestreamed school sporting events for veterans to view online, in an effort to help those that served and the children who were playing in person games without an audience.

“I wasn’t really sure if I knew how to do it in the first place, but I agreed to it because it needed to be done. It was something that those kids needed and they deserved it. Why not showcase their talents whenever the rest of the crowd couldn’t be their.”

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Martin has puts his “heart of hearts” on a Chief’s victory and will stand beside educator Trimaine Davis & nurse manager Suzie Dorner for Sunday’s traditional coin toss.

Super Bowl LV’s honorary captains L to R-James Martin, Trimaine Davis & Suzie Dorner-Source: CBS

The NFL described their notable selections saying “During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way.” Roger Goodell (the NFL’s commissioner) said “We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share their stories and recognize them during this special moment on Super Bowl Sunday.”


Future’s Mother & Twin Celebrates Her 56th

Stephanie Jester is a certified business coach, real estate broker, motivational speaker and she is also Future’s mother.

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She is the owner of the “EMPOWHER movement” which prides itself on “helping another woman win; by cheering HER on, praying for HER and sharing resources with HER.

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The diverse veteran mommy preneur also operates the In Touch Properties management team in Atlanta, GA. Jester turned a very youthful 56 this week & didn’t hesitate in thanking God for it all.

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Tennesse Principal Apologizes for Counter BLM Message during Black History Month

A Tennesse principal decided that it’s school’s Black History Month’s theme would be All Lives Matter now their apologizing. East Ridge Middle School in Chattanooga distributed a newsletter to it’s students and faculty informing them of the schools decision to symbolically counter protest Black Lives Matter during a time (February) which is set aside to celebrate Black American history. Now it’s principal “Christy Drake” has attempted to clarify her imperfect timing with a sorry according to CNN.

Tennessee residents recently voted in favor of keeping former Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest’s statue in it’s state’s capitol building. -Source: Shelly Mays/The Tennessean

“As a black woman in leadership, I embrace civil rights, Black History Month and the sacrifices that have been made by those who came before me. I hope that my students, many of whom look like me, believe in the possibilities of their unlimited potential.”

Parents slammed Drake’s gesture stating “Whoever thought that was a good idea really just has refused to think critically about it or just doesn’t want to educated themselves about it and that disturbs me from the educators of my children said Jessica Arnold. Black, Hispanic and Native American students make up 71% of Tennessees pupils according to the Department of Education.

Do you think she’s sorry?