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.”


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?


Jeff Bezo’s Prepares to Pass Amazon’s CEO Torch

Amazon’s creator and owner Jeff Bezo’s is schedule to step down from his CEO position later this year. The company has announced Andy Jassy as his torch recipient in a transition that will take place in Q3. Jassy has been a Amazon team member since 1997 who’s spearheaded it’s Web Services (cloud) division thereon. Bezo’s laid Amazon’s foundation in 1994 and went on to erect a online retail fortress with a global span.

“I’m excited to announce that this Q3 I’ll transition to Executive Chair of the Amazon Board and Andy Jassy will become CEO stated Bezo’s in an employee statement. In the Exec Chair role, I intend to focus my energies and attention on new products and early initiatives. Andy is well known inside the company and has been at Amazon almost as long as I have. He will be an outstanding leader and he has my full confidence.”

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The news came congruent with their earnings report which docked the company at it’s highest quarter ($100 billion) ever. But followed the FTC’s orders to pay $62 million to drivers who were underpaid tips as reported by CNBC.

Bezo’s has declared that he has plans to remain active while also expressing “excitement” about the change. The effective entrepreneur also encouraged his employees saying “Keep inventing, and don’t despair when at first the idea looks crazy. Remember to wander. Let curiosity be your compass. It remains Day 1.


Biden Signs Order to Uphold Racial Equity by Phasing Out Prison Privatization

Tuesday marked a new day for the business of bondage in America. Prison stocks tumbled as President Biden signed an executive order to end the DOJ’s contracts with private prisons proving that crime is paying many.

“I ran for president because I believe we’re in a battle for the soul of this nation, Biden said prior to signing the bill. “And the simple truth is, our soul will be troubled as long as systemic racism is allowed to persist. I firmly believe the nation is ready to change but government has to change as well.”

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“For too many American families, systemic racism and inequality in our economy, laws and institutions, still put the American dream far out of reach, stated the domestic policy advisor Susan Rice before Biden‘s official signature. She further affirmed the horrific impact private prisons have had on Black Americans by saying “Private prisons profiteer off federal prisoners and are proven to be, or found to be by the Department of Justice inspector general, less safe for correctional officers and prisoner. President Biden is committed to reducing mass incarceration, while making our communities safer and that starts with ending the federal governments reliance on private prison.

Prison privatization has been a center focus for the Democratic party and social justice activist nationwide. Biden vowed that ending the governments toxic relationship with private oppressors is only a first step in numerous to prohibit corporations from profiting off of unsafe and inhumane incarcerations.

The current measure isn’t applicable to immigrant detentions centers but did also address a plaintiffs ability to litigate unequitable housing discrimination.


Melania Trump Breaks White House Tradition Ashley Biden Calls it “Unfortunate”

On Tuesday President-elect Joe Biden’s daughter reacted to Melania Trump not offering her mother Jill Biden a “House” tour. The “tea and tour” is a tradition that allows the outgoing First Lady to show the successor around the White House. Biden’s daughter Ashley said “No, I don’t think they’re doing the traditional protocol, which is unfortunate, but I think we’re all OK with it” according to NBC.

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This keeps with the Trumps tradition of disregarding protocols and follows her husbands refusal to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. A notion that President-elect Joe Biden welcomed calling it “One of the few things” they ever “agreed” on and a good thing.”

Melania Trump did find the time to post a digital “farewell” where she described her time in the White House as “unforgettable.” While asking American’s to “focus on what unites us.

Despite Trumps impending inaugural absence or Melania’s lack of hospitality power will be transferred on January 20 and former Presidents Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton are scheduled to be in attendance.

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Is Colin Kaepernick being called a “son of a b**ch, nonexistent federal mask mandates in the midst of a global pandemic something you’d be thrilled to forget about? Or was it the terms of endearment to Capitol Hill invaders for you?


GOP Lawmaker Discusses Viral Prayer Video During Capital Riot

Trump supporters flooded Capitol Hill but could not drown American values as congress members resiliently joined hands to denounce fear. While chaos ensued a video of Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester would go viral. Now the GOP member is speaking out explaining why she chose faith in a national moment of uncertainty. The viral video shows Rochester travailing in prayers as Trump intruders breached the House Chamber.

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The Capitol riot was due to Trump supporters who wished to alter the Nov. election results that elected Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris. The congresswoman detailed the experienced saying “We knew that something was going to happen, but I don’t think anyone expected what we saw. Prior to that day she’d requested a special seat in the House Chamber to have a special view of Biden’s Presidential affirmation. She described the day as suspicious stating that House members were receiving packages that prompted a building evacuation. “And the next thing we know, the rioters were right there at the chambers typically , I think I would just be scared or nervous. But it was more of a react, react. ‘Where do I go? How do you open this gas mask?” While others were bunkered to safety Rochester’s special seat didn’t allow such so she was instructed to hide.

I don’t know if they forgot we were in the balcony and all the doors were locked. So we got to that other side and I looked over the balcony and I saw law enforcement with their guns drawn at the door. And that’s when it really, really hit what this moment was all about. I saw these two poofs..come through the window and I didn’t know if it was a gunshot or not. But that was when it really hit how much we were in jeopardy.”

From there she divulged the range of emotions she was feeling, from fear to faith. Also sharing that her best friend in Congress namely U.S. Rep. Val Demings was in agreement with her in those moments.

“She grabbed my arm, and I grabbed her arm and she just looked at me and said: ‘Lisa…we know God is in control or God is bigger than this’…but that was the moment where I just kind of laid down my sadness and my anger, and I just started to pray–pray for healing, pray for peace pray for everyone’s safety.”

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Later in the evening when Congress was secure to reconvene she made a statement via social media excerpts said “We came back and didn’t let that chaos that hate deter or destroy our purpose and so I’m just grateful.”