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Damon Young Damon Young today at 03:00. 11 comments

A Case for Why Jay-Z Should Forget About the NFL and Just Buy a Popeyes Franchise

A Case for Why Jay-Z Should Forget About the NFL and Just Buy a Popeyes Franchise

Of the myriad possible metaphors for the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich craze of 2019—which is a thing I will tell my kids about when they ask how America voted for Donald Trump—my favorite is that the sandwich itself represents heaven. The line to wait for the sandwich? That’s life on Earth. Those who get their sandwiches immediately? The righteous. Those who, after buying the sandwich, have to...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif yesterday at 06:00. 1 comments

Nah, Jigga: Jay-Z Reportedly Has No Chance of Getting His Hands on an NFL Team

Nah, Jigga: Jay-Z Reportedly Has No Chance of Getting His Hands on an NFL Team

After a controversial announcement that he was making a deal with the devil the oft-criticized NFL, word on the street (h/t TMZ) was that Jay-Z was in line to become part owner of some unnamed football team.

Jay-Z Reportedly to Get Majority Ownership in NFL Team; Eric Reid Calls Move ‘Despicable’

With at least half of his 30 pieces of silver, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter will soon acquire a…

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 17, 2019 at 19:30. 24 comments

Jay-Z Reportedly to Get Majority Ownership in NFL Team; Eric Reid Calls Move ‘Despicable’

Jay-Z Reportedly to Get Majority Ownership in NFL Team; Eric Reid Calls Move ‘Despicable’

With at least half of his 30 pieces of silver , Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter will soon acquire a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team, reports TMZ, making him the first black person to be an owner in the league’s history. The team itself was not disclosed, but a source told the site that the deal is imminent and that Carter “wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL”—the old,...

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Damon Young Damon Young Aug 16, 2019 at 01:15. 3 comments

Jay-Z Got Paid to Be the NFL’s Black Boyfriend

Jay-Z Got Paid to Be the NFL’s Black Boyfriend

It begins the same way each time.

Something with a hint of scattered racial flurries happens. Next comes a conversation about said thing, where (usually black) people articulate exactly why the racist thing was racist. And then either the (white) person accused of the act or a (white) person defending the accused will attempt to explain themselves. It will go badly. But as a response to this...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 15, 2019 at 21:26. 2 comments

Not Like This: An Open Letter to Jay-Z

Not Like This: An Open Letter to Jay-Z

Dear Shawn Corey Carter,

First, I would like to tell you personally that I believe you are the greatest rapper who ever lived.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before and I know that it is useless to debate such a subjective topic but it is important to know that, aside from being my favorite rapper, you are also my favorite musician, period. More than John Coltrane, Jheri Curl-era Luther Vandross or...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 15, 2019 at 04:20.

Jay-Z Touts His NFL Partnership as the Evolution of Colin Kapernick’s Protests. But Is It?

Jay-Z Touts His NFL Partnership as the Evolution of Colin Kapernick’s Protests. But Is It?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit bewildered at Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s decision to partner with the NFL.

In case you missed the big news yesterday—which, of course, you didn’t, because you read all about it here at The Root—the man who gave us Blue Ivy, Sir and Rumi announced a multi-year partnership between his Roc Nation empire and the nefarious NFL.

‘You Need Me, I Don't Need You’?...
Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 14, 2019. 1 comments

‘You Need Me, I Don't Need You’? Jay-Z and the NFL Are Now Doing Business Together

‘You Need Me, I Don't Need You’? Jay-Z and the NFL Are Now Doing Business Together

Jay-Z and his entertainment and sports company, Roc Nation, will be partnering up with the NFL starting this year to serve as the league’s “live music entertainment strategist.” The collaboration comes despite Jay-Z having been, for a time, a vocal critic of the league, due to the way they handled widespread police brutality protests during the 2016-2017 season.

You know, the whole...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Aug 10, 2019. 15 comments

Presidential Pump Fake: Trump Now Says He’s Fine With Colin Kaepernick Playing in the NFL

Presidential Pump Fake: Trump Now Says He’s Fine With Colin Kaepernick Playing in the NFL

President Donald Trump, the same man that used the NFL protest as feed for his deplorables during one of his many rallies for a job he already has, now says that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should get another shot at the league.

Trump added only “if he’s good enough” and then suggested he wasn’t good enough because if he were, he’d already be signed.

“If he’s good enough, and I...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Aug 08, 2019. 23 comments

Colin Kaepernick Has Been Denied a Job for 889 Days; Posts Video Showing He's Still Ready If an NFL Team Calls

Colin Kaepernick Has Been Denied a Job for 889 Days; Posts Video Showing He's Still Ready If an NFL Team Calls

On Wednesday, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (you know, the guy that’s better than half of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL and way better than the benchwarmers) cleared any doubt that he’s not ready should an NFL team call.

Kaepernick, who has not played an NFL game since 2016, posted a video to Twitter and Instagram showing the fully afroed protester of fuckshit...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 13, 2019. 19 comments

NFL’s Richie Incognito Wanted to Cut Off His Dead Father’s Head, Gets 2 Game Suspension. Kaepernick Still Doesn’t Have a Job

NFL’s Richie Incognito Wanted to Cut Off His Dead Father’s Head, Gets 2 Game Suspension. Kaepernick Still Doesn’t Have a Job

In August Richie Incognito walked into the funeral home in charge of burying his father and told those working that he needed access to his dead father’s body so he could cut off his head.

Incognito told the workers that if he didn’t get access to his father’s dead body that he was going to shoot the workers. The funeral home workers called the police and according to the police report, guns...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 12, 2019. 22 comments

#ImWithKap: Nike’s Market Value Jumps $3 Billion After Colin Kaepernick Gets Betsy Ross Sneakers Pulled From Shelves

#ImWithKap: Nike’s Market Value Jumps $3 Billion After Colin Kaepernick Gets Betsy Ross Sneakers Pulled From Shelves

Republicans have been big mad since Nike decided to pull its Betsy Ross-inspired Air Max 1 USA sneakers. But it turns out that being on the right side of history just netted the footwear and apparel company a cool $3 billion in market value.

Who knew pissing off conservatives could be so lucrative?

Forbes reports that Nike shares have surged ever since Colin Kaepernick intervened when the...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 12, 2019. 19 comments

A Darkened Image of Colin Kaepernick Appeared on a Republican Campaign Fundraiser, but They Swear They Didn't Do It

A Darkened Image of Colin Kaepernick Appeared on a Republican Campaign Fundraiser, but They Swear They Didn't Do It

A fundraising email sent by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) appears to show a darkened image of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but the NRCC swears they didn’t darken the image.

Maybe the image is like a protest photo of Dorian Gray. Maybe the NRCC has gotten hold of a photo of Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who fights for black rights...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 02, 2019. 18 comments

Nike Drops Sneaker Featuring Betsy Ross Flag After Colin Kaepernick Is Said to Complain It Invokes Slavery

Nike Drops Sneaker Featuring Betsy Ross Flag After Colin Kaepernick Is Said to Complain It Invokes Slavery

Just in time for the Fourth of July comes a report that Nike yanked a sneaker embellished with a Betsy Ross flag after NFL footballer-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick complained the image conjured up slavery and all its ills.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which attributes its story to “people familiar with the matter,” Nike’s Air Max 1 USA, featuring the 1770s-era Betsy Ross flag of...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. May 29, 2019. 17 comments

The Oakland Raiders Grabbed an Openly Racist Player Out of Retirement and Colin Kaepernick Still Doesn't Have a Job

The Oakland Raiders Grabbed an Openly Racist Player Out of Retirement and Colin Kaepernick Still Doesn't Have a Job

If a raccoon crawled out of the woods and vomited onto a Confederate flag and that pile of Confederacy raccoon vomit was next to newly signed NFL guard Richie Incognito, the untrained eye would have a hard time determining which one plays in the NFL.

For those that might not remember or for those who get tired of reading how being racist really does help you level up in Trump’s America, you...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. May 07, 2019. 14 comments

San Francisco 49ers Cornerback Richard Sherman Is Ready to Embrace Trump's Favorite Rookie as Long as He Can Play

San Francisco 49ers Cornerback Richard Sherman Is Ready to Embrace Trump's Favorite Rookie as Long as He Can Play

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman is ready to overlook new teammate and resident asshole Nick Bosa, a Trump loving, anti-Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the killing of unarmed black men, women and children.

MAGA-Loving, Colin Kaepernick-Hating Top NFL Draft Prospect Seems to Hate Everything Black

When NFL owners, conservative pundits and generic, store-brand white people...

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Kirsten West Savali Kirsten West Savali Apr 22, 2019.

On Justice Ginsburg's 'Arrogant' Opinion on National Anthem Protest

On Justice Ginsburg's 'Arrogant' Opinion on National Anthem Protest

Updated Friday, Oct. 14, 4:50 p.m. EDT: Justice Ginsburg did not respond to The Root's interview request to discuss her comments about Kaepernick and the national anthem protest, but she released the following statement:

"Some of you have inquired about a book interview in which I was asked how I felt about Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem,"...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Apr 12, 2019. 24 comments

MAGA-Loving, Colin Kaepernick-Hating Top NFL Draft Prospect Seems to Hate Everything Black

MAGA-Loving, Colin Kaepernick-Hating Top NFL Draft Prospect Seems to Hate Everything Black

When NFL owners, conservative pundits and generic, store-brand white people denigrate NFL protesters for using their sportsball platform to highlight social issues, what they really mean is they don’t like it when black people do it. When white people inject politics into sports, it’s perfectly fine.

Take top NFL draft prospect Nick Bosa, for example. For years, Ohio State’s heralded defensive...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Mar 24, 2019. 18 comments

He Doesn’t Do Politics, He Does Fun: Shaquille O’Neal Joins With Embattled Pizza Pusher, Papa John’s, in New Deal

He Doesn’t Do Politics, He Does Fun: Shaquille O’Neal Joins With Embattled Pizza Pusher, Papa John’s, in New Deal

When we got word Papa John’s Pizza got a new (black) face, Shaquille O’Neal, the crew at The Root had a field day. “Ask Shaq about his obsession with being a cop and if he had trouble finding a cap and cane for his soft shoe routine ...,” quipped one. “The same Shaq who just said Trump deserves a fair chance?” incredulously asked another.

I was dispatched to the Four Seasons downtown on Friday...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Mar 22, 2019. 6 comments

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid Likely Settled With NFL for Less Than $10 Million: Report

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid Likely Settled With NFL for Less Than $10 Million: Report

What is the price of pushing players out of the National Football League and preventing them from playing again because they silently protested against racial inequality and the pervasive and very real threat of unarmed black men and women being shot and killed by police in the United States with impunity?

If you are former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and current Carolina...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Mar 14, 2019. 10 comments

Michael Bennett Tells New England Patriots That He’ll Stay in Locker Room During National Anthem 

Michael Bennett Tells New England Patriots That He’ll Stay in Locker Room During National Anthem 

New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett has been adamant about the movement for black lives. He was one of the first NFL players to back former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest during the national anthem, and he doesn’t plan on stopping just because President Trump’s favorite team has picked him up.

During a speech at Princeton University this...

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