Colin Kaepernick to donate $100,000 over next 10 days
The former NFL quarterback will give away $10,000 a day to social justice organizations
3:12 PMFormer NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced on Jan. 17 that over the following 10 days he will donate the final $100,000 of his initial $1 million pledge to 10 organizations that are working to combat racial and social injustice across the country.
Dubbed the “Million Dollar Pledge” in October 2016, Kaepernick has donated $900,000 of his own funds over the past year to 31 organizations “working in oppressed communities” and will end his financial commitment next week by giving away $10,000 a day to the remaining 10 groups. Some famous friends will match his daily donations.
On Jan. 29, the ninth day of the pledge, Kaepernick and rapper Meek Mill donated a combined $20,000 to Youth Service Inc., a Philadelphia-based organization dedicated to offering “accessible, quality services to at-risk children and families” and “strengthening the family unit, helping at-risk teens and promoting child safety.” In November, Meek Mill, a Philadelphia native, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating the terms of his probation. The judge in that case, Genece Brinkley, is currently under FBI investigation for partial treatment of the rapper.
The Undefeated will keep a running list of the final organizations to which Kaepernick decides to donate to complete his Million Dollar Pledge.
Organization: Silicon Valley De-Bug
Celebrity: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward
For the last round of my #MillionDollarPledge I'm going #10for10! My brother @KDTrey5 is joining & chose DeBug in the Bay Area! I’m donating $10k, KD's donating $10k! Thank you brother for all the hard work! See it on https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq & check tomorrow to see who's joining! pic.twitter.com/G4Ltvcv4rb
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 17, 2018
Organization: Advancement Project
Celebrity: Jesse Williams, actor
Thank you @ijessewilliams for choosing Advancement Project to be part of my #MillionDollarPledge & matching my $10k donation to them! They will receive $20k to work on national programs focused on tackling inequity with innovative strategies & strong community alliance. #10for10 pic.twitter.com/JVc8t23qdM
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 18, 2018
Organization: United Playaz
Celebrity: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors guard
Day 3 of the last round of my #MillionDollarPledge and I’m going #10for10 with @StephenCurry30 !He chose United Playaz in San Francisco and we’re donating $20k to them to continue fighting 4 social justice.Thank you,Steph for making a difference.See it on https://t.co/moh0r6SvDZ pic.twitter.com/8p1KDIwDqE
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 19, 2018
Organization: Mothers Against Police Brutality
Celebrity: Snoop Dogg, rapper
✊🏾#10for10 @snoopdogg donated MORE MONEY 2 my #MillionDollarPledge!He loves the work Mothers Against Police Brutality is doing so much,he donated another $15k.Now they're getting a total of $35k!Thank you Snoop 4 recognizing the good work they do!Go to https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq! pic.twitter.com/XFUEN8F8lC
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 22, 2018
Organization: Imagine LA
Celebrity: Serena Williams, tennis player
The Queen, my sister @serenawilliams asked that I donate to Imagine LA,an org mobilizing the community to end the cycle of family homelessness & poverty.Serena is going #10for10 to match my $10k donation w/$10k as well!See how our donations will be used on https://t.co/aK6dKa5Boa pic.twitter.com/ptDPZLLXaG
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 23, 2018
Organization: Angel by Nature
Celebrity: T.I., rapper
Day 6 of my #10for10! Thank you @troubleman31 for choosing @traeabn's organization Angel by Nature to be part of the #MillionDollarPledge! I donated $10k & you matched it with your own $10k! THANK YOU! See where the funds go on https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq! $960k donated, $40k to go! pic.twitter.com/ou5njLtGiy
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 24, 2018
Organization: School on Wheels
Celebrity: Jhene Aiko, singer; Chris Brown, singer
Day 7 of my #10for10! Thank you @chrisbrown for adding your own $10k to School on Wheels in LA! Now we can donate $30k to them to continue to help the over 2.5 million homeless children in the US! See where the funds go on https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq! $970k donated, $30k to go! pic.twitter.com/iJ0l1MuRfF
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 25, 2018
Organization: Communities United for Police Reform
Celebrity: Nick Cannon, entertainer; Joey Badass, rapper
My Brother @joeybadass, I appreciate you going #10for10 on my #MillionDollarPledge with me hittin’ me up all the way from Asia! The $40k from me, you and @nickcannon will help @changethenypd w/ NYPD reform and accountability in our communities. $980k down, $20k to go! pic.twitter.com/M7ryGXvsrJ
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 27, 2018
Organization: Youth Service Inc.
Celebrity: Meek Mill, rapper
Day 9 of my #10for10! Thank you @meekmill for choosing Youth Services Inc to be part of the #MillionDollarPledge! We’re donating $10k each to them for a total of $20k! See where the funds go on https://t.co/xr8M9w1cTQ! And stay strong brother! $990k donated, $10k to go!!!! pic.twitter.com/lMPRQa7UBL
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 29, 2018
Celebrity: Usher, singer
Day 10 of my #10for10! Thank you @usher for choosing H.O.M.E. for the #MillionDollarPledge! We’re donating $10k each to them for a total of $20k! It’s been an honor to work for the people and donate $1 mil to orgs fighting for social justice! See it all on https://t.co/xr8M9w1cTQ pic.twitter.com/ypNQOUOkIT
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 31, 2018
The NBA celebrates MLK Day
A game-by-game look at how teams chose to honor the civil rights icon
6:37 PMTo celebrate the life and accomplishments of civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the NBA offered an 11-game slate for fans on MLK Day on Monday. Outside of the live action, the 22 teams in action chose to honor King in their own distinctive ways.
The Undefeated will keep a running list of the teams’ various acts of appreciation, starting with the Charlotte Hornets vs. Detroit Pistons opening game all the way to the Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers nightcap.
Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons
Before today's game, the #Pistons and @RISEtoWIN hosted a panel discussion with former athletes, law enforcement officials, and community activists, with a goal of developing a solution-oriented agenda focusing on honoring Dr. King’s legacy and creating positive change. #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/fxOCYFxEgO
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 15, 2018
Tim Richey, executive director @DetroitPAL, speaks about the Building Bridges Through Basketball in Detroit program and Martin Luther King Jr. Day community conversation. #MLKDay #JrPistons #ThisIsWhy #NBACares #RISEtoWIN @DetroitPistons @DetroitPolice @sayplaydetroit pic.twitter.com/uWTzjSzmOG
— RISE (@RISEtoWIN) January 15, 2018
Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers
“Together we can make a great difference in the community."
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 15, 2018
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 15, 2018
Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards
The Wizards held their annual “We are Dreamers” panel discussion, this year involving Washington, D.C.-area male leaders and 60 young men talking about the life and career aspirations of the young males and what it will take to achieve those goals. Before tipoff, Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. addressed the Capital One Arena crowd, celebrating King, who “preached positivity and love over hate.” That was followed by the singing of the national anthem by gospel singer Annisse Murillo. At halftime, the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir took the arena to church, singing “America the Beautiful.”
After the game, Wizards All-Star guard John Wall spoke with reporters about playing on MLK Day: “I’m striving to be a better African-American athlete, and just as a person first of all. I think that’s the most important thing.”
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 15, 2018
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"#MLKDay #WizBucks pic.twitter.com/oyk1yXqZTU
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 15, 2018
We hosted our #MLKDay "We Are Dreamers" interactive discussion earlier today!
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 15, 2018
San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 15, 2018
— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) January 15, 2018
New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
"Dr. King's life has inspired me to take advantage of every opportunity"
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 15, 2018
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service…You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/Gi7KUdiifx
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 15, 2018
Miami Heat at Chicago BullS
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 15, 2018
Los Angeles Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies debuted their “I Am A Man” city edition uniforms that The Undefeated’s Aaron Dodson exclusively reported on in December. The team also visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel on Sunday.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) January 15, 2018
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) January 15, 2018
Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder
"It's powerful… it's a lot to take in."
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 15, 2018
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 16, 2018
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 15, 2018
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 15, 2018
Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz
“I can share what I have with others. I am not alone in this world, and I am not any better than anyone else. What I have can be multiplied with those around me.” -Gail Miller #MLKDay https://t.co/uVUmmV4BGs
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 15, 2018
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 15, 2018
Kevin Sumlin, Herm Edwards to duel in the desert
This isn’t the first time black coaches will lead rival Division I football programs
7:58 PMTwitter asked, and we answered.
Former Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin is the new coach at Arizona. Sumlin, who was fired last November after compiling a 51-26 record with the Aggies, replaces Rich Rodriguez. The Wildcats dismissed Rodriguez amid a sexual harassment investigation.
Sumlin’s hiring means black coaches will lead Arizona and rival Arizona State, which hired Herm Edwards in December. But have rival Division I football programs ever had black coaches at the same time? That was the question on Twitter.
— Ranon Sams (@RanonSams) January 14, 2018
The answer is yes. With some help from Twitter and our friends at ESPN Stats & Info, we’ve determined it has happened at least five times previously in the Football Bowl Subdivision, including when Sumlin was at Texas A&M.
Twitter gave us a head start on the list:
John Blake (preceded Bob Stoops) and Bob Simmons (preceded Les Miles) at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the 1990’s.
— Eddie Maisonet, III (@edthesportsfan) January 14, 2018
Indeed, John Blake (Oklahoma) and Bob Simmons (Oklahoma State) were with the rival programs at the same time from 1996-98. Also making the list:
2009-11: DeWayne Walker (New Mexico State) and Mike Locksley (New Mexico)
2010-12: Joker Phillips (Kentucky) and Charlie Strong (Louisville)
2014-16: Strong (Texas) and Sumlin (Texas A&M)
2017: Willie Taggart (Oregon) and interim coach Cory Hall (Oregon State)
Strong and Sumlin did not meet during their time in Texas. The traditional rivals have not played since 2011 after Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.
Sumlin brings the number of African-American coaches in the FBS to 13 out of 128 teams.
The black coaches in FBS, including Sumlin:
- James Franklin, Penn State
- David Shaw, Stanford
- Charlie Strong, South Florida
- Willie Taggart, Florida State
- Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
- Dino Babers, Syracuse
- Lovie Smith, Illinois
- Frank Wilson, Texas, San Antonio
- Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina
- Mike Jinks, Bowling Green
- Everett Withers, Texas State
- Herm Edwards, Arizona State
- Kevin Sumlin, Arizona
Was Rodney Hood’s cellphone slap worth $35,000?
A point-by-point investigation
4:26 PMOn Wednesday night, Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood was ejected from his team’s game against the Washington Wizards, a 107-104 Jazz victory, for accumulating two technical fouls for arguing with officials (an ongoing middle school beef currently taking over the league).
Seconds after he was sent to the showers, Hood walked by a man seated near the court who was either recording a video or taking a photo of the ejected (and very likely fed up) player. In response, Hood slapped the phone out of the fan’s hand, amusing the entire NBA community (except for said man) along the way.
Rodney Hood got fined $35,000 for this. pic.twitter.com/z6nybtYyQl
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 12, 2018
Well, as they say, there comes a time when Keeping It Real Goes Wrong, and in this case, Hood was fined $35,000 by the NBA for the non-NBC slap heard around the world.
Which presents the question: Was it all worth it? Thirty-five thousand dollars is a lot to regular folks, but does the fine, along with the notoriety of being “that guy,” really matter to a millionaire? Here’s a seven-point investigation:
- Hood is making $2,386,864 this season, which means the $35,000 fine amounts to about 1.5 percent of his annual salary. For us normies, that’s about $700 for a person making $50,000 a year. That probably stung a little.
- Hood had been ejected for arguing with the officials, which is pretty low on the “what are you in for?” scale, so he needed to show the whole world that, like his last name, he is about that life.
- The perpetrator, the Milton Waddams-esque gentleman who was on the receiving end of the slap, was sitting near courtside in a white dress shirt and a tie. At a sporting event. He also violated the Ron Artest Rules for Not Antagonizing Professional Athletes, thus deserving what was coming to him.
- The slap is one of the more fluid motions ever witnessed. Hood, trying to perfect the no-look pass, never turns to look at the man as he swats the phone. And once the cellular device is in motion, it flips and flutters through the air like a skydiver who has just jumped out of the plane.
- As Hood knocks the phone down, he keeps walking without looking back. This is like boxer Roy Jones Jr. putting one arm behind his back levels of cockiness. Hood knew, like we all did, that Milton wasn’t about to step, so Hood had no worries about turning his back on the aggrieved party.
- At the end of the video, you can see the fan start to stand up, as if, in fact, he is about to step, but the camera pans away to Hood’s perp walk. What we all can imagine actually happened was Milton pulled up his Dockers, reached down and picked up his phone, sat down and immediately called the police.
- Milton did actually call the police.
Looking at all the facts, while Hood lost a rent’s worth of money (by Salt Lake City standards) on a move that Ric Flair was paid millions to execute weekly, he was the talk of #NBATwitter on Wednesday even while 1) playing for the Jazz, 2) against the Wizards and 3) the same night another player scored 50 points.
Hood, who should be an All-Star captain now, may have lost some money, but he earned our (read: my) respect. Plus, with his next contract, Hood is expected to make somewhere close to $20 million a season.
Yes, it was worth it.
#BlackHogwarts has us lining up at platform 9 3/4
Black Twitter’s latest gift has got us wondering where we can register for classes
2:52 PMBlack Twitter has done it again! The latest hashtag to take off is hysterical, and we’re so here for it.
We already knew black nerds (aka blerds) were a force to be reckoned with. But black Harry Potter fans have taken it to the next level with #BlackHogwarts.
The best thing is, this hashtag has us truly thinking about what an all-black Hogwarts would really look like — and honestly, it sounds lit! Between butter beer with Hennessy, swag surfing in the Great Hall and the livest Quidditch game halftime show (because we all know halftime is game time), we’re lining up at platform 9 3/4.
We’ve collected a few of the funniest tweets below for your viewing pleasure:
— King in the North (@DreadzNFreckles) January 11, 2018
— King Alexandria. (@KingAl3xandria) January 11, 2018
Biggie, Pac, Aaliyah, Left Eye & Bob Marley Are The Coolest Ghosts To Roam The Halls. Don't @ Me.#BlackHogwarts
— King…………………Vanjie (@_gyptianking) January 11, 2018
— Ashanté Nicole (@ANSTYLEdotCOM) January 11, 2018
Yoooo imagine Swag Surfin in the Great Hall after Ravenclaw wins the House Cup! #BlackHogwarts
— M’Beardku (@Bruce_Cares) January 11, 2018
— 20Something & Living (@20SNL_) January 11, 2018
— Letter E. Letter Y. (@AshGoesRawr) January 11, 2018
— lipstick & heels (@notorious_JOY) January 11, 2018
— STARLORD (@spaceghostvil) January 11, 2018
— Ashanté Nicole (@ANSTYLEdotCOM) January 11, 2018
— Tzena (@Tzenaaa) January 11, 2018
— Sefu (@ShaivaughnC) January 11, 2018
— MT (@MasterTainment) January 11, 2018
The controversial H&M ad has been reimagined by artists and the internet
With a focus on royalty and #blackboyjoy
1:59 PMAfter the recent controversy sparked by H&M’s decision to depict a black child model in a hoodie that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle,” several illustrators took it upon themselves to reimagine the image. Almost everyone stuck to a royalty theme, declaring the young boy a king and drawing crowns on top of his head.
Although the mother of the model, Terry Mango, has told people to “get over it” and doesn’t see a problem with it, the connotations of the original ad obviously struck a chord with many visual artists.
We’re not entirely sure whether turning the child into a billboard for other corporations, throwing him in Timberland shoes or adding pyramids in the background is doing the model any favors, but it is certainly interesting to see how so many different illustrators responded with images of their own.
LMFAO WHY IN THE WORLD DID THEY ADD A GIRL TO THIS?! 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/X43U5qdDjL
— Sco (@ThaSoapBox) January 9, 2018
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Whenever the playing field has been leveled, we have ALWAYS come out on top. We were born to be great! Knock us down seven times, we will get up eight. It has been proven that, we weren't born to fit in, but to STANDOUT! Turning a negative situation into a positive one. #penciledcelebrities #breakthesilencechallenge #taketheirjobs
Curry: ‘My frustration level is on 1,000’
Warriors guard aggravates ankle injury in shootaround
12:30 AMOAKLAND, California — One thousand.
That is the number Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry offered to describe his level of frustration with lingering ankle troubles that returned in shootaround Wednesday. The two-time NBA MVP missed the Warriors’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night with an aggravated sprained right ankle. The Warriors lost, 125-106. Curry reinjured his ankle in a “freak accident” while taking part in his usual routine at shootaround.
“I literally just slipped and it twisted doing my normal shootaround routine,” Curry told The Undefeated while resting his injured right ankle in a cold tub in the Warriors’ locker room pregame. “I don’t know how [if the floor was wet], to be honest. And I didn’t care to check after it happened. I just walked to the [training room] and kept it moving. It’s not anywhere near as bad as it was a week and a half ago, so I’ve just got to let it calm down and see.
“My frustration level is on 1,000. This was just dumb. You can get hurt in a game by falling on someone’s foot. That happens in shootaround? It’s just a freak accident.”
Curry has had a history of ankle injuries during his nine-year NBA career. He has missed 14 games this season, including 11 from Dec. 6 to Dec. 29, with a right ankle injury. The four-time NBA All-Star was arguably the hottest player in the league upon his return, averaging 35.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.4 minutes while shooting 53.2 percent from 3-point range. Curry scored 45 points in 29 minutes in a road win against the Clippers on Jan. 6.
The Warriors embark on a five-game road trip starting Friday that includes the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets. If all goes well, Curry hopes to be back for the first contest Friday against the Bucks.
“Knowing me, I will be back [Friday],” Curry said. “I don’t think it’s that bad. I’m just making sure it doesn’t swell up. That would set me back. That’s what slowed me down the last time.”
When told Curry could be back for Saturday’s game at Toronto, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said: “Just our luck. We will get Curry back with fresh legs.”