#ImWithKap: Houston Texans Star Shows Solidarity With Kaepernick
DeAndre Hopkins shared a photo on Twitter in support of the athlete and activist.
As Houston Texans All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins entered Houston's NRG Stadium before his team's game on Sunday, he wanted to make a statement that he supports former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
Hopkins tweeted a photo of him wearing a white and black jersey, which feature's "#ImWithKap" above the number 7. The photo has since received more than 26,000 likes.
✌️ & love pic.twitter.com/9lUGbV0gXI
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) December 2, 2018
Kaepernick re-tweeted the photo, and commented:
Appreciate love from one of the best @DeAndreHopkins. Thank you Brother!!!✊🏾 https://t.co/ipPUCbPe26
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) December 2, 2018
During Sunday's game, Hopkins "topped 50 yards receiving, marking the 21st consecutive game in which he has achieved the feat," according to 247sports. "This moved him past Laveranues Coles for the third-longest streak in NFL history."
Pro Football Focus reports that Hopkins has had zero dropped passes this year.
Hopkins continues to show support for Kaepernick, who in 2016, became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, since then he has been shunned by the organization.
He is currently pursuing a grievance against the NFL. Kaepernick claims that ever since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in early 2017, team owners and executives have colluded to keep him out of the league.
Last month, Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills wore a "Bring Back Kap" T-shirt to show support for Kaepernick.
"Injustice to one person is injustice to all of us," Stills said.
Kenny Stills, rocking a 'Bring Back Kap' shirt, describes why it's still important for him to stand up for Colin Kaepernick and fight for the QB to be back in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/6xCLzYYgJS
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) November 21, 2018
Celebrities have also shown solidarity with Kaepernick as well. Rihanna turned down a coveted offer by the NFL to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she doesn't agree with the NFL's stance.
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Shonda Rhimes shared a video where Ellen Pompeo demands diversity during an interview.
Shonda Rhimes, creator, head writer and executive producer of "Grey's Anatomy," shared a video of the star of her show, Ellen Pompeo, talking about how white people need to be advocates for diversity. It's gone viral with more than 2 million views.
"As Caucasian people, it's our job, it's our task, it's our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into. It's our job because we created the problem," Pompeo says in the video, during a photo shoot for Porter magazine.
Pompeo called out the lack of diversity in the magazine crew, and in Hollywood, without mincing words.
"This day has been incredible, and there's a ton of women in the room," she said. "But, I don't see enough color. And I didn't see enough color when I walked in the room today."
Actress Gabrielle Union is seen in the video giving a look of approval.
Go, Ellen, GO. @EllenPompeo pic.twitter.com/Oj1YS3cq5G
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) November 19, 2018
DiversityInc COO Carolynn Johnson said that both white women and women of color have a responsibility to each other to say there needs to be equality across the board.
"We need diversity of all walks represented," said Johnson, who in October launched DiversityInc's annual Women of Color and Their Allies event.
She said that people of color have a responsibility to talk about what's wrong and how it can be improved.
"We need to communicate," she said.
And for allies, "their responsibility is to recognize where there is no diversity and be bold enough to say something about it."
Johnson offered the example of Christopher J. Nassetta, CEO of Hilton (No. 10 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list). She said he was in one of his executive board meetings and looked around and said there wasn't enough women in this room.
So he did something about it.
"He was present enough in the moment to look around and see what was missing … not what he was comfortable with," Johnson said.
For white women who choose to be allies, "It's also your responsibility to know these stories and share them," she said.
Allies should also ask questions like: Why aren't there people of color on the set, as interviewers and production staff, scholarship recipients or in executive boardrooms?
Allies should hold decision makers accountable for age, class, ethnicity, ability, and gender diversity. And Johnson said, allies need to be helpful in the solution piece.
"We have countless examples of people who are doing this work … who are present in their everyday interactions," Johnson said.
She called attention to the fact that sometimes leaders don't hear what they need to from the vantage point of the people who need support, but from the vantage point of others in similar positions.
Reader Question: Do you think those who don't have Ellen Pompeo's position in Hollywood would speak up the way she did?
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Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole Selected as Board Chair and Seventh President of National Council of Negro Women
"My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this honor to serve as the seventh president of this organization that has been a voice of and for Black women," said Dr. Cole.
The National Council of Negro Women (NCMW) selected Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole as its chair and seventh president during the closing session of their 58th Biennial National Convention in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ingrid Saunders Jones, who served as NCNW's chair for more than six years, will continue to serve the organization as the immediate past chair.