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#ImWithKap: Houston Texans Star Shows Solidarity With Kaepernick

DeAndre Hopkins shared a photo on Twitter in support of the athlete and activist.

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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.

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Black Men Get Candid About Mental Health

Celebrities are seeking out ways to fight the mental health stigma within the Black community.

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Studies show Black men are particularly concerned about the stigma of mental illness, and apprehensive about seeking help.

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, director of the Health Disparities Institute at University of Connecticut Health and associate professor of psychiatry, said that men of color are generally discouraged from seeking any kind of help, including help with mental health issues.

But some brave men in the very public eye, have decided to tackle the issue hoping to change the way the Black community views getting help.

Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants, and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.

NFL player Brandon Marshall, who struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, started a nonprofit Project 375.org to help eradicate stigma, increase awareness and improve training and care for youth. He wrote a powerful essay called "The Stigma," last year, where he was candid with his own battles and some of his coping mechanisms that included meditation and journaling.

The conversations around health are happening in other ways, in interviews, on albums, online and on screen.

Jay-Z has come out in interviews to talk about how the experience of therapy helped him grow as a man, overcoming situations, which he describes in his lyrics.

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On his album "4:44," he released a mini documentary "Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod," where he gathered a group of Black men to talk candidly about therapy, self-care, and mental health awareness.

He also advocated for therapy at younger ages and in schools.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted about his mother's suicide attempt on social media and went on "Oprah's Master Class" on OWN to discuss his own depression and how important it is to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

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Rapper Kid Cudi, in posting about and seeking help for his anxiety struggles back in 2016, inspired users on social media to start the #YouGoodMan hashtag, which became a place for Black men to share knowledge and their stories with support.

Primetime TV shows are breaking the silence in the Black community as well.

Sterling K. Brown star of "This Is Us," Romany Malco Jr. of "A Million Little Things," and Kendrick Sampson and Issa Rae of "Insecure" all struggle on screen with issues and survive.

These actors are tackling conversations around getting help for depression, suicide ideation, panic attacks, and trauma — many issues that plague the Black community based on everyday living experiences.

And talking about it helps.

Marcus and Markeiff Morris, twin brothers and NBA players talked to ESPN about their struggles with depression and trauma from growing up in a violent neighborhood. Marcus Morris, who shared their story, encouraged others, "If you have depression, you should be trying to get rid of it instead of bottling it up and letting it weigh on you and weigh on you and weigh on you."

Markeiff, initially agreed to speak about his illness, but bowed out, possibly a sign that he's not quite ready. There are many men like him.

Hopefully, the more men that come forward to advocate and share, the more others will feel empowered to do the same.

Reader Question: Why do you think Black men struggle to speak openly about their how stress impacts their mental health?

Rihanna Says No to Super Bowl Halftime Show in Support of Colin Kaepernick

The multiple Grammy-winning artist turned down the offer to perform because she doesn't agree with the NFL's stance.

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Rihanna, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, has turned down a coveted offer by the NFL to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who take a knee.

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School Superintendent on Texans' Deshaun Watson: 'You Can't Count on a Black Quarterback'

Lynn Redden makes a racist Facebook post then offers a canned apology.

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Onalaska School Superintendent, Lynn Redden, could be in hot water after making racist statements about a Black NFL player on Facebook.

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By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

Colin Kaepernick may yet get his day in court.

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Republican Committee Secretary Refers to NFL Players as 'Baboons'

Carla Maloney posted on Facebook: "Let's see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries."

With a new NFL season set to kick off this Thursday, the debate over the national anthem is still a hot topic for the Republicans. Carla Maloney, secretary of the Republican Committee of Beaver County, Penn., has resigned after posting on Facebook an offensive statement where she refers to NFL players that kneel during the national anthem as "baboons."

In reference to kneeling during the national anthem, in a post last year, Maloney referred to NFL players as "ignorant Blacks" and that players from the Pittsburgh Steelers who opt to remain in the locker room during the anthem were "just as bad as the rest of the over-paid baboons". She also posted an additionally offensive remark by saying "Let's see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries."

The Beaver County Times exposed the posts last week, which were made on Facebook was under the name of Carla Belich Fueller. A Beaver County Republican Committee official confirmed to the newspaper that Maloney wrote the posts. She has since apologized for the offensive statements.

"Those that know me know that I come from a diverse family that represents modern America. I know I am a better person than this and, as I step away from these public positions. From the bottom of my heart, I again apologize for my remarks, my poor taste, and the problems they have caused."

Maloney resigned from her post last Friday.

"The views expressed in her posts are abhorrent and have no place in reasonable public discourse," the Republican Committee of Beaver County wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

"We denounce these comments in the strongest terms possible.This is the latest incident in the ongoing battle between the NFL and Republican faithfuls that have publicly criticized football players for exercising their right to protest on national television during NFL games.

Colin Kapernick led the movement by being the first to kneel during the national anthem while playing for the San Francisco 49ers. His protest, beginning in the 2016-17 NFL season, was because of his views on the country's treatment of racial minorities.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Kapernick's statements originally related to the police brutality and gun violence across the United States. Other NFL players subsequently joined in the protests during the previous two seasons.

After the 2017-2018 season, the NFL owners voted that all players on the field must stand for the anthem, and that those who don't want to stand can wait inside the locker room until the anthem is done. The owners have agreed to let the protests continue, but will be fined if not standing during the anthem on the field.

It is expected, based on the protests shown in preseason games, that the NFL players following in Kapernick's footsteps will continue throughout this season as well. It is also likely that Republicans, like Maloney, will oppose such unpatriotic displays. It is hopeful, however, that the racial slurs that accompany such opposition, will not permeate a country that clearly continues to show a significant racial divide.

NFL Announcer Asked Black Coworker if Mic was off Before Using N-Word, He Resigns​

Colts put out a gushing statement of radio announcer Bob Lamey's retirement, but using a racial slur prompted his exit.

While at work, Bob Lamey, an NFL Indianapolis Colts radio announcer, told a story about an auto-racing analyst using the N-word 30 years ago. But Lamey decided to use the racial slur in his storytelling, despite whoever may have been in the room. A Black woman, present and offended, told Emmis Communications management about the incident.

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Explosive Taking a Knee Explanation: Video Goes Wild, 15 Million Views and Accelerating!

White man running against Ted Cruz nails it. You need to send this video to everyone you know.

A video where a Democratic congressman shares his thoughts on why NFL players take a knee during the national anthem has gone viral with more than 15 million views.

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Since the preseason opener for the Miami Dolphins, where three players, Albert Wilson, Kenny Stills, and Robert Quinn, kneeled/raised fists during the national anthem, the protests have been met with criticism from local police.

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NFL's Randy Moss Commemorates Black Lives Taken By Police Brutality After Giving His Hall Of Fame Speech

NFL Legend, Randy Moss, makes a huge statement about police brutality without using words.

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The NFL has been criticized and even boycotted for its hands-off approach toward injustice against Blacks in this country. The organization has even blackballed superstar quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, for his refusal to stand during the national anthem before games.

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Trump Tries to Belittle LeBron James with Hateful Tweet, Social Media Users Defend the NBA Star and Philanthropist

"What responsible and right-thinking adult can point to Donald Trump as a role model for our youth?" Former CIA Director John O. Brennan said, in a tweet.

The president of the United States has again taken to Twitter to try and demean anyone who disagrees with his policies and practices. This time, his target was NBA superstar LeBron James, who recently addressed Trump's influence on sports.

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Creator of #BlackPantherChallenge Puts Pressure on NFL With 'Caucasians' T-Shirt, White People Get Offended

Pressure mounts at the start of the season for long-standing racist NFL Washington Redskins' name to be on the chopping block; the last season of Cleveland Indians' 'Chief Wahoo' logo ends next month.

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Frederick Joseph, creator of the #BlackPantherChallenge, walked around New York City with a "Caucasians" T-shirt this week to experiment with white people's hypocrisy. Joseph also intended to increase pressure on the NFL to change the Washington Redskins' racist name as pre-season begins.

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