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Black Performers Say 'No' to Super Bowl

Apparently, Black artists aren't feeling it.

Mary J. Blige

The CBS network is having a hard time getting popular Black artists to perform at the once "coveted" Super Bowl halftime gig.

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Rihanna Demands Trump Stop Playing Her Music at 'Tragic Rallies'

The artist made it clear on Twitter that she doesn't want her hit song being played.

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Rihanna is the latest artist to ban her music from being played at rallies featuring President Donald Trump.

Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker said Sunday on Twitter that Rihanna's hit song "Don't Stop the Music" was playing at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections:

Rihanna responded to Rucker's tweet:

Rihanna has sold 124 million digital singles in the U.S., which is 10 million more than any other artist, according to Forbes.

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

Last month, she turned down an 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.

Soon after, actress Amy Schumer posted on social media that she was turning down a chance to appear in a Super Bowl commercial. Schumer also said it "would be cool" if Maroon 5, scheduled to perform, would reject the offer, like Rihanna did.

Last week, Pharrell Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump to stop him from using his music. On the same day as the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Trump hosted a Midwest campaign rally where "Happy" was on the playlist.

Related Story: Trump Plays Pharrell's 'Happy' at Post Pittsburgh Massacre Rally

"There was nothing 'happy' about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose," the letter states.

At a rally last week for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was captured on video dancing to "Happy," and it went viral.

Pharrell approved:

"Get it legend."

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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Several Eagles Players to Skip White House Visit

"I want to see changes in our criminal justice system. I want to see us push for economic and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities," said Malcom Jenkins.

NFL Football - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots - Super Bowl LII - U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 4, 2018. REUTERS

Several team members of the Philadelphia Eagles, winners of Sunday night's Super Bowl LII, said they would not attend the traditional White House visit for NFL champions.

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Sexist and Racist NFL Decision Upstaged by Social Media

Janet Jackson disrespect and double standard called out. Justin Timberlake should have insisted Jackson perform, he was boring without her.

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Justin Timberlake performing at halftime during Super Bowl LII on Sunday was rebuffed by fans of Janet Jackson who chose to show their admiration for the superstar amid white male privilege and sexism.

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AT&T Boosts Minneapolis Area Mobile Coverage for Super Bowl LII

Added capacity and coverage for a better AT&T Wireless experience.

(Originally published on ATT.com)

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Patriots Players Won't Attend White House Ceremony

Two players announced they will not be attending a ceremony later this year.

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Deji Olatoye (30) in the second quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. / REUTERS

New England Patriots players Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty will not be attending the traditional White House ceremony honoring the team's Super Bowl win.

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Super Bowl Ads: Is Audi's Pay Equality Message Diluted by its Leadership?

The company attempted to support pay equity but brought attention to its own board's lack of diversity.

Audi's commercial that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday was one of the evening's most talked about ads, both in the amount of praise it received as well as criticism.

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HBCU Hall of Fame Players Honored at Super Bowl

Elite NFL players who graduated from a historically Black college or university, and made history when going pro, were recognized.

The National Football League (NFL) honored Pro Football Hall of Fame players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) before the start of Sunday's Super Bowl LI battle between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, who won in overtime, 34-28.

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Beyoncé Criticized by Has-Been Piers Morgan

Morgan writes Beyoncé is now a "born again Black woman" who plays the "race card"; Twitter erupts.

Piers Morgan, British journalist and former CNN talk show host, wrote an essay published Monday in the U.K.'s Daily Mail titled "Jay-Z's not the only one who needs to be nervous about Beyoncé, the born-again-Black woman with a political mission," criticizing multi-platinum artist Beyoncé Knowles' "Lemonade," a visual album.

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The Super Bowl Ad You Didn't See

The National Congress of American Indians releases a Super Bowl ad dealing with one of the biggest controversies in sports … but it doesn't air during the big game. Watch the powerful commercial here.

By Chris Hoenig

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