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Though some peers and fans have spoken against Kaepernick’s action, many are supportive, as evidenced by his jersey going to No.1 in sales (the proceeds of which he says he will donate to charity, in addition to $1 million). The NFL player first sat, and now kneels, during the national anthem to protest the way blacks are treated in America. Yet, at 6 feet 3 inches tall and 190 pounds dripping wet, Wardell Stephen Curry has been rewriting record books since he hit 162 3-pointers as a sophomore at Davidson College.
Serena also made individual history in England, nailing her 22nd grand-slam singles title to tie tennis great Steffi Graf for the most grand slams in the Open era (Margaret Court, who has 24 total grand slam wins, is next in Serena’s sights).Next up for the apparent history enthusiast: He’s partnering with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for r-Evolution, Dream, based on the sermons and speeches of the Rev. This year, BYP was on the front lines in fighting to remove Cook County (Ill.) State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez for failing to prosecute police misconduct and waiting too long to charge Chicago police in the death of Laquan Mc Donald.(Alvarez lost her bid for re-election to Kim Foxx, also a 2016 Root 100 honoree.) In August, she examined movement-building from the inside as co-instructor of “Black Organizing for Economic Justice and Police Accountability,” a free workshop at the University of Illinois, Chicago, that breaks down leadership concepts and models for social-justice-minded students and community members.One can never tire of using biblical allusions for “King James” because his story is so epic.Yes, the prodigal son of Akron, Ohio, delivered Cleveland its first-ever NBA title, taking on a Goliath competitor, and winning his third NBA Finals MVP in the process.When Williams was honored for his humanitarian work at the 2016 BET Awards, he used his mic time to highlight the urgent fight for black justice, delivering the best two-minute-and-four-second acceptance speech the network ever aired.
The , a series investigating domestic inequality scheduled to air on Epix Sept. Williams and his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee Williams, have also been busy creating: Together, they launched a new app called Ebroji and welcomed their second child, Maceo. The actor/activist’s powerful, fiery speech on race, justice and cultural appropriation at this year’s BET Awards set the internet ablaze.
It was praised for its rich lyrical gumbo infusing everything from hip-hop to Hebrew in its staccato lines.
If we could seriously elect one cultural ambassador for all of black America, Coates would be a top contender.
The multigifted filmmaker is a pioneer in modern history—the first black woman to win best director at Sundance and the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe—and is now the first woman of color to direct a $100 million production after signing on for Disney’s 2017 adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, based on the celebrated children’s book. Du Vernay partnered with Oprah to create the OWN series Ten-time Grammy and recent Oscar winner John Legend has distinguished himself as a remarkable singer and musician, but also as a social-justice tour de force.
Last April, Legend unveiled the #Free America movement, a multiyear campaign to end mass incarceration in the U.
But Boseman also dazzles in the mystical realm, portraying the Black Panther, first in Captain America: Civil War and next in his own vehicle, set to hit theaters in February.