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Jeezy Shows the Forming Coalition between Hip-Hop and Sports at Atlanta United Game

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International Superstar and Entrepreneur Jeezy joined Atlanta United soccer fans in a sold-out stadium this weekend in Atlanta, GA. Jeezy received the honor of hammering the Golden Spike prior to the MLS game between the Atlanta United and the New England Revolution on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Now considered an Atlanta tradition on matchday, hammering the Golden Spike is a symbol of unity and strength and a nod to the city’s railroad roots. Essentially split into two parts, the Golden Spike is integrated before the match and beyond the final whistle. A chosen ATLien strikes it three times as the entire stadium roars them on.

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Jeezy is scheduled to release his final rap album “Thug Motivation 104: Trust the Process” later this month.

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Nike’s 2019 World Cup Commercial Epitomizes the American Dream

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team snagged the World Cup for the fourth time Sunday, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in a match watched globally.

And it’s a team backed by Nike, a brand notorious for taking controversial political stances much like its support for Colin Kaepernick. The athletic giant just released it’s post-match “Never Stop Winning” commercial via social media along with the inspiring caption, “This team wins. Everyone wins.Victory is when we all win. It’s only crazy until you do it.” #justdoit @USWNT

The pro-woman, pro-equality and pro-America message, has quickly taken the internet by storm.

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara refused to remove nose ring for NFL

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara received a controversial request this week ahead of the pre-draft meeting.

Kamara, 23, was slated to be drafted earlier than pick No. 67, but after refusing to remove his nose ring he chose to decline without hesitation.

In a recent interview with Andrew Hawkins of Uninterrupted.com, the football star explained his stance on the matter.

“I had a team before I went into a meeting, one of the guys came up to me and was like, ‘Well, you’re about to go in with the G.M. so, you know, he doesn’t really understand the nose rings and things like that. So you might want to — can you take them out or tuck them?’ I was like, ‘No.’

“Basically, if you don’t understand it or you don’t like it, then you don’t need to draft me. It wouldn’t be a good choice to draft me.”

Kamara may be young but he is certainly confident in his own skin and refuses to sell his soul for fame and fortune, and while some may find his decision questionable, it’s actually refreshing and admirable.

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President Trump finds Megan Rapinoe’s protest during anthem distasteful

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Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the United States women’s national team, has been silently protesting at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Rapinoe has been publicly objecting to participating in the national anthem by standing with her arms at her side and remaining silent during the National Anthem.

Protesting during the national anthem is something that Rapinoe has done since 2016, but it is once again garnering a boatload of buzz, including the attention of President Donald Trump.

Trump made his remarks on Rapinoe during an interview with The Hill. When he was asked about whether the Rapinoe’s decision to kneel is appropriate, Trump responded: “No. I don’t think so.”

Earlier this year, Rapinoe mentioned actions were a stand against Trump and discussed being inspired by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“But Colin Kaepernick very much inspired me, and inspired an entire nation, and still does, to actually think about these things,” she told Yahoo Sports. “The way he spoke about them so clearly, so matter-of-fact, wasn’t trying to convince anyone. Just, ‘This is what is happening, this is what I’m willing to do about it.’ I found that extremely inspiring and convicting. Like, how can you not support?”

She also penned an essay recently in the Players’ Tribune to expand on her boycott of the anthem.

“I haven’t experienced over-policing, racial profiling, police brutality or the sight of a family member’s body lying dead in the street. But I cannot stand idly by while there are people in this country who have had to deal with that kind of heartache,” Rapinoe wrote.

“There is no perfect way to protest. I know that nothing I do will take away the pain of those families. But I feel in my heart it is right to continue to kneel during the national anthem, and I will do whatever I can to be part of the solution.”

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