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Colin Kaepernick. Black man with cornrows going back and facial hair, wearing a black suit jacket with gold details.

Colin Kaepernick Praises Those Who Continue to Protest Police Violence

The athlete shouts out football players Eric Reid, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson II, who are still kneeling: “They have never moved past the people.”

Jay-Z. Black man in white Bob Marley sweatshirt with bandana around forehead.

Jay-Z Partners With NFL, World is Confused

With athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick still out of work for protesting police violence, many don’t understand how the MC can support the league that blacklisted him.

Simone Biles. Black person waring jeweled black leotard soars through the air, legs extended.

Simone Biles Makes History, Again

The gymnast is the first woman to land a triple-double in a floor routine during competition.

Caster Semenya. Black woman in gray top with dark hair pulled back into a low bun.

Caster Semenya is Out Magazine's Latest Cover Star

The South African record-breaker says that she’s here to inspire the world.

Mariano Rivera. Latinx man with bald head wearing dark suit, white shirt and red tie.

Mariano Rivera Makes Baseball History With Unanimous Hall of Fame Vote

The Yankees’ pitcher was inducted alongside Mariners’ third baseman Edgar Martinez, marking the first time two Latinx athletes have been added to the Hall of Fame at the same time.

Arthur Ashe. Black and white photo of young Black man, wearing glasses and white top, holding up a trophy.

Richmond Boulevard Renamed to Honor Arthur Ashe

The tennis great is honored via a series of events in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

Caster Semenya. Braids, green and yellow jersey top. South African flag. Track.

Twitter Users Defend World Champion Sprinter Caster Semenya

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the South African Olympian must reduce her naturally occurring testosterone levels to compete.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Illustration of two Black men in light blue jerseys raising fist and taking knee in front of yellow and orange background with other people and text that reads,"IF NOT US, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?"

This Artist Spent Super Bowl Halftime Painting Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Brandan “Bmike” Odums wanted to support the athletes’ activism against police violence during the big game. So, he made a mural.

Martellus Bennett. Black man in white hoodie and red pants speaks while seated on white couch in front of blue background and brown slats

Martellus Bennett: 'Let Black Boys Dream Big'

Ahead of the Super Bowl, the artist and former NFL player reflects on the messages society gives Black boys about their worth.

Tarell Alvin McCraney. Black man in black sweater and glasses speaks into black microphone in front of brown wood and walls

Tarell Alvin McCraney Asks: What If Black Players Took Over the NBA?

The “Moonlight” co-writer discusses his upcoming Netflix film, “High Flying Bird.”

Muhammad Ali. Black man with black hair poses in fighter's stance in black jacket and sweater and white shirt in front of beige ladder and wall and bannister

Louisville Renames Airport After Muhammad Ali

“It is a fitting testament to his legacy.”

Serena Williams. Black woman poses in brown dress in front of grey sheet and red text spelling "ALLURE" and black text spelling "THE BODY + MIND ISSUE"; Black woman in green athletic outfit surrounded by coral sheet

Serena Williams Covers Allure, Talks Being Black in Tennis

“Venus and I started out being successful, continued to be successful, and we were also unapologetically ourselves. We were not afraid to wear braids. We weren’t afraid to be Black in tennis. And that was different.”

Mountain with white snow-capped peaks behind brown foothills and green trees and blue lake and in front of blue sky

Alaska Native Teens Honored for Role in Historic Denali Climb

John Fresden and Esaias George assisted Walter Harper in the first recorded summit of North America’s tallest mountain.

Eric Reid;.blue and white football cleats with Black Panther Party symbol and protestors in black and white with text that reads "PANTHER POWER" and "IF NOT NOW, WHEN?" in front of black jersey with blue stripes and white letters that spell "REID"

Eric Reid Uses Cleats to Celebrate Activist Art and Kaep's Cause

New Orleans-based artist Brandan Bmike Odums designed the Carolina Panthers safety’s cleats with references to the Black Panther Party.

Eric Reid. Black man in light blue and white football uniform kneels near men in similar uniforms.

Eric Reid, Allies Question NFL's Repeated 'Random' Drug Tests

Some of the Carolina Panthers safety’s supporters say that his disproportionate testing for performance-enhancing substances is retaliation for his kneeling protests.

Woman in red and white cheerleader uniform kneeling while flanked by other women in similar uniforms on green grass with gold paint in front of stadium with red seats and blue sky

49ers Cheerleader Kneels During National Anthem

Many assumed it was a continuation of the protest that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began in 2016.

Rihanna. black woman in grey snakeskin dress and black tattoo on collarbone smiles in front of dark navy wall with grey text

Rihanna Says No to the Super Bowl

The singer reportedly declined to perform at the halftime show in solidarity with blacklisted NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick.

Roberto Clemente. Illustration of Black Latinx man in black and tan baseball uniform holding brown baseball bat in front of black text reading "GOOGLE" and a red white and blue Puerto Rican flag on tan image of Puerto Rico

Google Doodle Celebrates Latinx Baseball Legend Roberto Clemente

Clemente’s batting prowess and humanitarian work made him a hero to sports fans long before he became the first Latinx player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Craig Hodges. Black man in red and black jersey stands before shooting basketball in front of black background and White men in black and white referee outfits

Watch This Teaser for LeBron James' 'Shut Up and Dribble'

The clip features former Chicago Bulls player Craig Hodges as he pushes President George H.W. Bush to address systemic poverty in Black communities.

Monica Puig. Brown woman with blonde hair in white warm-up outfit with red accents wears gold medal on green lanyard in front of green and brown wall

How Monica Puig Reps Puerto Rico On and Off the Tennis Court

The tennis star, who turns 25 today, made history when she won Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal in 2016. Now she uses her fame to support the commonwealth.