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Wendy Williams slams Beyoncé & Jay-Z for not standing during National Anthem at Super Bowl

Jay-Z: 'I Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show Because They Asked Me To Bring Rihanna & Kanye West!

Wendy Williams has never been one to mince words but this week fans were taken aback when she chastised Beyoncé and JAY-Z for choosing to sit during the national anthem while ironically rocking a dress from Beyoncé’s sold-out Ivy Park x Addidas collaboration.

According to Hollywood Life, on Monday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the talk show maven discussed Super Bowl LIV during her “Hot Topics” segment. She shared a strong reaction to photos of the couple sitting down with daughter, Blue Ivyas Demi Lovato sang the anthem.

Williams even went so far as to question if the Carters “don’t like our country.”

“I don’t know about you, and our country may be in a bad way, but there’s no place I’d rather live than in America,” Williams said before noting Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL via his company Roc Nation.

“Jay, you might be an NFL owner [he’s a partner, not owner], but you don’t own all of the NFL,” she opined. “And Beyonce, I love my Ivy Park, [but] you understand that all eyes were on you, you should’ve stood up,” she continued then adding, “If you don’t like our country, then…”

Over the weekend Super Bowl LIV took place in Miami and was smarming with celebrity attendees, but spectators seemed to be hyperfocused on the power couple seated in their VIP area.

While the Carter’s haven’t responded to the national anthem controversy, Jay Z recently responded to the backlash about his company’s deal with the NFL, noting how the partnership, in his mind, works towards both he and Kaepernick’s goals.

“We are two adult men who disagree on the tactic but are marching for the same cause,” he opined.  Journalist Jemele Hill has previously said that although she trusts that Roc Nation and Jay-Z are well-intentioned, she doesn’t trust the NFL to address its own issues around diversity and systemic racism honestly.

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Jay-Z defends his partnership with the NFL ahead of Super Bowl PSA about police brutality, says he can handle 'negative press' from his fallout with Colin Kaepernick

Jay-Z: 'I Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show Because They Asked Me To Bring Rihanna & Kanye West!!'

Roc Nation boss, Jay-Z, revealed that the NFL asked him to perform for the halftime show, but he turned him down because they wanted him to rope in Rihanna and Kanye West for the performance.

During a sitdown with The New York Times, he says that he was asked to perform "Run This Time" with Riri and Ye, but Jay told them that they could have him alone or nothing at all.

"Of course I would have," Jay-Z said, "but I said, 'No, you get me.' That is not how you go about it, telling someone that they're going to do the halftime show contingent on who they bring. I said forget it. It was a principle thing."

And as for the Colin Kapernick backlash?

"No one is saying he hasn't been done wrong," Jay-Z said. "He was done wrong. I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago, and someone needs to say, 'What do we do now — because people are still dying?'"

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Colin Kaepernick's Girlfriend BLASTS Jay Z & Stephen A. Smith

Jay-Z defends his partnership with the NFL ahead of Super Bowl PSA about police brutality

  • The music mogul was met with fierce backlash last summer after it was announced that he had teamed up with NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell 
  • Many perceived it to be a gripe towards Colin Kaepernick 
  • 'As long as real people are being hurt and marginalized and losing family members, then yes, I can take a couple rounds of negative press,' Jay-Z said
  • Under the 'Inspire Change' initiative, the NFL would commit $100million over the course of 10 years for social justice outreach and causes
  • For the Super Bowl on Sunday, the NFL has sponsored a PSA geared towards the stories of black men killed by police 
  • The PSA's visibility could be the start of convincing white football fans to be concerned about police brutality, the rapper claimed
The music mogul was met with fierce backlash last summer after it was announced that he had teamed up with NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell

The music mogul was met with fierce backlash last summer after it was announced that he had teamed up with NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell

Jay-Z declared that he could 'take a couple rounds of negative press' when dealing with criticism for his multi-million dollar initiative with the NFL, as long as people realized that his goal wasn't that different from Colin Kaepernick's.

The music mogul was met with fierce backlash last summer after it was announced that he had teamed up with NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, for the 'Inspire Change' initiative. 

Many perceived it to be a gripe towards Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49er who has not been on a NFL team since 2016 after he knelt to protest police brutality during the national anthem.  'As long as real people are being hurt and marginalized and losing family members, then yes, I can take a couple rounds of negative press,' he said in an interview with the New York Times

Under the initiative, the NFL would commit $100million over the course of 10 years for social justice outreach and causes. For the Super Bowl on Sunday, the NFL has sponsored a PSA geared towards the stories of black men killed by police. 

Many perceived it to be a gripe towards Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49er who has not been on a NFL team since 2016 after he knelt to protest police brutality during the national anthem

Many perceived it to be a gripe towards Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49er who has not been on a NFL team since 2016 after he knelt to protest police brutality during the national anthem

Under the initiative, the NFL would commit $100million over the course of 10 years for social justice outreach and causes. For the Super Bowl on Sunday, the NFL has sponsored a PSA geared towards the stories of black men killed by police

Under the initiative, the NFL would commit $100million over the course of 10 years for social justice outreach and causes. For the Super Bowl on Sunday, the NFL has sponsored a PSA geared towards the stories of black men killed by police

For Jay-Z, the PSA's visibility could be the start of convincing white football fans to be concerned about police brutality. 

He added that Roc Nation's role as a voice for clients who come from disenfranchised circumstances, along with the company's focus on real-time response to criminal justice reform, led to the partnership with the NFL. 

For Jay-Z, the PSA's visibility could be the start convincing white football fans to be concerned about police brutality

For Jay-Z, the PSA's visibility could be the start convincing white football fans to be concerned about police brutality

The conversation also needed to move on from the drama surrounding Kaepernick. 

'No one is saying he hasn't been done wrong,' Jay-Z said. 'He was done wrong. I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago and someone needs to say, "What do we do now — because people are still dying?"'

He dismissed notions that the deal was about getting Roc Nation extra bucks.  

'We didn't say, "Let's go make some money off the NFL,"' Jay-Z said.

Following the news of the deal last August, Eric Reid - Colin Kaepernick's friend and former teammate - accused the rapper of 'making millions' off the activists 'by assisting the NFL in burying Colin's career.'

Reid reacted directly to Jay-Z's quote on Twitter when the rapper tried to add context to his team up with the NFL last summer
Reid reacted directly to Jay-Z's quote on Twitter when the rapper tried to add context to his team up with the NFL last summer

Kaepernick expressed his gratitude for Reid's support on Twitter: 'You never turned your back on me or the people, even when the NFL tried to silence your voice & the movement.' 

Jay-Z had been a critic of the league's treatment of Kaepernick, who famously protested inequality and racist police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem throughout the 2016.

He even called out Houston Texans owner Bob McNair after the football team owner appeared to liken the players to prisoners in 2017.

Jay-Z addresses comments made by Texans owner Bob McNair
Jay-Z Upset Colin Kaepernick Turned Workout Into Publicity Stunt
Colin Kaepernick's Girlfriend BLASTS Jay Z & Stephen A. Smith!!!
This week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the press that the league was moving on from Colin Kaepernick, after they were unable to agree on terms for a scheduled workout in front of team owners.

Also this week, ESPNs Stephen A. Smith gave an interview where he told reporters that he and Shawn "Jay Z" Carter were "instrumental" in putting together that workout with the NFL.

Now Colin's girlfriend, Nessa Diab, is speaking out - and calling out Commissioner Goodell and "others" for leaving out important reasons as to why the workout went bust.

According to Nessa, the league changed the standard waiver for workouts and Colin's, to include a clause concerning future litigation under state and federal employment laws. His lawyers balked at the clause, and the workout didn't go according to plans as a result.

Here's what Nessa said - notice how she capitalized the words "AND OTHERS" - clearly a hit at Stephen A. Smith and Beyonce's husband.

 

NESSA
@nessnitty

Let me say it again. @nflcommish soooo YOU & OTHERS worked w multiple teams AND the front office to put sneaky verbiage in the waiver you wanted @Kaepernick7 to sign & wouldn’t allow the workout to be transparent & you call it “credible”? Hope you keep your story straight. https://twitter.com/rzstprogramming/status/1205489402010574848 

Resist Programming 🛰@RzstProgramming

🎥 VIDEO: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league has "moved on" from quarterback Colin Kaepernick, yet 4 months ago, at the NFL + Roc Nation #InspireChange presser, he said “any team can...sign him right now.” #StillWithKap

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NESSA
@nessnitty

See the factual waiver details. Again,here are important facts that ⁦@nflcommish⁩ + league+others &their media shields are NOT willing to address truthfully.This was NOT a “credible opportunity.”

NFL's primary aim for Colin Kaepernick:Sign a waiver https://sports.yahoo.com/theres-reason-to-believe-nf-ls-colin-kaepernick-workout-was-a-trojan-horse-044606049.html 

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Smith does acknowledge the NFL could have done a lot of things differently regarding the workout and its transparency. Saying it was, “a little shaky.” He also believes that any feelings of mistrust from Kaep’s camp towards the NFL should’ve been expected.



“Not only do you not trust them, you sued them,” Smith said of Kaep’s relationship with the NFL. “You filed a grievance against them. You settled! You settled. Who files a grievance against a company, settles, and then still says, ‘I want a job with you?’”

Of Jay-Z’s role in the workout Smith does give the hip-hop mogul credit for not wavering, despite half of the NFL’s owners not wanting to sanction the tryout. 

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Rihanna Sent President Trump Cease & Desist After Playing Her Music At “Tragic Rallies”
Jay-Z Upset Colin Kaepernick Turned Workout Into Publicity Stunt!!
Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout took place over the weekend, but Jay-Z is reportedly upset at Kap for turning the workout into a "publicity stunt."

A source close to the situation told Complex that Jay feels "disappointed" with his actions and believes he turned a "legitimate workout" into a publicity stunt. Kaepernick passed on a workout hosted by the NFL and organized his own after the league blocked media access.

Adam Schefter
@AdamSchefter

NFL’s response to Colin Kaepernick opting to do his own workout today in Atlanta:

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Some speculate that the move was that so his stellar workout was captured on camera so that the NFL could not publicly dismiss his efforts as a bust.

"Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency with what went on. We weren't getting that elsewhere so we came out here," Kaepernick told reporters. "We appreciate what y'all do. We appreciate y'all being here today. We appreciate the work y'all do for the people and telling the truth."

Dan Wolken
@DanWolken

Colin Kaepernick made a 90 second statement before leaving

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Rihanna making Colin Kaepernick her teammate for new music VIDEO

Rihanna

Rihanna sent President Trump a cease and desist letter to stop playing her music.

Rihanna is not hear for President Trump playing her music at his “tragic rallies.” The Bajan pop star, who is a staunched critic of the President, learned through Twitter that her music is being played at his rallies. Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker sent out a tweet on Sunday night saying that Trump rally in Chattanooga was playing “Please Don’t Stop The Music.”

“It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics,” Rucker wrote. “Currently, Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it.”

Rihanna quickly responded by tweeting, “Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip.” Rucker then tweeted that Rihanna sent a notice to Trump about playing her music.

Rihanna nixes Super Bowl LIII performance in solidarity with Kaepernick

Rihanna reportedly set to join forces with Colin Kaepernick for a musicvideo, a move that comes after she nixed an opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. 
Unidentified sources told Metro.co.uk that the singer and beauty mogul and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback are psyched about teaming up in a meaningful way.
“Colin was overwhelmed when he found out Rihanna turned down the Super Bowl to stand with him in his protest against anti-black violence and injustices,” one source said. “He’d heard a little while before the rest of the world did and since then they’ve been speaking regularly and have decided to work on something related to social justice reform.”

Standing for Something

Rihanna was reportedly asked to give the halftime show performance at Super Bowl LIII, scheduled for Atlanta in 2019, but declined in support of Kaepernick.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” another unnamed source told US Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

Rihanna is also following in the footsteps of her mentor, Jay-Z, who also turned down an opportunity to perform at the Superbowl last year to stand with Kap.

Both stars are part of an apparent trend of performers who have decided to sidestep performing at the game, normally seen as an international stage watched by 103.4 million people last February.

Kaepernick, who recently became the new face of Nike in a controversial ad campaign that urged to “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” has not played a single down in the NFL since the 2016 season. He remains an unsigned free agent.

After Rihanna’s rejection, the NFL offered the performance to pop-rock group Maroon 5, who accepted.

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Why we love Jenifer Lewis for repping Nike in support of Colin Kaepernick at the Emmy’s Rihanna attends the 'FENTY Beauty' by Rihanna launch at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge

Superstar singer Rihanna bowed out of an opportunity to perform at the Superbowl in support of former NFL player turned activist Colin Kaepernick and his kneeling protests against police brutality.
The beauty and music mogul was reportedly asked to give the halftime show performance at Super Bowl LIII, scheduled for Atlanta in 2019, but declined for a meaningful reason.


“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” an unnamed source told US Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Rihanna is also following in the footsteps of her mentor, Jay-Z, who also turned down an opportunity to perform at the Superbowl last year to stand with Kap.
Both stars are part of an apparent trend of performers who have decided to sidestep performing at the game, normally seen as an international stage watched by 111.3 million people last February.

Singer Pink, who sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LII, also turned down the chance to sing at halftime, according to Entertainment Tonight.
But the halftime show has been used as a political platform in the past. At Super Bowl XLVII, Beyoncé took the stage with a performance that paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.


Kaepernick, who recently became the new face of Nike in a controversial ad campaign that urged to “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” has not played a single down in the NFL since the 2016 season. He remains an unsigned free agent.
After Rihanna’s rejection, the NFL offered the performance to pop-rock group Maroon 5, who accepted.

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Jenifer Lewis in Nike thegrio.com 

Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis stepped onto the Emmy’s red carpet in Nike gear giving a nod to Colin Kaepernick and making a bold statement of support for the brand after backing his activism in a new ad.
The outspoken 61-year-old actress sashayed across the red carpet in a red and black Nike sweater, black leggings and Nike footwear as a deliberate show of support for “Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice,” she said.

“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” she told Variety on the carpet.

Lewis said she wanted to “speak to the millennials today to let them know they are not alone when they speak out.”
Lewis said she wondered: “What can I do? What can I do that’s meaningful? I’ll wear Nike. I’ll wear Nike to say thank you. Thank you for leading the resistance! We need more corporate America to stand up also.”
Nike released a powerful campaign with Colin Kaepernick front and center making a bold statement: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything #JustDoIt.”
The ad was unleashed for the 30th anniversary of Nike’s first Just Do It campaign and Nike also released ads featuring Serena Williams, NFL receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., and one-handed football player Shaquem Griffin, who made the Seattle Seahawks for the upcoming NFL season.
Taking a Stand Over Kneeling
Lewis taking a stand on the red carpet is definitely a smart move—unlike when an episode about kneeling protests on Blackish got shelved.
Black-ish is a show known for tackling tough social issues, but the episode about “Take a Knee” was reportedly shelved indefinitely due to creative differences.
The episode entitled “Please Baby, Please,” was originally slated to air on February 27, but was replaced by a rerun after the show’s producer, Kenya Barris, failed to reach an agreement with ABC executives.

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Comment by rastafari on February 15, 2020 at 4:50pm

...auntie Wendy need to chill and shed that mentality

Comment by Johnny B Quiet on February 8, 2020 at 2:24pm

Wendal needs to shut his house negro ass up...

Comment by BIIGMANN on February 6, 2020 at 10:21am
Shut up Wendy. F*** the flag not our country. Dumb ass
Comment by mr1stroke on February 5, 2020 at 2:06pm
Lol niggers are going to be niggers, let me guess because you would stand they suppose to stand too, everybody dont have to follow, focus on your little talk show
Comment by vaughn mitchell on February 3, 2020 at 2:19pm
Jay Z, did the right thing. I was wondering no black artist performing at half time. Why would Jay Z , perform with that crazy house negro Kanye.
Comment by John on December 14, 2019 at 9:49pm

Stephen A and Jay Z. Two brought house niggers. Enough said

Comment by caribmama on November 6, 2018 at 2:20pm

Go Riri!

Comment by mr1stroke on October 24, 2018 at 12:39pm

this is a black man and a black woman, not the typical negros bragging about education but useless to the cause, they accept the slavery lifestyle but argue life is good, they stay loyal to a party that turn its back on them long ago but still surrender their freedom, negros dont fight for rights, they live off the black soldiers who are fighting everyday to keep the community alive

Comment by caribmama on October 22, 2018 at 2:29am

My Girl.......LOVE YOU RIRI!

Comment by mr1stroke on October 21, 2018 at 3:20am
I applaud her some of us will stand for something niggers out there complaining about how racist the NFL but those are the same niggers who makes time to watch a football game, supporting NFL items some negros never made any sacrifices in their lifes for any cause and they wonder why the2u are alway complaining and marching, niggers will for ever serve white people
Each day you wake up and go to work for a white man they are paying back with yiur own money, businesses in America dont failed they merged 90% of the big corporations you work for are built from slaves money that have been passed from generation to generation they never paid that money back so they are paying you with slave money, thank God i taught that in my household at early age so i was never crazy about working for a white person, now that im involve in the family business thats not part of my plan

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