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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Insists Colin Kaepernick Isn't Blackballed From The League

 "Teams make decisions (based) on what's in the best interest of their team and they make those decisions individually," Goodell said Thursday (Aug. 3). 

The more time that passes with no news of Colin Kaepernick joining a new team since his departure from the 49ners in March, the more fans believe the NFL is blacklisting the athlete for his political beliefs. In an attempt to dispel the rumors, the league's commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the claims on Thursday (Aug. 3).

"No, teams make decisions (based) on what's in the best interest of their team and they make those decisions individually," Goodell said from the  Denver Broncos' indoor practice facility. ABC News reports Kaepernick parted ways with the 49ners in March with no offers from other teams until recently. Reports indicate the Seattle Seahawks and the Baltimore Ravens have shared interest in the 29-year-old. The player took a stand against police brutality of people of color by refusing to to chant the national anthem.  Those against Kaepernick's views have boycotted the NFL and thrown racist insults at the athlete online.

When asked about Kaepernick's talent over his activism, Goodell played it safe. "There are other people who make those evaluations and that's a decision that those teams all make individually," Goodell said. "It's not one that I would make as a commissioner."

Goodell also slammed claims that Kaepernick's political stance played a part in declining ratings. Explaining that viewership has changed due to steaming and other practices, he also asked players to be responsible in their communities.

"I think they are leaders in their communities, I think they have a voice and they should express it. And I think it's important for them to do it responsibly," he said.

Kaepernick has found support from his football brethren like Richard Sherman. The Seahawks cornerback expressed his disappointment in Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti's comments on Kaepernick's political beliefs. Deadspin reports Steve Bisciotti told fans Sunday (Jul. 30) he was concerned if he signed Kaepernick, his political stance would bring problems to the team.

“For you to say you have to check with sponsors and fans because this guy took a knee and made a statement?” Sherman said. “Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing. But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now – whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible – have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”

Activist Kevin Powell also shared similar thoughts on Kaepernick's legacy.

History will prove Colin Kaepernick right just like it did Muhammad Ali and Paul Robeson. Those who oppose and mock him are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of humanity. The National Football League is a greedy disgrace. Nonstop violence, concussions and head traumas everywhere, ex-players committing suicide due to head injuries, worst contracts of any major sports league, yet they are afraid of what Colin represents. There are players, coaches, executives, and owners who have engaged in all kinds of despicable and violent behavior. Yet they all have jobs, careers, and Colin does not. Colin's "crime?" A silent and nonviolent protest against police brutality and racial profiling. The message is it is okay for football players and football culture to beat women, kills dogs, participate in the shooting and murder of folks, but God forbid you take a stand for justice in the realest sense. Freedom ain't free and democracy just does not happen, people who have courage make it happen. And it is an utter disgrace, too, to see former players like Ray Lewis and Michael Vick say publicly that Colin needs to cut his hair, make it neater, to keep his politics private. Cowards are cowards every single day of the week, no matter how tough they claim to be on a sports stage. And Black self-hatred, an offshoot of American racism, is mad real. We cannot claim to be free if we simply say what we think some want us to say, or what they tell us to say. That is called slavery, y'all, mental or otherwise.

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Nonetheless, fans are still hoping to see the player on the field this fall.

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Wendy Williams is getting the film treatment. The 55-year-old talk show host has signed on to executive produce a forthcoming biopic detailing the “highs and lows” of her life and career, the cable network announced in a news release Tuesday (July 23).

The film, from Will Packer Media, begins production this fall and is scheduled to debut in 2020. The biopic will be coupled alongside a documentary on Williams’ life, produced by Entertainment One and Creature Films.

Williams has a long-standing relationship with Lifetime having produced a 2014 Aaliyah biopic that was widely panned by viewers and fans of the late singer, but became a ratings hit for the network.

Besides the Williams biopic, Lifetime announced a slate of new productions including Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath a follow-up documentary featuring interviews with “new survivors, psychologists and experts on the case, and more insights into the ever-growing saga of the R&B singer.”

The network is also set to release Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, a documentary centered around the billionaire New York financier, who is currently locked up on accusations of child sex-trafficking and other sex crimes, and his ability to “hide in plain site while enablers protected him for over two decades.” Epstein was arrested last month, and recently denied bail.

In addition, Lifetime greenlit the two-hour film, College Admissions Scandal, based off the bombshell story that involved actresses Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, and multiple other wealthy families accused of using illegal tactics to get their children into top schools.

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Tay-K Sentenced To 55 Years For His Role In Deadly Home Invasion

After three hours of deliberating, a Texas jury sentenced Tay-K to 55 years in prison Tuesday (July 23) and ordered him to pay $21,000 in fines for his involvement in a 2016 home invasion that left a young father dead. The jury also sentenced the rapper born, Taymor McIntyre, to 30 years for aggravated robbery, two additional 13-year sentences for the remaining two aggravated robbery charges, plus $8,000 in fines.

The 19-year-old recording artist whose track, “The Race,” went viral while he was on the run from authorities, and charted on the Billboard Hot 100, must serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. The sentences will run concurrently because he was a minor at the time of the crimes, Texas news station NBC 5 reports.

The teen was convicted of participating in the Texas armed robbery that resulted in 21-year-old Ethan Walker being shot to death. Walker’s roommate was also shot, although not fatally, and another person was injured.

According to The Fader, Tay-K’s lyrics on “The Race” and screenshots from the music video were used as evidence in the trial. Walker’s mother testified during the trial as well, and his father shared an emotional statement in court last Friday (July 19) after Tay-K was found guilty.

“I have tried to live a good life and I know hate is a very negative emotion but right now there are three people I hate,” Richard Walker said according to the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. “One is the planner, one is the person who pulled the trigger and one is the person who profited off of this and saw this as a career move,” he said in reference to Tay-K and a handful of others involved in the deadly robbery.

“Every lyric to ‘The Race’ is stained with my son’s blood. Every ‘free Tay-K’ T-shirt that was ever sold has my son’s blood on it,” Walker added. The  victims and their family members have reportedly filed lawsuits against Tay-K to block him from profiting off of the song.

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Wesley Snipes Supports Mahershala Ali As 'Blade'

Marvel fans are rejoicing thanks to the recent announcement of a reboot of Blade. Though there's excitement, some wish that the original lead man, Wesley Snipes, would make a comeback. Instead, Mahershala Ali will take the coveted role.

As per Comicbook.com, Snipes had a message for old-time fans who are disgruntled with Ali’s appointment. "To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, Chillaaxx ... Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew - always a fan," he said.

He also made it a point to celebrate this milestone in Ali's career and praise him for his art, stating, "a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come."

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Snipes explained how they created Blade’s look in the 1998 film and described the character’s persona. “Blade, he’s like Shaft, but like Kool Moe Dee at the same time,” he said. “Part of the look we drew straight from the comic book. I think there were versions where Blade had a long coat on, like a cape, and he had the spikes they were like a bandolier around his chest or around his thigh.”

He also stated how thankful he was for the role and legacy it leaves behind. “I’m proud of Blade. I’m thankful for it. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful opportunity, something that is now considered a part of the urban iconography,” he said. “And I made some great friends. We learned a lot about the business, and we traveled around the world.”

Amid Snipe's legacy, most are still excited over The Green Book actor's casting.

MAHERSHALA ALI AS MARVEL'S BLADE?!?!?!?! ARE WE KIDDING?!?!?!

IT'S THE PERFECT CASTING!!! I am so excited!!! I love him! 😭😭😭 #BladeMCU #MarvelStudios #Phase4 #MahershalaAli pic.twitter.com/zor8AZ0h4f

— Maya | Stream #AllNight | (@cmr1397) July 21, 2019

Good morning to Mahershala Ali and whoever brilliantly cast him as Blade. This art gives me all the feels. I CANNOT wait. I need to know who’s writing and directing immediately. #BladeMCU @MarvelStudios @Marvel pic.twitter.com/rP2dJsQhe3

— April (@ReignOfApril) July 21, 2019

Good morning to Mahershala Ali and whoever brilliantly cast him as Blade. This art gives me all the feels. I CANNOT wait. I need to know who’s writing and directing immediately. #BladeMCU @MarvelStudios @Marvel pic.twitter.com/rP2dJsQhe3

— April (@ReignOfApril) July 21, 2019

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