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Colin Kaepernick Debuts As The Face Of Nike’s 'Just Do It' Anniversary Campaign

The former 49ers players makes a powerful statement in the new ad. 

One week after Nike unveiled an inspirational U.S. Open promotional video starring Serena Williams, the sneaker giant returns with a new, powerful ad -- this time starring Colin Kaepernick.  The 30-year-old athlete and activist made his debut as the latest face of Nike’s "Just Do It" campaign on Monday (Sep. 3).

The ad features a black-and-white close-up photo of the former 49ers player, along with the quote: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Kaepernick unveiled the image via Twitter Monday afternoon, and it went viral within an hour.

The advert commemorates the 30-year-anniversary of the "Just Do It" campaign, and perfectly reflects the cost of fighting injustice, which in Kaepernick's case could have permanently ended his NFL career. The Wisconsin native, who signed with Nike in 2011, has quietly remained on the company's endorsement roster though he hasn't appeared in an advertisement in two years, ESPN reports.

"We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward," Gino Fisanotti, Nike's vice president of brand for North America, said in an interview with ESPN. The new campaign, featuring athletes such as Williams, LeBron James, and Odell Beckham Jr., is aimed at introducing Nike's longstanding "Just Do It" motto " to a new generation of athletes."

In the two years since Kaepernick and Eric Reid began taking a knee to bring awareness to police brutality, the movement has seemingly grown larger. And Kaepernick's ability to continue to galvanize fellow athletes -- even as a free-agent --  directly threatens the NFL's attempts to stop players from speaking up against racial oppression (at least while they're "on the clock").

Last week, an arbitrator ruled that Kaepernick’s collusion case against the league will indeed go to trial, despite the NFL’s attempts to have the case thrown out.

READ MORE: Serena Williams Praises Colin Kaepernick And Eric Reid For Their Activism

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Don C. Completes Remy Martin Capsule With Duffel Bag At NBA All-Star Weekend

After releasing the first several pieces starting in October, Don C and Remy Martin concluded their "Just Remy" capsule collection at NBA All-Star Weekend.

The release party in Charlotte, North Carolina had guests such as Roc Nation's Lenny S., DJ Yasmina, Vintage Frames Founder/CEO Corey Shapiro, and others enjoying Remy Martin cocktails while taking a look at the entire collection.

“Just Rémy” is a capsule collection designed by Don C. that is slated to showcase both himself, basketball culture and the liquor brand's "unparalleled prowess and superior craftsmanship in the world of lifestyle," according to a press release.

The final piece of the collection is a black lambskin leather duffel bag with gold hardware, red python piping, and a gold embroidered “Just Rémy” logo. The final piece mirrors the previous pieces of the collection: a snakeskin designed-embroidered 1738 sneaker box with a bottle of Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal and Just Don shoelaces inside, followed by a snapback hat released in Los Angeles, a jersey release at Art Basel in Miami, and a Dopp Kit release in New York City at the end of January.

The “Just Rémy” Duffel is available for purchase for $750 in limited supply on JustDon.com, along with the other pieces in the collection, including the Dopp Kit and Cap ($350) and jersey ($750).

 

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Sanaa Lathan Stars In Chilling Trailer For Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot

Sanaa Lathan stars in the chilling new trailer for Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone. Set behind a blood-curling instrumental, the mysterious teaser appears to center around the concept of time and numeric synchronicities.

The creepy clip also features Adam Scott, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracy Morgan and Peele, who will host and produce the latest revival of the classic horror series through his Monkeypaw Productions imprint.

The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Sterling, debuted in 1959 and aired for five seasons. The show was rebooted in 1985, and again in 2002.

“I was terrified,” Peele told Variety last year of taking on the remake. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call.”

It's a good thing that Peele faced his fears, because The Twilight Zone and his forthcoming horror flick, US, prove that he knows how to scare up anticipation.

The Twilight Zone debuts April 1 on CBS All Access. Check the video above for the trailer.

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Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Postponed Over “Unique Challenges”

Amy Winehouse's hologram tour is officially postponed, BASE Hologram, the company behind the digital production, announced via Twitter Tuesday (Feb. 19).

“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state of the art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture her genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we encountered some unique challenges and sensitivities,” the company revealed.

The tour, originally scheduled to launch sometime this year, is delayed until BASE can “determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy.”

Mitch Winehouse, the “Back to Black” singer's father, announced the tour last fall, which was expected to feature a live band backing a digital projection of Winehouse.

Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, following a very public battle with addiction that ultimately cut her life short. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization that works to prevent “the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.”

Read BASE Hologram’s full statement on the tour delay below.

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— BASE Hologram (@BASEHologram) February 20, 2019

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