With the Super Bowl only days away, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is defending himself despite the avalanche of criticism over his decision to accept the NFL’s offer to perform during the Super Bowl. He is assuring critics that their voices will be heard. The singer also hinted that his performance would contain elements of social justice.Levine spoke to TV’s Entertainment Tonight and noted that he and his bandmates “expected” the criticism when they took on the NFL’s offer. “We expected it,” the rocker said of the backlash. “We’d like to move on from it, and like I said earlier, speak through the music.” A large number of entertainers announced that they would refuse any offer from the NFL to play the half time show, citing the plight of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who found his career at a standstill after spending the 2016 season protesting during the national anthem. The league spent months looking for someone … [Read more...] about Adam Levine: Those Who Support Social Justice Will Be Heard During Super Bowl Halftime Show
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Jan. 29, 2019, 10:47 PM GMT By Erik Ortiz As two families in Atlanta mourn the deaths of their sons — young black men believed to be unarmed when they were killed in separate police shootings this month — tens of thousands of football fans are converging on the city for festivities ahead of the Super Bowl. The jarring juxtaposition isn't lost on the loved ones of Jimmy Atchison, an aspiring musician who will be laid to rest Thursday and whose death last week has stirred questions over the use of lethal force. A week before Atchison was killed, 18-year-old D'ettrick Griffin died in another officer-involved shooting. Tammie Featherstone, Atchison's aunt, said the police had put the case "on the back burner because of the Super Bowl" — which a spokesman for the department disputed, saying the shooting was still being investigated. The family's attorney, Tanya Miller, said the backdrop of the nation's most-watched sporting event should magnify rather than distract from … [Read more...] about Social justice and the Super Bowl: Two fatal police shootings of black men in Atlanta raise questions
ATLANTA (AP) — Maroon 5 has canceled its news conference to discuss the band’s Super Bowl halftime performance, choosing to not meet with reporters as most acts have done. The NFL announced Tuesday that “the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.”Maroon 5, with frontman Adam Levine, will be joined by Outkast member Big Boi and Houston rapper Travis Scott at halftime of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. The NFL says instead of a news conference with the performers, it will use media platforms to show behind-the-scenes footage and content. While Maroon 5 did not give a reason for its decision, it comes as some entertainers have said social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl. That has led to some criticism of performers who are holding events in Atlanta. Jermaine Dupri said he was called a “sellout” for hosting a Super Bowl-related event during … [Read more...] about Maroon 5 Cancels Super Bowl Halftime News Conference Amid Social Justice Backlash
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAstead W. Herndon Oct. 24, 2018 ALPHARETTA, Ga. — An air of solemnity hangs over Lucy McBath’s bid for Congress. It is present in her campaign stump speech, when she recounts the 2012 murder of her son, Jordan Davis, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a white man at a gas station when the 17-year-old refused to lower the volume of the rap music playing in his car. It is present in her interactions with voters in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, who often greet Ms. McBath with weary eyes and deep condolences before discussing policy issues like health care or asking for the requisite candidate selfie. “What I’m doing today is still mothering his legacy,” Ms. McBath said at a meet-and-greet event in this Atlanta suburb. “I’m extending … [Read more...] about ‘Democrat. Fighter. Mother.’ Lucy McBath Is Redefining Social Justice in Politics.
She wears her political opinions on her sleeve. So outspoken veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters is not likely to tone it down when she speaks in Dallas next month. Registration is under way to hear Waters and a slew of others who will lead a forum on how to successfully challenge higher-ups when representing a cause.Waters and about a dozen other leaders will school church leaders and community activists in the training sessions on Speaking Truth to Power. Organizers describe the sessions as a movement in "building for social justice."Dr. Frederick Haynes III and his FDH Ministries organization is hosting the two-day forum June 28-29 at Friendship-West Baptist Church and Conference Center, 2020 W. Wheatland Road, where Haynes is senior pastor.Waters is serving her 14th term in Congress representing the 43rd District of California, which includes a large portion of South Central Los Angeles and Watts. Both neighborhoods have a history of police-community conflict. She … [Read more...] about Outspoken U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters brings social justice message to Dallas