Just weeks after it was revealed Rihanna turned down the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick, the Bajan beauty has reportedly made plans to work with the activist-athlete in a “fun and powerful way.”
Metro.co.uk reports the singer is in discussions to have Kaepernick feature in a new music video addressing social justice reform.
“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,” claims a source at Metro. “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.
“They’re both leaders in their lanes and believe they have the power to inspire positive change in a fun and powerful way.”
A source exclusively told US Weekly that the “Work” singer “does not agree with the NFL’s stance” on kneeling during the national anthem or the league’s treatment of the quarterback.
Kaepernick was one of the first players to take a knee during the national anthem to bring awareness to police brutality and racial injustices.
Several people criticized the kneeling and misinterpreted it to be disrespectful toward the flag and veterans of the military including President Donald Trump who called for players to be fired for the action. The NFL eventually established a kneeling ban.
In September, Kaepernick became the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign spreading the message, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Conservatives who are anti-Kaepernick began to protest the athletic company.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.