In a surprising turn of events, Jay-Z has announced that he and Roc Nation will work side by side with the NFL on music and social justice.In a new role as the NFL's "live music entertainment strategist," Jay-Z and those at his entertainment and sports company will consult on entertainment, which will include the Super Bowl halftime show. They will also participate in the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change. “The N.F.L. has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive,” Jay-Z shared in an interview. “They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, that we can do some good.” It's a controversial and interesting move for the rap mogul considering that just a few years ago he criticized the NFL for its failure to speak out against social injustice. This came after the league and team owners shut out Colin Kaepernick out during the 2016 season when he began kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and unfair treatment of African-Americans in this country. Jay-Z plans to talk with Kaepernick personally in the future as well regarding this opportunity. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the New York Times that the league is willing to work with those who will provide constructive criticism of their policies. “We don’t want people to come in and necessarily agree with us; we want people to come in and tell us what we can do better,” Goodell said. “I think that’s a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally.” Though many online have disagreed with this new role, Jay-Z believes that it will be helpful in creating impactful action in the league. “We’re going through a tough time,” he said. “A lot of people are not agreeing with one another. And we have to just push it along a little bit. There’s no magic pill. No one is going to have the solution themselves. You just have to do your little thing to push it along.”
The fathers of arguably the two most influential players currently in the NFL have partnered with "I'M A FATHER F1RST" to appear in Atlanta, GA for Father's Day for the 1st annual, "A Day in the Park" during Father's Day weekend. Odell Beckham Sr. and Stacy Elliott managed to raise two of football's biggest names. The NFL Dads will be speaking to a group of father's at the 1st annual Day in the Park during Father's Day weekend Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Raising sons that have achieved a level of excellence in their career that millions aspire to reach and never do is an accomplishment in itself but both Beckham and Elliott agree their biggest accomplishment was in being a father to their sons and offering the leadership needed as their sons grew and developed. Football fans know Ezekiel Elliot was a first round draft pick, signing with the Dallas Cowboys and has continued to be a fan favorite for his numbers on the field along with his fashion and lifestyle choices. Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most talked about figures in both sports and pop culture and is rumored to have recently signed the biggest shoe deal in NFL history.
Odell Beckham Sr. and Stacy Elliott both doubled as father and coach while the players were young navigating their high school and college careers and making sure they exploited every opportunity to keep their sons on the path to achieving super stardom.
Beckham Sr. and Elliott both had different parenting styles but their sons ended up achieving the American dream through hard work and consistency. I'm a Father F1rst is proud to welcome both fathers to their first annual "I'm a Father 1st Field Day and celebration". "We're excited to have the father's of these two powerhouses coming together to empower other young fathers. Growing up most young boys have aspirations of playing ball on that professional level but we all know it takes a lot to get a young man to that place of excellence. Both of these players were blessed to have their father's actively in their lives and they both believe strongly in the power of fatherhood," says Keith A. Lewis, Jr. founder of I'm a Father F1rst.
Lewis started the movement to emphasize the importance of fatherhood, especially in the black community. "It's always powerful when men come together to uplift and encourage each other. We want to be a resource for young fathers and fathers who may not feel they have support. Our communities will see a change when our men step up in leadership and the most leadership role most men will experience is fatherhood," Lewis says.
For more information or to interview Odell Beckham Sr. or Stacy Elliott and Keith A. Lewis Jr., please contact Christal at 678-499-0297.
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Originally posted on 2014-03-02 20:27:47Radio Facts: Radio Facts is sad to report the death of Roy Simmons. He was an American football player who played for the National Football League. He played Guard for the New York Giants and then with the Washington Redskins during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984. In 1992, he announced that he was gay on The Phil Donahue Show. In his autobiography, Out of Bounds (written with Damon DiMarco), he speaks of drug addiction, prostitution, and promiscuity. Around 1997, he learned that he was HIV-positive. Simmons died February 20, 2014, in his Bronx, New York apartment at the age of 57.
Originally posted on 2014-03-02 20:27:47