Colin Kaepernick Convinces Nike to Drop Flag-Themed Sneaker.
Nike is reportedly pulling its Betsy Ross-themed sneaker after Colin Kaepernick expressed concern with its imagery’s slavery connection.
“The sneaker giant was set to put a new colorway of its popular Air Max 1 sneaker on the market this week, featuring an old U.S. flag with 13 stars from the American Revolution … but according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Nike pulled the shoe before it went on sale because Kaepernick complained,” TMZ explains.
TMZ adds that Kap also pointed out the fact that “two prominent white nationalist groups — including the Patriot movement — use the flag as a symbol for their group.”
We’re glad he made this call. Read more about it here.
Aladdin Is Now Will Smith’s Top Grossing Film.
Congrats are in order for Will Smith, who just scored his biggest movie with his role in Aladdin. The “genie” took to Instagram over the weekend to share is gratitude and thank all who have supported him throughout his career.
“To be in this game as long as I’ve been in this game, and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to say thank you,” Smith said in the Instagram video. The supported caption read, “Aladdin just became the biggest movie of my career! I’m honored and I’m Speechless. (You see what I did there?Gotta pay attention) The only thing I can say is… Thank You.”
Watch the heart-warming clip below:
Spotify Is No Longer Allowing Artists to Upload Their Own Music.
Back in September, Spotify announced a new project that would allow artists to upload their own music.
“You’ve told us time and time again that sharing your work with the world should be easier,” their statement read. “In the past few months, we’ve been testing an upload tool within Spotify for Artists, because we believe getting new music to your fans should be simple.”
But on Monday, Spotify shared that it would be ending its beta program, with new uploads being cut off at the end of July.
“In a press release, Spotify said feedback from artists included in the program showed the best way to improve their experience is to support the work Spotify’s distribution partners are already doing,” CNN explains. “While it says it’s ending the program due to feedback, the program was initially launched after artists requested it.”
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