Colin Kaepernick (1987 -) Professional Football Player, Athlete, & Activist

“I refuse to take shortcuts,” powerful words spoken famous NFL Quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick. As a high profile quarterback, Colin played six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He became well known for protesting police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling and refusing to stand during the National Anthem. Colin’s strong position against systematic racism, garnered widespread media attention and sparked a nationwide movement particularly among other sports figures standing a stand and speaking out against systematic wrongs.

Colin Rand Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 3, 1987. At the age of four, he moved with his family to California. From an early age, he possessed a great interest in sports and showed exceptional athleticism. He began playing youth football at 8 years old. His strong arm quickly elevated him to the quarterback position. He also became an elite high school pitcher, one capable of throwing a fastball at 94 miles per hour.

Yet, football remained Colin’s first love. In the fourth grade, he wrote a letter predicting that he would be the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. “I hope I go to a good college in football then go to the pros and play on the Niners or the Packers, even if they aren’t good in seven years,” he wrote.

While attending the University of Nevada where he played college football, he was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year twice. During the same timeframe, he was recognized as the only player in NCCA Division I FBS history to amass 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career. As fate would have it, Colin was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He led the team to Super Bowl XLVII less than two years later.

Colin opened the 2013 season on a strong note with excellent stats. Passing for 412 yards and three touchdowns he proved himself to be invincible. The 49ers went on to notch a 12-4 record and earned their spot in the playoffs. Although the season ended with a close loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game, Colin continued to have many standout moments.

In late August 2016, before a preseason game he made a decision to kneel in lieu of standing during the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality and racial injustice. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” he said afterward in an interview. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.” He added that he would continue to sit during the national anthem until seeing “significant change” for minorities. This form of protest expanded with other players and became a major political topic,

The following year, Colin remained a man without a team as the 2017 NFL season began. On October 15, 2017, he filed a grievance against NFL owners for colluding to keep him out of the league. Two years later, the lawsuit ended in a confidential settlement. Colin is currently a free agent.

Shifting his focus from sports to literature, in 2019 he founded Kaepernick Publishing which aims to elevate a new generation of writers with diverse views and voices. Having debuted his first book “Different” three years prior, he established his initial literary imprint. On July 15, 2021, Colin signed a multi-book deal with Scholastic, the largest international children’s book publisher. The first book to be released is “I Color Myself Different. “ This book was inspired by a significant childhood memory of when Colin first documented that he was different from his adopted white family. Illustrations are designed by Eric Wilkerson. The coming book is scheduled to be released on April 5, 2022

Awards:

Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award -2013

NFL Honors – Greatness on the Road -2013

Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award -2017

Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award -2017

Ambassador of Conscience Award -2018

Quotes:

“I refuse to take shortcuts.”

“If you work hard and perform well, it doesn’t matter whether you’re 20 or 40. People are going to follow, and you can go in there and run the show.”

“I’ll never take the easy way out.”

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed.”

“I don’t want people to think you have to look a certain way or be a certain mold to be able to be a quarterback.”

“I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it.”

“I don’t watch too much TV when it comes to sports or news or things like that.”

“We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about, need to be brought to life, and we need to fix those.”

“I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put their selves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee, so I have the utmost respect for them, and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.”

“People can talk all they want; that doesn’t affect how I go about my business.”

“I’m here to play football.”

“My dad, being a businessman, constantly talked to me about carrying myself in a certain way and treating people with respect. And I think that’s something that’s carried over throughout my life. It’s how I deal with certain situations.”

“Mental health, for me, is doing everything I can to help this team win. Sitting around not doing anything isn’t something I’ve been too big on since I was young.”

“I have great respect for the religion. I know a lot of people that are Muslim and are phenomenal people.”

“Most people don’t want to change. They’re comfortable and set in their ways. But in order to change, you have to be able to agitate people at times. And I think that’s something that’s very necessary for us to improve as a country.”

“A lot of them have families to feed, and I think it’s a tragic situation where players aren’t comfortable speaking what’s on their mind or what’s right because they’re afraid of consequences that come along with it. That’s not an ideal environment for anybody.”

“People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up as far as, you know, giving freedom and justice and liberty to everybody.”

“This stand wasn’t because I feel like I’m being put down in any kind of way. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice: people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard and affect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that, and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.”

“I don’t believe in pressure. The pressure is not being prepared for what you want to do.”

“I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that. I want black kids to see me and think, ‘Okay, he’s carrying himself as a black man, and that’s how a black man should carry himself.’”

“To me, tattoos are a way of people being able to express themselves and have other people look at them and get a little insight into who they are, without ever even saying a word to them.”

“I have a very high expectation for everything I do. And when I go out and compete, I expect myself to make every play.”

“Whether football’s here or not, I will be fine. I go out, I play to win.”

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

“I don’t play for job security.”

“To me, I’ve played full seasons and had success. Mentally, I’ve been through it before. I’m not incapable of going through this.”

“When I’m actually getting off the bus, I still have my gospel playing. That’s the way-to-the-game kind of music.”

“I have great teammates around me who make plays.”

“I never weighed myself when I was at my lightest because I didn’t want to know.”

“Feelings aren’t going to help me win a game.”

“Training, that’s my specialty.”

Sources:
https://playersbio.com/colin-kaepernick-quotes/

https://www.biography.com/athlete/colin-kaepernick

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Queen Afua (1953 – ) Best-Selling Author, Holistic Healer, Herbalist, Lecturer & Khamitic (Kemetic) Priestess

“The healing of a nation begins with oneself,” profound words spoken by the honorable high priestess and wellness health coach Queen Afua. Queen Afua is an internationally renowned holistic health expert, best selling author, natural healer, holistic wellness entrepreneur, herbalist and a highly sought after holistic health practitioner dedicated to the healing of women’s bodies and women’s souls. Her practices are rooted in Afrocentric spirituality deriving from Ancient Kemet. She is the author of 7 bestselling books, which includes “Sacred Woman” being the most well-read text. Other books include, “Heal Thyself”, “Overcoming An Angry Vagina”, “The City Of Wellness” and “Man Heal Thyself.”

Born on August 22, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, Queen Afua’s name given at birth was Helen Robinson. From the age of 7 to 17, Queen Afua was sickly. She struggled with  asthma, allergies, PMS issues, high fever, eczema, arthritis, and other chronic illnesses. In her quest to get better, she was invited by a friend to attend a healing retreat, led by Dick Gregory. After fasting for one day her body changed for the better. It was at this time Queen Afua became an early advocate for wellness, promoting healthy organic vegan lifestyles and holistic approaches for achieving wellness. She took bold steps to begin treating her chronic asthma, arthritis with natural alternative methods. In doing so, she discovered her life calling.

Over the next 2 decades she immersed herself in the art of learning to use food and nature as healing elements becoming a certified colon therapist, fasting specialist, Hatha yoga instructor, and lay midwife. Through sacred practices, she became a Khamitic (Kemetic/Egyptian) priestess, and an initiate of the Shrine of Ptah and Chief Priestess of Purification in the temple of Nebt-Het, and ancient African Order.

Queen Afua has lectured globally and served as an expert consultant to numerous institutions and publications including Long Island University Medical Center, NASA, NYC Downstate Medical Center, and Omega Institute. Her work has impacted millions of people around the globe since the early 1970’s with a client base that ranges across the United States, Africa, London, Australia , Canada , and the Virgin Islands. Her signature products, programs, and trainings are highly revered by naturopath colleagues and medical doctors alike being at the forefront of wellness and self-care.

She is the founder and spiritual guide of Global Sacred Woman Village. She also serves as the codirector with her husband, Hru Ankh Ra Semahj, of the Smai Tawi Heal Thyself/Know Thyself Afrakan Wellness and Kultural Center. Among her many clients are Erykah Badu, Vanessa Williams, Lauren London, India Arie, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Common, and Stevie Wonder, among others.

“I share sacred tools to live in the 21st century,” stated Queen Afua, who has published essays and articles in Essence Magazine, Black Elegance, the Amsterdam  News and Caribbean Times.  She has shared her message of health and longevity at NASA, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and to audiences around the globe.

During the course of her career, Queen Afua has guided women and men on a holistic transformation journey through her global institute City of Wellness. This wellness institution is comprised of a set of schools with a curriculum to instruct individuals and train leaders in principles for achieving personal and global optimal wellness. The multifaceted curriculum addresses all facets of health and wellbeing, including self care, relationships, physical activity, family history, career, and spirituality. With over 75 master teachers, students can expect to learn the latest advances in the areas of health, wellness, self realization, coaching, and business.

Today, Queen Afua’s  mission is to holistically create vibrant, healthy families, communities and cities globally.  Through her “healthcare is self care” 21 and 84 Day lifestyle teachings, her vision is to raise up a healer in every home and turn every home into a Wellness Center.  Thereby, restoring  humanity to body, mind and spiritual radiance.

Quotes:

“You have to plan and cultivate good health. You have to commit to good health. You have to live good health because it comes from the inside out.”

“The price for freedom may be high, but the price that we pay for being imprisoned and cut off from the very root of our being is even higher.”

“The healing of a nation begins with oneself.”

“The condition of women’s wombs also directly reflects the condition of women’s minds, spirits, and actions. The womb is a storehouse of all our emotions.”

“The basic Khamitic (Kemetic) diet consisted of beans, lentils, peas, barley, millet, nuts, fruits (such as dates, melons, and pomegranates), vegetables (such as onions, cabbage, and peppers), and healing herbs such as gotu kola, nettle, aloe, garlic, and parsley.”

“We must remove the stress, heal ourselves and return to a place of peace.”

” When you choose life, you must have the courage to sacrifice your old, worn-out, ineffective self. ”

“You possess the innate power to create transformation and change—personally, communally, and globally.”

“When a woman’s womb is in a healthy state, her life is a reflection of this balance.”

” Sacred Woman consciousness is the ultimate answer to planetary healing.”

Most Popular Books:

Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit

Heal Thyself: For Health and Longevity

Circles of Wellness: A Guide to Planting, Cultivating and Harvesting Wellness

The City of Wellness: Restoring Your Health Through the Seven Kitchens of Consciousness

Planet Heal: What would you do to heal planet Earth?

Sources:

Queen Afua

https://www.webmd.com/queen-afua

https://www.findcenter.com/article/39471/new-york-citys-queen-afua-celebrating-60-years-of-holistic-health-mind-body-and-soul

https://www.whatsthe411.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/health-wellness-events/item/1007-a-journey-into-wellness-education-with-queen-afua-and-her-family.html

https://www.queenafua.com/programs-overview-page

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Artis E. Hinson (1944 – ) Herbalist, Natural Healer, Master Astrologer, Author, Living Legend & Owner of Body Ecology Life Sciences Attunement Center

“Let the electric energy of life, flow through thee, in miraculous attunement to thy almighty creator, thy higher self” -a powerful declaration by living foods chef, scientist, alchemist, master astrologer, natural healer and living legend Artis Hinson, who is the owner of Body Ecology Life Sciences Attunement Center and the author of “Dogma To Light.”

Artis is a raw vegan, consuming only living (whole) foods for over 45 years. His love of humanity and world travels and expansive study of world religions and cultures, excited his desire to effect change, by promoting life in a world of “dead nutrition “. Artis began studying the impersonal aspect of energy after he was introduced to the ancient sciences of life, numerology, and astrology. Utilizing his mastery of astrology, he combines the sciences of life to effect greater healing in his clients on many energetic levels of their being with live water, live foods and live herbal remedies.

Born on October 29, 1944 in High Point, NC, Artis grow up in the small town until the age of 10 before moving to the city of Greensboro. He found himself often questioning the stories of the Bible he had been taught at that time, would eventually spark the path leading up to his life’s purpose. He excelled in public schools and graduated with honors while serving as Vice Chairman of the Greensboro Chapter of C.O.R.E.

In 1965, he graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC. It was his personal quest which led to the vision and the creation and evolution of what would become his highly successful business, Body Ecology. His trips to Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa during the late 60’s and early 70’s in addition to visits to Germany and Italy in the late 90’s fueled his fire. During his world travels he studied diets, ancient healing remedies, family structures , personal balance, herbs, healing clays, essential oils, and religious practices. Also even visited the cave system monastery in Elephanta.

In 1975, Body Ecology was officially established in Washington DC, promoting internal wellness through practice. As a raw vegan, life foodist- eating only whole foods and instructing classes for meal preparation to encourage healthier families for ascension from lower frequencies. The Body Ecology stores were mobile as well as stationary.

In 1985, he relocated the business to downtown Greensboro where it continued to flourish, bringing healing balance to thousands of people. Unfortunately the store caught fire and burned down, causing Artis to relocate and rebuild.

As a master astologer with over 40 years of experience, he has used his expertise to help individuals discover the their purpose and personal power. He has also applied his unique gift towards developing several astrology and numerology apps, which are downloadable. His latest app is entitled “Whyquhirpz,”  which helps individuals reveal their unique power days for success in business, travel and love.

Today, Artis continues to confidently serve humanity, with the power of natures design. He instructs life food preparation, self discovery and wholistic wellness seminars for many individuals and organizations. He is well known as a pillar of the higher conscious for the communities he has served. Daily he enjoys his yoga, meditation and work of healing. At age 76, he looks forward to many more years and continuing his journey of rejuvenation at his, 200 acre Spa Therapy Center in southern Virginia.

To learn more about the services of Artis Hinson and Body Ecology, please contact him at 336-273-7406 or visit http://bodyecol.webs.com/.

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Bill Withers (1938 – 2020) Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist

“I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you,” poetic words spoken by the legendary icon Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a host of soulful songs in the 1970’s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” His songs are often used on the big screen and covered by multiple artists ranging from Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Dianna Ross, to Barbara Streisand and many others. The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in 1985, wrote some of the most memorable and extraordinary songs of our lifetime.

Born on July 4, 1938, in the small town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Bill was the youngest of six children. He was raised in nearby Beckley, in coal mining country where his father, William Withers was a miner and his mother Mattie (Galloway) Withers was a maid. His father died when Bill was only 13 years old.  

After graduating from high school, Bill enlisted in the U.S, Navy. He saw it as his ticket out of coal mining and the Jim Crow South where he experienced racism at an early age. He served for nine years in the Navy, during which time he became interested in singing and writing songs.

In 1967, he moved to Los Angeles and self-financed his demos while working as an assembler for several different companies, including Douglas Aircraft Corporation, IBM and Ford. He went around performing in clubs at night. He refused to resign from his job because he believed the music business was a fickle industry. Ironically, he was laid off from his factory job a few months before “Just as I Am” came out. After the album’s release, he recalled, he received two letters on the same day. One was from his workplace asking him to return to work. The other was from “The Tonight Show,” where he appeared in November 1971. “Ain’t No Sunshine” became a major hit off that album unexpectedly.

After leaving the Sussex label and joining Columbia Records, Bill often found himself clashing with label executives who called him difficult due to creative differences. Bill felt they were trying to change him into someone he was not. In 1985, after the release of “Watching You Watching Me” he was done with the music business. It was much later when he performed at the inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

On March 30, 2020, he died from heart complications in Los Angeles, at age 81.

NOTABLE WORKS:

  • Ain’t No Sunshine (1971, song)
  • Grandma’s Hands (1971, song)
  • Just as I Am (1971, album)
  • Use Me (1972, song)
  • Lean on Me (1972, song)
  • Still Bill (1972, album)
  • +Justments (1974, album)
  • Making Music (1975, album)
  • Naked & Warm (1976, album)
  • Lovely Day (1977. song)
  • Menagerie (1977, album)
  • Bout Love (1978, album)
  • Just the Two of Us (1981, song)
  • Watching You Watching Me (1985, album)

AWARDS & HONORS:

  • Three Grammy Awards
  • Rock In Roll Hall of Fame
  • Grammy Hall of Fame
  • ASCAP Rhythm & Soul – Heritage Award
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • West Virginia Music Hall of Fame
  • Rhythm & Blues Foundation – Pioneer Award
  • Honorary Doctorate, West Virginia University
  • Middleburg
  • Rock In Roll Hall of Fame
  • Grammy Hall of Fame
  • ASCAP Rhythm & Soul – Heritage Award
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • West Virginia Music Hall of Fame
  • Rhythm & Blues Foundation – Pioneer Award
  • Two  NAACP Image Awards
  • Honorary Doctorate, West Virginia University
  • Honorary Doctorate, Middleburg College

QUOTES:

  • I write and sing about whatever I am able to understand and feel.
  • And, I’ll paint your pretty picture with a song. 
  • I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.
  • When you have a talent you know it when you’re five years old– it’s just getting around to it.

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Gil Scott-Heron (1949 – 2011) Poet, Author, Jazz Musician, Songwriter & Composer


“The first revolution is when you change your mind,” a prolific statement by poet, novelist, musician, and songwriter Gil Scott-Heron. Best known for his signature spoken word piece, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Gil has released more than 20 albums and hundreds of compelling compositions that addressed profound social issues as well as the love, happiness and pain of the human condition. He arrived on the international stage simultaneously with various Black Arts Movement poets, including Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, and Nikki Giovanni. He shared their conviction that art must be functional and, therefore, as an artist and communal leader, he must embrace his role as a significant political voice inevitably committed to the liberation of black people.

Gil was born on April 1, 1949 in Chicago Illinois to parents Bobbie Scott Heron, a librarian, and Giles (Gil) Heron, a Jamaican professional soccer player. When he was 18 months old, he went to live with his grandmother, Lily Scott, in Jackson, TN. He grew up in Tennessee and in the Bronx, New York.

By age 13, Gil had written his first collection of poems. While attending DeWitt Clinton high school in the Bronx, his precocious writing talent was recognised by an English teacher, and he was recommended for a place at the prestigious Fieldston school.  In 1966, he attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and received an M.S. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

In 1968, he published his first novel, The Vulture, a murder mystery whose central themes included the devastating effects of drugs on urban black life set in the ghetto. Encouraged to begin recording by legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele, who had worked with every major jazz great from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane, Gil released his debut album, Small Talk at 125th and Lennox (1970), inspired by a volume of poetry of the same name. After recording for Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Records until the mid-’70s. Following a dispute with the label, he moved on to record Winter in America (1974) for Strata East, then moved to Clive Davis’s Arista Records. He was the first artist signed by the newly formed company.

As one of America’s most unique and inspiring voices, Gil’s work has influenced writers, academics and musicians, from indie rockers to hip-hop artists. His work was the template for subsequent African-American music genres, such as hip-hop, neo-soul, and nu-soul. He has been described by music writers as “The Godfather Of Rap”.

On May 27, 2011, Gil Scott-Heron died in a Manhattan hospital.  He was 62.

QUOTES:

“A good poet feels what his community feels. Like if you stub your toe, the rest of your body hurts.”
“I am a black man dedicated to expression; expression of the joy and pride of blackness. I consider myself neither poet, composer, or musician. These are merely tools used by sensitive men to carve out a piece of beauty or truth that they hope may lead to peace and salvation.”
“All the dreams you show up in are not your own.”
“Colour is not the issue in America; class is.”
“Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom – and lakes die.”
“You have to learn and keep learning.”
“The first revolution is when you change your mind”
“The way you get to know yourself is by the expression on other people’s faces.”
“You should be able to do anything you can afford as an adult.”
“As for money – when I have it, it’s great. When I don’t, I go get some. I’ve been a dishwasher, a gardener, a cleaner.”
“I am honestly not sure how capable I am of love. And I’m not sure why.”
“I learned early on that your audience take the songs in the way they want to rather than the way you might want them too.”
“My songs were always about the tone of voice rather than the words.”

NOTABLE WORKS:

Small Talk at 125th and Lennox (1970. album)
The Vulture (1970, book)
Small Talk at 125th and Lenox (1970, book)
Pieces of a Man (1971, album)
The Nigger Factory (1972, book)
Free Will (1972, album)
Winter in America (1974, album)
The First Minute of a New Day (1975, album)
From South Africa to South Carolina (1975, album)
It’s Your World (1976, album)
The Baron (1977, film)
Bridges (1977, album)
Secrets (1978, album)
1980 (1980, album)
Real Eyes (1980, album)
Reflections (1981, album)
Moving Target (1982, album)
So Far, So Good (1990, book)
Spirits (1994, album)
Now and Then: The Poems of Gil Scott-Heron (2001, book)
I’m New Here (2010, album)
The Last Holiday (2012, book)

AWARDS & HONORS:

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2012)
Grammy Hall of Fame (2014)

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