#BlackExcellence: Beyoncé Surprises Colin Kaepernick With Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

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Talk about a night of nothing but #BlackExcellence!

Beyoncé turned up in Brooklyn on Dec. 5th to surprise folks and award Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

Introduced by "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, the Grammy-winning singer said she felt "so good to be here on such a special night of appreciation."

She thanked Kaepernick for his "selfless heart," "conviction" and "personal sacrifice."

"Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion only hope to change the world for the better," Beyoncé said. "To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color. We're still waiting for the world to catch up."

As CNN noted, using a quote that's been widely shared on social media, Bey added, "It's been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America.

"So, let's be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selflessly serve and protect our country and our communities and our families," she said. 

"His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people."

As we know, Kap started his #TakeAKnee Movement as a means to protest police brutality and racial inequality in this country. And because of it, he has sacrificed his own career. 

But Kap was clear during his acceptance speech, that like Ali, he too is a "champion of the people." 

“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice, and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America. I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the N.F.L.’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”


Like we wrote before, weeks after GQ named him Citizen of the Year, SI announced that they awarded the former quarterback the coveted Ali Legacy award. 

The publication said that “no winner has been more fitting than Kaepernick,” considering the fact that Kap has risked his career and his salary in order to stand up for what he believes from social injustice, racism, criminal justice and police reform."

When comparing the two men, the article pointed out that both Ali and Kaepernick “sacrificed for the greater good at a time when many Americans could not see it was a greater good.”

Congrats Kap!!! You truly deserve all the accolades!!!

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