Colin Kaepernick Teams Up With Nick Cannon, Serena & More To Fulfill #10For10 Million Dollar Charity Pledge + TAMU Students Create Sexual Assault Reporting App
Colin Kaepernick is fulfilling his promise to donate $ 1million to charities and he has rounded up several of his celebrity friends to help him do it. Find out everyone who has pitched in, plus get the details on some real-life YBF stars who are trying to combat sexual assault inside…
When Colin Kaepernick started his silent protest against the national anthem, he announced he would be donating $ 1 million to racial equality groups. He has already donated $ 900,000 to more than 30 organizations since he started around this time last year.
Now, the former NFL quarterback is calling on his celebrity friends to match his final donations to finish up the last $ 100,000 he has left, dubbing the movement #10For10.
He first called up his homie/Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant asking him which organization he would like him to donate $ 10K to. Kevin chose Silicon Valley De-Bug, an organization that initiates and leads campaigns advancing the rights of youth, workers, immigrants and those impacted by police and the criminal justice system. The NBA baller than matched his donation where they were able to bless De-Bug with $ 20,000!
When I committed to my Million Dollar Pledge, my goal was to help organizations as well as support people, that help people. With that in mind, I reached out to my brother @KevinDurant from the @Warriors and asked what social justice organization he is passionate about and where he wanted me to make my next donation. Kevin quickly replied and surprised me by picking an organization I know – Silicon Valley De-Bug! De-Bug initiates and leads campaigns advancing the rights of youth, workers, immigrants and those impacted by police and the criminal justice system. In addition to selecting De-Bug, my brother KD has generously decided to match my donation of $ 10,000, with $ 10,000 of his own, making the total donation to De-Bug $ 20,000!!! My brother Kevin, you are truly a champion on, and off the court. Thank you for helping me complete part of my #MillionDollarPledge! #10for10
He then called up several of his other friends, who also chose donations and sent $ 10,000 to match his donation, including Nick Cannon (Communities United for Police Reform)–then doubled it to $ 20K, Jesse Williams (The Advancement Project), Steph Curry (United Playaz in San Francisco), Snoop Dogg (Mothers Against Police Brutality)—then he donated another $ 15K, Serena Williams (Imagine LA), T.I. (Angel by Nature), Jhene Aiko (School on Wheels), Chris Brown (School on Wheels), and Joey Badass (Communities United for Police Reform).
Check out a few videos from celebs after making their donations below:
This next entertainer, entrepreneur and father does it all! When this brother saw what I was doing with this last part of my #MillionDollarPledge donations he made sure he reached out and got on board with the movement. Not only did he want to go #10for10 with me and match my donation of $ 10k, but he DOUBLED it and donated $ 20k. That’s right, my brother @nickcannon and I will be donating a total of $ 30,000 to Communities United for Police Reform (CPR). @changethenypd spearheads an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. Brother Nick, I appreciate you hopping on and contributing to my #MillionDollarPledge and not only matching my $ 10k but DOUBLING it! Our $ 30,000 will be going to help this organization do much needed work in our communities. That’s $ 980,000 of my money donated and I’ve got 2 days left till I complete my pledge. For a complete list of the donations as well as a list of all the others that have matched my donations or gone above and beyond – Hit up Kaepernick7.com.
This next brother of mine is amazing at everything he does – acting, singing, dancing, he’s a true artist! There’s nothing this man @chrisbrownofficial can’t do. When Chris heard about my #MillionDollarPledge – he immediately hit me up and said he wanted to go #10for10 and donate $ 10,000 to @SchoolsOnWheels too! That’s a combined total of $ 30,000 going to Schools on Wheels! With 2.5 Million homeless children in the United States – This contribution will help fund services like one on one tutoring, peer tutoring and so much more to help these children reach their full potential. Thank you, Chris, for taking part in the #MillionDollarPledge and donating to our community. When we all work together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish! To see where my $ 970,000 of donations as well as all the donations from my generous brothers and sisters, just like Chris – head over to Kaepernick7.com!
Having won multiple Grammys, AMAs, and Billboard Music awards for his catalog of hits, the next Rapper, Actor, Father, and philanthropist that wanted to get down with my #MillionDollarPledge is my ATL brother, T.I. @troubleman31! He wanted to go #10for10 with me to match my $ 10,000 and asked that I donate $ 10,000 to Angel by Nature, an organization founded by Trae the Truth @traeabn in Houston. ABN will be using our $ 20,000 donation to help push relief efforts for those unfortunately affected by the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to being a fan of your music, and acting, I am also a fan of your genuine generosity and the work you do in our communities. I can’t wait to see what we collaborate on next. Thank you, brother TIP! $ 960,000 donated, $ 40,000 more to go to complete my Million Dollar Pledge! For a complete and current list of organizations that have received donations, head over to Kaepernick7.com!
Uncle @snoopdogg just called me and said he wants to donate more to my #MillionDollarPledge! Wow! Not only did he match my #10for10 he loves the work that Mothers Against Police Brutality is doing so much that he is donating another $ 15,000! Now, MAPB will receive a $ 35,000 donation! Thank you, Snoop for recognizing the good work this organization is doing in the community to be a voice for justice for victims of police brutality and deadly force. See where they’re going to use the donation on Kaepernick7.com
We love when our YBF celebs give back to good cause. Keep it up Colin!
In real-life YBF news…
Three MALE Texas A&M students are using their talents to help combat sexual assault on their campus. Nice!
Physics junior Gentill Abdulla, finance junior Princewill Imouokhome and management junior Michael Jordan have teamed up to create Ciaspora, a blockchain company that will be used to report sexual assault.
These three young, black innovators are using new technology to aide victims who have been assaulted and to help them tell others about the assault under a decentralized system. Blockchain is the same technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency.
The program is called Lotus Protocol and it’s designed for reporting assaults anonymously (or not) using a self-regulated system where people “will police themselves with honesty in reporting attacks since it is not associated with the legal system.”
“It’s essentially creating a system that is what is now called decentralized,” Abdulla said. “So that you have just as much power as everybody else has.”
“Kinda think of it like Google Docs,” Jordan said. “You have a group project and everybody shares with the people within the group. Every time somebody logs on it’s always being updated. So you see the changes that another person makes, they see the changes that you make.”
Through the use of the Lotus Protocol program, Ciaspora hopes they can provide a voice to sexual assault victims who feel powerless.
“My goal for [Lotus Protocol] is for it to be an app such as Code Maroon or the Texas A&M app,” Jordan said. “Just like, ‘Hey, this happened to me at this time, this location, boom, boom, boom, here’s the suspect.’”
Lotus Protocol will be released this summer.
We think this is a great start in holding people accountable for their actions and giving a voice to those who don’t have a platform. On the flip side, we hope others don’t abuse the system with false accusations against someone who made them mad or someone who gave them "bad sex."
Photos: Colin’s IG/ Cristian Aguirre
Thanks to: The Young, Black, and Fabulous®