Naomi Osaka wears Trayvon Martin mask to U.S. Open

Naomi Osaka wears Trayvon Martin mask to U.S. Open

Woman calls police on Black man using phone, falsely claims he had a gun

Naomi Osaka continues to raise awareness regarding the Black lives who were subjected to fatal racial violence.

On September 6, the tennis star donned a Black mask that had the name Trayvon Martin printed across it and went on to beat Anett Kontaveit during her U.S. Open match. Martin was a 17-year-old boy, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, who is a neighborhood watch coordinator, in Sanford, Florida. The shooting resulted in outrage across the nation when Zimmerman was acquitted on the basis of the Stand Your Ground law.

Osaka stated that it was Martin’s death that opened her eyes regarding racial injustice and violence around the world.

“I remember Trayvon’s death clearly,” she tweeted. “I remember being a kid and just feeling scared. I know his death wasn’t the first, but for me it was the one that opened my eyes to what was going on. To see the same things happening over and over still is sad. Things have to change.”

This marks Osaka’s fourth tribute this week. Previously, she donned masks holding names of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Elijah McClain, when competing in matches. She revealed that she bought 7 different masks so she could wear one for every match, till the final game.

“It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I’ll get to the finals so you can see all of them,” Osaka said on Monday (Aug. 31).

Currently, Osaka is the highest paid female athlete in the world. After the shooting of Jacob Blake, she decided to pull out of her Western & Southern Open in New York City, thereby standing in unison with other athletes who chose to boycott their games.

“Hello, as many of you are aware I was scheduled to play my semifinals match tomorrow,” Osaka wrote in a statement. “However, before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman. And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”


LeBron James and multiple NBA players kneel for National Anthem

LeBron James and multiple NBA players kneel for National Anthem

LeBron James and multiple NBA players kneel for National Anthem

“I hope we continue to make Colin [Kaepernick] proud,” the Los Angeles Lakers player said.

On Thursday (July 30), LeBron James and a few different players took a knee during the singing of the National Anthem.

During the anthem, a portion of the players bolted arms while they took a knee. James and a few others rocked Black Lives Matter shirts before the game began. The kneeling was done to say something about racial inequality in the midst of the continuous protests in America.

While tending to the political statement, James clarified that it wasn’t done as a type of diversion. “The game of basketball has always been bigger than just a ball and a rim and 10 guys on the floor, four referees,” he explained. “We used this platform to spread a lot of positive, a lot of love throughout the course of the whole world.”

James added that he needed to make Colin Kaepernick, the previous quarterback for the 49ers, proud for his ceaseless endeavors to challenge police brutality and bigotry. “I hope we continue to make [Kaepernick] proud,” the power forward said. “Every single day I hope I make him proud of how I live my life, not only on the basketball floor, but off the floor. I want to always speak out about things that I feel like are unjust. I always want to be educated on things and always go about it that way.”

“[Kapernick] was someone who stood up when times weren’t comfortable, when people didn’t understand, people refused to listen to what he was saying,” James continued. “If you go back and go look at any of his postgame interviews when he was talking about why he was kneeling, it had absolutely nothing to do about the flag. It had absolutely nothing to do with the soldiers, the men and women that keep our land free.”

All the more as of late, news broke that the LeBron James Family Foundation will offer lodging for disadvantaged families. The high rise is furnished with a pantry, supply room, open air physical territory, study room and nursery.


An unarmed 23-year-old black man died after police stopped him in Colorado.

An unarmed 23-year-old black man died after police stopped him in Colorado.

An unarmed 23-year-old black man died after police stopped him in Colorado.

An unarmed 23-year-old black man died after police stopped him in Colorado.

Confronting mounting pressure from the general population, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) pledged on Wednesday to investigate how the state could reconsider the 2019 passing of 23-year-old person of color Elijah McClain, who kicked the bucket subsequent to being kept while strolling down the road in Aurora, Colo. 

McClain’s demise has returned into the open spotlight during the most recent month of exhibits against bigotry and police ruthlessness, following the passing of George Floyd, who was killed after police in Minneapolis stuck him to the ground for a few minutes

The 23-year-old was strolling home wearing a ski veil and moving to music on Aug. 24, 2019, when somebody called 911 to report him as dubious. Police attempted to stop him, however he continued strolling, demanding that he had done nothing incorrectly and reserved a privilege to proceed with his walk. 

At that point, officials handled him, put him in a strangle hold, and controlled him. A paramedic who showed up on the scene later infused him with ketamine to quell him. McClain had a coronary episode while being taken to the medical clinic. He endured cerebrum harm and was set in a coma until he kicked the bucket on Aug. 30, 2019, the Denver Post announced. 

After an inward examination, the Aurora Police Department found the officials associated with the stop had acted inside the limits of adequate strategy and preparing. The neighborhood lead prosecutor declined to arraign any criminal accusations identified with McClain’s passing. 

The city had proposed a free survey of the case. In any case, after the principal man has decided to take the request killed to be a previous cop, Aurora authorities rejected that exertion and requested that the city supervisor designate an alternate examiner. 

Famous people like Michelle Branch and Kacey Musgraves have as of late voiced help for another investigation into McClain’s demise, and an online request to suspend the officials and reexamine the case currently has more than 2.6 million marks. 

“Open trust in our law authorization process is inconceivably significant now like never before,” Polis said on Twitter. “I get notification from numerous Coloradans who have communicated worries with the examination of Elijah McClain’s passing. Thus, I have trained my legitimate chamber to look at what the state can do, and we are surveying the following stages.” 

Notwithstanding Polis’ eagerness to seek after a state-level examination, it is not yet clear on the off chance that he can request such an activity. Past endeavors to mediate in nearby police examinations have not succeeded, the Denver Post detailed. 

Some neighborhood Aurora authorities have voiced help for conceivably rethinking the case, be that as it may. 

City hall leader Mike Coffman on Wednesday quickened a vote to pick another autonomous agent to examine the activities of the police and paramedics engaged with McClain’s passing. What’s more, city board part Curtis Gardner sent a letter for the benefit of the city’s open wellbeing advisory group to the city administrator, encouraging him to select an impartial specialist to investigate the case. 

“In the course of the most recent a few days, we have gotten a great many contacts from everywhere throughout the nation – calls, instant messages, messages, and online life labels,” the board of trustees said in the letter. “The people group has clarified they bolster our require a free examination.”