Nike Headquarters Names Building After Serena Williams

It has been one heck of a year for Serena Williams. She’s going to end it with a bang. Fifteen years after the tennis GOAT landed her first Nike sponsorship, she is getting her very-own building at the sportswear brand’s world headquarters.

 

 

Nike’s Serena Williams building is set to measure over one million square feet upon completion in 2019, making it the largest on its campus.

The 36-year-old new mom shared the news via Instagram, captioning her post: “What a year it has been. First a grand slam win followed by an awesome baby… then the most magical wedding. What next? How about a building!!… Nike announced yesterday that one of its new world headquarters buildings will be named after me. It will be the biggest on campus and is scheduled to open in 2019. I am honored and grateful! #TeamNike @nike”

“Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time, one of the most inspiring people in sport, and a dominating presence on and off the court,” Nike told Money. “She has won Wimbledon seven times, the US Open six times, and more Grand Slam tennis titles – 23 – than any man or woman in history.”

Today, the world’s highest-paid female athlete also teased a new shoe collaboration with the powerhouse, sporting sneakers boasting a glimmering gold heel and sole, paired with matching gold and white socks.

Here’s to an event better 2018, ‘Rena!

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Google Donates $1 Million to Chance The Rapper’s SocialWorks

Today, Grammy-winning Chance The Rapper stood among executives of Google’s charitable arm to announce a $1.5 million donation to both Chicago Public Schools and Chance’s nonprofit, SocialWorks.

“Our grant with Google.org helps SocialWorks provide programming that sheds light on another pathway to success for young Chicagoans,” Justin Cunningham, executive director of SocialWorks, said in a press release. “While every student doesn’t need to become a computer scientist, understanding the basics empowers them to understand the world they live in. The opportunity to help kids code to share their music, artwork and distinct point of view is at the core of our mission and an experience we look forward to providing in classrooms across the city.”

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SocialWorks is co-founded by Chance and aims to empower youth through the arts, education and civic engagement, while fostering leadership, accessibility and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago, according to its website.

With $500,000 going to Chicago Public Schools’ CS4All Initiative and $1 million to SocialWorks, Google.org Principal Justin Steele said in a press release that the grant will help teachers implement computer science and arts curriculum in their classrooms, giving the chance for students underrepresented in computer science to explore the field.

“We’re honored to support SocialWorks’ mission to help underrepresented students in Chicago reach their full potential, as well as Chicago Public Schools’ efforts to turn computer science into a pathway for creative expression,” Steele said.

“There’s so much talent and creativity in the communities that these schools serve—and Chance The Rapper embodies what can happen when that creativity is unleashed. With exposure to computer science, students can use technology to turn their creative passions into something bigger.”

Jay-Z Pens Urges Fans to Fight For Social Justice

Jay-Z has published an essay addressing the importance of social justice titled “This Is Our Power.”

Written for The Hollywood Reporter, the essay begins with Jay-Z writing about Kalief Browder, the young black man who was wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit and served at Rikers Island for three years.

“The post-traumatic stress disorder he came out with led him to suicide two years ago, but not before he had the chance to talk about what happened to him,” Jay-Z writes. “…He’s just one example in a system that is broken. We need to be the ones who fix it.”

The rapper and entrepreneur then talks about the documentary series he made on Browder, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, and the importance of demanding change from the people we put into office.

“But social justice isn’t a political issue. It’s a human issue. It’s a story of empathy. When we are able to identify that we are all not perfect and have compassion for someone else, we can move forward as a society,” Jay-Z concludes. “Look around at what’s happening in your town and your city right now. Think small, and you can do much bigger things.”

Read more here.

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Pepsi…Matters.

It didn’t take long for Pepsi’s recent attempt to heal matters of unrest via carbonated beverage to fail. In fact, it took less than a day. Unless you are living under a rock, you couldn’t have missed the release of Pepsi’s latest ad. It’s a two-and-a-half minute spot from its in-house creative team, Creators League Studio, featuring Kendall Jenner as a model who leaves work to join a protest.

The spot is part of a new campaign, “Live for Now,” which is about celebrating life’s “Live for Now” moments, according to a press release.

Reception to it has not been tragic, as many see a major corporation co-opting a political movement against the current administration, and co-opting Black Lives Matter, to sell soda.

At first, the company stood by the spot, arguing, “This is a global ad that reflects people from different walks of life coming together in a spirit of harmony, and we think that’s an important message to convey.”

This morning, they changed their minds.

“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the brand said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”

Um…ya think?!

So, what went wrong, exactly? How could a company such as Pepsi fail so miserably in this day and age? This article explains the horror beautifully, stating, “This is what happens when you don’t have enough people in leadership that reflect the cultures that you represent,”

Um…ya think?!

The spot continues to live online. If you haven’t see it as yet, and care to be annoyed, have a looksee:

UPDATE:

Kendall is reportedly very upset that she was part of making everyone upset and SNL did an amazing job spoofing the commercial!

 

Chicago Students Thank Chance the Rapper

Mere days after a vague sit-down with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, Chance the Rapper pledged $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. “I’m not a politician, I’m here because I’m a dad,” the Grammy Award-winning artist said of his efforts to push for a funding increase in his native city. “I’m an after-school teacher, I care about the kids.”

Lil Chano’s commitment to education hasn’t gone unnoticed. Today three CPS 10th graders publicly thanked the Coloring Book emcee for his good deed via an open letter on Billboard.

“First and foremost, we as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools. As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago,” Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros and Annelisse Betancourt began.

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Photo by: Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS

The Lake View High School students went on to applaud Chance for his humility as a celebrity, who hasn’t turned a blind eye to his community in the midst of his success. “We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good. You gave $1 million dollars of your personal money to Chicago schools and that’s something no one has done for us.”

Chance not only reciprocated the appreciation, but he also promised there’s more to look forward to. “Huge things to come over the next 2weeks,” he tweeted.