“Celebrating the man who became a movement,” noted GQ in its announcement this morning November 18, 2017, that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received its coveted 2017 “Citizen of the Year” honor.
The magazine on Monday released the covers of its four “new American heroes,” including late-night host Stephen Colbert, NBA star Kevin Durant and “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot in addition to Kaepernick.
Rapper J.Cole, director Ava DuVernay and actor/activist Harry Belafonte were part of a 10-person team of contributors to Kaepernick’s piece, offering “rare insight” into the athlete through their own perspectives of activism, protest, and equality.
Much has changed in the four years since Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ. Back then he was a rippling superhero of a quarterback on the rise. But a simple act—kneeling during the national anthem—changed everything. It cost him his job. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.
Though Colin Kaepernick continues his silent protest, he agreed to collaborate with GQ on a special project for our December Men of the Year issue in an effort to, as the piece explains, “reclaim the narrative of his protest.” He helped us assemble a ten-person team of his closest confidants—including rapper J.Cole, director Ava DuVernay, activist Harry Belafonte, and Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour—to speak on the subjects of activism, protest, and equality, and to offer some rare insights into Colin Kaepernick himself.
Paired with the piece are inspiring images by Martin Schoeller, who photographed Kaepernick in Harlem, intending to evoke the spirit of Muhammad Ali’s anti-Vietnam War protests in the neighborhood during the late 60s.
Click here to read GQ’s article, “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced.”
Celebrities That Have Taken A Knee
1. Diddy1 of 14
2. Uzo Aduba2 of 14
3. Zendaya3 of 14
4. Savion Wright4 of 14
5. Jesse Williams5 of 14
6. Stevie Wonder6 of 14
7. John Legend7 of 14
8. Yara Shahidi8 of 14
9. Ava DuVernay9 of 14
10. Samuel L. Jackson10 of 14
11. Lee Daniels11 of 14
12. Tracee Ellis Ross12 of 14
13. Pharrell Williams13 of 14
14. Jason Winston George & the cast of "Grey's Anatomy"14 of 14
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