It’s Famous Friday!

Shakira

Look for Shakira performing at halftime during this Sunday’s Super Bowl show. Shakira is a Columbian singer, songwriter, dancer, business woman, record producer, and philanthropist.

She was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her father is Lebanese and her mother is Colombian. Shakira is most known as a Colombian pop singer. Her first album was when she was 13 and she is now 42.  Shakira’s hit, Hip’s Don’t Lie, was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 10.  She has talked about the difficulty of overcoming obstacles while becoming an international pop star. Her first albums were in Spanish. She taught herself English and crossed over to the Anglo-American Market and became an international star.

Her appreciation of her Arabic and Latin heritage is noticed often in her music by the sound and her dance moves.  Miami will be the perfect setting for the Super Bowl LIV halftime show which will be co-headlined by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.

 

Makensie Shay McDaniel

Project RACE Teen President Emeritus

Picture Credit: last.fm

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Famous Friday

NFL: Super Bowl XLVIII-Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks
African American and Native American
 I decided to write this Famous Friday on Russell Wilson because he is the quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champs, Seattle Seahawks, and…
Football is back! Wilson has had an extremely interesting football career. Wilson played both football and baseball for Division 1 NC State in 2008-2010, but he left school early to join minor league baseball for the Colorado Rockies. After two summer seasons he found his way back to college and football, transferring to Wisconsin, where he led the team to a Rose Bowl victory.
Wilson was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks, originally as a backup to Matt Flynn. However, despite being on the short side for a quarterback (Wilson stands at 5’11”), Wilson showed incredible determination and beat out Flynn for the starting job. Two years later, Wilson stood in the Meadowlands (Giants Stadium) with confetti pouring down on him, holding the Lombardi trophy; he was a Super Bowl Champion! After winning the Super Bowl, Russell was asked how it felt to be just the second African American QB to win the Super Bowl. However, Wilson is more than just African American, as he is also part Native American. Wilson is one of the most hardworking individuals in not only football, but America. He is a tremendous role model, showing more grit and dedication than any other man in the National Football League.  Oh, and he and his Seattle Seahawks are now 1-0 in the 2014-3015 season.
Tommy McManus
President, Project RACE Teens

Things That Were Cool About the Super Bowl

Everybody knows that as far as football games, the Super Bowl stunk. It was a complete blowout, which means it was totally boring. Some people say the best part was the commercials, but here is my list of some very cool things about the Super Bowl.

1. Bruno Mars’ concert was just awesome … plus he is multiracial!
2. The Cheerios multiracial family was back with a great new commercial. She’s getting a puppy!
3. My Dad is an NFL Vet so I got to go to some fun NFL events with lots of players and lots of good food.
4. And probably the coolest of all… IT’S REALLY COOL KNOWING THAT RUSSELL WILSON, A MULTIRACIAL QB, WON THE SUPER BOWL!

– Karson Baldwin, President

Cheerios Family Returns!

Cheerios’ Multiracial Family Returns for Super Bowl Ad

Family Proved Popular With Consumers in First Appearance for Brand

Cheerios is going for the cute factor in its first-ever Super Bowl ad.

The spot, which was released Tuesday night, shows parents using pieces of the cereal to explain to their daughter that she is about to have a baby brother.

The multiracial couple and the girl, named Gracie, were featured in another recent commercial for the brand that prompted some racist comments on the internet but scored well with most consumers and was considered a big hit. Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, handled that spot and the Super Bowl ad.

“Cheerios is about families and love and connections and breakfast,” said Camille Gibson, VP of marketing for Big G cereals, on the General Mills corporate blog. “Our new Cheerios ad celebrates one of those special moments in a family that America fell in love with. The ad quietly celebrates the emotional sharing and simple joys we find when spending just a few simple moments together every day.”

The ad represents the first time General Mills has advertised in the Super Bowl since 1996, when Wheaties ran a spot featuring Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders and Steve Young.

Source: Advertising Age