Black-ish actress Jenifer Lewis backs Nike on Emmys 'gold' carpet

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 18, 2018

The look for Lewis came after Nike faced backlash for featuring quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the company's new face.

Beauregard said he is upset that Nike put Kaepernick on an ad praising the former football star - who has not been signed by any team since the end of the 2016 season - for sacrificing to stand up for his beliefs.

"Black-ish" was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Anthony Anderson, Outstanding Lead Actress for Tracee Ellis Ross, and Outstanding Guest Actress fo Wanda Sykes, as well as Outstanding Contemporary Costumes.

"I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality", Lewis told Variety on the Emmys red carpet. What can I do that's meaningful?

Kevin Mazur via Getty Images Jenifer Lewis attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17 in Los Angeles.

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Nike made waves earlier this month by introducing Kaepernick as the face of its 30th "Just Do it" campaign. "I'll wear Nike to say thank you".

Despite taking flak from Trump and some consumers who have destroyed Nike gear and called for boycotts, the company's support for Kaepernick has been accompanied, at least in the short term, by brisk sales and a record stock price.

On Monday, after noting that she had her Nike sweater enhanced by adding beads to the "swoosh" logo, Lewis said: "These are not dark times, these are awakening times".

Black-ish is known for tackling timely and sensitive topics; however, an episode centered around football players kneeling during the national anthem was scrapped a year ago due to "creative differences".

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