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DeAndre Hopkins defends Dabo Swinney: ‘Never been racist’



DeAndre Hopkins defends Dabo Swinney: 'Never been racist'

Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney, who has been criticized for “Football Matters” jerseys and the use of words by one of the coaches in his Tigers program, received support from one of his former stars – DeAndre Hopkins.

Star receivers – who in March were traded by the Houston Texans to the Arizona Cardinals – took to Twitter on Wednesday to say his old coach was not racist.

“One thing I know, Coach Swinney has never been racist or has bad intentions towards any player,” tweeted Hopkins. “The best coach I have ever had from a soccer perspective and personal perspective. He helped me become a man and grow from being a child from Central South Carolina. “

Hopkins – who played at Clemson for three seasons from 2010-2012 – and Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was in the Tigers’ 2014-16 program, recently joined the student petition to ask universities to remove the name John C. Calhoun from Honorary College School. Calhoun, who served as vice president under John Quincy Adams from 1825-1829, also enslaved 70-80 African-Americans, according to his bio at school website. The Clemson University campus is built on Fort Hill Plantation in Calhoun.

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“I felt this oppressive figure while I was at Clemson and deliberately didn’t mention the name of the University before the NFL match because of that,” Hopkins recently wrote on an Instagram post. “I join the voices of students and faculty who have restarted this petition to change the name of Calhoun Honors College. I urge all Clemson students, soccer players, and alumni to join us, so that the younger generation of black leaders can be proud of the institution where they graduated. Now is the time for change. “

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As for Swinney, he defended himself and his program in a video on Monday posted on the school’s athletics department website.

Swinney, who led the Tigers to the two national championships in 2016 and 2018, said his assistant Danny Pearman, who apologized for using n-words in conversations with DJ Greenlee during 2017 practice, used n-words, but did not call him an n-word linebacker. Greenlee later confirmed to The State newspaper that Pearman used the word, but did not call him.

Swinney, who said he supported the Black Lives Matter movement, also explained in the video that he had “Football Matters shirts for” several years “after being given to coaches by the National Football Foundation as a promotional item around 2014, adding criticism was” an attack on my character ” and “very sad.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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