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Deion Sanders’ Appointment At Jackson State University Is Bigger Than Football

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Deion Sanders’ appointment as the 21st head football coach at Jackson State University isn’t about publicity. Nor is it just about football.

It’s about opportunity.

Not for Sanders, the two-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back—his illustrious playing career coupled with his personality and charisma have opened doors to plenty of those. “Prime Time” is a household name. 

Rather, his appointment is an opportunity for the next generation. For student-athletes at Jackson State. For student-athletes across all historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

“We’re employed by Jackson State and the dream and goal is to build Jackson State, but the overall big picture of things is to build HBCUs in general,” Sanders told me. “If we get a five- or four-star kid in another HBCU, I think we won; not ‘we’ as in Jackson State but we won in general because now we’re leveling the playing field. It’s so vital that we shed light on things like why can’t these kids have a bowl game at the conclusion of the season? Why aren’t these kids being invited to the NFL Combine? Why aren’t these kids having the same opportunities other kids are having when you’ve had four Hall of Famers derive from Jackson State University? 

“So that means giving it a level playing field—the same type of locker rooms, the same type of academic resources and software, the same type of tutoring, as well as stadiums and fields. Giving that same balance, I guarantee you, you will see tremendous upside coming from HBCUs. It’s very vital that we get that understanding out publicly.”

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Halsey and Bernie Sanders Sit Down to Discuss the Wealth Tax and Billionaires

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Way back on Sept. 30 — which may as well be eons ago but in reality was the day after the first presidential debate — Halsey sat down with former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for the first in what she bills as an “intimate conversation to discuss the future of America, some of the most important issues facing our nation and why they’ll be voting for Joe Biden this November.”

In the chat that was titled “Greed & the Wealth Tax,” the debate (Halsey says is “arguably one of the most frustrating pieces of television that I’ve ever had the misfortune of witnessing”) and Halsey’s upbringings in a “lower class family.”

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One of the most compelling parts of the conversation was when the two discussed the “preposterous concept” of billionaires.

As for being a member of the “1%” due to her success as an artist, Halsey told Sanders: “Having that sort of shift in perspective, given the ability to kind of see things from both sides, there’s one thing that I know for a fact: it’s that, for me personally, there is no amount of money that I think is worth personally contributing to the alienation, the disenfranchisement of millions – hundreds of millions of people across this country – which is why, despite being in the 1%, I support the wealth tax.” She also said that people who oppose the wealth tax is because of greed.

Watch the full conversation between the two below.

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