Pearl Jam Cancels North Carolina Concert Amid LGBTQ Law Controversy

first_imgUPDATE: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spoke about the cancellation at last night’s performance in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. He said “We thought we could take the money and give it to them and still play the show, but the reality is there is nothing like the immense power of boycotting and putting a strain and it’s a shame because people are going to affected that don’t deserve it but it could be the way that ultimately is gonna affect change, so again, we just couldn’t find it in ourselves in good conscience to cross a picket line when there was a movement.”Watch the video here:After Bruce Springsteen cancelled his performance in North Carolina two weeks ago, artists everywhere are being forced to reconsider their performances in the state. North Carolina recently passed a law called HB2, which has been reviled as a discriminatory legislation against the LGBTQ community. With other artists taking a stand, including Mumford & Sons donating their proceeds to a local organization, the latest to speak out is Pearl Jam.The band has been rocking out on their 25th anniversary tour, which recently included a full performance of the Vs. album. With a show scheduled at the PNC Arena on April 20th, the band has officially taken a strong stance against the HB2 law by cancelling their show. In a lengthy public statement, Pearl jam calls the law “despicable,” and will be donating money to local groups to help combat the state’s oppression.Read the full statement below:PEARL JAM STATEMENTIt is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.Perhaps even celebrate.With immense gratitude for your understanding,Pearl Jamlast_img read more

Olympics qualifier: Super Falcons pip Algeria

first_imgRelatedPosts Oshoala visits Lagos Oba Oshoala unlucky as Wolfsburg beat Barca to reach Women’s Champions League final Ex-Falcons, Golden Eaglets coach dies in Osun Nine-time African champions, Super Falcons, pipped their Algerian counterparts 1-0 in an Olympics qualifying match in Lagos on Tuesday. The Falcons secured a 1-0 win courtesy of a 57th minute strike off a solo run by Captain Asisat Oshoala. The Algerians were ejected on a 3-0 aggregate defeat, and the Falcons progress to the second round of the Tokyo 2020 African race to play Cote d’Ivoire. There were a number of misses from the Nigerian side with Amarachi Okoronkwo heaving her shot a little too high in the 6th minute, before goalkeeper Kahina Takenint, who impressed on the evening, saved from Asisat Oshoala. A minute later, Takenint saved as Rasheedat Ajibade curled a smart one from a tight angle. On the quarter hour, Oshoala dashed down the right and sent in a grounder, but the ball went begging for connection. Six minutes from recess, Yasmine Benlazar headed over the bar as the Algerians threatened. In the second period, the visitors improved their game, and Lina Khelif, Horiya Affak, Benlazar, Megane Belkhiter, Mounia Houheche and Lyidia Belkacemi were impressive with their ball sense, positioning, ball distribution and anticipation, cutting off the Falcons from doing damage, and looking anything but a team that the Falcons had beaten 2-0 in Blida six days earlier. It took a strong solo run and finish from Oshoala, after all-action forward Francisca Ordega intercepted the ball at the halfway mark in the 57th minute, for the Falcons to break the deadlock. Ngozi Okobi impressed in the middle with clever touches and silky passes, and Oshoala’s teasing crosses kissed the crossbar a couple of times, but Nigeria would not add to the scoreline. At the end, Sports Minister Sunday Dare congratulated the Super Falcons and charged them to continue winning in the race to Tokyo 2020 in order to be one of the teams that will fly Africa’s flag at the women’s football tournament of next year’s Olympics. Dare also assured that his tenure would focus on a template of providing the best training facilities for both men and women football players to excel, cater for their welfare and work peacefully and harmoniously with the Nigeria Football Federation to guarantee adequate preparation for Nigerian national teams before international matches and championships.Tags: AlgeriaAmarachi OkoronkwoAsisat OshoalaKahina TakenitSuper Falconslast_img read more