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Time magazine named Olympic gymnast Simone Biles its 2021 Athlete of the Year. The 24-year-old Houston native is the most accomplished American gymnast with a combined total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals.

Time magazine announced the honor on Thursday, Dec. 9. Biles was recognized as an advocate for mental health and sexual abuse survivors.

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Biles is one of the most decorated and recognized American gymnasts. She was a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Biles won individual gold medals in the all-around, vault, and floor.

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, she won bronze on balance beam, as well as silver with the United States team. She dropped out after experiencing "the twisties," a temporary loss of mental awareness, on the balance beam.

In September, Biles went before Congress to testify that the feds and gymnastics officials ignored her complaints about team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abusing her and hundreds of other women.

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Biles, who was born in Columbus, Ohio, was placed in foster care after her mother, Shanon Biles, was unable to care for her and her three siblings.

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In 2000, Biles' maternal grandfather, Ron Biles, and his second wife, Nellie Cayetano Biles, adopted Biles and her sister, Adria, after learning they were in foster care.

Ron's sister, Shanon's aunt Harriet, adopted the two oldest children, Ashley, and Tevin.

Biles first tried gymnastics at age 6 during a day-care field trip. She chose homeschooling so she could focus on her gymnastics training.

Biles verbally committed to UCLA on August 4, 2014, but forfeited her scholarship after announcing she would turn professional in 2015.

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John Legend praised Gabrielle Union and her effeminate husband Dwyane Wade as "powerful LGBTQ+ allies."

John, who is rumored to be bisexual, delivered a gushing tribute to the 47-year-old Deliver Us from Eva actress and the 38-year-old basketball star as they were named in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The couple were named not for their career achievements, but for "being forces of change," after they accepted Dwyane's transgender child, Zaya, who was born a boy named Zion Wade.

The "All of Me" singer praised them for setting "a powerful example for parents to be good allies to young people who are figuring out who they are."

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Dwyane is dad to Zaya, his son with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches. Earlier this year, the NBA star revealed Zion told them he'd "love for you guys to call me Zaya" after coming out as transgender.

"Freedom exists in so many different forms. But we are so blessed to be in a household where we have free children," Gabrielle said during Tuesday's ABC TV special.

"We have a daughter that is almost two, that the world has seen is bound to nothing but whatever is in her heart and on her soul at the moment. And it's beautiful to watch truly free children."

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"We have another daughter who's 13 (Zaya), who has the freedom to be exactly who she is, who she was born to be, to be her most authentic self. She doesn't ask permission to exist. That is wildly inspiring," the star added.

In a brief essay for Time, crooner John heaped praise on the couple, writing: "Every kid is going to be different in some way or another. Every kid is going to have their own individuality and their own interests and their own identity.

Dwyane and Gabrielle started dating in 2008 and they wed in August, 2014. They welcomed their first child, Kaavia, via surrogate in 2018. The sportsman also has sons Zaire, 18, and Xavier, 6, from previous relationships.

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Black Twitter isn't feeling Jay Z's bars on Pharrell Williams' new track titled "Entrepreneur," set for release on Friday, Aug. 21.

The 50-year-old rapper teamed up with Pharrell, 47, for the new track, released in conjunction with the new TIME magazine issue "The New American Revolution" curated by Pharrell.

The issue celebrates the Black revolution in America. "I couldn't be more grateful to curate :The Next American Revolution" -- a special issue of @TIME Magazine that envisions a Black Future in an America where all people are actually created equal," Pharrell tweeted.

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Jay Z, left, is pictured in concert with his wife Beyonce, right, and Pharrell in South Africa in 2018.

In a snippet of the song on Apple Music, Jay Z urges supporting Black businesses and being Black business owners.

But he got off on the wrong foot by diminishing Black Twitter.

"Black Twitter, what's that? When Jack gets paid, do you? For every one Gucci, support two FUBU’s."
 

Black Twitter was quick to denounce Jay Z for being out of touch with the times.

One Twitter user wrote:

"Jay Z today: Why y'all on black twitter? And buying Gucci instead of supporting Fubu?

"Jay Z four months from now: I'm very pleased to announce I'm collaborating with Gucci on their black twitter line."

Others chime in, knocking Jay Z for being too preachy about buying Black when he supported white brands in his music for decades.

"jay z for 25 years: “gucci, louis v, richard mille, goyard, fendi, louboutin, cartier, mercedes, in the box seats with the mink on brushing shoulders with the owners”

jay z in 2020: "buy more fubu."

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