Watch: 7 National Anthem Performances that Stunned Audiences


While it has become a source of controversy at sporting events over the last few years, singing the national anthem, derived from the work of Francis Scott Key, remains one of America’s most favored and timeless traditions.

Whether it is performed by a Grammy award-winning artist or an ordinary American, a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a time when almost all Americans put their differences aside to honor the men and women who defend this nation.

In no particular order, here are seven renditions of America’s national anthem that not to be missed. Watch the videos HERE.

Colin Kaepernick Donated $25,000 to a Group Named in Honor of Cop-Killer Assata Shakur

By Timothy Meads

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently donated $25,000 to a black queer feminist group named after FBI fugitive and convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, reports the Daily Mail.

In 1973, Assata Shakur shot and killed New Jersey state trooper Werner Forester during a traffic stop.  Shakur was subsequently arrested and given a life in prison jail sentence, but in 1979 she escaped. Members of the Black Liberation Army, a radical offspring of the Black Panther Party, staged her get away by taking prison guards hostage at gunpoint.

She then fled to communist Cuba where she is living under political asylum, according to reports. Shakur is on the FBI’s most wanted list and is considered armed and dangerous.

Colin Kaepernick made the $25,000 donation to the group named in honor of the cop-killer, “Assata’s Daughters,”  as part of his goal to provide $100,000 to underprivileged communities. He designated $2,500 specifically for “Cop Watch,” a program that trains volunteers to follow and videotape police officers.

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick sparked a national protest that is supposedly against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Read the rest of this article at townhall.com.