Much has changed in the four years since Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ. Back then he was a rippling superhero of a quarterback on the rise. But a simple act—kneeling during the national anthem—changed everything. It cost him his job. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.
“I am especially happy about my Billboard Tribute issue; this is the first time in my career that I have been honored in this way,” Chaka said in a statement.
(read more about the cover from HelloBeautiful from 2013)