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Why We Should All Watch the Winter Olympics 2018

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Today, the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics was held in South Korea. The opening ceremony is the commencement of a week-long event that is the most watched sporting event across the globe. Even though I am not a sports fanatic, I think it’s important that we tune in. This year there are several firsts for persons of color in the United States and in other countries. Geographically, darker skinned persons are closer to the equator, which means most of us live in areas of warmth.  The farther you go from the equator, the less black/brown people you see which is probably why it is uncommon to see persons of color competing in winter/snow/ice sports. A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me if I was interested in going on a ski trip and this was my reaction:

Personally, I have an aversion to cold weather and snow, so I was not interested! There’s this notion that all black people must feel this way and of course, that’s not true. But once it hits around 60 degrees in the deep south where I’m from, we pull out our faux fur snow boots from Shoe Carnival, bubble jackets from Wish.com, and thermal shirts from Old Navy just to take out the trash. 

Anyway, I said all that to say that despite the stereotype, black people are still showing up and out at the 2018 Winter Olympics. As a kid, I remember being awe watching the figure skaters twirl in their beautiful outfits with such grace, I never thought I could be one since, at that time, none of them looked like me. According to Buzzfeed, “Of the 2,952 athletes competing at this year’s Winter Olympics, only 41 (1.39-percent) of those athletes are black”. Isn’t that something?

This year Maame Biney, the first African-American speed skater to qualify for Team USA will be in the competition. Also, the first Nigerian bobsled team which consists of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga, and Ngozi Onwumere will be in the running for the gold. Next, Elana Meyers Taylor will return for the third time to represent the U.S. in bobsledding, the most ever for a woman of color. Shani Davis is also a returning medalist who will be competing in the speed skating competition, representing the U.S. Akwasi Frimpong is another highly anticipated first-time Olympian who is representing Ghana in the sport called Skeleton. This is only a brief list, but needless to say, black people across the globe are showing out per usual and I’m excited to see it.

The Olympics are being broadcast on NBC and it’s available to stream online 24/7. You can watch from your laptop, phone or any internet enabled device. Check it out by clicking HERE.

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Kanye West Can’t Answer If He Believes Donald Trump Cares About Black People

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The tap dancing rapper went on Jimmy Kimmel only to get embarrassed in front of a white audience. Kanye West made headlines earlier this year when he sent out tweets of support for Donald Trump. His meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower had some people wondering if the once outspoken rapper had sold out.  Not only did he tweet support for Trump but also for Candace Owens a pro-Trump support who believes racism isn’t that rampant.

Kanye sat down with the late night TV host and talked about his fashion line, his music, and Trump.  Kimmel reminded him of his famous rant “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”  in response to George Bush’s disastrous handling of Hurrican Katrina. Kimmel hit on the administration separation of kids a the border a move that the current administration has used to try to detour “illegal immigrants”.

 

That 5-second pause is killing me considering that this wasn’t live tv. Kanye West isn’t exactly sure why he supports Donald Trump and if he cares about black people.

 

He couldn’t answer the question because Kanye West doesn’t care about black people.

 

 

What happened to this Kanye West?

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Demi Lovato Agrees to Rehab

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Our good sis, Demi Lovato, has decided to go to rehab after being hospitalized for overdosing.

On July 24, the singer was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles and has been there ever since. It has not yet been reported when she’ll be leaving the hospital, as the family allegedly wanted to keep her there as to not trigger an episode after bringing up the idea of rehab. However, 25-year-old is committed to getting better and is “going to straight to rehab” upon her release.

Here at King of Reads, we always root for people to work towards becoming the best version of themselves, so we’re rooting Demi on. Hope to hear more from the ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ singer soon.

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Who Did It Then? Travis Scott Says He Had Nothing to Do with Cutting Trans Model out of Cover

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Rapper, Travis Scott, just released his third studio album Astroworld and a few people took to Twitter calling the artist transphobic for having edited out trans model, Amanda Lepore, from his cover art.

On the cover of Travis’s latest album, Lepore was seen in the original art on the left side of Travis’s face. However, in the final cut, the model has been edited out. According to TMZ, Travis had “nothing to do” with the edit and actually had no idea Amanda was originally a part of the art because he hadn’t seen the original version.

 

 

If Travis has nothing to do with the edit, *someone* does and whoever that is has a lot of explaining to do.

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