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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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Ella Mai

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Ella Mai’s self titled album is a 10 out of 10! Every song is good from start to finish.

First, she had everybody wanting to be Boo’d Up…

Then she had people Tripping…

But now she has everybody talking about this amazing 16 track album.

Ella Mai starts the album off by breaking down her name which is her way of letting people know who she is, but it is a way of people connecting with her beyond the music. I found this to be a different approach for her because I have been listening to Ella Mai before she became mainstream.

One conversation on social media is that people do not like when she starts talking after the song is over but she has been doing this for a while.

Does it bang in the car? The answer is 100% YES. This is an album you can play without skipping a single song. Ella Mai only had three featured artists on the album and that is rare for an artist because almost everybody now has an album with almost everybody featured on it. If you have not listened to the album I would suggest you do!

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The Long Awaited ‘Tha Carter V’ “FLOP” or “NOT”

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4 damn years! After 4 long years, Lil Wayne finally drops Tha Carter V and it sold pretty well despite the mixed reviews that have been floating around. The album was initially scheduled to be released back in May of 2014 but the legal battle with Birdman held him from releasing. After listening I give it a 7 out of 10. When listening it did not give me the Wayne that I was expecting. One tweet, in particular, said exactly what I was thinking.

The #UproarChallenge became popular after social media comedian Shiggy posted him dancing to the song on Instagram.

 

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#Mood : Where The Love Go? 💔🤷‍♂️ @therealswizzz @liltunechi 😂😂😂💯🔥

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Even Wayne’s boys got in on the #UproarChallenge

The songs that stood out the most were Mona Lisa, Open Letter, Hittas, Problems and Used 2. Tha Carter V has some bangers, but if I can’t bang the whole album in the car and have to skip songs there is a problem. Overall the album is a solid good 13 songs.

 

Did the long-awaited Tha Carter V live up to the hype for you? Comment below “FLOP” or “NOT”

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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Call It Quits

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We all saw it coming, unfortunately. Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are reportedly splitting up according to TMZ. The couple who were engaged have called it quits.

Sources close to the former couple tell us AG and PD split this weekend, with both parties acknowledging that it simply was not the right time for their relationship to take off. We’re told the two still have love for each other, but things are over romantically. via TMZ

Sources have also said that the recent death of Ariana’s ex Mac Miller was the breaking point. Mac Miller died early last month on the 7th of September. Ariana posted a heartfelt message on her Instagram.

 

 

This has been a troubling year for Ariana and we wish her the best.

 

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