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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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Su-I-(De)-Cide

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Su-I-(De)-Cide. Really?! Are you deciding to commit suicide when you let yourself become just “one of them?”

Budding author Olivia Thompson thinks so as she takes us on a journey to discover what “living” means when who we are is pre-determined by everyone and everything that came before us. In her four short stories, we meet Zaba, a college-bound student fighting against social stigmas after learning her best friend is HIV positive; Raven, who does anything to force a drug dealer to feel the consequences of his choices; Kiyomi, who struggles to survive each new day, and; a nameless character who can be anyone of us in the midst of conflict. Through these stories, we learn that life is a beautiful experience, but it also has a habit of breaking people.

Although Miss Thompson began writing at three, this is her first publication. Born with a stutter that made her afraid to speak and the victim of bullying, she dove into creating imaginary worlds where characters used a voice she was too afraid to use herself. Behind the desktop, she was in control. Yet, as she got older she learned that no one is ever in control, and her imaginary worlds took a different turn.

Her debut title, Su-I-(De)-Cide, is available now on Amazon!

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On This Day, A Legend Is Born: Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Welcome Baby Boy

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Earlier this morning Chrissy Teigen broke the news that her second child with singer, John Legend, was born.

The couple already has a two-year-old daughter named, Luna, and now she has a little brother. While we don’t know the baby’s name yet or even seen a picture (taking notes from Beyoncé I see), we congratulate Chrissy and John for expanding their beautiful family.

(From left to right) Chrissy Teigen, Luna, & John Legend

Look at this adorable video John posted on Instagram calling the baby!

With #GoogleDuo, I can video call with my son before he's even born! #ad

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Here’s what Twitter had to say about the announcement:

 

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#MuteRKelly vs #TurnRKellyUp

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In retaliation of the Mute R Kelly campaign, which was launched because of the inhumane treatment of women, many of which who were under the legal age of consent, in an alleged sex cult and harem, Kelly has been accused of running for many years.

Kelly has launched the Turn R Kelly Up movement. Over the weekend during his show in North Carolina, Kelly gave out t-shirts and briefly addressed the crowd, with what appeared to be a “woe is me” cry for support.

 

Watch the plea here:

Kelly has been accused of sleeping with teenagers for years. He was first accused of marrying singer Aaliyah when she was only 15 years old, that marriage was annulled. He was then accused of sleeping with singer Sparkle’s niece, while she was only 14 years old and making the infamous sex tape, in which his reputation for giving out golden showers precedes him to this day.

Quite frankly, Kelly’s reputation overall is absolutely horrific. There are countless stories regarding how Kelly has a God complex because he has been able to get away with a lot of sick and twisted acts, with little to no repercussions.

Kelly Was Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

The singer was arrested in June of 2002 on child pornography charges, he posted $750,000 bail but then was arrested again in January 2003 on 16 additional child pornography charges, when photos of a naked, underage girl were found on his computer.

In addition to the accurately depicted Pied Piper persona, Kelly has also severed ties with his brother, Carey Kelly, who he expected to take the fall for his devious behavior, in addition to singers Neyo, Jay Z, and countless others, because of his superiority complex.

Recently, celebrities such as John Legend, Shonda Rimes, Viola Davis have banded in the #TimesUp movement to mute R Kelly, which has resulted in music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music pulling back on the promotion of Kelly’s music. His music will still be available, it just won’t be highlighted.

Kelly’s Team Jumps Ship

In addition, Kelly’s female attorney, publicist, and assistant have also jumped ship. This can’t be a good sign. I’m sure they know much more about the inner workings of what goes on with Kelly’s alleged occult, behind closed doors. They don’t want to go down with him, permanently ruining their name and reputation, by supporting a predator.

It truly appears that all of Kelly’s dirt and wrongdoings are about to catch up to him. Although there will always be those that turn a blind eye to the singer’s misdeeds because he is such a gifted artist (which is reflected in his sold-out performance over the weekend in Fayetteville, NC).

#ItsAboutDamnTime Movement

Soon and very soon we will be transitioning from #TimesUp to #ItsAboutDamnTime, and others that follow behind R Kelly will think twice before violating young, impressionable women ever again. Until then, we are waiting and watching, with popcorn in hand.

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