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White People Fun: The North American Wife-Carrying Contest

Jessica Keefe, celebrates after her husband, Michael Keefe, of Madbury, N.H., made it through the mud pit during the North American Wife Carrying Championship, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

*I got married the first time when I was young and strong, and I carried my wife for almost 14 years.

Who knew that if I’d LITERALLY carried her for just under 300 yards, I could have won lots of beer and cash?  

Who knew there were annual wife-carrying contests throughout the world?  The genre’s name is a misnomer, as you don’t actually  have to be married to throw a woman over your shoulders and navigate a few challenging, muddy, watery obstacle courses on your way to the grand prize!

I haven’t managed to find one African American couple who competed this year.  Didn’t really surprise me.  White people can come up with the damndest stuff!  

This year’s North American Wife Carrying Championship took place last week in Newry, Maine.  (Maine.  That’s probably part of why no black folks were around.)

44 couples competed, being tested by an obstacle course that included log hurdles, sand traps, and lots of mud.

Peter Ver Ploeg carries Virginia Petrovek through the mud pit during the North American Wife Carrying Championship, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. The couple, from Portland, Maine, has been married for one year. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

That’s another barrier for us.  Sistahs are NOT feeling the mud in the weave.  Nope.   Continue reading

Olympians Have To Pay Federal Taxes On Their Medals

Olympian Simone Biles, earning her 4th gold medal this week in Rio.
Olympian Simone Biles, earning her 4th gold medal this week in Rio.

*Simone Biles is bringing home mucho oro from the Olympics in Rio…

(that’s “a lot of gold”…thank you, Rosetta Stone!)

…but Uncle Sam will be expecting his cut after she gets back.

I guess I should have known. Lottery winners often pay hefty taxes on cash prizes. But I guess I figured that after athletes like Biles gave their blood, sweat and tears to beat out every other athlete in the world in their sport of choice, the US government could give them a break on the tax bill.

Nope.

It seems that in addition to the gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded to Olympians, cash awards are also dispensed. Big ones: $25,000 for gold medals, $15,000 for silvers, and $10,000 for bronze ones.

With maximum taxes that look like this…

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Respected Italian Chef Feeds Olympians Leftovers to Rio’s Poor

Kitchen backstage; International Gourmet Festival 2012; Tribute to Claudia 2012; Day 11 - January 22nd; Massimo Bottura

*As the world rests its eyes on the Games of the XXXI Olympiad  in Rio de Janeiro this year, a group of about 70 homeless men are being treated to a three-course meal of Ossobuco with buttery baroa potatoes topped off with a gelato dessert.

No its not a typo. It’s actually a very noble gesture.

The food comes courtesy of one of the world’s renowned chefs, Massimo Bottura, who had the beautifully humanistic idea to feed the poverty-stricken towns’ homeless and hungry the leftover food from the athletes.

The food would have otherwise been thrown away.

And let’s get an idea of what that would look like.

In excess of 230 tons of food is supplied daily to prepare 60,000 meals for athletes, coach and staff.

Bottura, 53, decided to use his heart, head and skillset to make a statement saying, “This is a cultural project, not a charity. We want to rebuild the dignity of the people.”

Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura

The cost of presenting the first ever Olympics in South America is a staggering $12 million dollars.

Bottura says he was inspired by the advocacy for the poor displayed by Pope Francis, and wanted to utilize the ingredients that were used by the Olympics caterers and local partners to create “Refettorio Gastromotiva,” a gourmet soup kitchen, that has been feeding the less fortunate in the Brazilian city for the past week.

Cooks prepare a dinner for gourmet soup kitchen, Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro
Cooks prepare a dinner for gourmet soup kitchen, Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro

One of the benefactors, Fagner dos Santos, a 33-year-old homeless man who has been battling drug addiction since living on the streets is elated at not only the food, but the presentation.

“Who would’ve thought food made for the cream of society would be served to a group of homeless men?” dos Santos said, as he admired the spacious, art-filled dining room and waiters wearing smart orange aprons.

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Here the chef prepares one of his custom meals.

As we stay glued to the beauty of the games themselves, or sound bites and updates on the athletes’ performances, some social media posts have also referred to the Rio that WON’T be shown on TV. Such as the one in this VOX video that provides a 3D tour of the city’s Favelas — built by slaves in the 1800s and by appearance, are communities where the houses look as if they are stacked on top of each other.

Favelas were created with no input from public authority; so there is no zoning, building codes or public services. They are, as the narrator of the video states, home to some of the most vicious drug dealers as well as some of the most creative people in Rio. The narrator shows how the haves people of the asphalt and have nots people of the hill (the favelas) live different lives.

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Favelas

As reported in the Chicago Sun-Times article, for the Olympics launch, Bottura assembled a tour de force of local and international celebrity chefs. Once the games are over, the project will morph into a lunchtime restaurant, proceeds of which will fund evening meals for the homeless.

Kudos to you, Chef Bottura!

Kangaroo Bounds On Bikers, Breaking Breasts

Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia, Great Ocean Road, Australasia
Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia, Great Ocean Road, Australasia

*I’m on doctor’s orders to engage in more cardio, in my effort to avoid the hypertension-induced premature deaths of many of my family members.  (How’s THAT for a cheery start to your weekend?)

Swimming and biking are my exercises of choice, but I may need to rethink the latter — at least, if I plan to do it in Australia.

Sharon Heinrich and Helen Salter were riding along a scenic trail in Southern Australian when they stopped to look at a beautiful kangaroo.   Before they could grab their iPhones and snap a pic, the marsupial jumped onto Heinrich’s torso and bounced off of it onto Salter’s back, knocking them both off of their bikes.  The beast then bounced away.

“I saw him and thought ‘Oh, isn’t he cute’ — then he was on top of me,” Heinrich said.

Sounds like a typical Saturday night for me. Continue reading

Three White Athletes Charged with Alleged Rape of Black, Disabled Teammate (Watch)

John R.K. Howard, 18, is one of the three students accused of sexually assaulting another teen in the school locker room.
John R.K. Howard, 18, is one of the three students accused of sexually assaulting another teen in the school locker room.

*You know, its stories such as the one you are about to read here that bring all of those “rumors” African American males have been hearing all of their lives into deeper observance. The ones that their women have been listening to. The ones that reveal the true reason behind the hate that the white man feels towards the black man.

The enviable gem between a black man’s legs. That thing most desired by the white man’s woman.

I mean, we’d like to believe people are better than the behaviors they oft times display. But with each passing day, this “high road” becomes more difficult.

Why else would a group of white male athletes, when given an opportunity to embrace their black colleague, choose instead to rape him?

The alleged incident happened on October 23, 2015 in the locker room of Dietrich High School, in Dietrich, Idaho. Continue reading

Ravens’ Tray Walker Goes to Glory in Louis Vuitton-Lined Casket

 

Ravens Cornerback, Tray Walker
Ravens Cornerback, Tray Walker

 

*Tray Walker, the Ravens cornerback who lost his life after he collided with an SUV on March 17 while riding on his dirt bike, was laid to rest on Saturday, March 26.

The 23-year-old athlete was sent on to glory in grand style too.

Hundreds joined family and friends at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church  in northwest Miami church for his Homegoing Celebration, where  members of the Baltimore Ravens and coaches were among those who spoke admirably of the man who head coach John Harbaugh said, had a smile that “could light up a room.” The coach told stories about Walker, a Miami native, who was a dedicated learner of the playbook and the NFL game; even though adjusting to the frigid Maryland winter wasn’t easy. Continue reading

SXSW ‘Embarrassed’ By Volunteer Who Asked Muslim Woman to Remove Hijab

Hijab, Muslim woman asked to remove
lbtihaj Muhammad

 

*A statement from officials of the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) shows them red-faced after a female Muslim athlete put them on social media BLAST following a request made by one of their volunteers.

lbtihaj Muhammad, an American Olympian, was asked to remove her hijab by a staffer at the event, and told she could not receive her badge until she did.

When Muhammad attempted to make them understand she wore the hijab for religious reasons, it made no difference to the volunteer.

“I was just asked to remove my hijab at SXSW Registration for my ID badge. I can’t make this stuff up,”  Ibtihaj Muhammad tweeted from the Austin, Texas, event. Continue reading

Coalition of Police Officers Support Beyoncé’ & Formation Music Video

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Washington, DC – On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform & Accountability (NCLEO4J) publicly condemned the protests that are being planned at the NFL Offices in New York in response to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 half-time performance.

“We reject the counter arguments comparing the Black Panther Party to the Ku Klux Klan,” states the group. As current, former and retired law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal levels, we refuse to suspend our common sense as our counterparts attempt to silence Beyoncé’s artistic right to perform her song “Formation” in a critically historical and current context.

The propaganda that is being cranked out attempts to change the social reality on the ground for people of color and poor people as it relates to law enforcement in this country.

On Wednesday, United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department alleging a pattern and practice of unconstitutional police conduct in the city. Continue reading