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  • 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 1: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

    Posted 2019-02-15 16:49:55 by: Kate V.

    Today is the first day of Black History Month, the annual celebration in these here United States of America where schools make kids learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Sprinkle in a few facts about a black person being the first person to do this or that, and before you know it, it’s March 1 and educators can breathe a sigh of relief—because Googling black firsts and shit is not only informative...but ...

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  • These Artists From All Over the World Are Reimagining Valentine's Day

    Posted 2019-02-14 17:19:00 by: Kate V.

    These visual artists want you to focus your attention on healthy relationships, self-care, and gender equality on the most romantic day of the ...

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  • These Artists From All Over the World Are Reimagining Valentine's Day

    Posted 2019-02-14 17:17:07 by: Kate V.

    These visual artists want you to focus your attention on healthy relationships, self-care, and gender equality on the most romantic day of the ...

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  • Michelle Obama helped kick off a more inclusive Grammys broadcast

    Posted 2019-02-13 16:00:41 by: Kate V.

    A year after the Grammys were deservingly called “” at best, “” and “” at worst, the world’s biggest night in music took a small but palpable step ...

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  • Jordan Peele won the Super Bowl

    Posted 2019-02-13 15:50:16 by: Kate V.

    As both NFL offenses floundered in what was an utterly forgettable Super Bowl last night (Feb. 3), one man dominated the proceedings from start to finish—and he wasn’t a football ...

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  • Jordan Peele won the Super Bowl

    Posted 2019-02-09 14:36:36 by: Kate V.

    As both NFL offenses floundered in what was an utterly forgettable Super Bowl last night (Feb. 3), one man dominated the proceedings from start to finish—and he wasn’t a football ...

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  • HOFer Frank Robinson dies

    Posted 2019-02-07 21:18:35 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Decades before Frank Robinson became the Washington Nationals’ first manager in 2005, he already had had one of the most distinguished and trailblazing careers in baseball history. He was the first — and still the only — player to win the MVP award in both the National and American leagues, and in 1975 he became major league baseball’s first African American manager.He died Feb. 7 at 83. Jennifer Giglio, a spokeswomanfor the Nationals, confirmed the death. Other details were not immediately available..Mr. Robinson burst into the national consciousness during his first season with the Cincinnati Reds in 1956, winning the NL’s Rookie of the Year Award. In 1961, he led the Reds to the World Series and won his first MVP award.Mr. Robinson’s big league debut came in the final season of another celebrated Robinson — the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 became the first black major league player in modern times. Even by 1956, several teams had not yet integrated; Cincinnati had fielded its first black player only two years earlier.RELATED ARTICLE:  A powerful hitter, swift runner and hard-nosed competitor, Mr. Robinson was part of a generation of black players that dominated baseball in the 1950s and 1960s, including Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks and Puerto Rico native Roberto Clemente.“He brought tremendous power,” Tom Adelman, a baseball historian and author, said in an interview. “He was a really graceful fielder. He ran the bases really well.”While batting, Mr. Robinson stood close to the plate, daring pitchers to throw inside and hit him. - “Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down,” he said. “It made me more determined. I wouldn’t let that pitcher get me out.”On the bases, he was fast and aggressive, bowling over defenders who were in his way. He chewed out other players for mistakes.He was controversial off the field, too, and had frequent quarrels with his team’s management. After receiving ...

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  • 76ers trade Fultz

    Posted 2019-02-07 21:18:35 by: Mr. Bootstate

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  • NBA trade deadline

    Posted 2019-02-07 21:18:35 by: Mr. Bootstate

    © Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports More so than the past several years, the 2019 NBA trade deadline was shockingly active. With almost three quarters of the league still in playoff contention, desperation was the name of the game for a few teams. Meanwhile, previously bottom-feeding squads appeared to come out ahead.The headliner here was obviously the New York Knicks’ decision to rush into a trade of Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. Who won that deal?Meanwhile, dreams of the Los Angeles Lakers adding Anthony Davis to a core group with LeBron James dried up relatively quickly.It’s in this that we give you our biggest winners and losers from the 2019 NBA trade deadline.Winner: Sacramento KingsThis up-and-coming team entered trade deadline week three games over .500 and right in the thick of the Western Conference Playoff race. Flush with young talent across the board, Sacramento hoped to add veteran perimeter options. Not having its first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft made things a bit more difficult.With that said, the Kings were able to close shop on Thursday by adding a and a solid bench option, Alec Burks. All they gave up in the process was two expiring deals in Zach Randolph and Iman Shumpert as well as a still-raw youngster in Justin Jackson. We’d certainly call this a win for Vlade Divac and Co.Winner: Philadelphia 76ersThere’s not a whole lot we don’t like about the that brought Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Clippers to Philadelphia. Harris, 26, was in the midst of a career season in Los Angeles — averaging 20.9 points and 7.9 rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the field. He will be a free agent after this season, but the Sixers seem confident that they’ll be able to retain the borderline All-Star.In the meantime, Brett Brown’s squad was able to add some solid depth behind Joel Embiid at center. The 7-foot-2 Marjanovic is good for between 12-to-15 minutes a night and provides ...

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  • Whitaker testimony

    Posted 2019-02-07 21:18:35 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Video by Reuters(Bloomberg) - Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said he won’t testify before a House panel unless Democrats lift a threat to subpoena him if he refuses to answer questions about conversations with President Donald Trump and his oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. - Hours after the House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize a subpoena, Whitaker issued a statement saying “it is apparent that the committee’s true intention is not to discuss the great work of the Department of Justice, but to create a public spectacle. Political theater is not the purpose of an oversight hearing, and I will not allow that to be the case.”He said he won’t appear unless committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler “assures me that the committee will not issue a subpoena today or tomorrow, and that the committee will engage in good faith negotiations before taking such a step down the road.”Democrats have said they want the option to subpoena Whitaker if he refuses to discuss some issues during testimony before the committee that was scheduled for Friday.“I hope and expect that the subpoena will not be necessary,” Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said before the committee voted along party lines to authorize the action, but he cited “troubling events” including previous efforts by the Justice Department to delay Whitaker’s appearance.Nadler declined immediate comment after Whitaker’s announcement that he won’t testify unless the subpoena threat is lifted. Representative Eric Swalwell, a committee member, tweeted, “Not how it works.” Slideshow by Business InsiderNow, Nadler has authority to issue a subpoena. Normally, that would open a prolonged dispute over subpoena powers that could end up in the courts. But in this case the issue may become moot because the Senate is likely to confirm William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, next week. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Barr on a ...

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