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The Blacks List - The Rundown With Robin Thede

No, Joy, Sen. Franken didn't admit to kissing a woman without her consent.

He said that he recalled the kiss differently. I had to go back to see if I heard that right.

A Black Traveler Confronts Racism at a Montana Resort

One writer, inspired by Edward Abbey to head west, sets off for a seasonal gig that proves to be a deeply isolating experience

Source: Outside

As a child, I spent most of my summers visiting family in Jamaica. We would go to “the country,” as most Jamaicans called it, where black skin, kinky hair, salt fish, and coconut trees were plentiful. We got our water from a well and relaxed all day whenever there was a power outage. It was in Jamaica where I learned to believe that natural places meant comfort, that the outdoors could be therapeutic.

I assumed the rural United States would offer equally positive experiences. For most of my childhood, that theory was never tested. I grew up on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, which was predominantly African-American. Growing up, it was common to be told, “Don’t do what all those white kids be doing. You ain’t white.” I became aware of my race there, among others who looked like me. But after moving away from the city, I’d come to learn that towns situated in beautiful natural areas weren’t always like the paradise I’d experienced as a child in Jamaica. Instead, these places can be uniquely isolating for a young black boy in America.

I first encountered rural America in Athens, Ohio. My friends were mostly white, and when we weren’t strolling through the small town, we would go on long drives, sometimes down an unmarked road shrouded in greenery. No matter the time of day, I tensed up during these drives. There is no shortage of Confederate flags or white folks willing to stare at a black person for a little too long in certain regions of southeastern Ohio.

After college, I decided to work as a housekeeper at a ski resort in Big Sky, Montana, as a way to see new parts of the country while making money. My last two years of college were chaotic, organizing rallies around campus after a cop shot Michael Brown and trying to make sense of what my life would be like after college. Books like Desert Solitaire had shown me the allure of the West, and I felt compelled to seek wilderness as Abbey had: “We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to set foot in it. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.”

Read more: https://www.outsideonline.com/2242361/confronting-racism-my-summer-job

That tusk belongs to her mama and no one else...and it's not a partisan statement to say that.


Burton's U.S. Winter Olympic uniforms are very old-school NASA

Source: Mashable

If you love snowboarding and you're a space nerd the 2018 Winter Olympics are for you.

Burton Snowboards released the official U.S. snowboard team uniforms for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and guess what: They're astronaut themed.

The uniforms were inspired by NASA's history according to a press release, and even give a nod to the space administration's old-school logo.

The uniforms and their aluminum-coated silver fabric definitely give off a futuristic vibe, but upon further inspection there are some clear references to 1960s and 1970s NASA uniforms.

Patches on the competition jackets, hats, shirts, and gloves show the American flag along with "USA" written in the familiar NASA font. On several items of clothing, Burton is written into NASA's iconic logo, and the white jacket and one-piece straight-up look like space suits.

More: http://mashable.com/2017/11/16/burton-winter-olympic-snowboard-uniforms-nasa/?utm_cid=hp-h-4#9w9d2QMN2Oq1

What fresh hell is this?! (video tweet)


Martin O'Malley's new PAC aims to help down-ballot Democrats

Source: Politico

Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor and 2016 presidential candidate, is launching a new political organization Thursday to help Democratic candidates across the country, in a move that may represent another step toward a 2020 presidential run.

O’Malley has been more active than nearly any other party member in campaigning for local candidates around the country in 2017, visiting 21 states for fellow Democrats since last year’s election. His new Win Back Your State PAC will allow him to chip in for more hopefuls.

The kickoff comes as influential figures in the party put a premium on rebuilding the political infrastructure from the ground up after eight years of down-ballot devastation.

“This is not a time for anybody to sit on the sidelines or to try to read tea leaves for 2020,” he said in an interview ahead of the group’s launch. “My wife said to me, ‘Why do you keep going out there?’ And I said, ‘Because I feel like I’m doing something good for my country. You want me to sit at home and throw stuff at the television?’ Life is all about how we transform our grief. There are a lot of Democrats who, for the last year, have been wallowing in grief. I, instead, decided to get out on the road and help really decent people who are running."

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/martin-omalley-democrats-244945

Dem senator jokes: 'Moment of weakness' led me to share photo comparing Trump, Obama

Source: The Hill

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joked that he had a “moment of weakness” on Twitter Wednesday night after he shared an image comparing photos of President Trump and former President Obama.

“I KNOW I shouldn't have retweeted this. A moment of weakness…” Leahy tweeted alongside the comparison.

The tweet Leahy shared compared a photo of Obama to Trump with the caption “ObamaCare vs. TrumpCare…you decide.”

I KNOW I shouldn't have retweeted this. A moment of weakness... https://t.co/xjRpsc3V93
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) November 15, 2017

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/360620-dem-senator-jokes-moment-of-weakness-led-me-to-share-photo-comparing-trump


Kyle Griffin: This is a real picture that the AP took (tweet).

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