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The album introduced a striking voice—a diamond ground in the pestle of a filthy ashtray—with a remarkably assured delivery, the lyrics managing to sound at once channelled and rhythmically free. It united some of the best producers, cohesively, without opting for easy hits. And by serving one small, pressurized landscape as a whole, as if seen from every angle, ‘Illmatic’ bottled a time. — James Guida on Nas’s debut album, twenty years later: http://nyr.kr/1jD87zy (via newyorker)
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they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it.
Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing aone blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all ofthree Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.
But wait, there’s more.
Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.
Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.
They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.
not only did she do a fucking backflip and land, she landed then went right into a triple loop. like holy fuck
Damn son I ain’t seen shit like that.
Satchmo and the Sphinx
always been one of my absolute favorite photos
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Robin Wright on the Kurds’ bid for nationhood: http://nyr.kr/1jD8ZUS
“Most of the outside world opposes Kurdish independence, because of the precedent it would set and the potential instability it would create. It’s one issue about which the United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, and China—despite their profound differences over Syria—all agree.”
Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty
Now these foreign countries I had heard about in our geography class were more than empty spaces on the map. I wanted to know more about them. Who were these people? What did they do when they were not playing in the World Cup? — Uwem Akpan remembers watching his first World Cup, in 1982: http://nyr.kr/1jm5Por (via newyorker)
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PRAYING FOR GAZA
these are the names of the 23 people who died in Gaza today (6/8/2014) during Israeli air raids. read each name and realize that they are to be joined by many more. now tell me who’s the terrorist.
White People Make Up 42% of the Poor, But Take in Whopping 69% of Government Benefits -
thinkin-without-limits:blacks comprise 22 percent of the poor, but blacks only take in 14 percent of government benefits. Conversely, whites make up 42 percent of the poor , but take in a disproportionate 69 percent of government benefits.If Republicans cut these programs, as part of the sequester or any other backdoor maneuver, their issue will be with their own base, not blacks. Although, I’m not yet convinced that some white right wingers wouldn’t starve themselves if it meant robbing a black or brown person of a spoonful of broth.
they refuse to hear you though