By J.J. Gallagher –Good Morning America
Three U.S. women made history on Wednesday in Rio, placing 1-2-3 in the 100m hurdles in the first time ever that American women have swept an Olympic track and field event.
Brianna Rollins ran away with the gold, while Nia Ali took the silver after running neck-and-neck with Kristi Castlin, who took home the bronze medal.
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Rafaela Silva has made her country proud by winning the first gold medal of the Olympic games in judo. Overcoming poverty in Brazil’s most notorious favela, the “City of God” Silva took up the sport because she loved– and had to– fight.
According to a Sports Illustrated article chronicling her path to the Olympics, Silva “spent the first eight years of her life in the City of God, getting into fights with boys and getting expelled from school.”
Silva quickly found her love for judo and rose to fame until the 2012 London Olympics, where she was disqualified for an illegal hold during the preliminary round.
If that wasn’t enough of a disappointment, Silva came home to find her social media flooded with racial comments.
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Simone Manuel managed to rewrite history, break a world record, and bring a little magic to the Olympics all in less than a minute.
Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming on Thursday night. She and Penny Oleksiak of Canada tied for the fastest time, an Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle: 52.70 seconds.
Manuel, originally from Sugar Land, Texas, swam at her local club, First Colony Swim Team early on when she realized this was something she was good at. Manuel is the youngest of three and began swimming at age 5 by watching her two older brothers. She joined the First Colony Swim Team at age 11, where she swam under head coach Alison Beebe throughout her early career.
At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Manuel placed 20th in the 50-meter freestyle (25.63) 17th in 100-meter freestyle. But in 2016 it was a totally different story.
When Manuel looked up after touching the wall, she saw red lit dots on her block that indicated she had at least finished among the podium places, and admitted she was “super surprised” when she turned around and saw the “1” next to her name on the scoreboard.
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-Huff Post Black Voices
Sorry, but can we just take a second and appreciate that after only two and a half days of competition, women are already the clear stars of the Rio Olympics?
Even if you ignore the beloved U.S. women’s soccer team, women are doing awesome things in Rio de Janeiro everywhere you look. Most obviously, U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky, perhaps the best athlete in the world, is destroying her own world records and finally getting the national recognition she deserves.
Katie Ledecky shatters her own world record.
But two of her teammates, Dana Vollmer and Lilly King, both became national heroes on Sunday, too. Vollmer won a bronze medal in the 100-meter butterfly just 17 months after giving birth. King called out a Russian swimmer on national TV for her history of doping. “I’m not this sweet little girl, that’s not who I am,” she said later.
The U.S. women’s basketball team set a team record for margin of victory. American Kathryn Johnson delivered a devastating hit that woke the world up to the world that is women’s rugby. Ibtihaj Muhammad lost in the women’s individual sabre round of 16 on Monday, but she did make history when she became the first U.S. athlete to compete and win a match at the Olympics in a hijab.
International stories abound, too. Wu Minxia became the first diver in history to win five Olympic gold medals. Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old gymnast representing Uzbekistan, competed in her seventh Olympics. (For reference, Chusovitina’s 17-year-old son is older than U.S. gymnast Laurie Hernandez.) The refugee team’s Yusra Mardini, who saved the lives of more than a dozen refugees when she and two others pushed a sinking boat to safety on a Greek island, won her heat in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. She is just 18 years old.
Even when it comes to heartbreak, women are the major stories coming out of Rio, too. Mara Abbott’s last-second loss in the women’s road race and Serena and Venus Williams’ shocking loss to the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova in women’s doubles were two of Sunday’s most talked-about stories.
Simone Biles is probably the best part of the Rio Olympics.
Then, of course, there is the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, which completely destroyed the global competition with smiles on their faces Sunday. Hernandez, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian beat out second-place China in the qualifications by almost 10 full points. For reference, China didn’t even beat last-place Belgium by that much. And as anyone who was watching can tell you, it was utterly transfixing to see five athletes perform their craft to near perfection. And there’s still much more to come.
But yeah, women’s sports aren’t fun to watch.
Mary Milliken and Caroline Stauffer of Reuters via Huff Post World Post
Brazil unfurled a vast canvas celebrating its rainforest and the creative energy of its wildly diverse population in welcoming the world on Friday to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, all to the pounding beat of samba, bossa nova and funk.
Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer declared open the first Games ever in South America. But in a display of the deep political divisions plaguing Brazil, he was jeered by some in the crowd at the famed Maracana soccer stadium.
The opening ceremony was decidely simple and low-tech, a reflection of Brazil’s tough economic times. In one of the world’s most unequal societies, the spectacle celebrated the culture of the favelas, the slums that hang vertiginously above the renowned beaches of Rio and ring the Maracana.
There was no glossing over history either: from the arrival of the Portuguese and their conquest of the indigenous populations to the use of African slave labor for 400 years. The clash of cultures, as the ceremony showed, is what makes Brazil the complex mosaic that it is.
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LONDON (Reuters) – Ten people were arrested on Friday after protesters from the British arm of the “Black Lives Matter” movement blocked the main road to London’s Heathrow Airport, police said.
Four people were in custody while the other six were being disentangled having locked themselves together across the five-lane slip road leading to the airport, causing traffic congestion at the Europe’s busiest hub.
One lane of the road, a spur off a motorway which connects London to western England, remained closed at midday on Friday, police said, adding that the airport and road network were otherwise open and operating as normal.
Black Lives Matter started in the United States as a reaction to fatal shootings of black people by white U.S. police officers.
The British arm is protesting against what it says is a disproportionate number of black people among those who die in police custody in Britain.
“To be stuck in traffic is an irritation. To be denied justice for decades is a crisis,” Black LivesMatter UK said on its Twitter feed.
Other demonstrations were being held in Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham on Friday to mark the anniversary of the death of Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police five years ago helped spark several days of rioting in Britain.
CAIRO, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Egypt’s military said on Thursday it had killed Abu Duaa al-Ansari, which it identified as the leader of the Sinai branch of Islamic State, in a series of air strikes near the town of Arish.
It said on its Facebook page that the strikes had also killed 45 other Islamic State fighters and destroyed arms and ammunition stores used by the group.
There was no immediate confirmation from Sinai Province, Islamic State’s offshoot in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
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Perhaps the greatest Brazilian sports star may be absent from the Rio 2016 opening ceremony on Friday.
“I have a contract that I am bound to fulfill,” Pelé said, adding that he was checking with a U.S. company that owns the rights to his brand name, according to Reuters. “As a Brazilian, I would love to do it.”
Pelé also said that he would have to cancel a trip planned for Friday night with that sponsor to attend the opening ceremony.
It’s unclear who the sponsor is. According to Yahoo, Pelé has sponsor deals with Subway, Volkswagen, Hublot, and others, but none of those are official Olympic sponsors. Pelé reportedly made $25 million in endorsements in 2014.
Regardless of prior obligations, it’s tough to imagine a company trying to upstage the opening ceremony and thus preventing a Brazlian legend from taking part in such an honor.
Washington, DC — Picture this scene: It’s August 13 and millions of people are wearing Red, Black and Green! The Mhotep Corporation announced today its plans to make Saturday August 13, 2016 the Reddest, Blackest and Greenest day ever. August 13 begins the 96th year of Red, Black and Green as the colors of Black people worldwide. In recognition of that milestone and in anticipation of the centennial of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World on August 13, 2020, which gave us the Red, Black and Green, everyone is invited to celebrate, take the #RBGChallenge and “Wear Red, Black and Green on August Thirteen.”
2016 also marks 116 years since Will A. Heelen and J.Fred Helf wrote the song “Every Race Has A Flag But The Coon” which belittles Black people for not having a flag. On August 13, 1920 20,000 people met at Madison Square Garden. They gathered for the reading of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World. Declaration 39 proclaims, “That the colors, Red, Black and Green, be the colors of the Negro race.” The Declaration of Rights was drafted and published by members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) during their first annual international convention chaired by UNIA President General Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
In the 1921 Universal Negro Catechism drafted by Reverend George Alexander McGuire under the auspices of the UNIA High Executive Council the symbolic meaning of the colors are given. “Red is the color of the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty; black is the color of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong; green is the color of the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland.” The symbolism of the colors Red, Black and Green connect us to the origin of the entire human race on the continent of Africa.
That was part of the inspiration for The Mhotep Corporation’s Shield of Audacious Power. A Red, Black and Green symbol of the power of the human spirit with a gold Kemetic ankh at the center, the shield represents pride, dignity, nobility and self-respect. It is emblazoned upon t-shirts sold through the company’s Keyamsha.com website.
It is a known fact Black people are black because of more than just “color” or “pigment.” Melanin is the aromatic biopolymer and organic semiconductor that makes Black people black. The chemical melanin puts the “B” in RBG and the black in Red, Black and Green. At this moment, melanin is worth over $300 a gram more than gold. There are also over 230,000 scholarly articles on melanin. Currently, there are over one million patents involving melanin. Melanin is ubiquitous in nature. Melanin is responsible for the appearance of crows, of black cats, and Angus Cattle. Black Panther’s are black because of melanin. Curiously, the mainstream media talks of race but never in all their discussions of race is melanin or any of the facts pertaining to it mentioned. Here is to carrying on an open conversation about melanin.
Nevertheless, melanin is still worth over $300 a gram more than gold. Universal Law is being enforced. The Mhotep Corporation’s “Melanin Is Worth Over $300 A Gram More Than Gold” and the #MelaninMattersMost products are part of a paradigm shift in awareness, perception and power taking place at the quantum level, the level of pure energy.
“Melanin is worth…” is actually a conversation piece which appears to be a t-shirt. Reading the message on it starts an internal dialogue. The viewer’s brain chemistry literally lets go of limitations. They then become aware of an awareness beyond their present state of awareness after which perceptions are perceived that they were previously unaware existed. Those who sought to counter the idea of #BlackLivesMatter by responding #AllLivesMatter have nothing with which to counter #MelaninMattersMost. It stands alone as truth.
Suggested activities for August 13th celebrations range from holding Red, Black and Green flag raising ceremonies, displaying Red, Black and Green flags at home, placing Red, Black and Green stickers on cars, wearing Red, Black and Green buttons & shirts, public readings of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World and hosting public viewing parties for the documentary “This Flag of Mine: Towards 100 Years of Red, Black and Green.”
The Mhotep Corporation produced the documentary in 2011 in anticipation of the 100th year of RBG (#RBG100). Nnamdi Azikiwe, President and CEO of the Mhotep Corporation, comments, “We produced TFOM to document the origin, purpose and history of Red, Black and Green. Years ago, a friend asked us to make a presentation to her elementary school students about the history of the flag. The documentary is a result of that presentation.” Now Azikiwe intends to teach the world the history of our flag, the Red, Black and Green. “The first thirteen days of August 1920 were spent discussing what the people wanted. On August 13th they made it clear what they hoped to see happen. That hope became the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World.”
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