Derek Jeter Becomes 1st Black CEO of Major League Baseball Team, the Miami Marlins


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Former New York Yankee Derek Jeter has officially become the first African-American CEO of a Major League Baseball team. The 43-year-old, is also part owner of the Miami Marlins, joining only one other African-American in that specific role (Magic Johnson‘s Los Angeles Dodgers).

And if you wonder where the five-time World Series champion stands on athletes kneeling during the national anthem, he’s totally on board, telling the New York Daily News,Everyone should be fine with that. They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for. Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that.”

Source: Derek Jeter Becomes First Black CEO Of Major League Baseball Team, Is ‘Okay’ With Players Kneeling

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Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama for Smithsonian


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The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. has commissioned Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits, respectively, the Wall Street Journal reports. Both portraits will be unveiled next year when they are added to the museum’s collection.

Wiley is known for Old Masters–style portraits of contemporary black sitters. He has occasionally discussed the positive impact Barack Obama’s presidency had on artists creating images of non-white sitters. “The reality of Barack Obama being the president of the United States—quite possibly the most powerful nation in the world—means that the image of power is completely new for an entire generation of not only black American kids, but every population group in this nation,” he told BBC News in 2012.

The Baltimore-based Amy Sherald, who paints minimalist pictures of black Americans is…

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Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 14 October 2017

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix,14 October 2017!

This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of OPPOSITES. Our challenge is all about “opposing forces” and the use of antithesis in our writing. You will need to use the two opposing words in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our words this week are:

– above and below

– shallow and deep

You may be asking yourself, How can I use antithetical statements in my writing?
Luckily, Kat from Literary Devices has some examples for you.

Common Antithesis Examples
Some famous antithetical statements have become part of our everyday speech and are frequently used in arguments and discussions. Below is the list of some antithetical statements:

You are easy on the eyes, but hard on the heart.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.

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Since last week’s prompt was in a devastated part of West Virginia, we deserve a vacation. Today Pegman takes us the the lovely island of Mauritius, a gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean. As always, feel free to use the location to inspire you in any way you wish. You can use the street view or archival photography (or no photo at all).  We do ask you keep it to 150 words as a gesture of respect for your readers and the rules. It’s safe to say that every writer needs practice leaving things out anyway ;-).

Have fun and do your best.  If you have any suggestions for where to send Pegman next, feel free to drop us a line.

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The House (2017)

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Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Ryan Simpkins, Jason Mantzoukas

Director: Andrew Jay Cohen

When the corrupt local government takes away their daughter’s college scholarship, Scott (Ferrell) and Kate (Poehler) start an illegal casino in their friends (Mantzoukas) house to make up the money they need fast. But soon they’re dealing with local gangster heavies and the scrutiny of the local police, as well as their own shortcomings as business people.

As far as comedies go, you either like Will Ferrell or you don’t get him. Here he is his usual innocent, bumbling self, and teams up with Poehler, who is a pretty good partner in crime. They’re overgrown adult children, who are perhaps a little too attached to their only child, but who have a nice lesson in this film in learning to be assertive and letting go, and it’s nice to see a married couple who love…

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October 14th is National Dessert Day!

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Today’s Dessert Quote:

“A party without dessert is just a meeting”

~Julia Child

Top Five Most Popular Desserts in the US:

  1. Fudge
  2. Chocolate cake
  3. Chocolate chip cookies
  4. Brownies
  5. Ice cream

Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’
  • 1946‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.
  • 1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
  • 1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.

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The Castro

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Having spent a couple of hours in Haight Ashbury, I moved on to the next place on my list: Castro District in San Francisco. Although I had had a peek at Castro during my hop-on-hop-off tour, I hadn’t spent much time there. And so when a colleague suggested I spend some time looking around Castro street, I was happy to oblige.

I grew up amidst people who don’t discuss gender as anything aside male and female. Where I’m from, we have an isolated gay community. Sure, I’ve heard there’s a strong vocal presence and representation for the gays in my country, but I’ve never seen it or heard about it. As a result, I walked into San Francisco’s Castro without any previous interaction with the LGBTQ community.

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Although I do have friends from work who identify as LGBTQ in the US, and it was with their guidance that…

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