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Excerpt from “The World According To Garp” by John Irving ~~Under Toad~~ April 23, 2015

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picture-WorldAccordingToGarp-IrvingDuncan began talking about Walt and the undertow – a famous family story. For as far back as Duncan could remember, the Garps had gone every summer to Dog’s Head Harbor, New Hampshire, where the miles of beach in front of Jenny Fields’ estate were ravaged by a fearful undertow. When Walt was old enough to venture near the water, Duncan said to him – as Helen and Garp had, for years, said to Duncan – ‘Watch out for the undertow.’ Walt retreated, respectfully. And for three summers Walt was warned about the undertow. Duncan recalled all the phrases.

‘The undertow is bad today.’

‘The undertow is strong today.’

‘The undertow is wicked today.’ Wicked was a big word in New Hampshire – not just for the undertow.

And for years Walt reached out for it. From the first, when he asked what it could do to you, he had…

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Oh s***t!! April 18, 2015

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“Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows” – Amandla Stenberg April 17, 2015

 
 

 
 

 

#Humor April 16, 2015

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ESSAY

 
 

 

That’s so Congress! April 12, 2015

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AMISH DMV

 
 

 

Philadelphia mom abandons quadriplegic son in the woods to visit her boyfriend

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Originally posted on theGrio:

On Friday night, a 21-year-old man, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, was found in Cobbs Creek Park, lying near an empty wheelchair with a Bible on his chest.

Fortunately a man walking through the woods stumbled across him and called 911.

According to police, the disabled man’s mother had dumped him there sometime before 10 a.m. Monday, when she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend in Maryland. The unidentified alleged victim is receiving treatment for a cut on his back, dehydration, malnutrition and exposure at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is in stable condition following the 9 p.m. rescue, reports WCAU-TV.

Authorities announced on Saturday that they’ve issued a warrant for the arrest of the victim’s mother, Nyia Parler, 41.

Relatives have remained at the hospital with the young man, including two aunts who had tried to obtain guardianship of him in the last few years.

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I .. um …, uh… What the hell did I just watch?! April 11, 2015

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Will it make a difference, this time? April 10, 2015

 
 

 
 

In the Line of Fire

 
 

 

Maya Angelou Quote on Forever Stamp Comes Under Scrutiny April 7, 2015

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Originally posted on TIME:

The United States Postal Service will honor late poet and author Maya Angelou with a “forever” stamp on Tuesday during a star-studded event in Washington. But a Washington Post columnist is raising questions about the true origin of the quote featured on her stamp.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song,” the stamp reads. That quote doesn’t come from her celebrated 1969 autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, but a 2013 blog interview with Angelou does quote her using the phrase. President Obama even attributed the quote to Angelou at a ceremony for the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities.

But the Washington Post’s Lonnae O’Neal says the quote may have first appeared in the 1967 book “A Cup of Sun” by Joan Walsh Auglund. The question was first raised by former Washington Post book editor who…

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Watch: Queen Latifah Channels Bessie Smith in Trailer for HBO Biopic April 5, 2015

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Originally posted on Variety:

HBO has released the full trailer for its upcoming Bessie Smith biopic, starring Queen Latifah.

The video transports you to the Jazz Age and shows off Queen Latifah’s vocal chops in her performance as the legendary blues singer.

Directed by Dee Rees, the film focuses on Smith’s turbulent life and transformation from a struggling singer to “the Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s.

Aside from paving the way for African American singers, she was also an LGBTQ pioneer who was open about her bisexuality both on and offstage.

The film, which also stars Michael Kenneth Williams and Mo’Nique, premieres on May 16.

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