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beautifuldolce:

Hey hey hey cuties :)
Throwing it back to my first photo. Sorry for the bad quality of the after, but it’s so gloomy today. Lost almost a pound since last week, so I’m down to 161.4lbs. Woohoo! I give credit to my three days a week of lifting like a man.
But wow, look how defined my stomach has gotten these past six months…. And yet I still feel like I look the same in the mirror, yet people almost ask me daily if I’ve lost a lot of weight, or tell me I’m looking great.
Keep working folks, I promise you’ll see results :). Each day is a step closer to my goal and I’m so thrilled.

odinsblog:

Racial bias in America: from higher suspension rates in preschool, to disproportionate rates of capital punishment, to everything in between, structures of authority routinely allow anti-Black racial bias to color the “facts”, and warp the narrative. And frequently (whether unintentional or otherwise) the police and the media often work together to further criminalize innocent Black victims

1Criminalizing Blackness in America

2. 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian attacked and choked by police, literally while holding a puppy…because McMillian made them “feel threatened” and gave them “dehumanizing stares

3. Author and CNN contributor keithboykin: how the AP slandered Renisha McBride even in death

4.  The Associated Press: when can skin color alone determine who is and who isn’t a looter? (hint: don’t be Black)

This implicit racial bias does not magically stop at innocuous events like the VMAs, or in Hollywood. So far, it doesn’t ever turn off. There are two Americas and racial bias is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe

micdotcom:

Yes, there’s an easy way to make Butterbeer from ‘Harry Potter’ at home

It’s the best-kept secret in the Muggle world: What is the mysterious recipe for butterbeer? The frothy drink is a culinary staple throughout the Harry Potter series, served from Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley. When Universal Studios built the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the massively popular theme park in Orlando, they decided butterbeer would be a key component. They also decided that the recipe would be a closely guarded secret. 

But that doesn’t mean people haven’t attempted to create their own butterbeer. Without the official recipe, Muggles are casting their own spells to get a taste without having to travel to Orlando.

You’ll only need 5 common ingredients | Follow micdotcom 

vicemag:

Reporting from Ferguson, the St. Louis Suburb That Has Become America’s Latest Racial Hotspot

Last night, I walked out of the Target in Ferguson, Missouri, to find my car behind police tape. Cops in riot gear were extending their security perimeter around West Florissant Avenue, where protests over the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown turned into looting and riots Sunday night and clashes with police on Monday.

“You better hurry up and go get it,” a man in a group parked near me said. The cops let me retrieve my vehicle after a stern warning (complete with a rifle being waved around) to go left and not right when I reached the edge of the lot. Five minutes later I heard four tear gas canister volleys. Ten seconds after that a 20-something black man in a caravan of Ferguson residents came over.

“We going,” he said. “You coming?”

What followed was a raucous four-hour stretch marked by smoked out streets and rage. By midnight, West Florissant was littered with rocks, broken glass, spent tear gas canisters and pepper balls. As we approached the police line from the north, cops were flying everywhere and people were honking and and screaming. After hearing the canisters fly, people were angry enough to run stoplights, ignore cop cars and speed across town to make it to ground zero and figure out what was happening.

Brown, as you may have heard, was killed Saturday by a St. Louis County police officer. One protestor told me his death was the “spark that lit the fire,” one that’s been long smoldering in this St. Louis suburb, where relations between residents and police aren’t so hot. The details surrounding the 18-year-old’s death have been the subject of much contention, but whether Brown was shot between seven and ten times, as his cousin Sabrina Webb and many others claimed Monday, or whether it was less than that doesn’t really matter here. Nor does the fact that police maintain Brown struggled with the as-of-yet unnamed officer. What is gnawing at emotions and bubbling up at protests where many chanted “black power” Monday is the fact that Brown was unarmed and was apparently approached by the officer for jaywalking.

"They thought he was somebody else," Webb told me after pleading through a bullhorn that protestors not resort to the looting that resulted in damage to several businesses Sunday night. "It was racial profiling."

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