Issue #1

South Carolina primary, Katherine Johnson, Black Habits, Kobe

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Today marks the 55th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

🗳 Dum Spiro Spero

Fun Fact: Joe Biden has run for President three times; until yesterday, he had never won a primary contest in any state.

Not in 1988. (Jesse Jackson — yes, that Jesse Jackson —also ran that year and won 13 states.)

Not in 2008. (And we all know how that turned out.)

And not in 2020. (He placed 4th in Iowa, 5th in New Hampshire and 2nd in Nevada.)

All of this changed Saturday as black voters in South Carolina (who make up 60% of the Democratic electorate there) delivered Biden’s first ever presidential primary victory and a desperately needed viability boost for his flagging campaign heading into Super Tuesday.

However, while Biden consolidated support among black voters in South Carolina, Bernie Sanders (35%) has overtaken Joe Biden (30%) among black voters nationally.

And speaking of black voters, BlackPAC just released a poll that is required reading for the DNC: 54% of black voters say the Democratic Party hasn’t done enough for black people.

🚀 Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)

The New York Times: “Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. Johnson, whose death at 101 was announced on Monday by NASA, calculated the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 and, after Neil Armstrong’s history-making moonwalk, let it return to Earth.”

😷 “It’s just a matter of time”

The CDC reports that it’s not a question of if the coronavirus will spread, but when. Meanwhile, officials in Washington state just confirmed the first coronavirus-related death in the US.

So what exactly is COVID-19? And what makes this virus so lethal, so transmissible and so hard to contain? The Atlantic and The Daily podcast have some answers for you.

📉 Coronavirus hits Wall Street

After a record 10-year run, the US stock market saw the worst week of losses since the 2008 financial crisis. What does this mean for you? The folks at The Motley Fool share some perspective. (SPOILER ALERT: think long term, not short term — decades, not quarters.)

🎧 Black Habits

Inglewood native D Smoke recently dropped his studio album, Black Habits. Learn more about this dope artist and his beautiful project here

👀 Unacceptable

Snoop Dogg appeared on Red Table Talk this week to chat about his public apology to Gayle King after calling her out her name.

Snoop made news recently with his explicative-infused response to the questions King posed to Kobe Bryant’s longtime friend and WNBA star, Lisa Leslie, in a televised interview.

There’s a whole lot of noise here, but the signal is clear: violence against women, in all its forms, is a pervasive feature of our society and culture. It won’t end until we end it — by holding ourselves, and each other, accountable.

💵 Cash your checks and get up

Do you like 90’s Hip hop? Do you also like chicken? Are you offended yet?

In a hilarious and cringe-worthy promotional campaign, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are purportedly changing their name to Boneless Thugs-N-Harmony...


Buffalo Wild Wings’ boneless chicken wings are supposedly that good.

With apologies, we don’t have the energy to unpack the layers of sacrilege contained in this marketing campaign.

But we ain’t mad. Bone Thugs are on tour and Buffalo Wild Wings apparently needs to sell more boneless “wings.”

That’s a cross-promotional match made in heaven.

🏀 2/24 🏀

And we both know, I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Fans, friends and family gathered at the Staples Center this week to celebrate the life and legacy of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. The moving tribute concluded with a screening of Kobe’s Academy Award-winning animated short film Dear Basketball. The film, and the poem on which it was based, communicates in tender words and images Kobe’s absolute love for the game — a love we all know he nurtured and supported in his daughter Gianna. The film is a poignant reminder that there is no substitute for relentless passion — and that there always comes a time when we have to say goodbye.

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