When many of us think about athletic paths for our children to follow, competitive swimming isn’t typically high up on the list. Black Kids Swim (BKS) is an organization trying to change both the way we look at swimming in general and competitive swimming as an outlet and scholarship source for black children. We talked with the founder of BKS, Ebony Rosemond, about her journey and where BKS is hoping to take swimming in the black community. Very Smart Brothas: What is Black Kids Swim and what compelled you to start the organization (and site) and begin this journey? Tell me about yourself and your background. Ebony Rosemond: Officially, Black Kids Swim is a nonprofit organization, based in Largo, Md., dedicated to increasing the number of black competitive swimmers. The sport is not diverse. We’re changing that. There’s a ton of educational and professional opportunities out there for proficient swimmers—and our kids in large part can’t access those … [Read more...] about Black Kids Swim Wants to Help Get More Black Children Into Competitive Swimming
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I once picked up the first novel in Elena Ferrante’s bestselling series, after the very impressive Argentine mother of a dear friend described the books as erotic masterpieces that can never be appreciated in America so long as they have such hideously Victorian book covers. When I abandoned this first attempt to scale the Neopolitan novels, I had more than a thousand pages to go. Thanks to the prologue to My Brilliant Friend, I knew the story ended with two women who have observed each other’s lives with enough attention to recount their own experiences through the story of the other. The rest of what I suspected was confirmed by my many friends who loved the series: despite this mutual, all-consuming obsession, these two ladies never fuck. Reader, I am not proud, but the facts are the facts. I bailed. I was both relieved and wary when HBO announced the miniseries adaptation of Ferrante’s series. Could my humble, homosexual spirit spelunk safely into the Dantean … [Read more...] about Are You Going to Fuck Your Brilliant Friend, or What?
The Salty Waitress Salty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life. Dear Salty, As a waitress myself, I absolutely can’t stand it when customers stack their plates in an effort to “help out.” It’s mainly annoying because a) creating a giant vertical stack of plates is not how I would ever bus a table and b) it looks horrible and impatient of you. When dining with non-servers, my tablemates always try to move plates around when they’re done eating and I always tell them to leave that shit alone, and don’t dare call someone over to clean it up. What do other servers think? Do you appreciate the help or would you rather clear a table at your own pace and in your own way? Best, Dear Plate in the Hand, I took a long drag on my Camel Crush while reading your question. It feels good to have a fellow server just get it, … [Read more...] about Ask The Salty Waitress: Why do customers insist on stacking their plates?
For many lifters, the bench press is the “gold standard” for developing upper body strength, but its reputation invites a lot of ego-driven cluelessness around how to do it with good and safe technique. Its deceptive simplicity is where many new (and even veteran) lifters run into trouble, so let’s talk about how you can bench better and more safely. For clarity’s sake, we’re talking about the barbell bench press (sans the balloons from the GIF above). When you watch someone bench, it looks like the exercise is all arms, chest, and the occasional loud, obnoxious grunts, but it’s actually a compound movement that also includes shoulders, traps, triceps, upper back, core, hips, and even legs to a certain degree. Why the Bench Press Is Awesome (But Also Dangerous) Without a doubt, the bench press is a great exercise for improving your “pressing” power for throwing and pushing a heavy shopping cart or lawn mower around, for example. It … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know to Master the Bench Press Safely
New England Patriots fans erupt just as their team wins the Big Game, while watching at a sports bar in Santa Monica, California, Feb. 1, 2015. Bob Berg/Getty Images Super Bowl season is in full swing, which means it's time to get inundated with ads for everything from big screen TVs to pizza places promoting deals related to America's biggest sporting event. But there's one important phrase missing from those ads and you probably didn't even notice. That phrase is "Super Bowl." That's because unauthorized commercial use of the phrase is a surefire way to end up receiving a cease and desist letter (a formal request to stop using the phrase) — or possibly even a straight-up lawsuit from the NFL. "This is a normal thing for big companies to do," says Paul Anderson, director of Marquette University's National Sports Law Institute. "The Super Bowl is just such a huge issue and a huge event that it garners a lot of attention." The Super Bowl is a registered trademark of the … [Read more...] about Why Do Ads Say ‘the Big Game’ Instead of ‘the Super Bowl’?