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Black Spoken Word Artist Becomes 1st Ever Poet to Win America’s Got Talent

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Brandon Leake performs on the America’s Got Talent season finale, September 23, 2020

Brandon Leake performs on the America’s Got Talent season finale, September 23, 2020
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As a poet and spoken word artist myself, I can appreciate someone with a wicked pen game and great delivery.

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In fact, I am not the only spoken word artist and poet on The Root staff.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Michael Harriot, our resident Wypipologist, master race-baiter and the last real Negus alive. Try not to cry as you watch him perform “The Top Secret Recipe for Aunt Phyllis’ Fried Chicken.”

And then there is Zack Linly, the champion roaster of racists everywhere. Listen to him speak on his experience with therapy.

I don’t have many videos performing spoken word, but I do have a video of myself performing the “For the...

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Twins comfortable, albeit a bit bored in quarantine on off day

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There’s a small living room amid the suites the Twins are staying in this week, and this being Minnesota, someone has brought a cornhole set in case a player wants some friendly competition in the hallway. There’s a communal TV, too, usually tuned to baseball or wired to a video game console.

“It’s a pretty comfortable set-up. We get all the things that we’re used to, the food that we’re used to,” Rocco Baldelli said. “Guys are chilling out, relaxing.”

So what does the Twins’ manager have planned for a quarantined off day?

“I’ll probably sit on my bed, or the other furniture in the room at some point,” Baldelli said. “Probably be on the phone for a good bit. I’m really not sure what else.”

Millions of Americans, idled by the pandemic and the need to avoid risking infection, can relate to...

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کیسه کلستومی چیست و آیا زندگی با این کیسه کار سختی است؟

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کیسه کلستومی چیست ؟ کیسه کلستومی برای بیمارانی استفاده می شود که دچار بیماری روده بزرگ هستند. وقتی قادر به دفع مواد زائد از طریق مقعد نباشند، پزشک جراح برای آنها در ناحیه شکم سوراخی را ایجاد می کند. سپس کیسه کلستومی به این ناحیه متصل می شود تا مواد زائد وارد آن شوند.

بیماری کرون و سرطان روده بزرگ یکی از دلایل استفاده از این کیسه است. جالب است بدانید در سال 2018 خانم جوانی یک عکس با کلستومی در حالی که در کنار ساحل نشسته بود، در صفحه فیسبوک خود منتشر کرد...

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دلیل موفقیت بعضی آدمها در کارشون چیه؟

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افرادی که همیشه در پست های کلیدی و مدیریت قرار می گیرند، بهتر از هر کسی در مورد رازهای موفقیت شغلی خبر دارند. وقتی از آن‌ها در مورد علت موفقیتشان بپرسید حتما به شما از عادات و رفتارهایشان صحبت خواهند کرد. بسیاری از این افراد موفق بدون دلیل در موقعیت های برتر قرار نمی گیرند. هر چند شاید در اطراف ما کسانی باشند که به واسطه والدین و یا خانواده متمول به پست و موقعیت برسند. اما غالبا اینطور نیست.

در اینجا رازهای موفقیت شغلی را به شما خواهیم گفت...

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New Hampshire State Rep Says It’s OK to ‘Burn and Loot’ Houses With Black Lives Matter Signs

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New Hampshire State House

New Hampshire State House
Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO (Getty Images)

A New Hampshire state representative is the latest white man to piss a bunch of people off because he couldn’t help but be his racist self.

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The Concord Monitor reports that earlier this week, Rep. James Spillane told his followers on Facebook, “If you see a BLM sign on a lawn, it’s the same as having a porch light on at Halloween. You are free to burn and loot that house.” The New Hampshire Department of Justice has launched an investigation into Spillane as a result of the post.

As of Thursday, the post has been deleted from Spillane’s page...

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Minnesota priest who says COVID-19 is a scam told to halt such preaching

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A Twin Cities priest who had preached that COVID-19 was a man-made scam has been told by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to refrain from talking about such matters from the pulpit.

The Rev. Robert Altier had delivered a 20-minute sermon Sept. 6, claiming COVID-19 was concocted in laboratories in the United States and China and that it was a “lie” that tens of thousands of people are dying from it. A YouTube version of the sermon has been viewed more than 412,000 times.

At the time, the archdiocese said Altier’s sermon was “under review.” Earlier this week, Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced that he had spoken with Altier and told him such issues were not appropriate for a sermon.

“The Archdiocese of St...

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KN95 Face Masks Aren’t Sexy, but Safety Is and This 5-Pack Is Just $12

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5-Pack: KN95 5-Layer Face Masks | $12 | Amazon

I’m so proud of you for still wearing a mask, it’s super cool of you. But do you need an upgrade or maybe something a little more heavy-duty? Or maybe you just want to put your mind at ease with something a smidge more protective? Grab five of the KN95 masks from Amazon right now for just $12.

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These are industry-standard which means they are supposed to filter 95 percent of particles. That is just about as good as you can get. So the mask obviously doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of catching or spreading something but if you wear it correctly it still drastically reduces the likelihood. These are also great if you’ve got severe allergies or asthma and protect against pollen, dander, and whatnot...

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Protesters, police face off in downtown Minneapolis

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Minneapolis police faced off with about 100 people gathered Thursday night outside the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis to protest the lack of charges in Breonna Taylor’s March shooting death by police in Louisville, Ky.

The demonstrators also addressed a number of other grievances, including Thursday morning’s clearing of a homeless encampment in Peavey Park, in south Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Park Board said the evictions occurred because of the growing size of the camp and its proximity to school property.

About an hour into their protest, the demonstrators set up a barricade outside the courthouse that police, who were not present until well into the demonstration, eventually removed...

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Black Physicians to Independently Test the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

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The oldest organization of Black physicians has vowed to independently vet the safety and effectiveness of any potential COVID-19 vaccine.

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According to CBS News, the National Medical Association (NMA) is tracking the data due to fears that political motivations could outweigh safety concerns when it comes to a vaccine. “This is about ensuring safety for Operation Warp Speed. We’re really doing this to be a source of trusted information for our physicians and our community,” Dr. Leon McDougle, president of the NMA, told CBS News. Operation Warp Speed refers to the Trump Administration’s endeavor to quickly develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

Infectious disease and immunization experts comprise the NMA’s task forc...

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Vice President Mike Pence highlights Minneapolis destruction in wake of George Floyd’s killing

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and a top White House adviser, made a surprise visit to north Minneapolis Thursday as part of a Midwest tour to highlight what Republicans say is growing lawlessness in Democratic-controlled cities.

The two met with Flora Westbrooks, whose North Side salon burned down in the riots that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May. Speaking at the Airport InterContintal Hotel later, Westbrooks recalled the crushing feeling she had when her son called her to say that her 35-year-old business was on fire. She said she raced to the scene, but it was too late.

“It was horrible to stand there and see your business burn, everything you worked for,” she said. “I just want my business back.”

Her sto...

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