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The legendary R&B singer and actress Della Reese has passed away at the age of 86. It is hard to boil her 6 decade career down to one thing she was best known for, perhaps it was her hit “Don’t you know,” perhaps it was her role as one of the first black females to host on American telivision, or maybe it was her role as Tess on Touched by an Angel. But no matter how you knew her, she was beloved and will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace and live on in the important and groundbreaking work she did throughout her life. Godspeed Della Reese.

BREAKING NEWS: 42 people are dead after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake ripped through central Mexico today, further damaging buildings that were hit just two weeks ago during a nearby 8.1 magnitude earthquake which killed 90 people. Reports of damage are widespread including collapsed buildings and small fires. The video here shows the immediate aftermath in Mexico City. This quake comes on the 32nd anniversary of an infamous and deadly 8.0 earthquake that struck in the same region. Our neighbours in Mexico reached out to us during Katrina and sent troops and supplies to aid rescue and relief efforts, they also reached out recently during Harvey and Irma, we share much more than a border, we share humanity’s greatest character - love. Despite all the recent propaganda and apathy from folks up and down the spectrum, the people of Mexico have shown they care, and we must do the same.

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Charles Manson Dies at 83

The notorious leader of the “Manson Family cult” that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, died Sunday in a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital.
Manson returned to the hospital in mid-November after being hospitalized in January. He was transferred out of Corcoran State Prison, where he had been serving nine life sentences. He had been denied parole 12 times.
A career criminal from an impoverished and abusive background, Manson was first incarcerated in 1951 and by age 32 had spent half of his life behind bars.

cnn.com
Election night brings historic wins for people of color, LGBTQ candidates
In a night of many firsts, several minority and LGBT candidates won local elections that in many ways echoed the blue wave in which Democrats won races large and small.
By Madison Park, CNN

Last night brought sweeping wins for candidates of color and LGBTQ candidates in local elections across the country. A few of note:

  • Danica Roem, an out transgender woman, defeated an extremely anti-LGBTQ conservative incumbent for a seat in the Virginia state legislature
  • Andrea Jenkins became the first trans woman of color elected to public office with her seat on the Minneapolis City Council 
  • Jenny Durkan was elected mayor of Seattle, making her the first lesbian to hold the position 
  • Zachary DeWolf became the first out gay man elected to Seattle’s school board
  • Tyler Titus won a seat on the school board in Erie, Pennsylvania, making him the first transgender man to win elective office in that state 
  • Ravinder Bhalla became the first Sikh mayor elected in New Jersey, as the new mayor of Hoboken 
  • Vi Lyles is the first black woman to be mayor of Charlotte
  • Kathy Tran is the first Asian-American woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates
  • Melvin Carter III is the first mayor of color in St. Paul, Minnesota

Did I miss any? Please reblog and add more! And remember, while this is an amazing start, the work is far from over. We’ve got our eyes on you, 2018. 

bbc.com
Mexico revives 3,000-year-old ancient ball game - BBC News
A championship is being played in Mexico to try to revive a 3,000-year-old ball game.

VIDEO AT WEBSITE

The finals of a revived 3,000-year-old ball game have been played in the Mexican city of Teotihuacan

Organisers have been trying to bring back the game, known as Ullamaliztli in Mexico, because of its ancient cultural and religious significance.

The game was played across Central America before being banned by the Spanish conquistadors.

The tournament, only the second since 2006, is being played by ten teams from across Mexico.

According to ancient texts the ball game was seen as a struggle between light and darkness and provided the energy to keep humanity going.

One of the best preserved ball courts can be found - with stone rings to throw the ball through - in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula

Today the game is played by teams of seven players, who knock a heavy solid rubber ball up and down a narrow pitch, using their hips rather than their feet.

Giant ball courts can still be seen in ruins across the region.

In ancient times losers of the game were often sacrificed to the Gods*, but this year organisers opted for a knockout tournament instead.


* There is iconography and mythology related to the ballgame that involve sacrifice, but there is little evidence that people were sacrificed for having played this game.

A letter from Joe Biden to his staff:

To My Wonderful Staff,
I would like to take a moment and make something clear to everyone. I do not expect, nor do I want, any of you to miss or sacrifice important family obligations for work. Family obligations include, but are not limited to, family birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, any religious ceremonies, such as first communions and bar mitzvahs, graduations, and times of need, such as an illness or a loss in the family. This is very important to me. In fact, I will go so far as to say that if I find out that you are working with me while missing important family responsibilities, it will disappoint me greatly. This has been an unwritten rule since my days in the Senate.
Thank you all for the hard work.
Sincerely, Joe

The Great Pyramid of Giza has been probed with the tools of modern particle physics by scientists who say they have discovered a huge, secret space hidden within its ancient walls.

It is located above a tall, cathedral-like room known as the Grand Gallery, and this newly found space is comparable in size — about 100 feet long, according to a report in the journal Nature.

That makes it a major structure within this royal tomb, which was built around 2500 B.C. and is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Yet until now, despite centuries of study, no one knew this space was there.

Scientists Say They’ve Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

Photo: ScanPyramids mission