Kamala Harris’ secret weapon: The sisters of AKA

(CNN)As Kamala Harris sets her sights on the White House, there is perhaps no network better positioned to power her early launch than the women she will address Friday night in South Carolina: her sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated — the nation’s oldest black sorority. Several former advisers to Barack Obama underscored Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence by recalling to CNN how they convinced the exhausted 2008 candidate to stop by the Pink Ice Gala in January of that year, days before the Palmetto State’s primary. Facing Obama’s initial objections to the unscheduled stop after a long stretch of campaigning, his advisers asked him simply whether he wanted to win the primary. (Obama made the stop and went on …

Woman Creates An Instagram Account For Her Soup Ladle Samson And People Cant Get Enough Of Him

The Loch Ness Monster is real, but instead of a lake, it lives in someone’s soup.  Oh, and instead of being a mythical beast, it’s… a ladle. But  he has a name, and the name is Samson. Samson, the ladle, was introduced to this world with a series of pictures in which he was presented his daily routine which even included his work and even his favourite TV series. Being Samson, the cutest ladle ever, it did not take long before it receive lots of attention from people who demanded to see more of Samson’s life. And Samson did deliver, as today he even has an Instagram account with over 74 thousand followers, keenly following Samson and his adventures. Margaret, …

Eco-rage at Poundland ‘gift of nothing’

The rise of zero-waste shops Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme Another campaigner, Sian Sutherland of A Plastic Planet, said: “This product is designed to go straight into the bin, but will last for 500 years. “It is a symbol of everything that is wrong with our view of the world.” Poundland defended the product, saying; “Our customers love it, as do loads of others online. They all know it’s a bit of fun and we understand that’s still allowed in moderation.” Reaction on social media has varied, with some users amused and others outraged by Poundland’s stunt. One user, Kim Patterson, tweeted: “To all the ladies out there please don’t tell your other halfs you want nothing for Valentine’s …

50 Times Libraries Surprised Everyone With Their Creativity And Sense Of Humor (New Pics)

#23 This Library Was Built Exactly Over The Canada-USA Border (The Black Line) #24 Display At My Local Library #25 My University Library Took Out Consecutive Sections Of Shelves. Can See From One Wall To The Other #26 At My Library You Can Pick Up Bags Of Books In A Certain Genre Without Knowing What Those Books Are #27 Our Library’s Hurricane Prep #28 Old School Love Letter Station At Library #29 Library Aisle At My University. They Got Two Aisles Full Of Board Games That You Borrow #30 Albena, Bulgaria Beach Library #31 Found At My University’s Library. Gotta Love Nanas #32 This Library Has The Approximate Time In Words Projected Onto It #33 A Mini Library Modeled After …

This Guy Wont Stop Photoshopping Himself Into Kendall Jenners Photos And It Makes Them 10 Times Better

“People keep asking me about Photoshop but I literally don’t even know what it is. I asked my friend, Ziti, to explain it to me bc he’s the most computer-y dude I know and it was so overwhelming it made my stomach hurt. But you know what I can explain? Microsoft friggin Paint. First, I open up a fresh new doc. Then, I use the pencil tool to draw a bird or maybe a sword or a giraffe. Sometimes I just doodle. Then I use the paint bucket to fill in different colors. There’s also a Stamp tool but I don’t know what it does. Then I have Kim help me print it out from mom’s printer/scanner combo and give …

Is Your Haircut A Good Idea Or Cry For Help? A Stylist Weighs In Betches

Bob/Lob Good Idea: Where it takes a real f*cking turn is when you get too round and bubbly with it. We do not want any bowl cuts happening here. This tragic look, also known as the mom bob, basically screams “I’m 36, my name is Linda, I comment hearts on Reese Witherspoon’s Instagrams thinking she’ll see it and care, and I’ve started hiding the good wine from the kids.” View this post on Instagram Pixie Cut Good Idea: I know you might be traumatized from the pixie cuts of Kate Gosselin circa her TLC show or Jamie Lee Curtis à la Freaky Friday, but these are not the inspos you show your hairdresser. This Christmas, every second you dare to …

America mocks and dehumanizes natives at every turn

(CNN)Let’s be absolutely clear about something here: Whatever else may have been said about it or our country’s reactions to it, the racist disrespect of Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder, by Nick Sandmann and his MAGA-hat clad classmates of Covington Catholic High School at the Lincoln Memorial is nothing new. In fact, it’s quite the common thing. In this increasingly depraved society, that kind of behavior is often encouraged or excused as just good ol’ American fun. Indeed, the very form of anti-native ridicule and disrespect of personhood and culture caught on multiple videos that day predates Donald J. Trump and his base by centuries. Understand that here in the United States, racism against and disrespect of natives is …

Why Americans love the Great British Bake Off

“The Official Steamed School Pudding Thread!” is a sample post in the group, which now has more than 200 members. Laura gives tips on converting measurements in the show to the US equivalents, and then posts a weekly challenge, allowing fans across the country to come back with pictures of their creations. At first she thought about sourcing a big prize, but then she realised this was not in keeping with the ethos. What Americans often praise about the show is the lack of cut-throat competition or monetary incentives. Image Copyright @danielle_grega @danielle_grega As the LA Times once wrote: “Contestants never say things like ‘I didn’t come here to make friends.’ There are no irritating product placements and – perhaps …

Sean Spicer Sets Twitter Alight With Slurred Interview About Trump

And, well, people had thoughts. Spicer, who was Trump’s first press secretary, also revealed he’d been “agnostic” about which Republican he wanted to beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and claimed Trump recently invited him back to work in the White House — but he turned it down because he was having “too much fun.” Check out the interview from the 3:33 mark here: The interview, conducted in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, inevitably trended on Twitter ― where folks suggested the cause of Spicer’s apparent merriment: RELATED… Nancy Pelosi Explains Why She Clapped Like That At Trump Chuck Schumer Sums Up 'Scared' Trump’s SOTU With 4 Little Words Sam Bee Dumps On …

For people and for a community to flourish, faith and the church is needed

Yes, the birds were hunted and shot not even for food, just for the twisted fun of it –– but that’s not what decimated the species. Researchers have now found out that for flocks of carrier pigeons to flourish, they need a community of others. The community raised their young together and searched for food together and thrived when around others. And when their numbers dipped below a certain point, suddenly the community was shattered and they perished. Sometimes I feel like we’re like those very special birds. Sure, we can get by with just a friend or two or three, but to thrive, to live an uplifted life, we need a flock. We need a community. We need to create …

Why Grapes Produce Sparks In A Microwave

Researchers at Trent University, Canada, have taken time away from their usual work on nonlinear optical microscopy to explain one of the great scientific mysteries of the modern home – why grapes produce plasma bursts when zapped with a microwave oven. Here’s some background for those unfamiliar with this viral activity. For reasons we’d rather not think about, someone once cut a grape almost (but not entirely) in half and put it in a microwave oven, creating sparks that in turn induced plasma – the state of matter seen in the Sun. People performing this wonder have become predictably popular on Youtube, with variations including alternative fruits. Others have demonstrated you can greatly improve the plasma production by partially drying the grape or putting …

UPDATED: Ariana Grande’s New Tattoo Proves She’s All Of Us Betches

Stars—they’re… not like us at all, actually. They’re wealthier, better looking, and (sometimes) more talented at multiple things than most of us are at any one thing. That makes the temptation to relate to them both baffling and sensible at the same time. On the one hand, they’re impossible to relate to, but on the other hand, what fun is it to try to connect with someone who’s already like you? Yes Allisyn, it’s very cool that you’re trying intermittent fasting for the fourth time, but I’m more interested in Cardi B’s new Lamborghini. But if Ariana Grande’s new tattoo is any indication, sometimes it’s indeed possible for a celebrity to fall ass-backwards into relatability. As you may be aware, …

These Atlanta neighbors no longer wanted to live on Confederate Avenue. Here’s what they did about it

Atlanta (CNN)Tiffany Friesen is still getting used to her new address. Out of habit, she sometimes says she lives on Confederate Avenue, where she and her husband Atiba Mbiwan have been for years. Fifty years later, Friesen and Mbiwan would get involved in an early effort to change the street’s name after nine black churchgoers were massacred at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “I thought it was time for a change,” Friesen remembered. “I felt like it was indicative of a direction that I hope we’re going in as a nation and as a community.” The couple, who are black, moved into their home on Confederate Avenue after getting married in 2003, despite the name. At first, Mbiwan …

Sickle cell in spotlight thanks to BBC show

Report End of Twitter post by @nmonk_crohns Skip Twitter post by @JaneSarah20 I’m currently in hospital having a sickle cell crisis watching #callthemidwife while they discuss sickle cell, it’s hitting home. Thank you for the awareness @BBCOne — SarJane (@JaneSarah20) January 20, 2019 What is sickle cell? Sickle cell is a life-long and serious inherited condition, which can only be passed on to a child if both parents are carriers – having what is called a “sickle cell trait”. Image caption Shareene White was diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia as a small child “When I was about 12, I was in the hospital all the time, like every other month. “It was annoying, you want to be doing out doing …

Scientists Reveal How To “Unscience An Animal” In Hilarious And Adorable Twitter Trend

Wonderful as science is, we all know it can get pretty heavy on the jargon. Most scientific papers border on the incomprehensible to people without much familiarity in that field. So zoos online decided to counteract this, coming together under the hashtag #UnscienceAnAnimal to put the anatomy of the species they study into terms everyone can understand, even if the usefulness for research purposes might be open to question. Zoologists, researchers, museums, aquariums, and other people who just love animals, joined in and the results are a delight. Early efforts were fairly basic. – – – Then things got more detailed. – – Some institutions realized the potential of the hashtag to remind the world of endangered species we really …

This Is What Happens If You Use A Supersoaker In Chicago Right Now

America is dangerously cold right now, and you should be doing everything possible to stay as warm, and, you know, alive as possible.  But on the other hand, the polar vortex looks sniggeringly NSFW and let’s face it, snow is quite fun. Case in point: People have been throwing boiling water into the polar vortex to see which will win. Midwesterners have been venturing outside into temperatures as low as -50°F (with wind chill) in order to throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze before it’s even hit the ground. It’s pretty freaking cool to be honest. – – It’s possible to do this as long as the temperature is below 0.01°C (32.018°F). The water you throw needs to be boiling, …