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Alicia Keys Attend Women’s March

Protests against Donald Trump’s presidency have become a global movement. Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, London, Toronto, and Paris, are just some of the cities hosting marches Saturday (Jan. 21).

Alicia Keys Attend Women’s March

Though the final numbers have yet to be tallied, it’s already clear that the Women’s March trumped the inauguration figures. Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, America Ferrera, and Uzo Aduba, were among those at the Washington D.C. march.

Alicia Keys Attend Women’s March
“We are mothers, we are caregivers, we are artists, we are activists,” Keys told the crowd. “We are entrepreneurs, doctors, leaders of industry and technology. Our potential is unlimited. We rise!” Keys also performed “Girl on Fire,” while Monae shared the stage with the Mothers of the Movement, and performed “Hell You Talmbout” off her 2013 album, The Electric Lady.

Alicia Keys Attend Women’s March

Ferrerra also shared a powerful address with the crowd. “It’s been a heart-wrenching time to be a woman and an immigrant in this country,” said the 32-year-old actress. “Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday. But the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America, we are America and we are here to stay.” – See more at:


Inside the Women’s March & History in the Making

Donald Trump hammered home in his inaugural address outside the Capitol building Friday the promise he had sewn onto so many red ballcaps: that he would Make America Great Again. In the same spot the following day, protesters with far less nostalgia for America’s past – women who lived through the Civil Rights movement, who came of age in an era when abortion was criminalized, who have vivid memories of a time when gay men and women were regularly victimized – have gathered to say, We are not going back. 


An estimated 500,000 marchers – more than double the crowd that showed up to watch Trump’s swearing-in – are squeezed onto the National Mall with their families and their hand-drawn signs and their pink knit caps, waiting for their turn to talk at the Women’s March on Washington.

They self-describe as “nasty,” but for the most part the marchers are good: they don’t push, they carry their possessions in translucent bags, as requested, and their posters don’t have poles or sticks or stakes. Some are frustrated to see the evangelical Christians who are parked in the middle of the Mall hoisting signs that read “Attention Rebellious Jezebels” and “Abortion Is Murder” with strictly verboten metal poles.


It isn’t fair, but add it to the fucking list: Hillary Clinton earned three million more votes than Donald Trump and still lost the presidency. Women earn 80 cents on the dollar compared to men – women of color even less. They have only 19 percent representation in Congress.

As they’ve proven by turning out in record numbers all over the U.S. and the world Saturday, women are tired of double standards. So they surround the anti-abortion protesters and chant, “My body, my choice!” and “Love trumps hate!” loud enough to drown out the bullhorn.

A teenage boy leans out from the Newseum’s second-floor balcony, waving and kissing his star-spangled Make America Great Again hat and hollering, “Jesus loves you! Donald Trump loves you!” as the march sweeps down Pennsylvania Avenue. The marchers channel Michelle Obama, drowning him out with chants of, “When they go low, we go high!”


For the millions of men and women pouring into the streets around the world Saturday, the march is a show of force, proof that for however many people are happy about Donald Trump’s inauguration – and that number is far smaller than he or his press secretary would have us believe – many more are unhappy. Across the country, and in countries around the globe, people are showing up to drown Trump out.

Just past the Newseum, four women – ages 57, 66, 77 and 79 – are sitting on a bench, watching as a line of police vans cuts through the protesters. One of the women, Roberta Safer, explains why they drove together from Maryland for the march. “I demonstrated in 1957 for Civil Rights,” she says. “It’s still the same problems, and Donald Trump’s cabinet picks are going to reverse many of the things that we’ve had. … It just upsets me to see us go backwards.”

Her friend Rosanna Mason has similar concerns. “My wife, before she died, was a teacher. I’m getting texts constantly from her students: ‘What about me, what about me? Am I going to be deported? Are they going to send me to [conversion] therapy?’ A lot of people are scared.” She says she tells them the only thing she can: that she remembers how she coped as a lesbian before gay rights were mainstream. “I remember back in the Seventies, I remember the Eighties, the violence. I tell them to hold on to your friends. … because when we all do it together, we’ll be stronger.”


The Bikers for Trump have set up a counter-protest in support of the new president at a park on Pennsylvania Avenue. There aren’t more than 20 Trump supporters there, but they have a stage equipped with speakers blasting Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith and Kid Rock at an unreasonable volume. At one point, the group’s head, Chris Cox, gets onstage and tells the marchers, “On November 8th, America voted, and it voted for Donald Trump.”

“Three million votes! Three million votes!” they chant back.

Off to one side, 31-year-old Courtney Miller is holding a sign that reads, “Sorry. Were my civil rights getting the way of your privilege?” She asks a man in a Confederate hat why he still wears it even though the South lost. He retorts by asking her why she has black pride – her people lost too, he says. For ten minutes, he tries (and fails) to defend an indefensible point, while she maintains her composure, trying, maybe in vain, to reason with him.

“You never get anything accomplished by fighting, by yelling and screaming. We’re not going to get our points across. We might leave here today and agree to disagree, but maybe I said something that will make him think,” Miller says after the interaction. “I’m standing here because my grandparents had to do this. Now I have to do this. I’m hoping my kids don’t have to do this. We’re marching for the same things, and I’m getting tired.”


How Simone Biles Won Our Hearts

It’s a wrap for US gymnast Simone Biles at the Rio Olympics. The 4-foot-8 powerhouse made her final stand at the 2016 games with a floor exercise the won her a gold medal. She’ll leave Rio with one bronze medal and four golds. That’s the most golds any US gymnast—male or female—has collected in a single Olympics.

With 19 Olympic and world competition medals, Biles also becomes the most decorated gymnast in US history, breaking the previous record held by Shannon Miller.

But America’s love for Biles isn’t all about the bling. The 19-year-old Texan also won our hearts with her virtuoso routines and awe-inspiring power tumbles. She showed us that teenage girls can be both serious athletes and giggly, fun-loving adolescents. And her triumphs have been felt by black women around the country during a period of tense race relations in the US.

Here are all the ways Biles won our hearts during the Rio games:


She dazzled audiences with her nearly flawless routines and was even called “the greatest gymnast of all time.”

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 2

She was more excited for team captain Aly Raisman than herself when the pair shared the podium in the individual all-around finals.

Biles clinched the gold, becoming the second consecutive African-American woman to take the accolade. Raisman won the silver.

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 6
After the women’s all-around last week, Biles shut down any comparisons to renowned male Olympians and made it clear that her accomplishments were her own. “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps,” she told Sporting News. “I’m the first Simone Biles.”

Biles stumbled and nearly fell off the beam during the competition, but held on. The slip up cost her the gold, but she took it like a champ.

Rio Olympics Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus
Biles is a big supporter of her male counterparts. She reportedly went out of her way to watch American gymnast Alex Naddour compete.
Biles got a lot of love during the games from celebrities including Taylor Swift, Floyd Mayweather, rapper G-Eazy, and Kim Kardashian-West, whose two-year-old daughter North is apparently quite taken with Biles. But it was her celebrity crush Zac Efron who truly made the Olympian star-struck.
The actor, who is a big fan of the Final Five, surprised the young women during an NBC broadcast on Tuesday night (Aug. 17). And they all lost their cool.


He gave Biles, who reportedly has a life-size cardboard cutout of the actor in her home, a cute kiss on the cheek.

Last, but not least, Biles has an amazing support team in her family, 17 of whom flew to Rio. In Biles’ own words: “Family is everything.”SOURCE: QZ


Summertime Exercises: The Swimming Pool Workout

July 2, 2015 By Tammy Kresge Leave a Comment

This post is by OYS writer Melissa. You can see all of her posts here.
We decided to put a swimming pool in our backyard two years ago, and it was one of the best investments we have ever made. The enjoyment we have gotten out of our pool has been priceless, even with our short Buffalo summers. What I didn’t expect was how much the pool would enhance my exercise routine. In the summer, I still teach fitness classes four days a week at my local gym. I also like to go for short outdoor runs. Once we got the pool, I found myself starting to use it as another way to sneak in exercise as well.
This post is not just for people with swimming pools in their own backyards, however. You can benefit from my tips here by using a pool at your local gym or even a town community pool.
Swimming is an excellent exercise for both cardio purposes and toning up. The great thing about swimming is that anyone can do it, especially those of you with injuries that prevent you from doing high-impact cardio moves. Water provides great resistance that is easy on the joints. However, don’t be fooled by how easy swimming seems. It is actually really difficult exercise if you are doing it purposefully. I learned this quickly after we got the pool, when I thought I would swim ten laps on my first try. When you swim, you are going to really get your heart rate up and work your muscles in crazy new ways. Just make sure you set realistic expectations for yourself, and build up to anything that is too difficult, just like with any new exercise routine.
We have a long, oval-shaped above-ground pool in our backyard, which works well for these laps. This routine works best with a long pool. If you have a round pool, these moves might be difficult to do going in a circle, but try to modify them so they work for you. When you get in the pool, warm up by just moving around the pool leisurely for about five minutes. This routine is meant to last 20-30 minutes. Each “lap” means you go across the pool and back once. When you are done, be sure to keep moving slowly around the pool to let your body cool down. Because you will be in water, you won’t be sweating and may not notice how hard you are working. Once you are cooled down, feel free to climb on a raft and float around the pool for a while…you will have earned it!
Lap #1 – Freestyle
Lap #2 – Breast stroke
Lap #3 – Back stroke
Lap #4 – Run across the pool with your arms under water. You really have to push your body forward here. Water is way harder to run in!
Lap #5 – Kick your legs as you walk forward across the pool, left then right.
Lap #6 – Start with your arms outside of the water at your sides. Jump up and forward as you push your arms down into the water.
Lap #7 – Turn to the right. Leap sideways across the pool.
Lap #8 – Turn to the left. Leap sideways across the pool.
Lap #9 – Run backwards across the pool.
Lap #10 – Freestyle
Lap #11 – Breast stroke
Lap #12 – Back stroke
Do you have a pool? Do you use it for exercise? If so, I would love to hear about your routine and/or exercise tips.