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Daily Dose: 9/6/17

Seahawks’ Michael Bennett says he was threatened by police

2:22 PMAll right, kiddos. Big day here at All Day. I’ll be making my debut on Around The Horn on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on ESPN. That would make your boy the 36th panelist in show history, which, heck, I’m proud of. Tune in.

If it ain’t one thing, it’s another. That’s what my mom used to always say, and when it comes to hurricanes, that’s how many Americans feel now. While rescue efforts are clearly still very much underway in Texas regarding Hurricane Harvey, evacuation procedures are underway down in Florida now that it looks like Hurricane Irma is going to touch down soon. It’s also expected to bowl through Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and already the NFL has moved a game off its schedule from this week to accommodate the storm. Good luck, all.

Over the past few months, we’ve heard it asked where’s Obama? While President Donald Trump has done his best to dismantle nearly everything his predecessor did, albeit not with very much tact or success, a lot of people feel like they should have been hearing more from 44 about his legacy. Well, for one, he certainly doesn’t owe us anything at this point. He gave more than enough time and energy to this country, so he can definitely chill. But he did have something to say about the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and it was quite a bit, at that.

The utility of a fanny pack is obvious. A bag that you can carry around your waist that keeps your valuables, all while your hands and arms stay free from accessories. A belt with a pocket. And while they were all the rage 25 years ago, until the suburban parent and tourist crowd took over the whole swag, some people say they’re making a comeback. Various high-end retailers and streetwear companies are coming out with modified versions of these things, including Supreme, which means, yeah, they’re back.

Michael Bennett is not the one to mess with. The outspoken NFL player has been extremely vocal about his feelings regarding what it’s like to be black in America and has never shied away from a conversation about the matter. He’s been right with Colin Kaepernick all along the way, but the latest incident he experienced has caused him to take action. In a long letter posted on Twitter, Bennett described a situation in which he felt he might lose his life at the hands of an officer for no reason. He plans on suing. The video is tough to watch.

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Coffee Break: The fashion industry is known for how difficult it can be to break through the ranks if you don’t fit a certain look, style, body type or whatever. Even as people become more accepting globally, the industry itself remains extremely rigid. This convo with a group of them about exclusion is worth your time.

Snack Time: ALERT — we have a trailer for The Magic School Bus. Please inform all young parents who are looking to simultaneously relive their childhoods and teach their kids at the same time.

Dessert: I know it feels like dystopia. But this list of flicks about that life is actually quite fascinating.

Your spades game needs an upgrade

The 1998 Deck are the cards to get you there

2:04 PMWhen I learned to play spades, I was just a kid. It was in Laura Spelman Hall in Atlanta, where my older sister went to college. That was back in the early ’90s, when posters of Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas were on her and her roommates’ wall, and long before we knew rap was about to hit a heyday like nothing we’d seen before. It was just me keeping score while sitting on footlockers and changing tapes when the side needed to be switched, all while watching the game.

Spades is obviously the game of choice for most of us, until you graduate into these bid whist streets (it’s the game, but with a kitty!) later in life. Which deck you use, though, typically isn’t a huge deal. Some folks play where the deuce of diamonds is the highest spade, others use jokers in different ways, whatever works. But show up to the cookout or kickback with Khia Jackson’s new 1998 Deck, and you will be very much putting on for the culture.

Jackson’s cards feature hip-hop legends from the ’90s as the face cards, which is brilliant. For all the nostalgia nonsense we have floating around these days, these are genuinely dope without feeling like you’re stuck in a bygone era. The faces on playing cards are old as the hills anyways, so might as well give them an update. By the way, if you want a deck, you can buy them here. Or, if you just want to support the cause, you can check out her Kickstarter here. There’s even a mixtape to go with it.

I can just see the old dad rap heads now yelling about running bostons while yelling out their favorite lyrics from college and high school. Check out this interview that Mass Appeal did with Jackson, who’s been a prolific creative for some time now.

Daily Dose: 9/1/17

Serena is in labor … how cool would it be if she gave birth during the US Open?

1:48 PMHey, all. We made it to the end of the week. If you have big plans for the holiday, please do try to enjoy them safely. It’s the end of summer, so live it up. As for the tweet below, you have to see this tweet first. And the first reply.

If President Donald Trump has his way, he will deport millions and cripple the economy in immeasurable ways. All for the sake of doctrine. He’s set to decide soon on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), better known as dreamers, who were protected under laws instituted by President Barack Obama. Why would you kick out people who had no choice in the matter and are doing everything they can to make this country better? Well, reputation, of course. But good news, I guess: POTUS says he has a big heart, and will use it in this case.

The rescue effort is obviously still on re: Hurricane Harvey. One of the toughest parts about natural disasters is that all sorts of people pop up out of the woodwork claiming that they want to help. Really, all they’re trying to do is take your money in the name of goodwill. Heck, even the Red Cross has issues with this. But, clearly, there are all sorts of groups that need everything from diapers to computers, so every donated piece counts. Here’s a list of places that can point you in the right direction to assist.

We all remember Philando Castile. The young man from Minnesota who worked in a school lunchroom who was shot and killed by a police officer who was scared of him. Mind you, Castile was obeying the law in every way, doing exactly what the cop told him to do, and he was shot anyway. In front of his girlfriend and her daughter. One of the things he was known to do was pay the school lunch debts of kids at his school so they could eat without embarrassment. Now, with the Philando Feeds The Children fund, anyone can contribute.

🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨ALERT🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 SERENA IS IN LABOR. Look, when this was news in Beyoncé’s case, I was excited. But Serena Williams is my favorite athlete of all time, and if she has a baby during the actual US Open, thus crushing all other news coming out of that tournament, it will be one of the biggest owns of the tennis world, ever. Then, imagine if sister Venus Williams wins the tournament, AND DEDICATES THE WINS TO HER NEWEST FAMILY MEMBER. I cannot wait for this to happen. I legitimately can. Not. Wait.

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Coffee Break: Police do some pretty despicable things, but forcing nurses to act against their own interests or risk the threat of arrest is foul, unethical and should be illegal. This clip of a nurse getting dragged away because she wouldn’t administer a blood test to an unconscious patient is really hard to watch.

Snack Time: You might think that the Amazon-Whole Foods merger is just a big money grab from Jeff Bezos, but it might actually have some real-world effects that make a difference, for the better.

Dessert: Behold, my second favorite video of the week.

Daily Dose: 8/31/17

Georgia officer says police only shoot black people

1:50 PMAlthough The Morning Roast is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean you’ll get any less of Mina Kimes and Domonique Foxworth. The two are launching a football podcast called Nickel Package, which is guaranteed to rock.

Things are getting scarier in Houston. Now that we’re in the phase of just basically dealing with all the damage the flooding has done after the storm, certain things and buildings are proving to be unsustainable. One such situation unfolded at a chemical plant where there was an explosion, leading to a rise of black smoke. Apparently, what shot into the sky this time is supposed to be relatively harmless, but that doesn’t mean the next time it will be. That’s a terrifying prospect on many levels, but officials are doing everything they can.

It’s a known fact that when it comes to black folks, police behave differently. Over the past five years, we’ve seen a light shined on officers shooting and killing innocent black people, to the point that the basic concept of a traffic stop ending up with someone dead is now burned in our brains so intensely. But what we don’t usually hear is an officer straight-out admitting that when it comes to lethal force, that’s only reserved for us. Welp, one cop in Georgia said that out loud, to an actual person, in real life. Seriously? Wow.

Thursday is the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. I don’t exactly remember it like it was yesterday, but I do recall how it shocked the globe and sent many into a world of obsession with the English monarchy. Diana was with her lover Dodi Fayed at the time of the car crash that took her life. It was a bombshell news event that changed the way we viewed the concept of paparazzi and how they did their jobs. Take a look back at who she was on the day of her death, two decades later.

You might not remember Zina Garrison. But back before the Williams sisters came along, she was one of the most prominent black women on the tennis tour. My dad was a huge fan of hers. It almost seems weird to think seeing black women succeed in tennis was rare back then, but it’s true. She also happens to be from Houston. Like most people, her life has been completely flipped upside down by Hurricane Harvey, and this story about how she’s managing it all is really eye-opening.

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Coffee Break: If you know anything about the Ball family, you know that the kid whose demeanor is most like father LaVar’s is LaMelo. He’s got the swag, the hair and, in general, the look that will absolutely make him a star in the future. Well, now he’s the first high school kid with his own shoe.

Snack Time: GIFs are pretty easy to make as is, but this Polaroid-like camera that makes them for you also looks like a really fun toy for parties.

Dessert: If this is true, it might be the greatest glo-up of all time. Wow.