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Godfather of Harlem Resurrects our Heroes of the Past

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From ‘On the Couch with Leah’

Godfather of Harlem is a must watch! Based on the life of the infamous Harlem gangster, Bumpy Johnson, played by Forrest Whittaker. Godfather of Harlem picks up the story of Bumpy Johnson’s life. When he returns from Alcatraz and is trying to regain control of the streets. The brilliance of this show is the integration of some of our most revered heroes into the story, such as Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. The show also reveals little known sides to historical figures such as Adam Clayton Powell and Elijah Muhammad.  

We are familiar with the story of Bumpy Johnson. He was known for being in control of the drug trade in Harlem for more than thirty years, but that is the beauty of the new drama. Godfather of Harlem, starring Forrest Whittaker, is just that, it pulls in some of our most revered heroes and gives light to their perspective during the late 1960s.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Whittaker comments:

“I thought it was very interesting to look at criminality, the civil rights movement, and politics all in the same prism of the day. At the same time, some of the protests that were going on during that movement about human rights, profiling, violence and brutality done by the government, these are issues being explored by different groups today. In this way, we were able to put a mirror up to what was happening…. There was a lot of research that was done to try and maintain some sort of connection to the actual facts. And then it’s “inspired by” as well, but we tried to stay as true to the story as we could and the actual facts are constantly being brought up and serving as motivating actions.”

Whether you are familiar with the story of Bumpy Johnson, or not this show allows you to take a time-lapse to the early 1960s and see the complexity of the time. You had a fight for civil rights on what end and a fight for the streets and money on the other. I guess you can say not much has changed. Check it out on EPIX. The full season just ended, so it is the perfect binge-watch.  

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Obama shooting 3-pointer while campaigning for Biden goes viral

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Former President Obama went viral on Saturday after shooting a 3-pointer while on the campaign trail for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Obama made the shot just before leaving a gymnasium in Flint, Mich. While he walked out the door, he told campaign staff, “That’s what I do!”

Celebrities and social media users quickly shared the clip, with some hoping the shot is a “good omen” for the former vice president ahead of the Tuesday election.

NBA star LeBron James, who previously partnered with former first lady Michelle Obama on voter initiatives, tweeted, “Now you just showing out now my friend!! That’s what you do huh??”

The clip was taken in the gymnasium of Flint’s Northwestern High School, Yahoo Sports reported. The former president and Biden campaigned together in Flint on Saturday at a drive-in rally, where Obama blasted President Trump’s “reality show” style of politics.

“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself or his friends or treating the presidency as anything more than a reality show to give him the attention that he craves,” Obama said. “But unfortunately, the rest of us have to live with the consequences.”

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Black families affected by police violence gather to mobilize voters in Chicago

Several families affected by police violence including those of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Alvin Cole gathered to mobilize voters in Chicago. The event allowed many to turn their pain into political power, as they encouraged voting in not only presidential but local elections.

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Several families affected by police violence including those of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Alvin Cole gathered to mobilize voters in Chicago. The event allowed many to turn their pain into political power, as they encouraged voting in not only presidential but local elections.

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Why Dancing is Good for Your Health

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1) Great way to exercise and stay fit

Dance is a great way to stay in shape. If you don’t like the gym, dancing can bring fun back into the exercise.

2) Burn calories

Dancing is all about moving your body and moving your body is a great way to burn calories. How many will you burn depends on how vigorously you dance. In an one-hour session you can burn from 250 to 400 calories.

3) Improved health

Dance can effectively promote good health by improving cardiovascular fitness, strengthening the muscles, increasing circulation, decreasing blood pressure, lowering the risk of coronary heart disease, reducing stress, and many other positive benefits.

4) Greater Coordination

Great for improving control over your body, timing and coordination skills. You will learn how to move with grace and poise.

5) Good for bones and joints

Dance is a weight-bearing activity, meaning it’s great for your bones. Weight-bearing exercises has been proven to increase bone density and help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

6) Build confidence

Dance builds confidence by giving you a sense of success and achievement when you master it.

7) Great way to meet new people

Dancing provides a natural icebreaker and is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

8) Lifts your mood

Any exercise can raise your spirits by raising the endorphins or so called feel good chemicals. This can lighten your mood and reduce the risk of depression.

9) Good for your Mind

Dancing will keep your mind active. It will improve circulation to the brain and help stimulate the memory by remembering all the steps. Great mental exercise.

10) Improved overall well-being

Dance has an outstanding positive effect on both physical and psychological well-being.

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