Burpees are hard to define, and that’s what makes them good

Recently, a video circulated online depicting Australian trainer, Elizabeth Llorente, performing 1,490 reps of a movement the Guiness Book of World Records people call “burpees”. Many people in the fitness community loudly disagreed. And while general consensus seems to be that the Guiness standard is lacking, it raises the question: What exactly is a burpee and what purpose does it serve? Continue reading Burpees are hard to define, and that’s what makes them good

Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of ‘extortion and blackmail’

Nearly a month after the National Enquirer published a story about Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos’ relationship with TV host Lauren Sanchez, Bezos has accused the outlet, its owner AMI and leader David Pecker of blackmail. Continue reading Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of ‘extortion and blackmail’

Before Enslavement: Africa’s Ancient Diaspora

I have argued for many years now that the worst crime that we can commit is to teach our children that our history began with slavery. And yet, this is what many of us do in the Black communities of the Western Hemisphere. When Black History Month rolls around, we tend to celebrate the great heroes and sheroes who emerged after we were taken from Africa to the Americas. In the United States, we love Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and Langston Hughes and Rosa Parks, and rightfully so. We might even talk Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines of Haiti, and perhaps even Zumbi dos Palmares in Brazil. Continue reading Before Enslavement: Africa’s Ancient Diaspora