In Pickens County, Alabama more than 30 babies die with every 1000 born, the national rate is 5.9. Pickens County’s African American population is 41.6 per cent, Alabama states is 28 per cent. Statewide the infant mortality rate rose to 9.1 deaths per 1000 in 2016, the highest it’s been since 2008. The rate is twice as high for black babies than white. In a … Continue reading ALABAMA’S SPECIAL SENATE ELECTION: HOW? WHY? HELP?
There may not be a meaning to life, but life has to be lived with meaning – especially during this current shit show. The alternative is headlessly floating around adding to the impending explosion Anna Bradley-Smith writes. Every day I think about the ways I could be a better person. I pick up the free-range organic eggs, and then eat takeout egg fried rice. I … Continue reading THE SLOW BURN OF SOUL SELLING
Mary Baines A month ago today, I quit Instagram cold turkey. Standing outside one of the most iconic buildings in the world – the Louvre in Paris – I got lost in a throng of iPhone-wielding Instagrammers vying for the perfect shot. A rabid pack of publicity-hungry narcissists. A group of friends bickered over which photo to post. A man candidly kissed his girlfriend for … Continue reading WHY I QUIT INSTAGRAM #COLDTURKEY
How I ended up frequently FaceTiming with a random baby. Continue reading YOU USED TO CALL ME ON MY CELL PHONE, RANDOM BABY
Anna Bradley-Smith Sometimes in life things happen that you can’t explain like deja vu, covfefe and how you have one chip and the whole bag’s gone. Or how, in a moment of extreme self-doubt, I tracked down season one of the Simple Life. I was a first-time viewer having skipped the series in its heyday of the early aughties; my 12-year-old self either uninterested or … Continue reading WHEN IN DOUBT, WATCH ‘THE SIMPLE LIFE’
It’s confusing, it’s annoying, it’s outdated – ya di ya the list goes on; but it is definitely required. Tipping, my friends, is what it is. When you go anywhere in New York and anyone does something for you you pay them, and then you pay them another 20 per cent. Minimum wage is low, it’s how people make money, and people need to make … Continue reading DROP A DOLLAR, NOT THE BALL: HOW TO LEAVE A TIP IN NEW YORK
Many of us want the perfect version of ourselves, or at least something on the way to it. Be it be a tiny waist and ballooning butt cheeks, abs, tinsy arms or tight calves; we cut out bread, we cut out pasta ,we cut out cheese, chocolate and beer. WE GOD DAMN RUIN OUR LIVES FOR IT. Despite the gym memberships and kickboxing classes, perfection … Continue reading TANNED, TONED, TAUT: BEHIND THE SCENES AT A BODYBUILDING COMP