Politini Recap: Week of June 16th

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Miss this week’s #Politini: Swagger-Jacking or Cultural Dexterity? No worries you can catch up with the show here. This week we discussed the transformation both structurally and culturally that DC is undergoing with cultural curator and restauranteur Sheldon Scott and community developer and a man constantly ‘making moves’, Keith Benjamin. On Wednesday I wrote From ‘Chocolate’ to Cinnamon City, DC is Still Sweet as my homage to the city’s changing landscape. Without further ado grab your favorite cocktail or try this new recipe and settle in for #Politini’s week in review!

Cocktail Inspiration: Watermelon Mojito courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

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You’ll Need… Rum, Club Soda, Simple Syrup, Fresh mint, Fresh basil, Watermelon, Lemons and Limes. You’ll need a shot glass for measuring too (or eyeball like we do).

For one tall glass mix original mojito recipe: Add one shot of rum (or however much your liver desires) Add half a shot of simple syrup (you can always add more at the end if it’s not sweet enough for your taste). Squeeze juice from 1/2 a lemon and 1/2 a lime. Add a slice or two of lemon and lime and several broken mint leaves. Then add water­mel­on and swap out half of the fresh mint for fresh basil. Be sure to mud­dle a cou­ple water­mel­on pieces and basil leaves in the glass before you make the drinkMuddle the mint leaves in the bottom of your glass with a spoon. Add ice and top off with club soda. Garnish with a few extra mint leaves. Stir with a spoon and enjoy! Repeat for additional servings.

POLIWOOD ROUND-UP: So without further ado let’s get the week popping! As we’ll do every week, by giving you the top 5 round up of the hot topics trending from Hollywood to Poliwood this week.

FIVE Goodbye to a Soprano: Yesterday actor James Gandolfini died of a stroke while vacationing in Italy at the age of 51. During his run in the critically acclaimed Sopranos, Gandolfini won three Emmy awards. His wife, Deborah Lin, gave birth to a daughter in October 2012, and he has another son from a previous marriage.
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FOUR Serena Serves a Backhand: In an interview with Rolling Stones magazine Serena Williams was asked (and lord only knows why) about her thoughts regarding the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio. There were a lot of things the tennis player could have said, but what came out of her mouth was nothing short of insensitivity coupled with idiocy. “They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.” She followed up this thoughtless comment with a half-ass apology. Her parents should have taught her if you don’t have anything thoughtful to say, then keep your mouth shut.

THREE Republicans Strike Again: The Republican controlled House passed the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”, a bill that would limit abortions after 20 weeks of conception when republicans say a fetus can feel pain. I wonder if they are using the same crack-pot professional team they go to on climate change–you know the phenomenon that is all in our heads. So, once again instead of focusing on legislation that would help our economy, improve our broken education system, and fix our crumbling infrastructure they decide instead to focus on passing “message” bills that harm women and will never see passage through the Senate or the president’s desk.
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TWO ‘R’ Stands for Reasonable: Lisa Murkowski, republican senator from Alaska came out for marriage equality this week. In an op-ed the senator called marriage a “personal liberty issue”. She went on to say that she supports the right of Americans to marry the person they love… while keeping politicians out of the most private areas of people’s lives while encouraging more families to form. She joins two other Members of her party–making a grand total of 3 joining Ron Kirk (IL) and Rob Portman (OH).

ONE Happy HOVA July: We can think of no better present for America then Jay-Z releasing a new album on the 4th of July. The Business MAN signed a deal with Samsung who bought 1 million copies of his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” at $5 a piece which the company will giveaway for free to Samsung smartphone users 72 hours before it’s available to the world. Not only was the announcement a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his latest record but it was released during the Spurs/Heat game 4 as a YouTube commercial. So, it went viral online with some 8 million views and then was seen by over 16 million during the game–talk about a hustler! Featured in the video alongside Jay-Z are the greatest hip hop producers EVER: Rick Rubin, Pharrell, Timbaland and Swizz Beats. Happy Birthday America!!!

Polinista Note: The documentary ‘Dark Girls’ directed by D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke which took two years to develop will be airing on OWN Sunday night at 10pm EST. The documentary explores the issue of colorism within the black community and the struggles that dark skinned women face. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet head over to Oprah.com for a look. We will definetly be tuning in and will share our thoughts next week.
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