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Mash-Up Round-Up: The Snowy Day + Ayanna Pressley

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The week of January 18, 2020 was “Snowy Day” reigns supremeAwkwafina on the 7 train; putting away our period panties; and maybe chill, Netflix. Oh and, Presidential Quiz Time!

This Is Your Life On Climate Change

Hear the story of the median American (38 years old) who lived through “record breaking temperatures” year after year, and will continue to for the rest of her life. This is our story.

via The Atlantic

Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head And Discusses Alopecia For The First Time

The night she lost her final piece of her hair was the night before Trump’s impeachment vote, and the anniversary of her mother’s death.

“I was missing her. I was mourning my hair. I was mourning the state of our democracy. I was mourning my mentor, Chairman Elijah Cummings…It’s about self-agency. It’s about power. It’s about acceptance.”

via The Root

Blankets, Canned Tuna And Faith In God — How Fleeing Venezuelans Survive

Each day, about 5,000 people flee. On foot, they leave as the caminantes. Blankets, canned tuna, and children in hand, they travel miles in one of the biggest mass migrations in modern history.

via LA Times

For The Love Of Whiskey

ATTN: The Brandy Library is hosting a tasting of Japanese whiskeys. Basically, cancel your Valentine’s Day plans or be grateful you don’t have any yet.

via NY Times

Eric Nam Moved To Korea To Make Music — Now He’s Coming Home

“When Asian Americans aren’t represented here and we don’t have the opportunity, but you still want to pursue the arts, what are you going to do? You’re going to go where you are accepted.”

Born and raised in Atlanta, Nam is a Korean-American whose mashiness follows him wherever he goes. He’s coming back to Mash-Up America, and we’re ready for him!

via MTV

What ‘Livability’ Looks Like For Black Women

Pittsburgh is the worst city for Black women to live in, and other cities are not far behind. Here are the rankings for livability from education to economic outcomes to health. Numbers are just the beginning.

via CityLab

In Silicon Valley, Some Men Say Cosmetic Procedures Are Essential To A Career

48 years old in Silicon Valley? Practically prehistoric. When everything can be optimized (including ourselves) the pressure for perfection begins to affect everyone. Even those (middle-aged white men) who have never seen their physical appearance as part of their careers.

via Washington Post

Here’s How America Uses Its Land

The U.S. is becoming more urban. While one-third of the land is used for pasture, 3 million acres are golf-courses. See how the rest of our 1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of a country fits together.

via Bloomberg

What Does It Mean To Be A Responsible Tourist?

You’re going on a trip, but you don’t wanna be one of those tourists. When it comes to responsible traveling, the key is being careful, thoughtful, and respectful. And common sense, of course.

via Washington Post

Coalition Of States Sues Trump Administration Over Food Stamp Rule

A group of 14 states have filed a lawsuit against the Agriculture Department over a plan to increase work requirements for food stamp recipients. It intends to cut benefits for 688,000–850,000 unemployed people, and it’s unlawful.

via Axios

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