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The Real Lives Of Real Life Sex Workers (Documentary)

Well done and done in a respectful way. Sometimes investigative journalists embed with subjects and get overly intrusive without at least building with them, ‘earning’ the right to pry, so to speak. But VICE always seems to get it right. Probably why they consistently turn out great documentary content.

Photographer Lindsay Irene travels to Toronto to shoot with a variety of sex workers in their homes with the goal of increasing the understanding of who they are.
– VICE CANADA REPORTS

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Miami’s Luxury Car Hustle: Hey Player, You Can Rent ‘That Life’ For A While (Documentary)

Some say, “Fake it ’til you make it.” Then others may ask, “Why not put that money into actually making it?” Well, the guys running the luxury rental biz seem to actually be making it (money) from those who rent fancy cars to ‘fake it.’

“The car business, in general, is a tough business. The car rental business, even more so. Anybody who finds out they can make money and drive a Ferrari, I mean, they’re diving in head first,” says Matt Cruz, owner of MVP Exotic Rentals, a legitimate luxury car rental business based in Miami. But when everybody wants to be a celebrity, how to you tell the difference between faking it and making it? The game is finesse, and with the allure of getting behind the wheel of the world’s most expensive cars, who wouldn’t want to play? In a world where likes and fame can be bought and the filtered facade of Instagram reigns supreme, VICE meets some of the legit — and the not-so-legit — players that cater luxury car rentals to the biggest rappers, athletes, and celebrities of the moment.
– VICE SPECIALS

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Food: The Story Behind The Garlic Crab And Mac-N-Cheese At Nana’s Seafood & Soul (Video)

Several references to Gullah Geechee style cooking and cuisine in this. Charlamange Tha God (of NYC’s Breakfast Club Morning Radio Show) talks up that culinary tradition on occasion as a Carolina native. The history is interesting (found a write-up on Zagat, linked here)… and the food looks delicious! Foodie road trip anyone?

Mother and son Carolyn & Kenyatta McNeil of Nana’s Seafood-Soul Takeout restaurant, have taken traditional soul food dishes and spiced things up.
– Dish

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The Miami Style Gods Speak On The Rush And The Danger Of Doing Street Grafitti In Miami (Documentary)

Wow. Right from the start, the dude calls his graf ‘vandalism’… NOT art. But still seems driven about it. Real out there in the streets about the spray game; folks can get shot for real (or worse). VICE investigates.

All across Miami, you’ll find countless tags done by MSG—the Miami Style Gods, a graffiti crew that’s been around since the early 90s. And two decades later, they’re still bombing as many walls, highway signs, bridges, billboards, and abandoned buildings as they can find.

VICE met up with members of the crew—who believe their trade is vandalism, not art—to find out why they’re so dedicated to a trade that makes no money and is often dangerous, from altercations with the cops to dangling over busy highways.

– VICE SPECIALS

And this is about more than graf, though that is life to these guys; it’s life in the streets.

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The Dog Ate Ate Your Dollars? Yes, The U.S. Mutilated Currency Division Can Help (Video)

Fascinating story! Seems like, when you take into account the labor spent on validating the tattered currency, that it costs a lot to do this. But it’s gotta be worth it to someone who would otherwise lose their money.

Let’s set the scene: you’ve just discovered your pup chewed away at your entire life savings. Or, last month’s rent was suddenly burned to a crisp after being left in the oven. Bizarre mistakes happen, but what can you do? The Mutilated Currency Division has got you covered.
– Great Big Story

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Sports/Relationships: Pro Wrestling Icon Ric Flair Marries Longtime Fiancee (Video)

My brother BoneBreaker Jones told me, but I had to see it for myself. Wow.

Congrats to The Nature Boy, walking that aisle again. Looks really happy. All the best to the newlyweds from a lifelong fan of ‘The Man.’

Ric Flair is now a MARRIED jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ ‘n’ dealin’ son of a gun!!!!!
– TMZ Sports

Wait… Can you guess what music he chose to ‘walk that aisle’ to? Hit the jump.

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‘Lost In Space?’ Nah. Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Never Loses A Foot Race… Even In Zero Gravity (Video)

Wow. Fastest man on Earth and in ‘space’ though. Usain Bolt loses NO race; not even a ‘space race’ (ha)!

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Food: Get Ready To Experience Mac ‘n’ Cheese Mania! (Video)

Ooey gooey good! Oh… oh this is so wrong… but oh so RIGHT!! Why hasn’t someone thought of starting an ice cream parlor-type business for macaroni & cheese like this before? Dunno, but I gotta get out there to try this now! You know, for research.

This London restaurant sells six different variations of mac ‘n’ cheese.
– Cheese Insider

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RIP Mac Miller (Rhythm Roulette Rewind) [Video]

So very sad to hear of the passing of one of the talented emcees who was considered ‘new’ but kept it True School. Kept him in solid rotation on the old Beatz & Lyrics Show since his early hits. He really seemed to have fun with the craft and rode the hell out of his lane through his very short trip through life. Rest Well, Mac Miller aka Larry Fisherman.

The Mac in the ‘Rhythm Roulette’ above and the bonus embed after the jump (with the late great Sean Price…wow) – that’s how we should remember him. Full of life, a little off but always on beat, zany and dope, a fun dude with amazing talent and wit.

#RIPMacMiller

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Beth Johnson Shows Her Origami Skills (Video)

Origami artist Beth Johnson has perfected her craft, and she shows it. Watch her transform single sheets of paper into wonderful works of art!

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Four-Year-Old Superhero Helping Homeless People (Video)

Here’s something sweet to finish off the holiday eating. Swear this’ll hit you in the feels. Little bro is adorable, and his living out a message on how we should help each other is at just the right volume… LOUD and CLEAR! Great clip.

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Food: Homegrown Tomatoes Taste Better (Video)

My Dad was a sharecropper through late his preteen years before his family moved to Tuskegee. The farmer in him meant we would have a pretty big garden every year, overflowing with tomatoes. They were not heirloom tomatoes like these, but those ‘maters did taste different. Guess that is no surprise. Homegrown vs. storebought, you know… It’s just that this video gives a ‘fullness’ to the argument that I cosign. Check it out.

Ever wonder why homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than ones you buy in a store? Renowned seed saver and farmer John Coykendall hits it out of the park with this explanation – and shows how heirloom veggies, like tomatoes, link us to our ancestors!
– PBS Food

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A Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute A La Atlanta’s Action 2 Morning News (Video)

Maaaan! Shout to the homie BigDee @65phenom for sharing this epic MJJ tribute compilation post. These ATL newscasters go in, esp. Fred Blankenship, when it comes to giving on-air winks and nods to the music & culture. This clip is all about Michael Joseph Jackson, the King Of Pop, who would have turned 60 years young yesterday #RIPMJJ

Happy Wednesday!! We had some fun this morning paying tribute to Michael Jackson on what would have been his 60th birthday. Let me know how many MJ references you catch! 🙂 Have a great day and as Mark and I say every morning before the news starts–Mama Se Mama Sa Mama Coosa! Let’s get it!!
Fred Blankenship

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Food: Best Philly Cheesesteaks You Can Get… In Los Angeles (Video)

Jayforce, what’chu think? Are these looking like real deal? I’m asking, because they already look DELICIOUS… just want to know am I falling in love with a real one #PhillyCheesyPleaseMe #CaliforniaLoveInPhillySubs

This is the closest you’ll get to Philly cheesesteaks in LA
– CHEESE INSIDER

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Art In Real Life: Enjoy This Amazing 25-Year-Old Carving Exhibit (Video)

Thinking about hidden treasure in a cave, I guess I really hadn’t thought of the treasure being the cave. Dope!

For 25 years this man kept a secret in a cave – it’s hard not to be amazed when you take a look inside.
– Appreciate

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‘Deaf People Love Porn, Too’… And Sam Johnston’s Work Ensures They Get To Enjoy It (Video) [NSFW]

It’s funny. Sure. But it’s hella real. Let EVERYONE enjoy the horizontal hula show! Can’t hear? So what?! Don’t worry about it. Sam’s got you…

She has a way with words. Meet the woman who captions your porn. It’s not all fun and games at Pornhub’s HQ, some days are long and hard. #MiniMocks
– Comedy Central

Goes without saying that a post about porn is Not Safe For Work… doesn’t it?

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Black Thought Really Wants You To ‘Visit Philadelphia’ (Video)

The City Of Brotherly Love’s own, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter definitely has Roots (had to do it) in the hometown, so there is a bias. But that does not mean the case he makes in this ‘Visit Philadelphia’ series, coaxing all to come, is not valid. You already know about the cheesesteaks and global eats from an earlier post (here), but watch up (above, continuing after the jump) and see more proof!

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Soaring Sex Toy Sales In South Korea (Documentary)

Hmm. Surprising that this is just starting to blow up as an industry over there. Sex and all things naughty-naughty sell and sell well. The level of regulation and societal taboo to counter it must have been tremendously stifling. Still likely is, but looks like things are loosening up (insert your own ‘dirty jokes’ here).

Sex toy stores are opening up all over South Korea and customers have been flocking to them. In the past, the few adult stores that existed were hidden behind tinted glass and filled with dirty or outdated toys. Now times are changing and sex is becoming more visible to the mainstream.

But more access to sex toys doesn’t negate South Korea’s many sexual taboos and the lack of sex education and industry regulation.

– VICE

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Black Man Falsely Convicted Now Helps Others Wrongfully Convicted (Video)

Jarrett Adams could have gone home and gone quiet after his exoneration, but he chose to turn that page of his life in a different way… going to work for The Innocence Project to get other wrongful convictions overturned. Incredible NBC Nightly News story on Attorney Adams. Salute to the brother!

Lester Holt interviews Jarrett Adams, who was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault when he was just 17 and — as an attorney — is now helping others who are in similar positions as he used to be.
– NBC News

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Got Three Minutes For Some Good Food? Okay, ‘We Got You’ (Video)

Start it out so Philly and end up with eats halfway ’round the world. Are you okay with that? Then, yes, ‘We Got You.’

Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of Grammy award-winning Hip-Hop band The Roots and Dustin Ross, co-host of weekly podcast “The Friend Zone,” meet up at a famous cheesesteak shop in North Philadelphia. Later, New York Times best-selling author Luvvie Ajayi and Founder and CEO of Skai Blue Media Rakia Reynolds strike up a conversation over tasty Moroccan food and belly dancing.
– Visit Philadelphia

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