August 13, 2012 |
Rumer 'Boys Don't Cry' (Atlantic) Two and a half stars The most believable selection on this English singer's 2010 debut was "Aretha," in which Rumer described an experience of the blues utterly reflective of the ongoing 1960s-soul revival: "I got Aretha in the morning/ High on my headphones and walking to school. " Here was a pitch-perfect nostalgist making no bones about the object of her affection: not a lover, but a record about one. Rumer exercises that devotion to history in a more familiar manner on her follow-up, "Boys Don't Cry," released this week in digital formats with a physical edition to follow next month.
May 15, 1986 |
The room is breathless. A woman is resting face down on a pillow. A shadow passes. All too soon, a 180-pound man is astride her, pinning her arms above her head. The man barks obscenity-ridden instructions. The woman complies, rolling onto her back. The man moves down, sitting on her ankles, pulling at her clothes. The woman is deathly still. Then, yelling, "No!" the woman sits up like a rejuvenated corpse.
August 3, 2012 |
LONDON — She was still shaking when they led her off the mat, her giant hand trembling in the tiny palm of her Olympic escort. "I was a scared a lot," said Wojdan Shaherkani, who may be the toughest woman at these Olympics. She was still crying when they led her toward the locker room, wrapped in her brother's arms, trying vainly to pinch the tears from her large, dark eyes. Yet the sobs of defeat settled on her cheeks in pools of victory. She had lost a heavyweight judo match in less than two minutes but may have helped alter a course of centuries.
March 8, 1990
More than 500 competitors kicked and punched their way through the Jimmy Kim Olympic Gold Medal Commemorative Tae Kwon Do Championship held Saturday at Cerritos High School. The events offered were poomse , or compulsory forms, kyuroogi , or free sparring, and kyuk-pah , or high jump kicking to break boards. Both males and females took part, and competitors ranged in age from 3 to adult and from white belt to black belt.
September 30, 1985 |
For years after passage of the landmark federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, blacks in western Alabama's rural "Black Belt" felt thwarted in their efforts to gain political office. "It seemed like every time there was an election, we'd go to sleep thinking we had won only to wake up and find out, after the absentee ballots were counted, that we had lost," said Lawrence Wofford of the Campaign for a New South, a Selma-based group promoting Black Belt political activity.
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November 27, 2011 |
As students at UC Irvine, Ricardo Cerros Jr. and his buddy Mike Clark often made plans to train together for the university's taekwondo team. When they did, Clark would sometimes show up early at the gym, hoping for a head start. But there would be Cerros, already an hour or more into the workout. Often, Clark would find Cerros on the treadmill in several layers of clothing, including a sauna suit, to make his workout more challenging. "He would train harder than everyone," Clark said.
July 19, 1987 |
Arms outstretched, David Jainchill walked across the room and felt along the wall until his fingers found the championship trophy he recently won in Black Belt karate. "He's very courageous, an intense human being," said John Giordano, Jainchill's trainer and friend for 17 years. Jainchill competes as a featherweight, in the 120-pound range. He's lithe and sinewy. Spiritually, he's animated and secure. It wasn't always that way. Jainchill, now 50, was legally blind by before he was 30.
August 2, 2012 |
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin walked into the judo arena at the ExCel Exhibition Centre on Thursday just as U.S. medal contender Kayla Harrison was taking the mat for her semifinal match in the 78-kilogram division. Putin, a judo black belt who made an instructional DVD about the sport, had earlier said he was attending the London Games as a private citizen to watch judo. But Cameron said he planned to use the quality time together to talk trade with the Russian leader.
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November 24, 2009 |
Rena "Rusty" Kanokogi, who once had to disguise herself as a man to compete in judo but whose perseverance was rewarded when she became coach of the U.S. Olympic women's judo team, has died. She was 74. Kanokogi died Saturday in New York after a three-year battle with leukemia, her daughter, Jean, told the Associated Press. "Rusty inspired the sports world to think differently about the notion of women in competitive sports, and her legacy will live on for generations of athletes to come," USA Judo President Lance Nading said in a statement.
August 14, 1992 |
A Black Belt in Fashion Sense: Women learned when they were little girls dressing up in their mothers' clothing that their accessories shouldn't clash. This fact is lost on many men who walk around in public wearing black belts with brown shoes and vice versa. "We went through a very short period of time when we were telling people that it was OK to wear a black belt with brown shoes, but not anymore," says Tom Fuller of Fuller's For Men and Women in Laguna Niguel.