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Nation’s First Boombox-Carrying, Rollerskating Congressman Broke Boundaries

Nation’s First Boombox-Carrying, Rollerskating Congressman Broke Boundaries

It was on this day in 1982 that the first rollerskating while carrying a boombox member of congress was elected when James ‘Sugar Boots’ Franklin narrowly won New York’s eighth congressional seat. Franklin’s victory was a watershed moment at the times signaling that America’s burgeoning population of boombox carrying rollerskaters had finally gained mainstream acceptance. …

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Japan’s Last “Ama” – The Female Fishers Who Free-Dive For Seafood (HBO)

Japan’s Last “Ama” – The Female Fishers Who Free-Dive For Seafood (HBO)

The Ama, or sea-women, practice a Japanese fishing tradition that dates back at least 5,000 years. With few options to make a living, women learned to dive for abalone, sea cucumber, and other delicacies to sell at the markets. The Ama plunge as deep as 60 feet in freezing water with no oxygen tanks, using …