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Fighting Is Political

Ali... political

Ali… political

There’s a segment of sports fans (generally middle class and higher, always white) that gets incredulous about the notion of athletes being “political.”

These, of course, are probably the same sort of people who’ve never had to experience any of the persecutions and injustices that have made these athletes speak to power.

Sarah explained why the combat arts are political in a story for Fightland.

To read it click here.

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Amanda Nunes’ Classy Apology

Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes

After UFC women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes beat Ronda Rousey in the ring she also did some verbal beating on the former champ as well, suggesting that Rousey retire.

Nunes now figures what she said was uncool and has formally apologized for it.

In an age where McGregor Mouth™ is the default for most pro fighters this marks a welcome dignified switch up.

Sarah wrote about it for Fightland.

To read it click here.

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Ditch TV: Kanye Wisdom, Thirst Traps, Parkour Fails

Parkour Fail

Parkour Fail

It’s a shame Ditch TV is RIP because this one batch of videos I curated for them was on fire.

Check them:

What is a Thirst Trap?

15 Rap Illuminati Conspiracy Theories

Intro to Patti Smith

Jack Black Chews Some Scenery

The Wisdom of Kanye West

Mickey Avalon: Hustler Hall of Fame

Amoeba: What’s in These Stars’ Bags?

15 of the Greatest Fails Ever

The B-52’s Rock Your Lobster

11 Wicked Parkour Fails

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‘The Accountant’ Fails Autistic Character Development

The Accountant

The Accountant

Now that Hollywood film writers have developed a basic grasp of (some of) the traits that a person with autism may exhibit, they’ve started to use this as part of their character development toolbox.

The thing is, when you’re a Hollywood writer making a Hollywood film and you decide to make one of your characters autistic you need to do so with the same thoughtfulness you’d tread a First Nations character or a black character or physically disabled character.

If you’re Ben Affleck and you’re playing an autistic killer in the film The Accountant, well, “thoughtfulness” appears to be too high a benchmark.

Sarah wrote about this phenomenon for The Establishment.

To read the story click here.

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Manifesto Supports Toronto’s Hip-Hop Culture



One of the marquee hip-hop events on the Toronto event calendar that isn’t 100 per cent OVO/Drake-ified is the announce fall concert/event series Manifesto.

Manifesto caps each fest with a free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square that matches up-and-coming locals with huge international stars.

I interviewed Manifesto chair Che Kothari in the lead up to this year’s event for Samaritan Mag.

To find out what his vision for Manifesto’s future is, click here.

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RIP Robert Vaughn, One Of World’s Greatest Actor/Activist/Oddballs

Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn

Former television spy and heartthrob actor Robert Vaughn passed away on November 11 at age 83.

His death hit one particular member of the Risky Fuel household (Sarah) very hard.

In her period of mourning after the death of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Magnificent Seven star, she wrote an In Memoriam piece about Vaughn for The Establishment.

One of the things Sarah wrote about was Vaughn’s surprising and sometimes dangerous activism.

It seems this fictional spy was quite concerned with saving lives in the real world.

To read the full story click here.

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I Don’t Fight Because I’m Violent—I Fight Because The World Is



One of the most confounding things people who meet Sarah have trouble figuring out about her is her interest in fighting.

What these people don’t realize is that even though the world mostly sucks, when one is competing in the fighting arts it might also suck, but it’ll (mostly) suck in a way that’s generally fair and generally honourable.

And in a world that isn’t particularly fair or honourable, this is a safe haven.

Sarah wrote about these feelings in a piece called “I Don’t Fight Because I’m Violent—I Fight Because The World Is” for The Establishment.

To read it click here.

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