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His Speech About Adversity Is Brilliant, But It's The One His 4-Year-Old Gave That Floored Me

There are so many wonderful things about this, but by far the most incredible one is that Andrew Solomon will make you jealous of his life, even as he describes all the horrible, frustrating, soul-crushing parts — of which there are many — in all their gory detail. Really, there's a ton I could write about this, but the more I try and write about it, the more inadequately I describe it, so I'll just shut up let him do the talking.OK OK, I'll shut up SOON. But first, I'm going to tell you all the parts I love. There's 2:55, when he recounts his interview with a survivor of rape who has surprising feelings about her rapist; his infuriating, hilarious story about undergoing sexual surrogacy therapy at 7:53; and 18:00, when he talks about what really makes his family so special, as well as the uber-sweet, tear-jerking speech his 4-year-old delivered at his 50th birthday party. But to be honest, you're really better off just watching the whole thing.Trigger Warning: discussions of rape and sexual violence.

It is safe to say that the wise words of Muhammad Ali stands the test of time. Widely considered to be the greatest heavyweight boxer the world has ever seen, the legacy of Ali extends far beyond his pugilistic endeavors. Throughout his career, he spoke out about racial issues and injustices. The brash Mohammed Ali (or who we once knew as Cassius Clay) was always on point with his charismatic rhetoric— despite being considered arrogant at times. Even so, he had a perspective that was difficult to argue with.

As a massive boxing fan—and a huge Ali fan—I have never seen him more calm and to the point then in this recently posted BBC video from 1971. Although Ali died in 2016, at 74 years old, his courage inside and outside the ring is legendary. In this excerpt, Ali explained to Michael Parkinson about how he used to ask his mother about white representation. Even though the interview is nearly 50 years old, it shows exactly how far we need to come as a country on the issues of racial inclusion and equality.


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