Zhanique Lovett, 30, is not entirely sure how she got through the Battering Ram on the premiere episode of "American Ninja Warrior." All she knew was that she could not give up. Somehow that was enough to propel her forward. "I felt myself getting tired, and I didn't think I could make the next jump," Lovett said in a phone interview. "But, I told myself that I could not fail." The Los Angeles course was tough and boasted several new obstacles, notably in the difficult spots of second and fifth.
"American Ninja Warrior" is about to change, and I'm not sure if it's for the better. For the first eight seasons "ANW" has featured talented athletes taking on a course and only the best would continue forward. The top 30 contestants moved to city finals, and the top 15 moved on to the national finals in Las Vegas -- regardless of gender. When the competition series returns for season 9 on June 12, the rules will have changed. This season, a gendered component to advancement is being introduced.
My mother was standing in the kitchen the first time I asked her if I was supposed to be a boy. I looked up at her from behind my glasses with my afro brushing against her arm. "No baby, you weren't. " She looked at me and smiled sweetly. I asked my mother that question at least seven times as a child. My continuing question, however, did not come from my own perception of what my identity should be. I spent time with boys, who wore muscle shirts to school, and khaki pants and sweaters to church.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".