CULTURE

THE GENDER POLICY COUNCIL: BIDEN’S AGENDA FOR WOMEN

Just over one month ago, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced the creation of the Gender Policy Council. The council will govern policies that directly impact women and girls such as economic policy, health care, gender-based violence, and more. The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic hit women particularly hard, especially at a…

MEET NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA, THE WTO’S FIRST AFRICAN AND FEMALE LEADER

On March 1, 2021, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will make history – again. The former Nigerian Finance Minister will become the first woman and first African Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Her nomination comes only several months after the Trump administration had opposed her…

BEYOND 28 DAYS: HOW TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

In the United States, 2020 brought racial injustice and inequality to the forefront of the public eye, first with nationwide protests against police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd, and then when findings revealed the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting Black communities. After a year marked by such Black trauma and pain, this…

GET THE FACTS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINES

After spending almost an entire year in lockdown, Americans have new hope of stopping the spread of Coronavirus. This hope comes in the form of vaccines produced by two companies, Pfizer and Moderna. The record-breaking speed of production has many skeptical about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines. Despite the efforts made by companies…

MASTERING MASTERCLASS: A NEW WAY OF LEARNING FROM PROFESSIONALS

With Zoom sessions replacing face-to-face classes, business meetings, and celebrated holidays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, who’s to say that culinary teachers can’t be replaced by Gordon Ramsey? Or singing coaches can’t be replaced by Christina Aguilera? MasterClass provides just that with online video courses taught by celebrities and other industry professionals, available to anyone…

REMEMBERING MARY WILSON: REIGNING SUPREME

With a dazzling smile from ear to ear, cheeks rosed from blush and shining silver earrings, Mary Wilson appeared as elegant as ever as she picked up her camera one last time on Feb. 6, 2021. “Well, it is Black History Month! Yes indeed, it is,” Wilson exclaimed smiling at the camera. “And I am…

SHOULD THE U.S. BE WORRIED ABOUT DOMESTIC TERRORISM?

Only days after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Department of Homeland Security used its federal alert system for the first time in a year to warn of potential domestic terrorist threats in the coming weeks. The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin on Jan. 27, 2020 due to…

SOPHIE WAS A PIONEER IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD

On Saturday morning, groundbreaking experimental pop artist and producer Sophie Xeon, more known mononymously as SOPHIE tragically died in what her publicist described as a “terrible accident.” According to the official statement, “true to her spirituality, [SOPHIE] had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell. She will always be here with…

BIDEN’S STANCE ON ABORTION: WHAT THE NEXT FOUR YEARS WILL BRING

Just over four years ago, on Jan. 21, 2017, women around the world took to the streets to protest the inauguration of Former President Donald Trump and statements he had made that were considered offensive to women. In Washington D.C., waves of pink overflowed the streets as hundreds of thousands of people marched against the…

THE MILLION DOLLAR MEME: HOW BERNIE SANDERS’ MITTENS WENT VIRAL

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders sat down in his chair, ready for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to begin. All bundled up, Sanders was ready to face a cold morning on Jan. 20, 2021. Legs and arms crossed, wrapped in a brown parka and signature wool mittens – Sen. Sanders…

ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS’ INAUGURATION

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 was a historical day for America. The United States government inaugurated our 46th president, Joseph R. Biden, who garnered the most individual votes of any candidate in history, and left behind the voice of a leader who in four years spent more time dividing the nation than progressing it. Kamala Harris,…

TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND OTHER SITES BAN TRUMP. IS THIS AGAINST FREEDOM OF SPEECH?

After the chaos and violence that surrounded the Capitol and the certification of President Joe Biden, a wave of newfound silence took over social media platforms as conspiracy theories and anger about fraud elections seemed to drift away.  So what exactly happened after the mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6…

BIDEN’S INAUGURATION BRINGS HOPE – AND MORE CHALLENGES AHEAD

Two weeks ago, Americans watched unprecedented scenes of violence in Washington, D.C., as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to protest President-elect Joe Biden’s election certification. As the country is still figuring out how to heal from the recent mob, the Capitol will be at the center of politics once again for Joe Biden’s inauguration on…

VACCINES ARE COMING – NOW WHAT?

As the United States reached a grim death toll on the morning of Dec. 14, 2020, topping 150,000 deaths, the first beacon of hope reached the country. The nation watched Sandra Lindsay​, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, receive the first coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE. "I…

THERE’S STILL A LONG ROAD AHEAD FOR THE SMITHSONIAN’S TWO NEW MUSEUMS DEDICATED TO WOMEN AND LATINX

The two newest upcoming additions to the Smithsonian, The National Museum of the American Latino and the American Museum of Women’s History, will be fantastic strides in the soon-to-be Biden Administration’s slow but assuring work towards widespread cultural education and acceptance. In December 2020, Congress officially approved legislation that will create the two museums, backed…

FOLLOWING THE “WOMB RAIDER” EXECUTION, TWO DEATH ROW IMMATE’S LIVES CAN BE SPARED IF JOE BIDEN ACTS QUICKLY AFTER INAUGURATION

On the morning of Wednesday January 13, 2021, at 1:31am, the first federal execution of a woman took place in the United States since 1953. The woman, Lisa Montgomery, was given a lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she was being held in the town’s prison complex. In 2004, Montgomery drove over 170 miles…

HOW PIERRE CARDIN (1922-2020) PIONEERED THE MODERN DAY BUSINESS OF FASHION

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, the French Academy of Fine Arts officially confirmed the death of renowned Italian-French designer Pierre Cardin. He was 98 years old. The cause of death was not reported, though his family verified his death was at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Cardin was known as one of the most influential…

WITH TRUMP GONE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, WILL POP MUSIC BRIGHTEN UP AGAIN?

It’s been hard to ignore the explosive 2020 election, even for many non-Americans. Tight races in over a half dozen battleground states, baseless claims of voter fraud by the Trump administration, and slew of weak lawsuits challenging the result that have almost collectively (and gratifyingly) gone nowhere. And that’s just the last week. As for…

THE 2020 ELECTION: WHERE WE ARE, HOW WE GOT HERE, AND THE MANY PLACES WE MAY GO

The 2020 Presidential Election results need no real introduction, but just in case you are one of the many still outstanding apolitical Americans who still bafflingly don’t see the value in your vote, here’s one anyway. On Saturday morning, after what seemed like the longest week of 2020 (and that’s saying something), major news outlets…

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