Almost a year ago, the world changed. On March 10, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 was a pandemic. Afterward, industries had to shift to online work, which posed many challenges, from in-home distractions to internet issues. Given these challenges, many sectors had to change the way they conduct business.
One of these was education.
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Kamala Harris, Vice President elect
History was made in November 2020.
The people of America elected Kamala Harris as their next Vice President. Harris is not only the first woman to ever be elected Vice President, but she will also be the first woman of African descent (her father was Jamaican), the first woman of Asian descent (her mother was Indian), the first graduate of a historical Black college, and the first member of a historical Black sorority to hold this office.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) was founded at the historically Black Howard University in 1908. It is the oldest Black Greek-lettered organization founded by African-American college women, and it has nearly 300,000 members worldwide.
The AKAs claimed an immense victory in November 2020 as the American people elected their first woman of color as Vice President of United States of America. Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986, where she became a member of the renowned sorority.
Alpha Kappa Alpha and other Black Greek-lettered organizations showed their support for the vice president elect by helping to register people to vote, working phone banks, and encouraging everyone to turn in their ballots. Vice President elect Harris has proclaimed her pride as an AKA but also as a member of the Divine Nine (a collection of the Black Greek-lettered organizations). She also showed pride as a graduate of one of many historically Black colleges and universities across the nation.
Harris posted on her Instagram account on November 10th, “To the children of our country: dream with ambition, and lead with conviction, unburdened by what has been.” ~ℝ
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Tahlor is a Chicago native who has over 10 years of experience in writing, music, and art. Their passions are creativity, nature, and activism
Lightfoot: "We look forward to seeing you on Monday."
On Monday, January 11, some Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will welcome 6,000 pre-K and cluster students, CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced at a press conference last Friday. Although concerns have been raised about student, teacher and staff safety, Lightfoot used this opportunity to dispel what she called “myths.” The first “myth,” according to her, is that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will not be provided.
She assured the city that it would be provided. Later on, Dr. Jackson noted that the district spent $42 Million on “additional emergency supplies” in addition to investing $70 Million in “building improvements” to ensure the safe return of students. Moreover, Jackson and Lightfoot both emphasized that this was an option, and parents can choose not to send their students back.
However, parents who do wish to send their kids back should have that choice. “To deny parents this option is irresponsible and wrong,” Lightfoot said.
Inside the app that has innovated a new way to create
Turnout was low at President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 21. According to the “TikTok teens,” or teen users of the “TikTok” app, this was due to a strategic protest they organized through the app. The strategy was as follows: people who disapprove of President Trump would reserve tickets for the rally, although they had no intention of going.
This way, many of the seats would be empty. When reports came out that the turnout was low, TikTok teens “[took] a victory lap for [their] fake reservation campaign,” said NBC News. The Trump campaign denies that the actions of TikTok's teens had any impact on turnout. However, if this claim were true, and teenagers organized such a powerful demonstration against the President, it would highlight how much power TikTok has.
But how does the app utilize this power?
Where Jay Z, Chicago, and gentrification intertwine
Chicago’s 20th Ward Ald. Jeanette Taylor (standing) speaks at an assembly to address the development of the Barack Obama Presidential Center while 5th Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston (seated) looks on. Their wards are both located in the neighborhood where the center will be built. (PHOTO: Javanna Plummer)
“We don’t go out, can’t wish us away,” sang Jamila Woods on "BALDWIN," a song from her album LEGACY! LEGACY! In a later line, she added, “Condo climbing high, now the block the block is erased.” A Chicago native, Woods used this song as an opportunity to shed light on the city’s gentrification. However, she did not let this activism stop with the song.
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