Amanda Gorman made history as the first National Youth Poet Laureate. As we ushered in the 46th President of the United States on Jan. 20, there were many appearances that had everyone floored, including Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, but the performance that no one can stop talking about is that of Amanda Gorman. The 22-year-old Harvard graduate read an original poem titled “The Hill We Climb.” As she read, Gorman called for unity, peace, and healing.
Yesterday, rapper and singer DaniLeigh sparked backlash after posting a snippet of a song called “Yellow Bone.” Leigh, who is of Dominican descent, claims the song was meant to uplift “light skinned baddies.” After the backlash, Leigh took down the Instagram post and issued an apology, which some celebrities thought was ingenuine.
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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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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.
"I guarantee you if that was a Black Lives Matter protest in D.C., there would already be people shackled, arrested or dead." ~ Joy Reid
Congress convened yesterday to certify the election results for President-elect Joe Biden, and they were bombarded by a mob of angry Trump supporters who still believe that the election was rigged. For safety reasons, Congress vacated the U.S. Capitol building.
Afterward, the Trump-supporting mob entered the Capitol building and began causing chaos. As a result, nearly one hundred Democratic Congress members are calling for Trump’s impeachment, according to NBC News.
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