Black Women are IT
Between the Emmy's, The Woman King & The Little Mermaid, Black women are getting their shine & ruffling feathers. We love it.
What the Health
The latest in COVID numbers: 95M total cases & 1M total deaths (+434K & +3K from last week) in the US.
Monkeypox is slowing up, but no one knows exactly why.
Joe Biden says the COVID-19 pandemic is “over.” You agree or nah?
Despite his declaration, 100s of people nationwide continue to die daily.
All that talk about polio once being eradicated is what the kids today call “cap.” It was never eradicated if it was still spreading in other countries.
Keeping Up with Biden & Harris
Anything is possible for 2024. Biden tells “60 Minutes” that he has not committed to running for re-election.
The US continues to be all up in other people's Kool-Aid. According to the POTUS, the country would step in to defend Taiwan if China were to launch an attack on them. Russia also warns of a “direct clash” if the US/NATO sends more weapons to Ukraine.
Remember when Joe said construction on the border wall would be paused? A lot of people missed the emphasis on the word “pause.” Development on the wall has picked up again on the Arizona-Mexico border.
There’s no bounds to pettiness in politics, not even when it comes to using actual people to prove a point. Texas & Florida’s governors sent buses full of migrants to Kamala Harris’ DC home in protest of the current administration’s immigration policies. Recent asylum seekers were also sent to Martha’s Vineyard for the same purpose.
Congress, What’s Good?
South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham proposed a nationwide abortion ban that would ban the procedure after 15 weeks. GOP members in the House are also expected to propose a similar bill. With it being an election year & the GOP’s position on abortions being largely unpopular, Lindsay’s getting less public support than he prolly expected. For now, at least.
Things expected to happen this week: strengthening the Electoral Reform Act to prevent another January 6, securing more funding for the government & decreasing the use of greenhouse gasses that refrigerators & ACs rely on.
Up next in committee meetings:
Women leading the charge against authoritarianism
How corporate greed drove inflation
Election Watch: 2022 Midterms
Primary season is officially over. Here’s what we learned.
We have been paying attention to all the laws passed since 2020 that’ll make voting more difficult, right? Great. Check out your state’s requirements to make sure you won’t have problems on November 8.
Abortion rights & Donald Trump are keeping Democrats’ midterm chances afloat. They’re not good at riding waves, so let’s see how they do.
Social Justice Round Up
Jackson’s boil water notice has been lifted. While it’s a step in the right direction, it’ll take more time for the issue to be fixed completely and for residents to trust the water again.
The community is rallying behind a 17-year-old ordered to pay $150K for killing her sex trafficker. America’s justice system is sick AF.
A Detroit highway that segregated the city’s Black neighborhoods will finally be torn down after nearly 60 years. One down, countless more to go.
Around the Diaspora
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico, causing blackouts that could last for days. It’s also touched down in DR. Pray for your fam, friends & cousins across the diaspora.
Nigeriens (of Niger) have taken to the streets to protest the presence of the French army & the high cost of living in their country. They were also very favorable to Putin & Russia in the process.
Can a new farming system save African nations from climate-related food insecurity? Ghana’s Minister of Food & Agriculture thinks so.
Haiti’s senate president says they’ll soon have a new governance structure in place.
Getting to the Money
With jobs from Yelp, Microsoft, Nike, and more, check out the latest update of the CCNYC’s Creative AF Careers page.
Don’t even want to buy beach chairs from a non-Black owned company? We feel you, fam. Get your late summer / early fall moments in with a lil help from Ita Leisure. Ita (meaning “outside” in Yoruba) has it all for a “we outside” type of day: chairs, tables, towels, tote bags & blankets. Basically everything we need to prove our beach (or park) really is better.
Culture that Pops
Last week’s Emmy Awards was a special one for Black women.
Viola Davis & The Woman King, a film about an all-female army of the Dahomey Kingdom, took the #1 spot at the box office.
The trailer for The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey brought all the racists out, again. Who knew Ariel being white was so important to them? Maybe we should go ahead and tell them the truth about their white Jesus.