Now, It's the Doorbell
What the Health
The latest COVID numbers: 104M total cases & 1M total deaths (+120K & +2K from last week) in the US.
Today wraps up Black Maternal Health Week. To ensure our families are always able to advocate for themselves throughout the maternal journey, here are some tips for exercising bodily autonomy and for one centering themself to ensure they are relaxed and able to clearly communicate their needs.
When compared to their white counterparts, Black men are 75% less likely to have health insurance. The Black Men’s Health Project wants to change that, but needs to survey 100K Black men to understand the health and social challenges they face. Will you or a Black man you know help them out?
Even as the cases recede, COVID is still a leading cause of death.
Now, We Can't Ring Doorbells
Ralph Yarl is a Black teenager who was shot in the head for ringing the wrong doorbell in Kansas City, MO when trying to pick up his younger brothers. The white man who shot him is still sitting at home.
Want to see him be charged? Reach out to the Kansas City Prosecutor, Zachary Thompson, to make your voice heard.Keeping Up with Biden & Harris
Biden signed off on a congressional resolution to end the COVID-19 national emergency about a month before he intended to officially end it himself. Among the things ending in the coming weeks are the federal mortgage forbearance program and relaxed requirements for veterans.
Kamala Harris recently announced a $300M investment in the nation’s infrastructure, particularly for our bridges.
Congress, What’s Good?
Congress is back from their 2-week Easter break (that they didn’t even deserve, tbh) and now their main focus is the debt ceiling, which we hit way back in January. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is working on a strong offering he hopes will make his GOP colleagues fall in line. The issue, however, is that his current plan is full of strategies that Dems may consider non-starters. Fun times, Kev.
With us being roughly 6 weeks out from when the government’s pockets would officially be empty, the Treasury is warning that a self-made debt crisis would impact confidence in our economic recovery. Do y’all think our elected officials have it in them to prevent the worst from happening?
Committee meetings are back. Here’s a taste of what’s on their agenda:
Russian war crimes in Ukraine
Preparing for the next epidemic
SNAP and other food assistance programs
Keeping the government accountable
Social Justice Round Up
The NYPD and Mayor Adams (a cop himself, remember?) done brought back those damn robo dogs. This time, we have a feeling they’re here to stay.
Leave it to Texas. A man was sentenced to 70 years in prison for spitting on a police officer.
Montana’s governor will soon sign a bill that will ban TikTok from his state. While it’s unclear whether the ban is really enforceable, the state’s expectation is that app stores will no longer offer TikTok for download onto devices in Montana starting on January 1, 2024.
Around the Diaspora
Things are hot in Sudan again. After a 2019 ouster of its then leader, the country has been under a plan to transition to a democracy. Unfortunately, a military takeover has halted the transition, causing widespread harm in the process.
Montserrat wants you to visit despite its volcano.
The government of Lagos, Nigeria finds Amazon Prime’s ‘Gangs of Lagos’ film disrespectful.
Getting to the Money
Are we using LinkedIn to the best of our ability when searching for jobs? For most of us, prolly not. Check out this networking strategy and other suggestions about the site’s features to maximize the social media platform’s offerings.
In today’s world of beauty and skincare, the ultimate goal is to look good while making sure we aren’t harming our bodies. Here are 10 Black-owned clean beauty brands to consider when you run out of your current products. Because everyone’s definition of “clean” is different (hence why we don’t eat at everybody house), we encourage you to also research these brands to ensure they meet your personal standards.
Culture that Pops
Juve da Great fans should be rejoicing everywhere. They successfully facilitated an NPR Tiny Desk performance for the New Orleans rapper after his unfamiliarity with the platform initially caused him to publicly decline.
Billy Porter will play James Baldwin in an upcoming biopic. Are we here for it?
Meet the woman who transformed hair care for Black women with her invention of the ‘doobie,’ aka the way to wrap straight hair.