The First African American Woman is Coming to the $20 Bill

Aaliyah Sade Murphy Archive

Photo via Flickr On the morning of April 20th, the most googled phrase was “Who is Harriet Tubman?” This occurred in response to news that American hero Harriet Tubman would soon grace the front of the $20 bill. The announcement left the internet in shambles, prompting celebratory tweets and funny memes by members of the Black community while sending others …

Tragic Flooding in Houston

Briana Tracy Archive

Photo by Martin Katerberg via Flickr The Houston area continued to recover Tuesday, April 19th after historic flooding swept across Southeast Texas, where at least six people are reported dead and at least 1,000 homes swamped. All of the deaths are caused due to drownings when people drove their cars into flooded roads. The National Weather Service issued a flash …

California Legislators Fight Racial Discrimination in the Workforce and Unequal Pay

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Ann Fisher via Flickr California democrats plan to enforce a law requiring businesses to provide equal wages for employees regardless of race. After implementing the California Equal Pay Act in early January, which mitigated the issue of gender wage inequality, politicians are working to push businesses even further by producing a labor policy that also includes racial equality. …

KKK Plans to Demonstrate Faces Criticism From Local Mayor

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr After around 20 members of the Klu Klux Klan, a historically terroristic White supremacist group, planned to organize a rally on Saturday morning local officials and members of the community rebuked the demonstration of “hate and anger.” The group informed the police that their event would be held at Pearson Park in Anaheim, CA, …

Senate Republicans Will Not Meet With Presidential Supreme Court Nominee

Briana Tracy Archive

Photo by Kjetil Ree via Flickr After Antonin Scalia’s passing, the United States Senate Republicans have remained firm on their decision to not replace Scalia’s seat until after the upcoming election. Now it has been reported that if President Obama was to select a nominee Senate leaders will not meet them.   Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky strongly urges President …

Apple and FBI Battle Over Cell Phone Password Encryption Settings

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo via Flickr After Apple contravened the U.S. Magistrate Judge’s order for the technology company to help assist the FBI with their investigation, which involved decoding the San Bernardino shooter’s encryption on his iPhone, the federal authorities accused Apple of being more concerned with their sales than national security. Ted Olson, the lawyer representing Apple in their case versus the …

Passing of Antonin Scalia Leads to U.S. Judiciary Committee Battle With Obama Over Replacement Justice

Jerzy Messan Archive

The United States Senate Republicans established their firm declination of any nominee President Obama will suggest to replace the late Antonin Scalia in the U.S. Supreme Court. This political battle has raised tensions between the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate since the Republicans are so adamant about defying Obama in order to maintain majority.   Scalia, age 79, was …

New Study Finds Marijuana Use Leads to Lower Cognitive Function

Brian Griffith Archive

Photo by James St. John via Flickr Have you smoked marijuana recently? If yes, you may be negatively affecting your cognitive function. According to a recent study, users of marijuana (also known as weed) remembered fewer words during middle age in comparison to those who do not use the substance. They also exhibited lower performance in all three aspects of cognitive function: verbal …