If health officials in Lagos fail to contain the virus, it has a chance to go global.
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to worsen. Nearly 700 people have died from the virus across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, including Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor.
Fortunately, the closest many of us will ever come to understanding the spread of hemorrhagic fevers is from Hollywood. Unfortunately, most of those dramatizations propagate entertainment at the expense of reality.
Last year alone, Doc McStuffins items amassed $500 million in sales and, this year, the franchise could become the all-time best-selling doll based on an African-American character, according to industry experts who spoke with the New York Times.
Far from tearing apart the social fabric of America, as some opponents say, legalizing marijuana could be exactly what’s needed to rebuild our communities.
Take a look at the GIF above. Legalizing marijuana would create a whopping $18.1 billion annually in government funds. That’s right, 18 BILLION. With that money, we could guarantee universal access to pre-K education for every single child.
While the country grapples with an ongoing, always-heated debate over gun control laws, domestic violence and guns continues to be a lethal and catastrophic combination, one that has been lost slightly amid the higher-profile, large-scale acts of violence.
Up-and-coming Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper just won every ’90s kid’s heart with this uplifting, soulful take on “Believe in Yourself” by Ziggy Marley — better known as the Arthur theme song. He released it in advance of Lollapalooza tomorrow, and it’s absolutely amazing.
It’s hard enough to tackle the daily misogyny of being a woman in the music industry. But to be the only woman on a record label that caters exclusively to male rappers and their fans takes this challenge to the next level.
That’s one of many reasons we should bow down to 23-year-old SZA. Last July, the R&B singer signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, a label representing the freshman class of hip-hop heavyweights like ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar. It’s a major responsibility — she is single-handedly representing women among the new guard of hip-hop and R&B. But in the year since, SZA has become a lightning rod for the kind of assumptions that routinely make the industry awful for any woman, whether or not she’s on a man’s label.
Dating as an adult is challenging enough, but the process can seem like an almost impossible task if you’re a woman of color, forced to combat racism in the process.
It’s a battle known all to well to Asian American women like Anna Akana, the creator of a biting new satire based on her own attempts to find love in a dating pool otherwise filled with what’s often referred to jokingly as “yellow fever.” Quoting some of the most off-beat, clueless stereotyping and fetishization that she and other Asian women have experienced on a routine basis, Akana uses humor to drive a clear point home to those not in the know: Tokenizing Asian women is absolutely not OK.
Commonly known as Cat Island, Tashirojima’s feline origins go back almost 300 years when residents grew silkworms for the textile industry. In order to protect their business, people brought cats to the island to eat the mice that preyed on those silkworms. When the human population eventually dwindled, the cat population began to flourish. Fed by the remaining fishermen, now the animals dominate the island.