Trying something new called my blacklist. I want to highlight some top stories that catch my eye every month as well as use this as a platform to promote and educate myself and others! Here it goes.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

  1. African American women athletes such as Simone Biles and Shacarri Richardson took center stage as they promoted the importance of mental health at the 2020 Olympics.
  2. August was black business month. Support Black Businesses!
  3. The John Lewis Voting Act named after the revolutionary civil rights activist passed the House. This will protect voting rights especially for minorities. This will protect certain laws that will ban acts such as states making it illegal to hand out water to voters waiting in line, bad handwriting or not having an I.D. This act still needs to pass the Senate. Here is a link to sign the petition to let your voice be heard and help get voting acts restored.

  1. The Senate approved a resolution to recognize Hip Hop History Month in November on August 11th. Hip Hop was born in 1973 in the Bronx, New York.
  2. Dylan Roof was found competent enough to stand trial and won’t be able to claim “insanity” or “depression” for killing nine African Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Three judges unanimously voted that he could stand trial.
  3. The eviction ban has been finally lifted and landlords have the ability to evict tenants for back payment of rent.
  4. Nassau County, New York passed a law that will allow police to sue anyone who harasses them at protests.
  5. Student loan payments have been pushed back until January. While more than 20 HBCUs have waived fees for the Fall 2021 semester all together!
  6. Black content creators went on strike such as on social media platforms like Tik Tok due to not reaping the financial benefits off their originality and work.
  7. Candy Man a film directed by Nia Dacosta became the first number one movie at box office by an African American female director.