Tag: coronavirus pandemic

Arizona City Councilman Apologizes After Saying ‘I Can’t Breathe’ at Anti-Mask Rally

Screenshot: 12 News To live in Arizona is to perpetually exist in one long, heavy sigh. If it’s not being embarrassed by the actions of your fellow citizens, you can be damn sure the elected officials will do something that is just inhumanly trash. Advertisement Take for instance Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips who, CNN […]

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So Now That the Dust Has Settled, Who’s In and Who’s Out of the NBA Bubble?

Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images) When the NBA announced its plans to resume its NBA season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, it gave players two options: either partake in the festivities, and enjoy job perks like reduced salaries and being kept away from their families until after the first round of […]

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Okay, So Maybe Life Inside the NBA’s Bubble Won’t Be So Bad After All

Image: Disney I haven’t been to summer camp since I was a child, but if it’s anything like what NBA players are about to experience at Disney World when they return to work in July, where do I sign up? Advertisement According to The Athletic, on Tuesday, the league sent out a 108-page memo outlining […]

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Coronavirus Expected to Wipe Out 40 Percent of Black-Owned Businesses

Photo: Elijah Nouvelag (Getty Images) The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted American life in an unprecedented way. While a vaccine and antiviral treatment will eventually help mitigate the health effects, the economic cost of the pandemic is shaping up to be severe and long lasting. Advertisement CBS News reports that 40 percent of black-owned businesses are not […]

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the NBA’s Return (Before the Clippers Win Their 1st NBA Title)

Photo: Harry How (Getty Image) Nearly three months after the Devil (and Rudy Gobert) stole our joy, comes the news that the NBA will be making its triumphant return. I’m sure you have plenty of questions about how in the hell this will all play out, so I’ll do my best to answer them all. […]

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Federal Government Partners With HBCU Meharry Medical College to Test COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment

Photo: Shutterstock As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase around the world, there has been much discussion surrounding a potential vaccine. While a vaccine would help prevent the spread of the disease, it wouldn’t do much for a person who has already caught it. Scientists at a historically black college in Tennessee have been working […]

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A Disproportionate Number of Black Business Owners Are Out of Work Amid the Pandemic

Photo: Shutterstock At this point in the game, we know that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on black people in terms of infection rates and death. Now, news of the economic impact of the virus on black businesses is raising concerns that the damage will be felt long after the pandemic passes. Advertisement The […]

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Knicks Legend Patrick Ewing Recovering at Home After Being Hospitalized for COVID-19

Photo: Streeter Lecka (Getty Images) After being hospitalized over the weekend due to COVID-19, Georgetown men’s basketball coach Patrick Ewing is now recovering from home after a scary bout with the virus. Advertisement ESPN announced on Friday that the NBA Hall of Famer had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, […]

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How the Wider Black Diaspora Is Being Impacted by COVID-19

Local workers in Nairobi, Kenya on March 18, 2020. Photo: Getty Images Black people in the U.S. are dying from coronavirus at a rate higher than any other demographic, and at almost 3 times the rate of white Americans. Structural racism and bias embedded in the country’s health systems along with other inequities have contributed […]

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Over 20,000 Black People Have Died From COVID-19 Nationwide

New figures released by an independent research organization reveal that more than 20,000 black Americans have died from the COVID-19 disease, confirming indications that African Americans have been disproportionately impacted by coronavirus. Advertisement The non-partisan APM Research Lab published the findings earlier this week in a report that breaks down coronavirus deaths in the U.S. up to […]

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Despite Spike in COVID-19 Cases in Churches, Trump Says Governors Must Allow Them to Open

Photo: Getty Images Though two churches in Georgia and Texas recently had to re-close their doors after their congregations predictably began being razed by coronavirus, President Trump says governors across the country must allow places of worship to open this weekend. Advertisement “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics essential, but have left […]

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Over 600 New Coronavirus Cases Hit One Michigan Prison

Photo: Shutterstock One of the populations most at risk for contracting COVID-19 is prison inmates. The cramped living spaces combined with substandard conditions have made it difficult to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Prisons across the country have been dealing with rising numbers of COVID-19 and the situation is no different in Michigan. Advertisement […]

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Black and Latino Businesses Disproportionately Denied Pandemic Relief Loans, New Survey Finds

Photo: Shutterstock The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is supposed to provide financial assistance for small business owners who are struggling to stay in business due to the pandemic. A new survey shows that black and Latino businesses have been largely ignored by the PPP and […]

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Civil Liberties Groups, Activists Express Concern Over COVID-19 Data Being Shared With Law Enforcement

Photo: Shutterstock There is a lot to worry about given the entire state of, well, everything. Your personal information being given to the cops shouldn’t be one of them. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case in many states across the country. Advertisement According to ABC News, there have been growing concerns about people’s personal […]

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Georgia Keeps Releasing Misleading Data About Its COVID-19 Cases

Photo: Getty Images Georgia’s Department of Public Health is being called out by epidemiology experts, elected officials and residents for releasing misleading information about COVID-19 numbers in the state, which was one of the first in the country to reopen in the midst of the pandemic. Advertisement The DPH published a graph to its website […]

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Republican State Lawmaker in Alaska Compares COVID-19 Precautions to the Holocaust, Says Hitler Was No White Supremacist

Rep. Ben CarpenterPhoto: Ben Carpenter official Facebook page Of all the strange hills people choose to die on, the “coronavirus protections are like Nazi Germany” hill has to be among the most absurd. One Alaska lawmaker sent an email to dozens of his colleagues expressing that ridiculous comparison and then doubled down on his rhetoric […]

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Magic Johnson Offers $100 Million in Loans to Minority Businesses Left Behind by the Government

Photo: Getty Images The federal government’s response to COVID-19 has been a mess from top to bottom, including the “you’re on your own” approach it’s taken towards black people who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Advertisement Case in point: the $650 billion Paycheck Protection Program which was supposed to help small businesses survive […]

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Barack Obama Comments on Ahmaud Arbery Killing in Speech to 2020 HBCU Graduates

Screenshot: HBCU Connect (Facebook) Barack Obama called on young black people to be “warriors for justice” and commented on the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery during a special speech he gave to 2020 HBCU graduates over the weekend. Advertisement The former president was the guest speaker in a virtual commencement ceremony for students of historically […]

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Leaders Warn Of Black People Being ‘Guinea Pigs For Our Economy’ Amid Nationwide Reopening Plans

Source: The Washington Post / Getty Anxieties are high as states across the country are either being pressured or are making plans to reopen businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Virginia is one state that is gradually opening, with the first phase occurring on Friday (with the exception of northern Virginia). However, lawmakers are urging the […]

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Big 3 Postpones Season, Reality Show Tournament Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of Tri-State dunks the ball during the game against the 3 Headed Monsters during BIG3 – Week Four at Little Caesars Arena on July 13, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Gregory Shamus (Getty Images) At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Big 3 made the bizarre decision to produce a “quarantined, […]

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Ludacris and Mike Will Made-It Donate 3,000 Reusable Masks to MARTA Employees in Georgia

Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images for iHeartMedia) As the state of Georgia has taken the questionable steps to reopen amidst a pandemic, Ludacris and producer Mike Will Made-It have partnered up to ensure Atlanta’s public transit workers are protected. Advertisement AJC reports that the duo donated 3,000 masks to MARTA workers through their respective organizations. […]

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Los Angeles Stay-At-Home Order To Be Extended to July

Photo: Apu Gomes (AFP via Getty Images) Despite there being no significant downturn in COVID-19 cases and there being significant warnings about the dangers of re-opening too soon, many states across the country have steadily started to re-open. However, if you happen to live in Los Angeles, don’t count on being a part of the […]

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Report: Adam Silver to Decide NBA’s Fate in 2-4 Weeks

Adam Silver the NBA Commissioner talks to the media before the start of the Oklahoma City Thunder game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 26, 2014 Photo: Andy Lyons (Getty Images) Adam Silver believes in democracy. Throughout the course of […]

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White Man Who Wore KKK Hood to Store Won’t Face Charges

Photo: Shutterstock For some inexplicable reason, white people have responded to the pandemic by going full-racist. Between the xenophobic rhetoric directed towards Asian-Americans, busting out Confederate flags at anti-lockdown rallies, and trying to make Obamagate a thing, the 2A crowd has really been on one. Advertisement Last week, The Root reported on a man who […]

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Dr. Fauci Calls NFL ‘Perfect Setup’ for Spreading COVID-19—Even Without Fans

JoJo Houston wears a Washington Redskins face mask while helping Martha’s Table distribute hundreds of free hot meals donated by the Clyde’s Restaurant Group to people in need during the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has forced many people out of work and unable to reach healthy food, April 01, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip […]

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill Donate 10 Million Additional Masks to Prisons

Photo: Nicholas Hunt (Getty Images for The Reform Alliance) The American prison system is, in a word, trash. prisoners are often faced with inhumane conditions and treatment, and the cramped living spaces make it one of the worst places to be in the midst of a pandemic. Luckily, there are folks out there who believe […]

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Rep. Maxine Waters’ Sister Dies From COVID-19

Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (AFP via Getty Images) The past couple months have been an unprecedented time for the country as we grapple with the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19. Sadly, the devastating toll of the virus has hit close to home for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Advertisement The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Rep. Waters […]

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Anti-Lockdown Demonstrators Walk Into North Carolina Subway Armed With Guns and Rocket Launchers

Screenshot: The News & Observer (YouTube) In today’s episode of, “Are…Are White People OK?”—a group of 11 anti-lockdown demonstrators walked into a Subway sandwich shop in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday carrying an array of weapons, ranging from pistols to whole ass rocket launchers. Advertisement According to the News & Observer—the publication that captured and published images […]

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Barack Obama Calls Trump Admin’s COVID-19 Response an ‘Absolute Chaotic Disaster’

Photo: Saul Loeb (AFP via Getty Images) Former President Barack Obama derided the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in a recent phone call with alumni from his own administration, according to a report from Yahoo News, which obtained the audio. Advertisement Obama pointed to a mindset of selfishness that has become “operationalized in […]

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Barack Obama Calls Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Response an ‘Absolute Chaotic Disaster’

Photo: Saul Loeb (AFP via Getty Images) Former President Barack Obama derided the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in a recent phone call with alumni from his own administration, according to a report from Yahoo News, which obtained the audio. Advertisement Obama pointed to a mindset of selfishness that has become “operationalized in […]

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Extends Eviction Moratorium to August

Photo: Bryan R Smith (AFP via Getty Images) The mass closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in millions of Americans losing their jobs. This has put people in a position where they’re unsure of how and when they’ll be able to pay their rent. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has provided some relief […]

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