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Former General, Sec. Of State Colin Powell

A Life of Service: Remembering former General, Secretary of State Colin Powell

By News & Current Affairs

By Derek Major, Black Enterprise — Colin Luther Powell, the first Black Secretary of State, whose leadership in several Republican administrations shaped foreign policy, died at the age of 84 due to complications from COVID-19. Powell’s family announced the news on Facebook Sunday night, adding that the former General was fully vaccinated. “General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away…

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A girl gets a dose of the Cuban made Soberana-02 vaccine for COVID-19 in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as two for Covid-19

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Patrick Oppmann, CNN — The Cuban government has begun to vaccinate children as young as two years old for COVID-19, the island’s state media reported, in a bid to get kids back into classrooms. While other countries have said they will eventually vaccinate children, Cuba is believed to be the first to give Covid-19 vaccines to toddlers. In September, it declared that its homegrown vaccines were safe to give…

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Vantage Point: The Professor on the Soapbox on Vax Mandates, Roe v Wade, Other Major Issues

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, September 13, 2021 — The Professor on the Soapbox with host Dr. Ron Daniels aka “The Professor” Topics Vaccine and Mask Mandates Reflections on 9/11: Is America More Safe? The Enemies from Within Is Roe v. Wade Dead? Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-4PM or visit WBAI.org Recent and archived editions — Vantage…

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Mom dancing with daughters

Dance and movement therapy holds promise for treating anxiety and depression, as well as deeper psychological wounds

By Commentaries/Opinions

The COVID-19 pandemic and a growing global refugee crisis have shone a light on the ever-increasing need for new approaches to mental health treatment. By Lana Ruvolo Grasser, The Conversation — A few years ago, framed by the skyline of Detroit, a group of about 15 children resettled as refugees from the Middle East and Africa leapt and twirled around, waving blue, pink and white streamers through the air. The…

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Hospital Beds at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 2020.

How capitalism made the world sick

By Editors' Choice

Rupa Marya and Raj Patel’s Inflamed argues that the human cost of our economic system is a key to understanding the health of the world. By Sarah Jones, The Nation — No one should pay for a coronavirus test. This is not a moral judgment but a statement of fact; the US government has decreed it so. Insurers are supposed to cover the tests, at no cost to the consumer….

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Rev. Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks about his and wife’s Covid diagnosis

By News & Current Affairs

In an exclusive telephone conversation from his hospital bed on Sunday, August 22, the renowned civil rights leader expressed his ongoing support for vaccinations while explaining why his wife, Jacqueline, had not received the vaccine. “I have had both my shots,” Rev. Jackson said in the telephone call from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “My wife did not receive the vaccine because she has pre-existing conditions that were of concern.” Jackson maintained…

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Felisia Thibodeaux, executive director of the Southwest Community Corporation, stands with bags of food she delivers

This SF woman convinced 1,270 people to get vaccinated. Here’s her secret.

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE — One thousand two hundred and seventy. It’s a number Felisia Thibodeaux can list off the top of her head. That’s because it’s the number of people she has gotten vaccinated by direct referral so far — and the number keeps growing. Thibodeaux is the executive director of the Southwest Community Corporation, which operates out of the I.T. Bookman Community Center in San Francisco’s Ingleside Heights….

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A nurse asks a family to get vaccination at a vaccination center amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Havana, Cuba, June 17, 2021.

Coronavirus surge pushes Cuba’s healthcare system to brink

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Sarah Marsh, Reuters — Cuba is bringing back hundreds of doctors working abroad and converting hotels into isolation centers and hospitals in order to battle a COVID-19 crisis that is overwhelming healthcare and mortuary services in parts of the Caribbean island. The country, which managed to contain infections for most of last year, is now facing one of the worst outbreaks worldwide, fueled by the spread of the more-infectious…

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Pfizer Covid vaccine

The US Government donates 5.5 Million Pfizer Vaccines to CARICOM

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

The US Government has gifted the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with 5.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines. This is the culmination of efforts initiated by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, who as Chair of CARICOM, wrote to President Joseph Biden of the United States earlier this year requesting a supply of vaccines for the Community. President Biden subsequently announced that the US was donating…

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Gaston Browne Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

Covid Divides CARICOM

By News & Current Affairs

By Bert Wilkinson — A serious war of two worlds is emerging in the 15-nation Caribbean community with one demanding mass vaccinations of citizens to achieve herd immunity and the other stoutly and resolutely resisting any central authority efforts to force them to take COVID-19 vaccinations. In the past week, authorities in St. Vincent, Antigua, Barbados and Guyana have been forced to take drastic action to either stem very militant…

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"Economic Justice" sign

The case for reparations has been made all the more clear by COVID-19

By Reparations

Black Americans have been much more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to the wealth gap and various socioeconomic inequities that are the result of centuries of segregation, discrimination and slavery. By Kelly Brown Douglas, RNS — The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare this country’s ongoing but often ignored pandemic of racial inequity. It has also clarified the long-neglected case for reparations. Influential author Ta-Nehisi Coates brought the idea of reparations back…

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Schools struggle with reopening amid pandemic surge

Schools struggle with reopening amid pandemic surge

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Hazel Trice Edney — With coronavirus cases rising across the U.S. as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant, school districts nationwide are moving quickly to implement public-health precautions in preparation for fall re-openings. The scramble to put these precautions in place reflects the intense pressures that school districts around the country are under to reopen amid growing concerns that many students have struggled to keep up academically…

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