Bring That Week Back: Eve’s Celebrates Her Son’s Birthday, Atatiana Jefferson’s Sister Dies And AP African American Studies Is Gutted In Florida
The first week of Black History Month brought everything from a gutting of Black History in Florida to celebrating a hip-hop icon to more demands for justice. In case you missed it, we’ve got you covered in Bring That Week Back.
George Santos ‘Steps Down’ From Two Committees
Regardless of lies, lies and more lies, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy appointed New York Rep. George Santos to two committees, the House Small Business Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. After less than a month, Santos has reportedly “voluntarily” stepped down from the committees, but there suspicions he was forced by McCarthy to resign. Additionally, the FBI is now investigating Santos' role in a service dog charity scheme.
Vice President Kamala Harris Speaks At Tyre Nichols’ Funeral
On Feb. 1,Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at Tyre Nichols’ funeral in Memphis, Tennessee. She made history as the first president or vice president to speak at a funeral of a Black person killed due to police violence.Harris said to mourners: “Was he not also entitled to the right to be safe? So when we talk about public safety, let us understand what it means in its truest form. Tyre Nichols should have been safe.” Five former Memphis police officers have been charged in the beating of Nichols, 29, who died three days after a Jan. 7 traffic stop.
AP African American Studies Revised For Gov. DeSantis
After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' temper tantrum on an optional AP African American Studies Course, the syllabus has been revised. The New York Times reports many authors or scholars “associated with critical race theory, the queer experience and Black feminism” were cut. Some writers axed from the course are Alice Walker, bell hooks, Michelle Alexander and Ta-Nehisi Coates. However, one addition, The New York Times reports, was Black conservatism, which will be offered as a research project.
Eve Celebrates Her Son’s First Birthday
Eve and Maximillion Cooper’s son Wilde Wolf turned 1 year old on Feb. 1. The actress and rapper celebrated the birthday by posting photos of him with his custom birthday cake.“Wilde’s #1stbirthday.” See the adorable pics above.
Atatiana Jefferson’s Sister Dies At 33
Amber Carr, the sister of Atatiana Jefferson, the Texas woman fatally shot in her home by a police officer Oct. 2019, has passed away at 33 due to congestive heart failure. On Jan. 31, the family’s attorney, Lee Merritt, announced her death. Amber Carr leaves behind two young sons.
KRS-One Honored With Street Mural
Hip-hop icon and pioneer KRS-One has been honored with a street mural in New York’s Lower East Side. The mural is painted by Italian street artist Jorit in honor of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. “Wow! Just wow!” KRS (born Kris Parker) told New York station WNYW. He also revealed he was once homeless in that area, “There is no award that is above this. I grew up here. KRS-One grew up in this neighborhood and was less than every single person here. I was homeless. I might have slept right there. [Hip Hop taught me] I can do anything.”
Justice for Anthony Lowe Jr.
On Jan. 26, Anthony Lowe Jr., a 36-year-old double-amputee who was in a wheelchair, was fatally shot by police in Huntington Park, an area of southern Los Angeles. Police responded to a call that a man in a wheelchair stabbed someone. According to a police statement, Lowe “dismounted the wheelchair, ran to the victim without provocation, and stabbed him in the side of the chest” with a “12-inch butcher knife.” Once on the scene, the police claim he was threatening officers before he was tased twice. Two officers fired at Lowe “around 10 times.” Although a passerby filmed the incident, which has gone viral, police said they will not release video of the shooting from a nearby business. Dorothy Lowe, his mother, told the Los Angeles Times, “I just want the truth. Nothing but the truth and justice for my son. My son was murdered.”
The jobs report dropped on Feb. 3 and the Biden-Harris administration is celebrating. The Black unemployment rate is 5.4%, matching the lowest rate in history, which was in September 2019. In addition, the national unemployment rate is the lowest in over 50 years at 3.4%, adding 517,000 jobs in January. President Joe Biden said at a press conference, “The last time the unemployment rate was that low was May 1969. More people are coming into the market looking for jobs and getting jobs, a positive sign for the health of the economy going forward.”