A new report illustrates major racial disparities when it comes to organ donations in the United States. According to the study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 58 percent of individuals in the U.S. on the organ donation list are Black, Latino, and Asian. African-Americans account for 30 percent of that group, Latinos make up 18.7 percent, and Asians make up 7 percent. Nearly 70 percent of those listed need new kidneys. These statistics were released as National Minority Donor Awareness Week kicks off on Monday. The week was established as an avenue to bring attention to the need for organ donors in the minority community. Read more.
Beenie Man Cancels OVO Fest Performance after Contracting Zika
Reggae artist Beenie Man was forced to cancel his performance at the OVO Fest on Saturday night after he contracted the Zika virus. According to reports, Beenie Man, real name Anthony Moses Davis, was denied a visa after it was discovered he had the virus in his system. He took to Instagram to post a photo getting treated, along with a caption that read, “No visa fi mi Canada show. The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still.” Ticketmaster released a statement to share the news with fans who purchased tickets to the concert: “Due to immigration issues Beenie Man will no longer be able to perform as part of OVO Fest 2016 on Saturday July 30th at TD Echo Beach in Toronto. In his place we have booked a slew of surprise special guests and of course Machel Montano will still headline as planned, with special guests of his own.” Read more.
Other Ethnic Groups Show Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement
The Black Lives Matter movement is seeking support from other ethnic groups. A Korean-American writer named Jenna Fang recently penned a letter calling on people in the Korean community to support the Black Lives Matter collective. “A system that doesn’t value black lives cannot value Asian-American or Asian lives either,” said Fang. “In fighting for their own rights, black activists have led the movement for opportunities not just for themselves, but for us as well. Black people have been beaten, jailed, even killed fighting for many of the rights that Asian-Americans enjoy today. We owe them so much in return. We are all fighting against the same unfair system that prefers we compete against each other.” Activist Karla Monterroso assisted in penning a similar letter to reach the Latino community. Monterroso addressed the lack of media attention that incidents involving police officials and Latinos receive. “Not being able to get their stories told around this leaves the black community alone in a struggle that is really shared.” Fang believes that translating these letters into a variety of languages will expand the reach of the Black Lives Matter movement. “How do we talk about our issues of politics and culture and just being different from our parents when we don’t have the language to communicate in a way that both sides would really like to be able to do? It’s really about finding a common language … so that we can actually talk about anti-blackness and racial justice.” Read more.
Toya Wright Loses Two Brothers to Gun Violence
Toya Wright, the ex-wife of rap star Lil Wayne, was hit with some heartbreaking news on Sunday. Both of Wright’s brothers, Rudy and Josh Johnson, were tragically shot and killed in New Orleans. “The two young men were discovered shortly after midnight Sunday inside a car near the corner of Pauger and North Miro streets in the city’s 7th Ward. Both had been shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene,” said New Orleans police. Wright took to Instagram to express her grief. She posted a photo of both of her brothers with the caption, “Help me Lord. I will never understand this. #stoptheviolence #ineverfeltpainlikethisbefore #riptomybrothers #icantbelievethis #prayformyfamily.” Wright starred on the show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. She filed for divorce from her husband Memphitz in July. Read more.
Image of President Obama and Hillary Clinton Goes Viral
An image of President Obama and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has gone viral. The photo shows the two embracing each other on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The image was posted to Clinton’s Instagram account with the caption, “We love you back, President Obama.” It has become the most liked photo from a presidential candidate, garnering upwards of 150,000 likes. Prior to this image, Donald Trump held that title with over 126,000 likes for a photo of him eating a taco bowl from the Trump Tower Grill on Cinco de Mayo. One of the most popular tweets from the DNC came from President Obama: “Great speech. She’s tested. She’s ready. She never quits. That’s why Hillary should be our next @POTUS. (She’ll get the Twitter handle, too).” Read more.
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