PODCAST: Evanston, Illinois is First City to Provide Reparations for Black Americans (BCNN1 3.24.21)

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According to Daily Mail, Kamala Harris wouldn’t say Wednesday if the Atlanta shooting that killed six Asian American women was a ‘hate crime’ as she suggested President Joe Biden is hesitant to take executive action on gun control. The vice president said the White House prefers if Congress would act in a more ‘permanent’ capacity after two mass shootings rocked the nation in the matter of a week. ‘We should first expect the United States Congress to act,’ Harris told CBS ‘This Morning’ during a live, but remote, interview Wednesday morning when asked if Biden is prepared to take executive action.

According to USA Today, Evanston, Illinois, has become the first U.S. city to make reparations available to its Black residents for past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery. The Chicago suburb’s City Council voted 8-1 on Monday to distribute $400,000 to eligible Black households. Each qualifying household would receive $25,000 for home repairs or down payments on property. The program is being funded through donations and revenue from a 3% tax on the sale of recreational marijuana. The city has pledged to distribute $10 million over 10 years. Qualifying residents must either have lived in or been a direct descendant of a Black person who lived in Evanston between 1919 to 1969 and who suffered discrimination in housing because of city ordinances, policies or practices.

According to Christian Post, When Michael Kent met his probation officer for the first time after leaving prison, he was confused. With a yearslong association with neo-Nazi groups — he began attending rallies and events at just 15 years old — Kent’s reputation as someone who disliked the black community was well known. So when Tiffany Whittier, an African American woman, knocked on his door one night, he thought there must be a mistake. “The first thing I said to her was, ‘Are you alone?’” Kent recalled. “She said, ‘Yes.’ I wasn’t sure what to think because anybody who knew my case file knew I was totally against anybody that was black. But she showed up at my house by herself, knowing who I was. She took that chance. I instantly had respect for her. I realized she had courage.” It wasn’t long before the two developed what Kent described as a “big ol’ bond.” Over the months, Whittier helped Kent abandon his old habits and embrace the positive, challenging him to grow into the man God created him to be.

According to The Hill, Chicago public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady warned the city, particularly its younger adults, on Tuesday that coronavirus metrics were once again creeping into a danger zone that resembled a previous second surge during last October. Illinois public health officials on Monday reported 1,832 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional deaths. That brings the state’s totals since the pandemic began to 1,224,915 cases and 21,116 deaths. The state reported 70,252 doses administered on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of doses administered daily is 91,000 doses. The rise in cases is led by younger adults: first by the 18 to 29 age group, second by 30- to 39-year-olds and third by 40- to 49-year-olds. Those groups are perhaps letting their guard down as vaccinations ramp up in Chicago, Arwady said. “There are people in the younger age groups, I think, who perhaps are being less cautious and whether that’s because they’re feeling confident that the older people they interact with are already hopefully fully vaccinated, or whether there’s just a sense that COVID is over,” Arwady said.

According to The Associated Press, Elgin Baylor changed the very direction of basketball when he joined the NBA and brought his vertical feats of athletic brilliance to a largely horizontal game. He filled scoresheets and sparked young imaginations with his trailblazing aerial style, and every high-flying player of the past 60 years has followed his path. Although the Lakers’ first superstar in Los Angeles never won a championship ring, Baylor still looms high above the franchise and the game he loved. The Hall of Fame forward died Monday of natural causes in Los Angeles with wife Elaine and daughter Krystal by his side, the team said. He was 86. “Elgin was THE superstar of his era — his many accolades speak to that,” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement.

According to The Associated Press, Mike Tyson is getting in the TV drama ring against himself. On the heels of Hulu’s announcement of a Tyson miniseries to be made without his involvement, the boxing great said he’s producing a limited series starring Jamie Foxx. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Foxx also are among the producers. “I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time,” Tyson said in a statement Monday. He said he looks forward to creating a series that “not only captures my professional and personal journey but also inspires and entertains.” The announcement did not include when and on what outlet it will be shown.

According to Billboard, If ever there’s been a year to make the case for the transformative power of music, it’s this one. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and calls for social change worldwide, a new list of classic recordings join this year’s National Recording Registry: Janet Jackson’s 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814, which explores issues of race, homelessness and school violence; Kool & the Gang’s buoyant single “Celebration”; Nas’ game-changing debut album Illmatic and timeless children’s titles Free To Be… You And Me and “The Rainbow Connection.” The new class also includes Jackson Browne’s critically acclaimed 1974 album Late for the Sky. Twenty-time Grammy-winning guitarist Pat Metheny’s 1976 album Bright Size Life, which heralded a new direction for jazz in the mid-’70s, is also joining the ranks, as are LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In” and Jimmy Cliff’s 1972 album The Harder They Come.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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