Lincoln College to close after 157 years

Lincoln College is shutting its doors permanently after serving generations of students for over 157 years. Lincoln College President David Gerlach described the shuttering of the Illinois-based school as devastating. “The loss of history, careers and a community of students and alumni is immense,” Gerlach announced on Friday, May 6, according to WMBD television station […]

Vice President Kamala Harris discusses Supreme Court, Black equity and women in leadership in exclusive interview

The peaceful transfer of power in America is normally a perfunctory process, free of controversy. The sociopolitical gods, however, were not nearly as kind to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as their predecessors. They earned a hard-fought, down-to-the-wire election victory amid a multitude of grave national issues and unprecedented circumstances.  The country […]

Donald Trump Jr. clowned for cosigning Nicki Minaj’s vaccine conspiracy theory

The son of former President Donald Trump is getting clowned after publicly endorsing rapper Nicki Minaj’s bizarre coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theories. Donald Trump Jr. was trying to make a correlation between Minaj’s publicly-stated fears of the vaccination back in September 2021 and a report of a man who reportedly suffered from severe penis pain after […]

Lil Nas X jokes about catching COVID-19

Lil Nas X is trying to use humor as a coping mechanism after contracting the novel coronavirus this past weekend. On early Saturday morning, Dec. 18, the “Ole Town Road” rapper took to Twitter to announce that he had contracted COVID-19. Nas X, who was born in Atlanta as Montero Lamar Hill, confirmed that his […]

Comedian and ‘Shameless’ star Ricarlo Flanagan dead at 40 from COVID-19

Rising comedian and “Shameless” actor Ricarlo Flanagan has passed away after complications from contracting COVID-19.  Flanagan’s death was confirmed by his agent, Stu Golfman, on Tuesday evening, Oct. 12, 2021. “Ricarlo was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life and a joy to work for. He will be missed dearly,” […]

Chris Rock urges folks to get vaccinated after testing positive

Comedian Chris Rock is imploring the public to get vaccinated after revealing on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, that he has contracted the novel coronavirus. Rock, 56, who is perhaps best known for his role of the crackhead Pooky in the urban classic New Jack City, told his 5.2 million Twitter followers that they definitely don’t […]

Tackling the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the Black community

Vaccination vs. intubation: tackling COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the Black community Words by: Dr. Bill Releford, DPM and Founder, The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program & Black Limbs Matter Black Americans have a long and troubled history with the medical system, stemming from decades of systemic racism and lingering mistrust from events like the infamous […]

Higher COVID risk in Blacks due to elevated obesity, hypertension and diabetes

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in 2019, is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Since the spread of the virus, it has been well documented that the mortality risk for Blacks who contract COVID-19 is higher than other ethnic groups. A study led by […]

CDC reveals risk of COVID-19 infection from touching surfaces is low

There have been many myths and inconsistencies presented in mainstream media regarding the level of contagion and likely vectors for being infected with COVID-19. Early on when the pandemic started, CDC guidance recommended and even mandated the need to regularly scrub and fumigate, due to the possibility of surface contamination by the virus. According to […]

Moneybagg Yo ripped for saying he doesn’t want pandemic to end

Twitter took a blowtorch to rapper Moneybagg Yo for uttering the nonsensical statement that he doesn’t want the coronavirus pandemic to end because he’s made millions over the past year. However, social media users fired up the lyricist so badly that he moonwalked those statements back better than Michael Jackson and apologized for his blatant […]

Nick Cannon contracts COVID-19, temporarily replaced on ‘The Masked Singer’

Nick Cannon, the host of the hit show “The Masked Singer,” has contracted the coronavirus and entered the requisite quarantine period, according to news reports. While the multi-hyphenate entertainer is sequestered from Fox’s reality TV show, producers will insert renowned comedic actress Niecy Nash into Cannon’s hosting slot until he returns to the set, Deadline […]

Plies explains why he plans to take the COVID-19 vaccine

As many Americans express apprehension about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, Plies is explaining to fans why he’s opting to get vaccinated. On Monday. Feb. 1, Plies shared an Instagram post as he discussed his intention to take the vaccine. “I’m getting vaccinated the first chance I get,” Plies revealed, adding, “How I look @ It […]

Dave Chappelle tests positive for coronavirus

Dave Chappelle has tested positive for coronavirus. The 47-year-old comedian has canceled four of his comedy gigs in Texas after discovering he has contracted COVID-19, though his representative told TMZ that he hasn’t yet experienced any symptoms. Chappelle had performed his first show in Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, but has now pulled out […]

Mental health in the Black community: Are you in need of help?

Have you ever felt like the walls are closing in on you? Do you wake up every day filled with dread and trepidation? If so, you’re not alone. Here’s my confession: I’ve been to therapy. I recall the first and last time I had that conversation with a close family member. It took several years […]

NBA postpones games

The National Basketball Association announced on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, that multiple games will be postponed this week. Rolling out reported on Friday, Jan. 8, that NBA star Seth Curry became the first known player to contract the novel coronavirus, but he or someone else may have ignited a chain reaction. The Wall Street Journal […]

Seth Curry the 1st NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 this season

NBA sharpshooter Seth Curry of the Philadelphia 76ers has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. During the 76ers contest against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night, Jan. 7, 2021, Curry, who was already sidelined with left ankle soreness, was sitting in between assistant coach Sam Cassell and center Joel Embid. The team stayed overnight in Brooklyn […]

Louis Gossett Jr. details recent hospitalization for COVID-19

Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the latest public figures to face a health scare due to complications of coronavirus. On Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, Gossett conducted a phone interview with radio talk show host Ryan Cameron on Atlanta’s WAMJ-Majic 107.5/97.5 FM. During their discussion, Gossett revealed he contracted COVID-19 in late December after a […]

Diddy gives cash, other relief to Miami residents struggling amid pandemic

Sean “Diddy” Combs is helping Miami residents pay their rent amid the coronavirus pandemic. The rapper reportedly is supporting a number of families in the Overton neighborhood and offered grants to help 175 families across the area to pay for their housing as well as gift essentials. Diddy will be giving out the financial gifts […]

Jeremih explains why he still wears hospital bracelet after battling COVID-19

It’s been weeks since Jeremih was released from a Chicago-area hospital after a weeks-long bout with coronavirus. Although that exceptionally grim battle is now behind him, the singer-songwriter has revealed why he still wears the bracelet he was given while hospitalized. “[It’s] just a reminder of what I’ve been through,” Jeremih said during a recent […]

US surgeon general appeals to LeBron James to take COVID-19 vaccination

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is urging LeBron James to consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, Dec. 21, Adams made an appearance on KTLA 5 Morning News where he shared a message directed toward the NBA star. “LeBron James, I know you’ve been a big supporter of masks. I want to know when you’re going […]