If you don’t already know about her, meet Howard University senior, Latroya Pina. She’s getting ready to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games on the first-ever Cape Verde National Swim Team in Tokyo, Japan.
However, Latroya is not the only Pina competing in the Olympics. Her siblings, Troy and Jayla, will also join her on the inaugural swim team and make history as a family.
*You could argue that this is a case of taking fandom too far. So far that it got a pair of Texas politicians in hot water that they had to resign. What did they do? They allegedly misused public funds to attend an event on Michelle Obama’s book tour.
As a result, Forest Hill, Texas, Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro Tem Beckie Hayes submitted their resignations on Wednesday, ahead of a public hearing over alleged misconduct and expenses related to the former first lady’s book tour event in Dallas last year.
*The Pan African Film & Arts Festival announced that it will celebrate its 27th Annual Opening Night with a screening of Aretha Franklin?s cherished Amazing Grace concert documentary at the Directors Guild of America.
The festival, which presents an impressive slate of over 170 new Black films from the US and around the world and exhibits more than 100 fine artists and unique craftspeople, starts on Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd) and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, California.
The Christmas spirit hasn’t quite spread to the town of Old Bridge, New Jersey yet this season. The town is threatening to shut down the extravagant light display at the home of Thomas and Kris Apruzzi if they do not pay $2,000 per night for security.
*There’s an interesting situation going on in Mexico of all places. In Tijuana, immigrants from Haiti have found a welcoming home and have set up what appears to be a small, but growing community on it’s way to sustaining itself, reports the San Diego Union:
For John Arold Lazarre, the plan was to migrate to Miami, to join his aunts, uncles and cousins there. He would build a new life in the United States and send money home to his young son and widowed mother in La Gon?ve, Haiti.
Tijuana? That was never his dream.
But now a year after arriving at Mexico?s northern border, the 29-year-old migrant has no plans to move away. ?I never want to go anywhere illegally again,? Lazarre said one night last week as he prepared for an overnight shift helping guide airplanes at Tijuana?s A.L.Rodr?guez International Airport.
The rising costs of gas and diesel prices have resulted in increasingly violent protests in France. The dubbed, “Yellow Vest” protests came to a head on December first after protesters looted stores and lit cars on fire.
*Dang, it’s the holiday season when folks look forward to getting their grub on when they visit friends and family. That means the last thing anyone wants to worry about is getting sick or even dying from food poisoning.
Unfortunately that’s the risk and reality we’re faced with as we’ve learned that food items such as salads, taquitos, tikka masala and more ready-to-eat food in your frig or freezer from McCain Foods could be part of a massive food recall.
Lord have mercy! This story is a real stomach turner. That is unless you’re into eating rats.
In Hawaii, a restaurant there found itself being forced to shut down if only temporarily after video of a rodent being cooked on its grill went viral on social media, according to reports.
?We are horrified a former employee would create something like this trying to destroy our reputation without regard for our 20-plus years of quality and aloha,? Teddy?s Bigger Burgers President Richard Stula told Hawaii News Now.