The Cosby Show cleared a path for the ’90s boom of Black sitcoms and sketch shows across NBC, ABC, and Fox, including Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, A Different World, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Martin, In Living Color, Living Single, Roc, and more. Not only were these Black-led shows, but show creators and writers such as Martin Lawrence, Yvette Lee Bowser, and Keenen Ivory Wayans were in a position to tell their own stories about their own community and experiences—within mainstream programming blocks, no less. It was “authentic” content before it became a buzzword. … [Read more...] about How Netflix could dominate the Black TV renaissance
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The company was looking to launch another 550 satellites by the end of the year, in addition to its 74 satellites already in orbit. After Starlink, which has over 500 satellites in operation and plans to launch at least another 50 this month, OneWeb has the second-largest low-earth-orbit satellite broadband network. … [Read more...] about UK govt forms JV with Bharti to compete with Elon Musk’s Starlink: Report
More gun purchases mean more guns in home, and having a gun in a home is associated with an increased risk of firearm homicide and suicide, regardless of how that gun is stored. Accidental shootings are also a big issue; many of the children killed by guns over the long weekend were shot by accident, caught in crossfire or hit by stray bullets. Eight-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot while sitting in a car in Atlanta—which has had 75 shootings over the past few weeks—prompting Georgia governor Brian Kemp to declare a state of emergency. … [Read more...] about Through protests and the pandemic, gun background checks hit record high
Public health is an economic issue. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this abundantly clear. This is especially true of cities, the frontline of the pandemic. Take Mumbai; as on July 8, India’s financial capital was also its pandemic hotspot with 86,509 total confirmed cases. Reinvesting here and in other cities will be essential for kickstarting the economy — and doing so in a way that prepares us for the next public health crisis will have long-term structural benefits. However, here’s the problem: where will the money come from? … [Read more...] about How can the BMC help Mumbai recover?
I am 36 years old. When my brother was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, I had taken a three-year break. He passed away in late 2012 and I came back to academics in 2013. People of my age are already well- established, and here we are, with no clue about what turn our life will take next. … [Read more...] about Forced return home and job hunt: An Indian student worries about the future after new US visa rule