This week marks the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916, the bloody rebellion, in which Irish nationalists, including poets and writers, fought against the British. While the uprising only lasted a week, it marks a significant moment in Irish independence. This weekend’s celebrations will kick off with a night of poetry and music honoring Irish poets. Shandukani Mulaudzi met with two contemporary poets who will be paying homage to their predecessors.
Just in case you haven’t been following the latest in black women’s hair – natural is IN. It’s a big shift in an industry that runs about $500 billion dollars a year in products, weaves and wigs. But more than the money – as Shandukani Mulaudzi reports, this journey to natural hair – it’s not the kind of thing you do alone.
In the 1950s, when women would go to college to further their education, it was often said they had another plan too – to get what was referred to as their M.R.S. degree – they were there to find their future husbands. But that was then. What about now? As commentator Shandukani Mulaudzi found out, many in her family think she probably should have had that degree on her agenda too.
A new resource center for the transgender community will be opening in the Bronx later this month, the first of its kind for New York City. It’s called the Bronx Trans Collective, and is a collaboration between six organizations serving the community. City councilman Ritchie Torres has backed the project. Shandukani Mulaudzi visited the new center, and found that access to health care will be one of its primary missions.
North Carolina is making headlines this week for a new bill signed into law which discriminates against the LGBT community. Equality North Carolina is an organization dedicated to securing rights for LGBT individuals. Shandukani Mulaudzy asked executive director Chris Sgro what led up to the vote.
Benzodiazopine is the class of medications used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzos, as they’re sometimes called, include names you’ve probably heard – like Xanax and Valium. And according to a new study from Yeshiva University, overdoses of these drugs have quadrupled nationwide over the last two decades. In 2014, nearly 8000 people died from benzo overdoses. Shandukani Mulaudzi has the story.
Ariel Russo, the driver of a car that hit and killed a 4-year-old on the Upper West Side in June 2013 was sentenced today to 9 years in prison. Shandukani Mulaudzi has the story.
America has become more obese over the years because people stopped smoking – this is according to a new study from Georgia State University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Since the 1960s the percentage of smokers has declined by more than 20%. But over the same time period, obesity in the U.S. has increased by about the same percentage. Shandukani Mulaudzi reports.