African-American women are breaking barriers in the realm of ballet. Earlier this year, Misty Copeland became the first Black woman to serve as the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Now, Ontario-bred ballerina Katlyn Addison hit another milestone, becoming the third Black dancer to play the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Ballet West’s Nutcracker production. “When I was really little, seeing the Nutcracker and seeing the Sugar Plum Fairy come on stage, I told my mom … I wanted to do that when I grow up,” said Addison. “I feel a little bit of pressure but, honestly, I just hope that I relax and enjoy it because I feel like it’s an opportunity to dance the role I’ve always wanted to do.” Ballet West’s artistic director, Adam Sklute, said he believed it was time to bring diversity to the performance. “Ballet is an art form for everyone, and it is up to us as artistic directors to create the world on the stage that mirrors the world around us,” he said. Read more.
Study: Police Killings Outnumbered Deaths Caused by Pneumonia, Influenza, and Measles
A new study released by researchers at Harvard University shows that 2015 police killings outnumbered deaths related to pneumonia, influenza, and measles; prompting them to believe the murders should be treated as a public health epidemic. The study, Police Killings and Police Deaths Are Public Health Data and Can Be Counted, was featured in PLOS Medicine. According to the research, as of September 19th, 842 people were killed at the hands of police, surpassing the number of people who died from pneumonia and influenza, which was 585, and measles, which was 188. The researchers believe the police killings should be recognized as a public health issue because they affect the victim’s loved ones and the local communities they lived in. “We propose that law-enforcement–related deaths be treated as a notifiable condition, which would allow public health departments to report these data in real-time, at the local as well as national level, thereby providing data needed to understand and prevent the problem,” read the study. The report, which is the first of its kind, illustrates a link between institutionalized racism and public health. Read more.
San Bernardino Shooter Was Pregnant When She Got U.S. Visa
One of the suspects linked to the mass shooting that took place in San Bernardino, claimed that she was pregnant when she attempted to get her U.S. green card last fall. Tashfeen Malik, who was killed in a shootout along with her husband earlier this month, had a note on her application that read “applicant is pregnant due on 05-21-15.” The child, who was 6 months old at the time of the attack, was left with a relative. According to the Department of Homeland Security, all of the procedures to decide whether she should be a permanent resident were followed. “Tashfeen Malik was subjected to numerous background checks at all stages of the review process,” they said in a statement. “Those background checks did not reveal any derogatory information about Malik.” While going through the application process, she denied having any involvement with radical organizations or having plans to overthrow the government. Her child was born on May 21, 2015. Read more.
Chicago Little League Leader Resigns Amid Cheating Scandal
Bill Haley, the leader of the Jackie Robinson West Little League in Chicago, has resigned amid a cheating scandal. According to officials, Haley was involved in scheme that involved changing league boundaries and putting together a team of ringers who went on to win the 2014 Little League World Series U.S. Championship. Little League officials took the title from Jackie Robinson West and put them on probation until Haley, who was the league’s treasurer, and his mother Anne, who served as the league’s president, were removed from the board. Yesterday, officials confirmed they both stepped down. “Little League International is pleased that Jackie Robinson West Little League has taken this necessary first step in order to come into compliance with all Little League regulations,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League CEO. “We look forward to working with the new league leadership to help re-establish the Little League program with the hopes of providing the children of the Jackie Robinson West Little League a meaningful Little League experience this season.” Jackie Robinson West was founded by Bill Haley’s late father. Read more.
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21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 21
2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.Source:Pete Souza 2 of 21
3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.Source:Pete Souza 3 of 21
4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.Source:Pete Souza 4 of 21
5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.Source:Pete Souza 5 of 21
6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.Source:Pete Souza 6 of 21
7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as "Humans of New York" founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet's comments on the popular "Humans of New York" Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.Source:Pete Souza 7 of 21
8. MARCH: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.Source:Pete Souza 8 of 21
9. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick's Day.Source:Pete Souza 9 of 21
10. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.Source:Pete Souza 10 of 21
11. APRIL: During the Correspondents' Dinner, his anger translator - played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key - helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.Source:Pete Souza 11 of 21
12. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 12 of 21
13. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.Source:Pete Souza 13 of 21
14. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 14 of 21
15. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 15 of 21
16. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 16 of 21
17. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 17 of 21
18. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 18 of 21
19. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 19 of 21
20. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 20 of 21
21. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 21 of 21
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