The top headlines for the week ending Sept. 5
Protests and counter-protests continued this week in Louisville, Kentucky, Portland, Oregon and Rochester, New York. Activist Michael Forest Reinoehl was killed by police during an attempted arrest near Seattle Thursday. Reinoehl was wanted for killing a member of the right-wing group, Patriot Prayer, during a pro-Trump protest on Aug. 29. A teenager in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, received a $2,500 bill from the police department after organizing a July protest. However, the Englewood Cliffs mayor has since now canceled the invoice. Read more.
Adele represents Jamaica
A photo of English singer and songwriter Adele floated around on social media last week. Some people called out the singer for culture appropriation for rocking a Jamaican flag bra and Bantu Knots at Notting Hill Carnival. Many others, however, applauded Adele for embracing Caribbean culture. Memes remixing Adele’s popular single, “Hello,” quickly spread on social media.
Rapid COVID-19 test
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first rapid antigen test. Results can be read directly from the testing card after 15 minutes. The test can be used in patients suspected of COVID-19 within seven days of seeing symptoms, once approved by a health care professional. The manufacturer plans to make up to 50 million tests available every month, starting in October. Negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test before making treatment decisions.
Student loans relief extended
The Department of Education has extended student loan relief to borrowers through Dec. 31. All borrowers with student loans from the federal government payments’ will be automatically suspended without penalty, and collections on defaulted loans will also be prohibited.
Caribbean museum to open
A nonprofit in Florida has created an archive for Caribbean artifacts and cultural memorabilia. The Island Space Caribbean Museum will open in Plantation, Florida, later this year. Details about the exhibitions are still limited, but the organization behind the museum said its mission is to elevate the profile of Caribbean art and history.