First woman cured of HIV thanks to stem cells from newborns

The first woman — and third person ever — has reportedly been cured of HIV after receiving a breakthrough treatment involving a “magical” umbilical cord blood transplant. Researchers at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York led the study, and shared their findings during the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Denver the New York Times reported Tuesday. Their case study, from New York, … Continue reading First woman cured of HIV thanks to stem cells from newborns

CDC chief says there could be second, possibly worse coronavirus outbreak this winter

A second coronavirus outbreak could emerge this winter in conjunction with the flu season to make for an even more dire health crisis, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told The Washington Post in an interview. “There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went … Continue reading CDC chief says there could be second, possibly worse coronavirus outbreak this winter

US tax filing deadline moved to July 15, Mnuchin says

Americans will have an additional three months to file their taxes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the US treasury secretary said on Friday. “We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.”He said he was acting at President Donald Trump’s direction. The White House had announced … Continue reading US tax filing deadline moved to July 15, Mnuchin says

Bessie Coleman

In 1922, aviator Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to stage a public flight in America. Her high-flying skills always wowed her audience. Who Was Bessie Coleman? Bessie Coleman was an American aviator and the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her … Continue reading Bessie Coleman

Mary Ellen Pleasant: Entrepreneur and Activist

Mary Ellen Pleasant’s exact origins are fuzzy. She may have begun her life as a slave in 1810s Georgia, but it’s equally possible that she was born free in Philadelphia. We do know that she was indentured early in life to a Nantucket shopkeeper from whom she learned the basics of running a business. She also learned about the abolitionist movement, since the shopkeeper’s family … Continue reading Mary Ellen Pleasant: Entrepreneur and Activist

The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was constructed in 1911 and, for generations of African Americans, it was the focal point of the community. In the 1950s and 60s, the church became an epicenter for the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Ralph Abernathy. During the spring and summer of 1963, tensions had been mounting in Birmingham with the arrest of … Continue reading The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

Luxury perfume makers Dior and Givenchy will produce free hand sanitizer for French health authorities

With the reported cases of novel coronavirus in France nearing 4,500 with 91 deaths, some of the country’s most famous luxury brands are switching from perfume to hand sanitizer. Luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, the parent company of Christian Dior, Guerlain and Givenchy, wants to help French health authorities by manufacturing hand sanitizer and providing it to them for free.LVMH said it will use all the production facilities … Continue reading Luxury perfume makers Dior and Givenchy will produce free hand sanitizer for French health authorities

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges was born the same year as the Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. In New Orleans, where Bridges lived, reluctant school officials devised a test to screen out African American children from attending white schools. While in kindergarten, Bridges took and passed the test, allowing her to attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School, a mere five blocks from her home. She would be the … Continue reading Ruby Bridges

What You Should Know About International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, with events and marches going on worldwide. But what does that actually mean? Although the holiday is relatively unknown in the U.S., it has been celebrated for over a century. Below, we answer all your questions about International Women’s Day. What exactly is International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements … Continue reading What You Should Know About International Women’s Day