Melody Smith

Melody Smith

Bio: Melody Smith is a second year Media Studies major at Emerson College. She is from New Jersey where she spent a lot of time with her friends and family. She loves learning, and spends a lot of time analyzing film, television. She loves exploring the world of entertainment and how it connects to people. Aside from her schoolwork, she writes in her freetime-- mostly creatively. In the future, she would like to explore PR and Marketing. She is looking forward to learning even more, and growing as a writer.

Congress Fails to Meet Police Reform Deadline

President Biden was aiming to pass police reform laws by the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, May 25th, but Congress was unable to negotiate one on time. The negotiations have been led by Senator Tim Scott, Senator Cory Booker, and Congresswoman Karen Bass. They jointly stated: “While we are still working through our differences on key issues, we continue to make progress toward a compromise and remain optimistic about the prospects of achieving that goal.”

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COVID Variant Poses an International Threat

The contagious B.1.617 COVID-19 variant, which was dominant in India and likely responsible for the devastating outbreak occurring in South Asia, has now been detected in several other countries around the world, including Britain, South Africa, and England. Researchers have found that the strain is highly contagious, even more so than the original.

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Simone Biles Becomes the First Woman to Execute a Yurchenko Double Pike Vault

This Saturday in Indianapolis, Simone Biles was able to defend her GK Classic title, scoring an overall 58.400. However, she also made history when she became the first woman to land the
Yurchenko double pike vault, a highly difficult move that has historically only been performed by men.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces that New York Schools Will Have A Full Reopening This Fall

After over a year of remote learning in New York City due to the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that this fall, the city’s schools will open at full capacity for in-person instruction. This means that one million students will be returning to school as it was before the pandemic. For a while, the mayor was holding back his official decision on whether or not schools would fully reopen in the fall. Students and parents were anxiously waiting for his decision when, finally, it was announced on Monday.

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150 People Arrested Due Gathering Sparked by a Viral TikTok Video

On Saturday night, thousands of people gathered at Huntington Beach due to a viral TikTok video. On Monday night, an individual named Adrian posted an announcement about his upcoming birthday celebration. He wrote on a TikTok: “pop out n celebrate my bday.” Over the course of the next few days, his simple post blew up. Millions of people viewed his announcement, and many began contributing their own ideas to the plan. It became a viral social media trend. The plans eventually materialized, and there were thousands planning to show up to what they called “Adrian’s kickback.”

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Sports Betting is Now Legal in Maryland

Sports betting, already legal in three other states, has been made legal in the state of Maryland. This would allow betting on college sports, professional sports, and athletic events at the international level.

In November, the overwhelming majority of Maryland voters voted in favor of legalizing sports betting.

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Two ICE Detention Centers Are Shut Down Due to Abuse Allegations

ICE will no longer be allowed to use two detention centers because of severe abuse allegations. The Biden Administration closed the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in Massachusetts and the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. The Department of Homeland Security has officially ended its partnership with these institutions.

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Tinder Adds “Are You Sure?” Feature

Online dating apps are booming, especially among younger people as they allow for people to encounter others at a fast pace. Unfortunately, many of these online encounters can become uncomfortable or dangerous. As their popularity increases, online dating apps have been working on creating safer environments.

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Netflix Show “Yasuke” Features the First Black Samurai

Netflix’s recently released animated series was inspired by the first Black samurai, who was known as Yasuke. Kat Moon’s Time magazine article dives into his story in detail: Yasuke arrived in Japan in 1579 from Africa alongside an Italian Jesuit missionary. While there are many holes in his story, records say that he was a samurai warrior under the impactful feudal lord Oda Nobunaha.

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Many of India’s COVID Cases are Likely Unreported

India is currently experiencing higher COVID-19 mortality and infection rates than any other country, and it is still believed that cases are being underreported. According to Carla K. Johnson’s ABC News article, “the World Health Organization says countries should be doing 10 to 30 tests per confirmed case.” Typically, COVID-19 statistics are underreported because many people aren’t tested or don’t have access to testing, and India’s number of unreported cases is likely even greater than that of other countries.

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The Majority of House Republicans Vote Against Investigation of Capitol Riot

Yesterday, the House officially voted in favor of conducting an investigation on the Capitol Riot that occurred on January 6th, 2020. The commission would represent both parties equally and further investigate the roots of the attack on the Capitol in order to prevent similar threats from occurring in the future.

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Keeping Your Eyes on Your Own Plate

Yes, I know that ice cream has tons of calories. I knew that when I added the hot fudge. I knew that when I added the peanuts. I knew that when I decided that I was hungry for ice cream in the first place, so I drove to the supermarket to pick some up. There was absolutely no need for you to point it out, but thank you

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