The Independent’s Happy List 2020: Heroes in a crisis

Laveta Brigham

Today The Independent publishes its annual Happy List, which this year honours 50 remarkable heroes in a crisis who have helped others during the Covid-19 pandemic. These are some of Britain’s most inspirational individuals, whose kindness, ingenuity and dedication prove that the worst of times can bring out our best. […]

Starbucks suspends social media ads over hate speech

Laveta Brigham

Starbucks has announced it will suspend advertising on some social media platforms in response to hate speech. The coffee giant joins global brands including Coca-Cola, Diageo and Unilever which have recently removed advertising from social platforms. A Starbucks spokesperson told the BBC the social media “pause” would not include YouTube, […]

‘We All Deserve to Have Our Voices Heard’

Laveta Brigham

Michelle Obama wants people to get out and vote in November. Through her nonprofit organization When We All Vote, Mrs. Obama teamed up with The Roots during the 13th Annual Roots Picnic on Saturday to encourage people to register to vote for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. During the virtual […]

Make Masks Accessories, Not Annoyances

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Why all the fuss about masks? Why won’t people just wear them? “Masking has become controversial. It shouldn’t be,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on “Face the Nation.” To health experts, masks seem like a simple, apolitical precaution. In medical jargon, they’re personal […]

Beauty’s Age of Accountability

Laveta Brigham

Click here to read the full article. The beauty industry says it is ready to enact change. The question, though, is whether its planned efforts are enough to end systemic racism. On May 25, George Floyd died after being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer. Floyd’s death […]

why Republicans are set for Florida convention amid pandemic

Laveta Brigham

Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Every four years, Democrats and Republicans stage their national conventions, huge primetime events at which presidential nominations are formally bestowed amid cascades of balloons, in front of cheering crowds. On 20 August, a little more than two months before election day, Joe Biden will duly accept […]