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Morehouse College is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious Historically Black colleges in the country, and the only all-male one. One of the reasons this institution has managed to survive over 150 years is that it knows how to adapt with the times and the needs of African-American men. In a surprising move, the college has now opted to include transgender men in that number, and will begin accepting them in 2020!

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The new policy, known as the Gender Identity Admissions and Matriculation Policy, applies to all students who enroll in the private college by the fall 2020 semester.
The announcement comes after Spelman College, a private historically black all-women’s school in Atlanta, adopted a similar policy in 2017.
“In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” said Terrance Dixon, Morehouse vice president for enrollment management. “The ratification of this policy affirms the College’s commitment to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service.”

Policy only allows for trans men to be admitted

The policy was developed after 15 months of community engagement with faculty, staff, students and alumni, the release says. Morehouse President David A. Thomas created a task force that led the community engagement meetings.
“Morehouse College has been at the forefront of human rights issues for 152 years,” Thomas said in a statement to CNN. “Today’s vote to reaffirm our dedication to educating and developing men, including trans men, is an important step into one of the new frontiers of social justice — gender identity.”
The policy also states that students who are admitted into Morehouse “are expected to self-identify as men throughout their education at Morehouse,” the release states. Should a student transition from a man to a woman, the student would no longer be eligible to enroll at the school, the release states.
Trans women, or any person who identifies as a woman, will not be considered for admission into the school, the release says. Morehouse spokeswoman Aileen Dodd said students who identified as trans women before 2020 are eligible to graduate from Morehouse, but are not permitted to graduate from the school after 2020. A trans woman is a person who was born a man but transitioned to become a woman.
There will be a system in place to consider exemptions to the rule, with the Morehouse president having the final say, the release says.
Other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that have nondiscrimination policies addressing gender identity include Tuskegee University in Alabama, Howard University in Washington, Florida A&M University, Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana, North Carolina Central University and Morgan State University in Maryland.
We definitely applaud Morehouse’s move to be more inclusive with their enrollment. We are not sure what ramifications this will have on the college, but we are sure they can meet whatever challenges arise. What do you think of Morehouse’s decision, sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Tragic…First Child Under 18 Dead from Coronavirus…

Coronavirus has no prejudice when it comes to its victims. Initially many of us considered it a foreign disease that would never reach American shores. Now as the number of Americans who have contracted coronavirus increases we are extremely sad to report one of them is a child.

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Coronavirus has no prejudice when it comes to its victims. Initially many of us considered it a foreign disease that would never reach American shores. Now as the number of Americans who have contracted coronavirus increases we are extremely sad to report one of them is a child.

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The number of deaths in the county from the virus is now 11. Tuesday’s update also included a previously reported death in Long Beach. The young person who died was from Lancaster. No further details were immediately available.

“This is a devastating reminder that COVID-19 affects people of all ages,” L.A. County Public Health Department director Barbara Ferrer said.

Two of the individuals who died were between the ages of 50 and 70. One of those individuals had underlying health issues and resided in the West Adams neighborhood.

Officials also confirmed an additional 128 cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the county’s total to 662. Of those positive cases, 42% occurred in individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 and 39% occurred in individuals between the ages of 41 and 65.

At least 119 individuals, or 18% of all positive cases, have been hospitalized for the virus.

The number of COVID-19 cases in California surged to more than 2,20as officials issued urgent warnings about the need for more hospital beds and equipment as medical facilities begin to fill up.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he believes California will need 50,000 hospital beds for patients suffering from the illness caused by the coronavirus. That marks a significant increase from the 20,000 beds his administration forecast last week. The Democratic governor said the state’s 416 hospitals were doubling their “surge plans,” a move that will result in 30,000 new beds across the system.

This is extremely disturbing and scary. Please everyone let’s all stay home and stay safe. This pandemic is only going to get worse before it gets better. Lord, please, no more children…let’s keep everyone uplifted in our prayers.

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ICYMI! Condom Shortage Could Lead to Coronavirus Baby Boom!

Safe sex may–or the choice to have it–may soon be in short supply experts are reporting. Condoms may be harder to find as more and more Americans are ordered to quarantine and remain home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some experts are even predicting a “coronavirus baby boom” further proving everyone is NOT practicing social distancing.

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Safe sex may–or the choice to have it–may soon be in short supply experts are reporting. Condoms may be harder to find as more and more Americans are ordered to quarantine and remain home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some experts are even predicting a “coronavirus baby boom” further proving everyone is NOT practicing social distancing.

via Mercury News

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Hints of heightened interest in condoms first emerged last month in China, where the virus was first reported.

Condomsales.com reported March 3 that stores were seeing “shortages in Singapore and Hong Kong.” The e-commerce platform Pinduoduo noted quarantine measures in China fueled a jump in sales of condoms and hair clippers, according to abacusnews.com.

One reason for the condom rush in Asia: Some people were wearing them on their fingers, after rumors spread on social media the practice could protect you from the coronavirus, The Mirror reported.

It’s coincidental, but also important that hard-hit Asia is home to “the world’s largest condom maker,” the Karex company in Malaysia, according to Forbes. Any slowdown in manufacturing there could have global implications.

Condom sales have reportedly been increasing in the United States since coronavirus cases were first diagnosed on the West Coast, where a growing number of shelter-in-place orders are in place.

Such orders bind Americans to their homes, except in cases of “essential business” and health needs.

Seven million people are currently under a three-week shelter order in the San Francisco Bay area, and large urban areas like New York City are reportedly considering it, McClatchy News reported this week.

The betting odds site SportsBettingDime.com went so far as to release odds of a Trojan condom stock boom amid the pandemic. “You can bet on the population getting down to business while stuck inside their homes for the next couple of months,” the site says.

Dr. Mehmet Oz told TMZ couples should have sex while they’re quarantined. “You’ll live longer, get rid of the tension. … Maybe you’ll make some babies.”

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Baby Boomers

A jump in birth rates is actually normal after emergencies and natural disasters. Think of the Baby Boomers (via investopedia.com, a term used to describe a person who was born between 1946 and 1964. The baby boomer generation makes up a substantial portion of the world’s population, especially in developed nations. It represents nearly 20% of the American public.) the as of now, largest generation of Americans to date born after World War II, “It’s probably going to be the biggest baby boom we’ve seen,” Dr. Kevin Kathrotia of Millennium Neonatology told FOX Business on Monday. “Anytime there’s the threat of a hurricane, there’s a little baby boom. … There’s going to be kids in nine months, I can assure you.”

Well it looks like the world will be getting a lot more Sagittarians and Capricorns. Christmas really will be “Merry Christmas Baby!”

 

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Yikes! Tokyo’s Olympic Games Could Be Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Yikes! The coronavirus is not only putting a cramp on the world’s health, but its festivities as well. The 2020 Olympic Games set to be held in Tokyo this year could in fact be postponed to later this year due to concerns and efforts to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly illness. 

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Yikes! The coronavirus is not only putting a cramp on the world’s health, but its festivities as well. The 2020 Olympic Games set to be held in Tokyo this year could in fact be postponed to later this year due to concerns and efforts to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly illness.

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During a meeting of the Japanese parliament Tuesday, Japan’s Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto explained that Toyko’s contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not specify when the games need to be held, as long as they are in 2020, Deadline reported.

The contract “calls for the Games to be held within 2020 … [this] could be interpreted as allowing a postponement,” she explained.

While the sporting event is currently scheduled to start July 24, the IOC “has the right to cancel the games only if they are not held during 2020,” Hashimoto added, according to The Japan Times.

“We are doing all we can to ensure that the Games go ahead as planned,” she continued, while IOC president Thomas Bach added that they are “fully committed” to hosting the Olympics in July, according to Deadline.

As of March 3, there have been at least 93,312 confirmed cases of COVD-19 worldwide — with 80,151 of the cases in mainland China where the virus originated, according to recent Johns Hopkins’ data. In Japan, there have been 282 confirmed cases and 6 total deaths.

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The Louvre Museum

Coronavirus really has the world gripped with fear. First France closes The Louvre, and now The Olympic Games are being postponed. This all just leaves us wondering what is next. We are praying for all the victims of this deadly disease which has now spread to every populated continent in the world. (Antarctica is not permanently populated, FYI.) What are your thoughts? Has Japan gone too far by delaying the games? Sound off in the comments’ section below. Prayers!

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