American presidential nominee, Joe Biden, earlier today announced that he has selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for VP. For those not familiar with Senator Harris, she is a politician serving as the junior Senator from the State of California since 2017.
On a personal level, Harris is the daughter of an immigrant father from Jamaica and an immigrant mother from India. As a Jamaica based platform, we here at Maria Jackson Magazine are excited about this choice and we are fully endorsing the Biden-Harris ticket.
Most people are aware that July 4th is recognized as America’s Independence Day, but it also has a significant meaning for persons from the Caribbean. See below a message from Jamaica House, outlining the importance of July 4th in the Caribbean.
Each year, July 4th is recognized as CARICOM Day. It marks the signing, on July 4, 1973, of the Treaty of Chaguaramas which created the Caribbean Community.
Member States agreed that this day should be commemorated to recall the creation of CARICOM and provide an opportunity for public education, reflection on achievements, challenges and the way forward.
The second weekend of the Essence Festival Of Culture kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, July 2nd, with the ‘Wellness House’ segment. It will stream in real time via Essence Studios, Twitter and Facebook Live from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST.
The focus will be on meditation, conversations, workouts and tutorials designed to boost your mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and financial well-being. Some of the confirmed guests are: Taraji P. Henson, India.Arie, Egypt Sherrod, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Koya Webb and many more.
Let’s Get Free is the debut studio album by hip-hop duo Dead Prez. It was released on February 8th, 2000 on Loud Records. This Friday, June 26th, M-1 (one half of Dead Prez) will be hosting the 20 year celebration of the record in light of the global reckoning on race relations.
This event will stream live on YouTube (uhurutv) and Facebook (omali.yeshitela) starting at 8:00 PM EST. M-1 will be joined by D’Angelo, Sean C, Timmhotep and Omali Yeshitela.
On Friday, June 19th, a day that is very important in the lives of African Americans, Charlamagne will host ‘Lift Every Voice,’ an event centered around “Juneteenth.”
Charlamagne will be joined by: Common, Jonathan McReynolds, T.I., Mick Jenkins, Trae Tha Truth, Vic Mensa, Mereba, Leon Bridges, Gia Peppers and that is just to name a few. ‘Lift Every Voice’ is scheduled to begin at 8 PM ET | 5 PM PT. Click here for additional information.
We all knew hip-hop artist Ice Cube was a rebel from his days with N.W.A, but we didn’t know he was a revolutionary until now. See below a message he posted on his social media regarding the global unrest caused by racial injustice.
“STAY WOKE: I understand that people want to get back to normal. But normal is toxic for us. Keep your knee on these politians and keep them working in our collective interest. Continue to post, inform and complain. They’re hoping you go back to posting bullshit that don’t matter.“
It is now being reported that all four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s murder have been charged! Additionally, the charges for the officer that had his knee on Floyd’s neck were elevated from third to second-degree murder.