Tuesday Notes: Black Apprentices and more
Sports: How a hand gesture dominated a NCAA title game and revealed a double standard
Louisiana State University beat the University of Iowa in the women's NCAA tournament final on Sunday in a matchup full of historic firsts and dramatic moments.
One of the most-talked about moves happened late in the game and involved two star players, John Cena's wrestling catchphrase and a social media frenzy.
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Report: Black apprentices are being underrepresented and underpaid
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies releases their report “Five Charts To Understand Black Registered Apprentices in the United States” entailing the kind of treatment Black apprentices face in America.
According to the report, Black apprentices are both underpaid in comparison to their counterparts and underrepresented within registered programs. This is proven by the five main points highlighted by the report: Black apprentices have the lowest likelihood of completing apprenticeship programs, are mostly concentrated in the South where there are loose labor standards, see unfair wages in the construction field, earn the lowest wages in comparison to their counterparts and are the most underrepresented throughout all apprenticeship programs.
Music: How Nigerian women are changing the narrative for producers in the studio
In the last ten years, it can be argued that women musicians have made more inroads in the music industry generally. On the global scene, Beyoncé has risen to become one of the most compelling auteurs of the 21st century while Adele’s cathartic music was as popular—if not more than—anything released over the past 15 years. In Nigeria, progress for women musicians has been forthcoming: Tiwa Savage moved from upstart to undeniable pop presence and global force in the space of 10 years, Yemi Alade transcended the quirky messaging of “Johnny”to become a pan-African superstar and, in recent times, younger stars like Temsand the Ghanaian-American singer and rapper, Amaarae, have shown that international success is not a pipe dream but a strong possibility given the right opportunities and connections.
NASA Names Diverse Astronaut Crew for Artemis II Moon Mission
For the first time in more than half a century, NASA has named a crew of astronauts headed to the moon.
They are Reid Wiseman, the mission’s commander; Victor Glover, the pilot; Christina Koch, mission specialist; and, Jeremy Hansen, also a mission specialist. The first three are NASA astronauts, while Mr. Hansen is a member of the Canadian Space Agency.
Jamel Shabazz and the Streets of New York
In 1980, after three years in the U.S. Army, Jamel Shabazz returned home, in his words, “to a war.” “I came home to a situation where a lot of people were dying at the hands of other young people,” he told me. In an era when the crack epidemic and mass incarceration were tearing families and neighborhoods apart, Shabazz saw photography as a form of “visual medicine.” Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, he traversed the streets of New York City armed with a 35-mm camera, his business card, a chessboard, and several photo albums, which he would produce to build trust with his subjects by offering evidence of his past work.