On Wednesday, exactly one month after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, students across the nation took part in National Walkout Day in protest of gun violence – capping off a busy first month of the student-led #NeverAgain movement. More than 185,000 students from more than 2,500 schools across the country were expected to participate, with students walking out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. In some cities, like New York, the demonstrations expanded beyond school property, spilling out onto the streets and into parks. In Washington, D.C., students carrying signs gathered en masse outside the White House and on Capitol Hill. Sites of previous school shootings, including Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, also took part. Internationally, students from Israel to Tanzania also walked out of … [Read more...] about National School Walkout: What Have Adults Done Since Parkland?
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On a hot and cloudless afternoon in mid-October, the eight San Juan barrios known collectively as the G8 look a lot like other neighborhoods in the hurricane-battered capital. Uprooted trees lean against roofless homes. Piles of storm detritus and soggy furniture crowd the streets, an odd diesel generator providing a rumbling soundtrack and some power, still a rare commodity on the island three weeks after Hurricane Maria laid waste to the national grid. But these barrios are unique – a disaster zone within a disaster zone. For decades, G8 residents have lived in a near-permanent state of emergency on the perimeter of San Juan’s gleaming “golden mile” business district. The immediate cause of this emergency is a collapsed waterway: 25,000 people are clustered along the Caño Martín Peña, an inland channel that once drained rainfall into lush mangrove swamps, then carried it east into the San Juan Bay. But that was a long time ago. Unregulated … [Read more...] about Hurricane Maria: Inside a Puerto Rican Barrio’s Fight to Survive
“I felt very Beyoncé just now,” Karol G says from inside her car, during a surprise paparazzi ambush in downtown New York City. “I felt very Karol G,” she adds. It was the first of many times she’d refer to herself in third person that day: she, Carolina Giraldo Navarro, marveling over Karol G’s newfound stardom. The 28-year-old Colombian star carries the sort of glow that comes when you finally reap the rewards of over a decade’s work; but it’s only within the last three that she’s birthed her most recognizable songs. In her 2017 debut, Unstoppable, Giraldo mastered pop reggaeton hits from a place of a woman scorned: post-breakup songs like “A Ella,” and “Casi Nada” unleashed a proverbial phoenix, arisen from the ashes. But it was her belt-worthy lines in the Bad Bunny-assisted “Ahora Me Llama” that truly attested the singer-songwriter’s longevity; it was then that Giraldo joined the … [Read more...] about Karol G Is a Reggaeton Superstar — On ‘Ocean,’ She Transcends the Genre
It has been a year since Hurricane Maria wiped out Puerto Rico. If you drop onto the island for a visit, the recovery looks almost complete. The San Juan airport is crowded, the cruise ships are docking on schedule, and the piña coladas are flowing in Old San Juan. The lights work and your cellphone gets pretty good reception. If you ignore a few dead traffic signals and bent road signs, you might even be able to fool yourself into thinking nothing ever happened. But Puerto Rico has not recovered. In fact, it’s arguably as close to collapse as it has ever been. The power is on and the roads are open, but if you look closely, the entire island is held together with duct tape and baling wire. Tens of thousands of people are still living under the blue tarps that were installed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on houses that had their roofs blown off during the storm. Engineers are still discovering bridges that are in danger of collapsing, and every time it rains, … [Read more...] about The Perfect Storm: How Climate Change and Wall Street Almost Killed Puerto Rico
It’s been more than six months since a gunman opened fire on a crowd of country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500, but that date of October 1st still hovers over Las Vegas. It remains an open wound, something woven into the fabric of this desert community. Plenty of things have been done to help the city heal – there have been benefit concerts and hundreds of vigils; the upstart Vegas Golden Knights hockey team honors its “Vegas Strong Hero of the Game” at every home game, in which both survivors and first responders have been recognized; and a healing garden was created just days after the biggest mass shooting in modern United States history. But this weekend’s Academy of County Music Awards could prove to be the most potent salve for a grieving city and country-music community. The ACM Awards and its Party for a Cause series of concerts will return to Las Vegas for the 15th time this week, the … [Read more...] about How 2018 ACM Awards Will Adapt to Las Vegas After Route 91 Shooting