EBONY Rundown: Sanaa Lathan Discusses Fate of ‘Love & Basketball’ Sequel, Washington State Issues Vaccine Mandate for All Teachers, and More

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Washington State Requires All Teachers, School Staff to Be Vaccinated

Wednesday, Governor Jay Inslee announced that the state of Washington will require all teachers and school staff to be vaccinated for the upcoming school year. The mandate states that as a “condition of employment,” all people working in educational facilities should be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18. The state also issued a school-wide mask mandate – regardless of vaccination status. “It has been a long pandemic, and our students and teachers have borne their own unique burdens throughout,” Inslee said in a statement. “This virus is increasingly impacting young people, and those under the age of 12 still can’t get the vaccine for themselves. We won’t gamble with the health of our children, our educators, and school staff, nor the health of the communities they serve.”

Sanaa Lathan Discusses Fate of ‘Love & Basketball’ Sequel

It looks like fans won’t be getting a Love & Basketball sequel after all. After years of speculation, Sanaa Lathan says a follow-up film will not happen because director Gina Prince-Bythewood is not interested. “Gina Prince-Bythewood would never want to do that. We’ve talked about it. Gina’s response was, ‘No,’ Lathan told Elle. “The imaginations of the audience will have to decide what happens to Monica and Quincy.”

Saweetie Addresses Homophobia in Hip Hop

In the wake of Da Baby’s comments at the Rolling Loud Festival, artists continue to speak out about homophobia and the firm grip that it holds on hip hop. “I think that it’s important that we all respect each other. We all bleed the same,” the “Fast Motion” rapper told People. “We all need to call out what we’re uncomfortable with. We need to call out what we stand for and for what we believe is right.”

Biden Says No Mistakes Were Made in Afghanistan Withdrawal

In an interview with ABC News, Joe Biden stated that he believes it would have been virtually impossible to pull American troops from Afghanistan without pandemonium. “The idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens. I don’t know how that happened,” said Biden.

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