President Joe Biden has a new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. On Wednesday, Marcia L. Fudge was confirmed by the Senate as the newest head of the department that was previously led by Ben Carson.
As noted by The Root, Fudge’s appointment and confirmation makes her the first Black woman to lead the embattled agency in 40 years. Previously, Fudge served as an Ohio congresswoman, the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the first female and African American mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
In her new role, Fudge will have to do a gut renovation to a department that’s severely suffered from alleged financial mismanagement and the Covid-19 pandemic. She’s expected to undo racist Trump-era policies and reinstate Obama-era policies that promoted fair access to transportation, job, and good schools across socioeconomic and racial lines.
Michelle Obama honored as an “icon”.
We’ll never get tired of Michelle Obama winning. This week, the National Women’s Hall of Fame announced that it will be honoring the former first lady for being “one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century.”
As reported by CNN, Obama has helped create multiple advocacy groups. They include Let’s Move!, a program aimed at ending childhood obesity; the Reach Higher Initiative, which seeks to help students navigate and understand job opportunities; and Joining Forces, an initiative she led with current first lady Jill Biden, which supports service members, veterans and military families.
In addition to Obama, former professional soccer player Mia Hamm, NASA’s first African American female engineer Katherine Johnson, and PepsiCo’s first female CEO Indra Nooyi will receive the honor as well.
Meghan Markle takes a stand.
After a revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been the talk of the town. One person who couldn’t stop talking about them was anchor Piers Morgan, who after being on ITV’s Good Morning Britain since 2015, abruptly quit after making insensitive remarks about Markle.
“I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report,” Morgan said in regards to Markle’s mental health struggles while living under the monarchy. Morgan doubled down the next day saying, “I don’t believe what Meghan Markle is saying generally in this interview, and I still have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said.”
In response, there were over 40,000 complaints about Morgan’s remarks and Markle herself, according to The Guardian, filed “a formal complaint” to ITV. This prompted the network to do a formal investigation into “whether his comments broke the UK broadcasting code relating to harm and offence.” Hours later, Morgan’s departure was announced.
We love to see a woman stand up for herself and win.