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Jill Biden Makes the Cover of Vogue

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Vogue features First Lady Jill Biden as the face of their August issue. In this edition, Jill discusses her relationship with President Joe Biden, fashion, and her goals throughout her husband’s term.

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  • The esteemed magazine revealed that Jill would grace their cover on Tuesday via social media. Alongside Jill’s front picture, Vogue describes her as “a first lady for all of us.”

  • The decision to feature Jill sparked criticism from the right-wing. Throughout former President Donald Trump’s four years in office, Vogue never invited First Lady Melania Trump to star on its cover. A few of Trump’s supporters took to dragging Jill’s style choices. Some even chose to call Jill names such as “old hag,” and say she wears curtains and tablecloths.

  • Despite the harsh words, the present First Lady made a lasting impression on Vogue. The profile written by Jonathan Van Meter praises her contribution to education and how it has impacted women across the country. He specifically highlights her support for the Navajo Nation, and how she intends on continuing her professorship while First Lady. Van Meter opines that Jill’s compassionate and kind nature will truly help President Joe Biden create his legacy.

“It’s hard to imagine Joe doing this without her,” Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan told Van Meter.

  • Additionally, she explained she felt shocked that her fashion choices spark conversation. She was especially surprised because she’s never hired a stylist. Jill also chooses from a “diverse group” of designers and repeats outfits, which Vogue editors celebrate as practicing fashion sustainability.
  • Jill also took the time to explain why she believes her husband got elected. When asked about the country’s mood, she stated that she felt anxiety from people during the Biden campaign; she believed Americans wanted someone to come and heal the nation, “not just from the pandemic;” she even describes her husband as a “calmer” president. Jill also mentioned that she and Joe still try and make time to improve their relationship, even as President and First Lady.

Jill is the third First Lady to garner a profile and cover in Vogue; prior to her, the magazine presented former First Ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama on their front pages.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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