President Obama made history on Friday by becoming the first U.S. sitting president to visit the Hiroshima bomb site in Japan. The city was destroyed 71 years ago by the world’s first atomic bomb, dropped by American forces. Prior to his arrival, a large crowd gathered by the memorial site. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid wreaths at the site in memory of the thousands of people who lost their lives. “The memory of the morning of Aug. 6, 1945 must never fade,” President Obama said during a speech. “Seventy-one years ago on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in the not-so-distant past. We come to mourn the dead including over 100,000 Japanese men women and children, thousands of Koreans, a dozen Americans held prisoner.” Prime Minister Abe said President Obama’s visit created an avenue for the United States and Japan to restore their relationship. Read more.
Donald Trump Wants to Debate Bernie Sanders
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is calling out Bernie Sanders. During a press conference in North Dakota on Thursday, he said he would love to have the opportunity to debate Sanders if the funds from the event went to charity. “I’d love to debate Bernie. He’s a dream,” he said. “So what we can do, if we can raise for maybe women’s health issues or something — if we can raise 10 or 15 million dollars for charity, which would be a very appropriate amount. I understand the television business very well.” According to Sanders’ camp, he’s willing to do the debate. “The senator wants to do it,” Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Bernie Sanders said in a statement. “We’ll see if Trump meant what he said.” Read more.
FDA Finalizes Michelle Obama’s Nutrition Label Plan
First Lady Michelle Obama has taken her “Let’s Move” health initiative to the next level. In an effort to help Americans live a healthier lifestyle, the Food and Drug Administration has made the decision to make major changes to food nutrition labels. The amount of calories and the serving size will appear in a larger font. The amount of added sugars will also be more noticeable. In two years, the food labels will also have details about the amount of Vitamin D and Potassium. “I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.” Under the new plan, nearly 800,000 products will be affected. Read more.
Black Voters in California are Most Concerned About Police Brutality and Homelessness
Immigration and climate change are lesser concerns for Black voters in California. According to a new survey, titled The California African American Policy Priority Survey, African-Americans in California are more concerned about police brutality, homelessness, and health care. The poll, which was conducted by the African-American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project (AAVREP), surveyed 800 registered Black voters who resided in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. The survey showed that 93 percent of African-Americans believe police officials should take accountability for using excessive force and racially biased tactics. The percentage was the same for those who believed that homelessness should be a top priority for elected officials. Access to adequate health care also topped the list of priorities, with 95 percent of those polled saying it needs to improve. Affordable housing was also a top issue for Black California voters. Read more.
Voletta Wallace and Sybrina Fulton to Attend Memorial Service for Afeni Shakur
Earlier this month, news of Afeni Shakur’s death shocked the hip-hop world. On Saturday, the late mother of rapper Tupac Shakur will be honored at a memorial service in her hometown of Lumberton, North Carolina. Amongst those expected to attend are Voletta Wallace, mother of the late Notorious B.I.G., and Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin. According to sources, Shakur connected with both Wallace and Fulton after they lost their sons to gun violence. Local choirs will also honor Shakur. She was well ingrained in the community, often contributing to the town’s library. Shakur died on May 2 in Sausalito, California from a heart attack. She was 69. Read more.
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