As the year comes to a close, we’re left to wonder: “What other bad things can really happen?” Despite all the not so great things, there were some moments of good that took place. Can’t remember any? Check out our recap of the third quarter of 2020.
*Some Colleges Reopen Their Campuses
After months of not being in classrooms, some colleges made the decision to open their campuses while still maintaining social distancing and other proper COVID measures to ensure the safety of students and staff. This was my first semester of college and it really wasn’t what I expected it to be at all. It was strange to be around people in a classroom again, especially when we were all seated six feet apart and wearing masks. It should also be mentioned that most of my classes were online with only two of them being hybrid classes. Despite this, it was refreshing to get out of my room to go to class sometimes.
*Officers Charged In George Floyd’s Death (September 10th)
It’s always a good day for a Black person that was wronged to receive justice. It’s so rare for people to be held accountable for their negative actions against members of the Black community unless they’re Black. To see something different is refreshing. Though what happened to George Floyd was horrible and shouldn’t happen to anyone regardless of what they’ve done, the fact that he received this justice shows that society is moving in a more positive direction.
*Naomi Osaka Won The US Open (September 12th)
Being as young as she is and doing as well as she is when it comes to tennis is already a big deal, but Naomi Osaka also used her platform to advocate for Black lives while playing the game. During her tennis matches, Naomi wore masks with the names of Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, and Tamir Rice, all were Black people who were killed by racist people.
*Bronzeville Got A New Mural
Chicago is known for its street art and murals. Many of these murals are painted by the city’s youth in predominantly Black neighborhoods. A new mural was painted in Bronzeville that displays influential members of the Black community such as Harold Washington and Gwendolyn Brooks.
The Bad & The Ugly
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s role as a Supreme Court Justice was significant. She was a feminist who fought for women’s rights. Despite her dying wish being that her seat was vacant until the election was done, Donald Trump elected another Supreme Court Justice immediately following RBG’s death. Trump has been trying to overturn Roe v. Wade and his chances of doing this are much more likely with someone with the same stance as him being elected as a justice.
*True Star Celebrated 16 Years Of Service
Your favorite teen publication turned 16! When our co-founders DeAnna Mcleary Sherman and Na-Tae’ Thompson began True Star 16 years ago, there were only 17 students. True Star has blossomed into a program that gives Chicago area students access to learning opportunities when it comes to writing, radio, digital media, and more. We’re going to continue to grow and produce content for people like you to consume and enjoy. Our first virtual fundraiser was a huge success. Donate today to keep the magic going.
*Nicki Minaj Gave Birth To A Baby Boy (October 1st)
After being in the spotlight for so long, Nicki decided to settle down, get married, and have a little bundle of joy. She announced her pregnancy back in July when she posted pictures from her maternity shoot on Instagram. She shared the baby’s first pics in October.
*Bryson Tiller’s Album “A N N I V E R S A R Y” Dropped (October 2nd)
This third studio album from Bryson Tiller came three years after his last album, True To Self. I keep reiterating this point: Good music is what made 2020 bearable. If it wasn’t for the music, this year would’ve been much worse.
*Travis Scott Gave Money To HBCU Students (October 8th)
College isn’t cheap by any means and sometimes financial aid just doesn’t cover it all. Rapper Travis Scott stepped in and helped some HBCU students with their college expenses. He fully covered the first month of tuition for five HBCU students. I always love to see people with large platforms giving back to their people, especially after the year we’ve been having.
*Megan Thee Stallion Created A Scholarship For Women of Color (October 11th)
Many scholarships are only offered to specific majors and programs of study, Meg decided to offer $10,000 to women of color going to school for any major. Considering she’s a college student herself, she understands that school is stressful enough and trying to find the funds to pay for it is just as stressful. Meg decided to take that weight off of some women of color pursuing college degrees. The winners were Jasmine Denton (University of Illinois-Urbana) and Maria Gonzales (Mercer County Community College).
*Kristen Welker, A Black woman, Moderated The Presidential Debate (October 22)
Kristen Welker, an NBC News White House correspondent, became the second Black woman to moderate the presidential debate. I’m happy to feel represented but it’s unfortunate that it took this long for it to happen. Hopefully we’ll continue to see more Black people stepping into positions where there are few (if any) Black people present.
The Bad & The Ugly
*Officer Derek Chauvin Released On Bail (October 7th)
The justice that George Floyd and his family received was short-lived as the officer who had his knee on Floyd’s neck was released on bail. It sent hurt through the Black community all over again as the progress that had been made was stripped away as quickly as it came.
*Trump Tested Positive (October 11th)
You would think that the leader of a nation would be smarter when it comes to taking necessary precautions to prevent yourself from catching and spreading COVID. Not our president though. After all of the months that he denied COVID-19 was real, Trump and his family got COVID. He then went to the hospital, got excellent treatment because he’s the president, and then claimed that he felt better than before he had the virus.
*#EndSARS (mistreatment of people living in Nigeria)
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Nigeria has been violating human rights to the citizens of Nigeria. Citizens have been injured and killed at the hands of SARS similar to the way Black people have been injured and killed by the police. This hashtag is about three years old but has gained more attention in recent months. Since the hashtag gained popularity, many celebrities and influencers have been speaking out on the issues as well.
*Historic Biden-Harris Win (November 7th)
Not only did Joe Biden win more votes than any other U.S. president in history, but we will now have a woman as vice president for the first time. A Black woman at that! It would take days for the “initial win” to be called for the Nov. 4th election. This was one of the most important elections of all time and I’m glad it turned out the way that it did.
*In-person Learning At CPS Schools Expected to begin in January & February
After almost a year of remote learning, there has been talk of CPS students returning to in-person learning at the beginning of next year. Though it’s still a little questionable, but it could be safer considering the vaccine has been released to the public.
*Megan Thee Stallion’s 1st Album “Good News” Dropped (November 20th)
After all of her singles and EPs have been topping the charts, Megan Thee Stallion finally dropped her first studio album. It was upbeat and enjoyable like all of her other music.
*Summer Walker & London on da Track Are Expecting
Summer Walker took to Instagram to announce her pregnancy with her first child. She showed a photo of her baby bump. This news came with some drama. The mother of London on da Track’s child said Summer Walker was pregnant before the singer actually announced it.
The Bad & The Ugly
*King Von Died (November 6th)
Death has really been plaguing 2020. Whether it be from COVID or violence, there’s been a lot of death, especially among celebrities. Rapper King Von happened to be one of those celebrities. While in Atlanta, he was involved in some conflict and was shot outside of a club.
*Thanksgiving… Canceled (November 26th)
Not being able to be surrounded by family has been difficult enough this year, but the fact that Thanksgiving was canceled made it that much worse. Due to COVID-19 cases increasing, it was advised by the government and the CDC that families not have gathers for Thanksgiving.
*Trump Gave Biden And Harris Drama During The Transition
It’s not new for Trump to act like a brat when he doesn’t get his way, but this time he’s taking it a little too far. On top of demanding for the vote count to be stopped and demanding a recount of votes, Trump was saying that he wouldn’t leave the White House when it was time for him to be replaced by Joe Bidden.
*COVID-19 Cases Rise Again
We’ve seen this multiple times this year. When restrictions are lifted, we see increases in case numbers. This most recent increase is to blame because of Thanksgiving gatherings that should have been canceled.
*Mayor Lori Lightfoot Put Chicago Back On Lockdown (November 13th)
Due to the large increase of confirmed cases in the city of Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot placed the city back on lockdown. This was done in an attempt to lower and stabilize case numbers in the city and surrounding areas.
*Kyle Rittenhouse Released From Jail On Bail
The same disappointment and hurt felt when Derek Chauvin was released on bail was felt all over again when Kyle Rittenhouse got out. It just shows that the lives of Black people don’t matter as much as they should.
*COVID-19 Vaccine Released To The Public (December 11th)
After months of creating and testing, the vaccine has been released to the public. Many are skeptical about getting the vaccine because it was made so quickly and we don’t know any of the long-term results. This vaccine may be the hope we’ve been needing all year to see the end of the COVID tunnel.
*Vlogmas On YouTube
I’m obsessed with YouTube. It’s replaced TV and streaming services for me at this point. Vlogs are some of my favorite YouTube videos and Vlogmas gave me consistent vlogs for the entire month of December from most of my favorite influencers.
*The End Of The Semester
FINALLY! It has been the longest semester of my entire academic career. Winter break is much needed to give everyone a short break to relax and not focus on school for a moment. It was a rough one, but we all pulled through and that’s all that matters.
*“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Debuts On Netfilx (December 18th)
It was bittersweet to see Chadwick Boseman starring in his final movie before his death. His acting was amazing as was Viola Davis’. It’s really sad to know that this will be the last time we see Boseman on the screen in anything new.
The Bad & The Ugly
*Christmas Was Much Different Than Usual
Honestly, I really wasn’t in the Christmas spirit this year. It’s usually my favorite time of the year, but this year just felt different.
*Botched Raid In Chicago Goes Viral
News and video was released of when multiple police officers broke into the home of a Black woman in Chicago in a botched raid. This horrible event went viral. To make matters worse, some of these officers have had complaints prior to this incident. Community activists have called for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation for how she handled this situation.
*COVID Is Still Alive And Well Even With A Vaccine
The vaccine was recently released but we still haven’t seen very much progress when it comes to lowering confirmed case numbers. Unfortunately, a new strain of the virus is believed to be in America, and on the last day of the year a record of over 3,740 deaths have been reported in the states. At this point, with knowing all that we’ve learned about COVID-19 in the last year, there’s absolutely no reason that these case numbers should be continuing to climb as they have. What is crystal clear is that we must continue to follow the guidelines.
And there you have it, the final 2020 recap. It’s been interesting to reflect on all of the things that happened this year because I honestly forgot that a lot of these things took place. I can’t believe we even went through everything we did this year, but it’s finally over. We made it through! Let’s cross our fingers and hope 2021 is better for us. Happy New Year everybody!
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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