Espaillat Fights Gentrification in Harlem, Twitter Names a New VP of Inclusion and Diversity, & Meet the Diverse Members of the Academy

At 8P tonight, Trump’s travel ban goes into effect. The administration can block the entry of nationals from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days with exceptions for foreign nationals who have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Stepsiblings and half-siblings are allowed, but not nieces or nephews. Parents are considered “close family,” but grandparents are not. The NYT breaks it down. France gave us Lady Liberty; we will give them Donald Trump. The president has accepted an invitation from PresidentEmmanuel Macron to join Bastille Day celebrations next month. Round two of who has the most aggressive handshake begins. The GOP scramble on healthcare reform continues with Trump promising a “big surprise.” With nine Republican senators publicly expressing their opposition to the Senate bill, this “surprise” could be dead fish on their doorsteps. Think that behavior is beneath the leader of the free world? Obviously, you haven’t seen this morning’s tweets where he insults MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. No matter where you fall on the political divide, this language from the Oval Office occupant is pulling American democracy one step closer to the gutter. Here's what we've got today:

  • Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) counters AG Sessions with new legislation
  • Rev. Al Sharpton announces the Minister’s March for Justice
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opened its doors to its largest-ever class of new members. They’re diverse and they’re dope.  See who made the list below.
  • Chuck Rocha talks the future of the Democratic Party with The Beat DC’s Jamal Simmons and Tiffany D. Cross
  • Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) fights “SoHa.
  • U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will not move to Trump Tower
  • Planned Parenthood has a message for you on healthcare reform
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda partners with the Hispanic Federation
  • Meet Twitter’s new VP of Inclusion and Diversity
  • The Black Senate Staff Association has a new leader
  • Who got game? NUL’s Marc Morial! We throw it back to his baller days
  • The U.S. Latino economic power is one of the largest in the world
  • Border wall prototypes set to begin.
  • MTV News restructures. Again
  • California AG Xavier Becerra pushes Senate on regulatory rollbacks.
Brenda Arredondo