Four hundred years ago, America’s first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. Centuries later, black Americans have managed to accumulate some wealth, but it still pales in comparison to that of whites. This racial wealth gap is a result not only of the horrors of slavery but also policies – such as Jim Crow laws, redlining and modern-day mass incarceration – that followed.
InterContinental Hotels Group will replace mini-shampoos and conditioners with possibly more efficient bulk products by the year 2021. Marriott Hotels recently followed suit, vowing to ban miniature toiletries by next year.
Reports have emerged that Purdue Pharma is in settlement talks to resolve thousands of federal and state lawsuits over its role in fueling the opioid epidemic. As part of the reported settlement, the company would file for bankruptcy.
Scientists say climate change is causing powerful hurricanes like Dorian to increasingly stall over coastal areas, which leads to heavy flooding. Officials in the Bahamas feared “unprecedented” devastation after Dorian hovered over the islands for two days, pummeling it with rain.
Apple’s new iOS 13 update is now available to download on compatible iPhones today, with an iPhone 6S release to follow soon. The biggest new addition is Dark Mode, which allows everything from iMessage, Photos, and Settings to switch to a much darker theme throughout the operating system.
To celebrate SpongeBob Squarepants turning 20 this year, Nickelodeon released a “Masterpiece Memes” vinyl figurine collection featuring the most beloved memes birthed from the show, including “Imaaagination SpongeBob” and “Handsome Squidward.” The 8-inch figurines, retailing for around $20 each, immediately sold out when they were first released, speaking to the enduring popularity of the show and how closely it mirrors the internet’s language.