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Even though some of the variants impact antibody efficacy, the vaccines will still work thanks to the all-important “cushion effect”

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The first press briefing from the Biden administration to include Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, received a lot of attention for the jokes, smiles, and pointed questions about the previous president.

However, the focus of Fauci’s comments on the pandemic itself was no laughing matter. The nation’s top infectious disease expert went into detail about the new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that are now circulating in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil. …

I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between acquiring wisdom versus executing wisdom. I always dedicate a lot of time to study, whether it’s a pandemic or not. And I enjoy the activity of reading — not just the purpose like learning or entertaining yourself.

But over the past year, I’ve noticed that I spent more time merely consuming information. And I’m not alone. We’re all trying to make sense of everything that’s going on right now. We read about history, philosophy, psychology, and any other field that could give us some wisdom so we at least feel better.

As a teenager, I’d always had dreams of ‘making it’ as a writer, whatever that meant. And at eighteen, brimming with ambition and fresh out of high school, the time had come to give it my best shot. That’s when I realized a harsh truth about the often-romanticized world of writing. It’s not easy to make a career as an author.

My childhood naivety had left me with the false belief that becoming an author would be as simple as waiting for inspiration to strike, writing a bestselling novel, and reaping the rewards for the remainder of my happy, carefree…

I’m very proud of this artwork. — KC

A few days ago I had a great margarita at my favorite Mexican restaurant, where I visited with the wait staff, all members of the family that owns the restaurant. The matriarch doesn’t speak English, so explaining to her that no, really, that was all of the queso fundido I was going to eat but there was no problem with the food, exceeded my Spanish-speaking capacity. With her grandson’s help, we got it sorted out — and enjoyed a moment.

A couple of days after that, I met a young woman from…

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Hi there! I saw the U-haul out front, and thought I’d drop by and see if you needed anything.

No, I’m not selling drugs.

I wanted to introduce myself. As a fellow white person who has been in the neighborhood for awhile, I thought I could welcome you with cookies, and offer some advice.

Congratulations on the great deal on that house! Nobody can buy in Seattle anymore, so everyone’s moving here and commuting. No one’s mad about that, but with all these new folks moving here, this neighborhood is changing.

So if you’re going…

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The fate of the U.S. Senate will be decided on January 5 in Georgia when polls close for the two seats up for grabs in a pair of runoff elections, as Democrats Jon Ossof and Raphael Warnock challenge incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively. The results of the elections will determine if Joe Biden gets to install the policies he’s promised and campaigned on or if Mitch McConnell will be empowered to obstruct student loan forgiveness, Covid-19 stimulus checks, health care expansion, and a bevy of other issues that Biden voters are clamoring for. In…

“Everybody look at you strange say you changed, like you worked that hard to stay the same” — Jay-Z, Most Kingz

Welcome one and all to another edition of my Medium column, “What Would Hov Do?” where I handle some of your most pressing life questions with the help of Jay-Z lyrics. I know, what took so long?!

This week, “New Friends” has a good question that I think all of us have struggled with at some point or another:

How do I let go of friends who no longer align with my energy?

Life is seasonal — things, people…

Since 1976, we as a nation have paused each February to observe and remember the notable achievements and contributions African-Americans have made in this country. We call this Black History Month. During this time, we celebrate and remember those who seem to be the only blacks who have made history: Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglas. Television networks will re-run notable documentaries on the civil rights movement. Large corporations such as Nike find February to be the perfect moment to capitalize on black consumers by selling $200+ for a pair…

While many supporters of President-elect Joe Biden are still relishing the sweet taste of victory, some Black folks remain cautious about what lurks around the corner and question if this is the quiet before the storm. The day the election was called was a day of celebration for many, but we have two lingering issues on our hands, the first being Donald Trump and his base. Simply put, they’re big mad about the election, and Trump is fueling their anger, making some in the Black community concerned about their physical safety should his base decide to lash out.

The second…


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