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The hope? To achieve engaged citizenry early, because it’s messy out there.

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Imani Benjamin

Sagittarius 2020 Horoscope (November 23 – December 21)

Sagittarius is the adventurer of the horoscope, always ready and willing to explore the world and all it has to offer.
This is the time to get with your wandering spirit. The only way to get through this season is to get back in touch with your inner child and explore.
Some of us may be stuck inside but that shouldn’t take away our sense of wonder. There’s still a whole world at home to get to know. Push forward with excitement and curiosity.

Lainey Devlin

COVID Diaries: One Day at a Time

With no end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, many working and learning from home struggle to have a productive day while in close proximity to the comforts of their beds. Thankfully, there are a multitude of strategies to maximize the work day, even if it’s spent at home.

Fiifi Frimpong

Atlanta Is The Most Mediocre Sports City In America​​

Think back to 1995 when Michael Jordan made his return to the National Basketball Association with his iconic message: “I’m back.” The first computer-animated feature film Toy Story hit theaters that year too.

COVID-19 has ravaged American newsrooms – here’s why that matters

Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus lockdowns end.
COVID-19 has ripped through the industry. In the United States alone, over 36,000 journalists have lost their jobs, been furloughed or had their pay cut.

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How COVID-19 Impacts Those With HIV

In America, over 1 million people live with HIV. Georgia in particular has been going through an HIV epidemic for quite some time. Since 2018, an HIV epidemic has been the status for Atlanta especially. In fact, according to Emory University, there are locations in the Atlanta area where the HIV rate is six-to-eight percent higher than other cities in the entire country.

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Electoral College benefits whiter states, study shows

Though the Electoral College has changed since it was first used to elect George Washington to the presidency in 1789, my research shows that the system continues to give more power to states whose populations are whiter and more racially resentful.

Lila’s review: Riverstone Corner Bistro

If you’re looking for a charming, locally-owned restaurant in North Georgia, look no further than Riverstone Corner Bistro (known to neighboring locals as “RCB”).

Y’all asked, we answered: Why you should vote

When it comes to our democratic election process, readers wanted to know the “why’s” of voting. Why should one vote?
The AY team collectively came together to answer this inquiry and honestly? We get it. Our one vote oft-seems meaningless if not useless, things appear to be outside our control, the list goes on. No less…

What are political parties’ platforms – and do they matter?

Political parties’ platforms – their statements of where they stand on issues – get little respect. President Donald Trump mused recently that he might shrink his party’s platform from 66 pages in 2016 to a single page in 2020. Even as far back as 1996, Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole claimed he had never read his party’s platform. Nor do Democratic Party platforms – such as the draft released July 22 – usually make the best-seller list.

The Election – Gamified

Being an informed voter is much more than knowing who’s a Democrat and who’s a Republican. It’s much more than just doing a cursory internet search on the policies that your party and their chosen candidate has put forward. On top of an already insane year, although anything election-related might be giving you hives, Avant-Youth presents a different point of view. The election – gamified.

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To inform the decisions and actions that’ll guide young people into empowering themselves. We do so by promoting positivity through stories that offer a solution, as well as informational resources.  Avant-Youth is a media organization of the people, by the neighborhood youth, for the community. We provide a fresh, focused perspective on local topics that you’ve grown up around, for you to explore what matters most.  

Why you should attend a silent disco

Silence Activations and their “silent headphones” definitely cater to any and all age groups. You can use them for your birthday party, wedding or small get-togethers.

Scorpio 2020 Horoscope (October 24 – November 22)

After justice and order, chaos reigns supreme. The emotional Scorpio follows after the judicious Libra. The water sign lets loose the emotions and passions that were held back the previous season. 

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

In case 2020 wasn’t dystopian enough, hackers on July 15 hijacked the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian and Apple, among others. Each hijacked account posted a similar fake message. The high-profile individual or company wanted to philanthropically give back to the community during COVID-19 and would double any donations made to a bitcoin wallet, identical messages said. The donations followed.
The hack on the surface may appear to be a run-of-the-mill financial scam. But the breach has chilling implications for democracy.

Congress Delays Vote on MORE Act: Why this is a Major Blow to my Community

Thousands of Black and Latinx people are currently sitting in prison on marijuana trafficking and distribution charges. Meanwhile, predominantly white dispensary owners are enjoying the profit from selling the same exact thing. Congress must take a vote – it is a necessary step towards the racial equality that my community deserves.

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic

As a researcher who studies how communications technologies are used during crises, I’ve found that this mix of information types makes it difficult for people, including those who build and run online platforms, to distinguish an organic rumor from an organized disinformation campaign. And this challenge is not getting any easier as efforts to understand and respond to COVID-19 get caught up in the political machinations of this year’s presidential election.

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PSA’s: (1) CHECK if you should get tested for the ‘rona. (2) THERE are testing centers all over the STATE OF GEORGIA, including free ones in FULTON. (3) TLC if you’ve fallen ill, but more importantly, #stayhome. (4) DONATE blood if you’ve recovered from the disease – this can help medical experts develop a cure [or other remedies to reduce symptoms or the likelihood of death]. Appreciate y’all.

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