February 23, 2021 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Aaryana Sharma; Edited by Haarika Kalahasti
Everyday we check our phones and the news, whether it be through social media posts or our favorite news channel on TV. Lately, we’ve been seeing footage of people getting COVD-19 vaccinations, or re-run clips of the attack on the capitol, or Biden’s new policies. This news is very important, but sometimes we need to read something good, something that really makes us smile. Today, we’re going to tell you five news-worthy articles that may have missed your feed.
An iconic Barbie
Last month, Mattel created a new Barbie Doll. Mattel released a doll in honor of author and activist Dr. Maya Angelou. As a part of the new inspiring women series, the new Dr. The Maya Angelou doll was created to allow girls to envision themselves in the brand’s toys. Dr. Maya Angelou serves as a role model for many teens and women, and her doll will continue to inspire future generations. In addition to this doll, Mattel has made a commitment to feature more women of color in their products including black, indegenous, and women of color.
The GameStop donation
We all heard about the GameStop stock situation, but did you hear about the college student who donated Nintendo Switch consoles and video games to hospital patients after striking gold on GameStop stock? Hunter Kahn, a 20 year old Cornell student, donated six Nintendo Switch consoles with the money he earned through stocks. His donation definitely helped him give back to those in need.
Colors of the World
Since elementary school, we’ve loved coloring. We loved adding color to everything we draw, except when it came to drawings of people. Growing up, most of us only had one peach-colored crayon to color skin tones, but now, everything’s changed for the better! Crayola’s new “Colors of the World” crayons include 24 new crayons designed to model more than 40 different skin tones. In an amazing effort to allow children to feel more represented and accepted, Crayola’s new crayon box will resonate with millions of children.
The Magical Wardrobe
Former “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s wardrobe is going to a good cause. Donated by the Jeopardy show, Alex Trebek’s suits, shirts, and ties are going to The Doe Foundation, a nonprofit that gives temporary work, housing, educational opportunities and other forms of guidance to those with a background of homlessnes, or incarceration. These clothing prices will allow families to have a second chance by opening the door to new, life changing opportunities.
Music during Lockdown
At a local shelter, handyman Manwell Wilslon noticed some youth enjoy spending time with a piano and decided to encourage them to unleash their musical skills and capabilities. Slowly, Manwell Wilson began to restore the run-down piano in the rec room of the shelter. After he fixed the piano, more kids and teenagers came to the piano to learn how to make music and felt less isolated. After he realized their passion for music, Wilson decided to buy an electric piano and spent time giving lessons to some of the youth in the program. Wilson, and other staff at the youth center noticed the impact music had on the children and teenagers and began to encourage learning and playing music as an outlet for trauma.