Four years ago, candidate Donald Trump’s pitch to African Americans heading to voting booths was simple: “What do you have to lose?”
While he captured just 8 percent of the black vote in 2016, current polls suggest things could be slightly different this time around.
In November, an Emerson poll reported a 34.5 percent approval rating among black voters, and a January Gallup poll reported a 14 percent increase in satisfaction over race relations among Americans.
WNYC’s Race & Justice Unit wanted to understand what might motivate African Americans to vote for Donald Trump. Here, three Black New Yorkers explain why they’re flipping parties and voting Republican this year.
If you’re looking to make some extra cash without leaving the house during quarantine an underwear company is looking to hire what it’s calling the “ultimate couch potato.”
Pockies will pay you $500 dollars a day to sit on your sofa in their boxer shorts. The only thing they ask in return is that you relax for five hours and take note of how you feel wearing their products.
The company says applicants must be 18-years of age or older, have no ambition, can snooze up to 10 times in a row, and have worn underwear at least once before.
Applications are available online, the deadline for submission is October 31.
Michelob Ultra Beer is looking for someone willing to travel the country for six months, but there are some qualifications you’ll have to meet to be chosen. On the website, the job description says the ideal candidate will have a “deep appreciation for nature,” and be able to find and take the best photos at national parks to share on the beer brand’s social media. The job is for a chief of exploration officer for Michelob Ultra Pure Gold. The brand touts an office with a great view, lots of travel and beer to go with it. Michelob said the new hire will travel in a camper van that will be equipped with a bathroom and shower, gas money and beer for off days. A “plus one” will also be able to join you for the adventures.
The deadline to apply is 9/30/2020: Click on the link below.
During the pandemic, community fridges have proved essential for food-insecure New Yorkers. There is one fridge in Brooklyn that has gone above and beyond. Located at Myrtle Avenue and Adelphi Street, a refrigerator is stocked with free food for anyone who needs it. The refrigerator was put in place last month by Clinton Hill Fort Greene Mutual Aid, a nonprofit group formed during the coronavirus crisis to help provide groceries to homebound residents. Volunteers are in charge of picking up the food donated by local businesses. Then they sort and package the fresh food and place “use by” dates on them. There are also shelves for non-perishable foods, a can opener for those who can’t wait to eat and bags to take items home. They say the most popular items are milk and eggs and they’re doing outreach to get more donors.
Construction Union Laborers Local 79, the Greater New York Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust are partnering with Queensbridge Cutz, a Black and union member-owned barbershop. Together they are handing out 150 vouchers for free haircuts for children 17 and under. The initiative is particularly aimed at kids living at the Queensbridge Houses. Families will have 30 days to use their vouchers to schedule a safe haircut at Queensbridge Cutz.
Members of the Test + Trace corps set up in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Flushing, Queens; the North Shore of Staten Island and Sunset Park, Brooklyn to provide information about where to get a free COVID-19 test. The goal of this effort is to keep the positive rate of those tested, also known as the infection rate, at no more than one percent, to insure the virus is held at bay. Test and trace leaders said they’re also working with labs to push for faster result; New Yorkers say they’re waiting days or weeks to find out. The test and trace corp plans to hold Testing days of action like this in other neighborhoods across the five boroughs in upcoming weeks to keep urging people to get tested.
Wearing a mask in public is now required to help stop the spread of COVID-19. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan reports that store workers are tasked with making sure people comply, but that’s not always easy because ‘People Don’t Listen’
The city is ramping up coronavirus testing today in an effort to keep a handle on the virus. Wednesday is being called a COVID-19 testing “day of action.” The goal is to test 150,000 people by the end of the week. There are more than 180 testing sites across New York City. Testing is encouraged for everyone, not just those with symptoms. Results take approximately three to five days to return.
The MTA has installed a dozen vending machines with personal protective equipment at 10 subway stations across the city. The pilot program allows customers to buy reusable face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. No one will be turned away at any time All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time.