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Black Medical Student Writes Book About How Symptoms Look on Darker Skin

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Malone Mukwende

*A 20-year-old black medical student in London is revolutionizing medicine after noticing “a lack of teaching about darker skin tones, and how certain symptoms appear differently in those who aren’t white,” he told The Washington Post.

Malone Mukwende, who recently completed his second year of medical school at St George’s, University of London, decided to address the issue himself by writing the book “Mind The Gap: A Handbook of Clinical Signs in Black and Brown Skin.” It details the clinical presentations of diseases and their differences as they appear on melanin-enriched skin. Malone realized early in his studies that current medical literature was insufficient for diagnosing diseases that would otherwise affect vast numbers of darker-skinned people, leading to misdiagnosis.

With his book he’s hoping to save countless lives.

Below, watch an interview with Mukwende and see an example of how a condition presents differently on black and white skin.

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All the Ways NY Attorney General Letitia James Will Prosecute Trump Once He’s Out of Office (Watch)

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NY Attorney General Letitia James on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) – Nov. 18, 2020

*Although it’s been a longstanding Justice Department policy not to indict a sitting president, Donald Trump will be out of the White House come January 20th, and New York Attorney General Letitia James has her ears pinned back ready to pounce.

Trump could attempt to pardon himself, or he could step down prior to January 20 and allow Vice President Mike Pence to pardon him. But a pardon only pertains to federal crimes, and won’t protect Trump from AG James and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

Vance has been seeking Trump’s tax returns in connection to a criminal case that is widely believed to involve tax fraud. Trump fought the effort all the way to the Supreme Court, where he lost. Now, the Supreme Court is set to rule on Trump’s last attempt at an appeal. A win for Vance would accelerate any potential prosecution.

James, meanwhile, is investigating the Trump Organization’s financial dealings, including the inflation of assets. Just last month, her office deposed Eric Trump.

So how likely will James or Vance be able to successfully “lock him up?”

James spoke about her game plan, as well as the nearly 70 lawsuits she’s already filed against the Trump administration, on last week’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”

Watch below:

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Five Black NBA Players Meet with Pope Francis to Discuss Social Justice Issues (Watch)

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Pope Francis meets a delegation of five NBA players and officials from the National Basketball Players Association at the Vatican. (HANDOUT / VATICAN MEDIA)

*Five NBA players and several officials from the National Basketball Players Association met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday to discuss their work on social justice issues.

The trip was prompted by the Vatican reaching out to the players’ union to learn about their work for social change. The delegation included Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, Houston Rockets wing Sterling Brown and free agents Anthony Tolliver, Marco Belinelli and Kyle Korver. They gave the Pope an Orlando Magic jersey and a golden basketball.

After the meeting in the papal library of the Apostolic Palace, Tolliver called it an “incredible experience.” He added, “With the Pope’s support and blessing, we are excited to head into this next season reinvigorated to keep pushing for change and bringing our communities together.”

Korver, a 17-year NBA veteran who wrote a powerful essay about racism and white privilege last year, echoed Tolliver’s sentiment after meeting with the pope.

“We are extremely honored to have had this opportunity to come to the Vatican and share our experiences with Pope Francis,” Korver said. “His openness and eagerness to discuss these issues was inspiring and a reminder that our work has had a global impact and must continue moving forward.”

Images from the meeting showed Pope Francis and the players sitting and standing next to each other, but not wearing masks. The players union tweeted that “players and NBPA staff members were required to undergo COVID-19 testing before meeting with Pope Francis.”

Watch video from the historic meeting below:

The gathering comes ahead of the December 1 release of Francis’ new book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future.” In it, Francis supports demands for racial justice in the wake of the police-custody death of George Floyd.

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History: NFL’s First All-Black Team of Officials Takes the Field (Video)

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First all-Black officiating crew in NL history to work a football game

*NFL’s first all-Black team of officials took the field Monday night as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the LA Rams

Jerome Boger lead the team of officials, which umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed. Five members of the crew work together regularly. Johnson and Steed joined the group for Monday night’s matchup between NFC playoff contenders.

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First all-Black officiating crew in NL history to work a football game

Burl Toler paved the way. In 1965, after beginning his officiating career working college games in the San Francisco Bay Area, the NFL hired Toler as a head linesman — making him the first Black official in any major professional sports league.

Members of the Monday night’s crew have a combined 89 seasons of NFL experience and have worked six Super Bowls. When the NFL announced the crew was being assembled last week, league executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent hailed the move “a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game.”

In a commemorative video made by the NFL, Boger said: “I am humbled to stand on the shoulders of the black officials who paved the way for me.”

Watch the video below or watch here on Twitter.

Below, Lisa Salters of ESPN examines the history-making night:

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