1. First Responders/Medical Professionals - It's been a while since we've given some love to the truest heroes of 2020. With the virus surging in 40 states, and certain regions beginning to show signs and Deja Vu visions of what happened here in New York, I continue to think about all of those individuals on the front lines. A recent piece on NBC News is a great reminder of this sacrifice.
2. Life of John Lewis/CT Vivian - The legendary civil rights activists passed away this week. It seems easy to place this in the "down" section, but both men's lives were so full of impact and influence, we ought to celebrate them.
3. Chris Wallace - It was honestly refreshing to see Wallace's interview with President Trump. In my opinion, that was the first time I've seen a reporter hold the President accountable on questions and also didn't make it about being a "gotcha" or combative situation, or, a fluff fanboy piece for the President. What we got were the typical mistruths from Trump, but also, a few moments where he actually stumbled into a clearer idea of what he believes (whether it is right or wrong).
1. Coronavirus - This is returning to the levels of worry I had back in March when the virus raged here in New York City. The reports of freezer trucks helping with deceased bodies at hospital morgues, overwhelmed medical professionals, and a shortage of supplies, are the type of stories that makes you wonder where exactly are we in fighting this Pandemic.
2. Gun Violence - The gun violence around the country, especially in our urban areas, is very troubling, and downright sad. These communities of color have to do better, have to be better. Especially if we're saying Black Lives Matter. They HAVE to matter.
3. Kanye West - That "rally" was embarrassing. It really was. Kanye is a top-five example of separating the artist from the person.
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1. Portland, Oregon - EVERYTHING that is happening right in Portland, Oregon is wild. All of the stories. All of it. Be safe out there, folks.