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The Street Outside Of Trayvon Martin’s High School Is Being Renamed After Him

Eight years have passed since the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin. The Black 17-year-old was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida one evening on February 26, by George Zimmerman while walking home alone from a nearby convenience store. Martin’s death sparked nationwide rallies and protests and a month after his death hundreds of students at his high school took part in a walkout to support him.

Now, nearly a decade after his death, Martin’s legacy is set to be memorialized with a street named after him.

Earlier this week, officials in Miami-Dade County passed a resolution to rename a portion of a street outside of the murdered teen’s Miami, Florida high school after him.

Trayvon Martin Avenue will make up a portion of 16th Avenue from Ives Dairy Road to 209th Street. The street resides outside of Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School where Martin was enrolled during the time of his death. It will now be named in his honor.

Martin was murdered back in February 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman after an altercation in which details remain murky. At the time, Zimmerman claimed he shot at Martin out of self-defense after fearing for his life. Martin was found unarmed.

After being charged with second-degree murder, Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13, 2013.

The Oct. 6 memorandum calling to make the roadway name change described Martin as “beloved by his family, friends, and other members of his community.”

Government officials pointed out in the memorandum that Martin’s death was a massive catalyst in the conversation around ongoing racial injustice and the creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

“Although Trayvon Martin’s life was tragically cut short, his death elicited national conversations about race relations, racial profiling, gun rights, and stand your ground laws and was a catalyst that set nationwide demands for social justice reforms in motion,” the memorandum explained.

“In July 2013, in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s
killer, #BlackLivesMatter (“Black Lives Matter”), was first used as a social media hashtag and later evolved into a global political movement dedicated to protesting police brutality and racially motivated violence against Black people, as well as other social justice reforms; and WHEREAS, Trayvon Martin’s tragic demise was also the impetus for the creation of the
Trayvon Martin Foundation (“Foundation”); and… Black Lives Matter and the Foundation were both founded as a direct result of Trayvon Martin’s death and provided a means for people across the world to voice their opinions and channel their anguish as they grappled with the murder of an unarmed child who was returning home with a drink and candy that he purchased from a convenience store,” a portion of the memorandum reads.

Martin’s family and friends have worked tirelessly to advocate for racial justice and stricter gun control in the years after his death.

In 2018, Paramount Network released the Rest in Power docuseries that documented the shooting of Martin and examined the unrest that was brought about across the country as a result. Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton said at the time that she wanted the series to “show the love that two parents had for Trayvon, and this will tell people who he was… We want to make sure that other families don’t go through what we went through. We miss him every day.”

Fulton has spent the years after her son’s death advocating for stricter gun control. She started both the Trayvon Martin Foundation and Circle of Mothers which works to unite and empower parents of children whose lives have been lost to gun violence.

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

Talk about a dream fulfilled.

For ten years, Jaines Andrades harbored her desire to move up from her custodial position at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts to nurse. Now, ten years later, as an RN she’s excelled well past her drams.

Andrades worked her way through nursing school while working at Baystate Medical in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a janitor.

Ten years ago, Andrades accepted a position as a custodial staff member at Baystate Medical Center with big dreams of being a nurse. Born to Puerto Rican parents Andrades moved from her family home in Springfield, MA in 2005 when she was 14 years old. From there she and enrolled as a student at Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy with hopes of moving up the ranks as a nurse.

“As I got older and approached graduation I just didn’t see how a little girl like me could ever become a lawyer. I didn’t see it as something that was possible for me, so I got discouraged from the idea,” Andrades explained according to Masslive.com.

That all changed after she struck up a conversation with a nurse during a doctor’s visit for her mother. According to Andrades, the nurse tipped her off on the benefits of nursing. “He told me about the program to become a nurse, and, the more he talked, I just thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ It’s a respectable profession, and I could provide for myself financially, so the idea grew from there.”

Soon after she enrolled at Holyoke Community College, ticked off all of her pre-requisites and a handful of introductory nursing classes. Then, in 2010, she transferred to Elms College.

The same year she transferred, Andrades applied for a job in Baystate’s Environmental Services Department and became a custodian at the hospital.

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“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades explained in an interview with WBZ-TV.

In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

Andrades’ story went viral after she shared her experience to Facebook.

Speaking about her journey from custodian to nurse practitioner, Andrades shared a picture of all three of her IDs.

“Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” the RN explained in her interview before sharing that her favorite part of being a nurse has been her ability to provide patients with comfort. “I just really love the intimacy with people.”

“Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn’t do my job without them,” she went onto explain. “I’m so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people,” Andrades told WBZ-TV. “I’m so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it.”

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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