University of Chicago adult trauma center to open on city’s South Side in May 2018

Activists and community members have been calling for an adult trauma center on Chicago’s South Side for years. Despite the area’s ongoing issues with a lack of emergency trauma services, it looked like the support would never come.

The University of Chicago Medicine announced that an adult trauma center will open in May 2018. DNA Info reports that a new emergency room will open on Jan. 8 and will be open to trauma care services a few months later. 

Amazon offers discounted Prime membership to food stamp, WIC users

Amazon is deep in an attempt to help the shopping experience evolve and step away from the brick-and-mortar ways of old. With Amazon Prime, subscribers are able to gain free two-day shipping and, in some cases, same-day shipping. However, a study revealed that this service was disproportionately lacking in poorer neighborhoods of color.

To remedy this glaring misstep and to make their products even more accessible, Amazon is offering discounted Prime subscriptions to customers who use certain forms of government assistance. 

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Tippit Middle School in Texas calls racial harassment of student inappropriate, but not bullying

A Texas middle school is being criticized for failing to take the opportunity to properly handle racism in its student body by a parent. Robert Ranco, a civil rights attorney, says that his 12-year-old daughter was subject to multiple instances of racial harassment by her classmates and the school responded with a half-measure. Ranco told Huff Post that his daughter was called an ape and was subject to being whipped with garbage at Tippit Middle School. He found out about the first incident when she text him with a question.

Yara Shahidi is headed to Harvard this fall

Yara Shahidi, the Black-ish actress and soon-to-be star of her own spin-off, is headed to Harvard College this fall. While her character is headed to the fictional California University of Liberal Arts, Shahidi will be on the other side of the country.

“I committed to Harvard and I’m really excited!” Shahidi told ET in an interview.