We’ve had cases of Zika popping up here in the United States already, but not like this.
The Florida Department of Health is “conducting an investigation into a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County,” the department announced in a statement. This would be the first “non-travel” case that we know about.
Zika, if you've not heard, is a virus that can create brain-related birth defects in children still in the womb.
Already, according to the The Daily Beast, the Miami area is the home of 88 cases of travel-based Zika. In the whole U.S., we've seen more than 1,300 Zika cases. But all of these cases came from traveling in a Zika-heavy country. Discuss
The celebrity photographer, philanthropist and activist has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build the first "Purpose Hotel," in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Purpose Hotel is unique because every aspect of the room will be connected to a global need or cause. They hope every night's stay will elevate the lives of at least 100 people around the world.
From the Kickstarter page:
Imagine not just a hotel, but a global hotel chain, where every time you book a room:
A child gets sponsored.
The internet fee fights human trafficking.
Every product (soap, shampoo, linens, furniture, curated art, specialty products) is purchased from partners who are making a difference.
In the lobby, a clean water well symbolizes the flow of hope and life to everyone and everything connected to the hotel.
The goal of the Kickstarter is to raise $2 million for the initial design and planning phase of the hotel. In just a few hours, the Kickstarter has already raised more than $30,000.
Every backer of this project will receive something, with gifts ranging from inspirational e-books, to having your photo on a co-founder wall in every hotel built worldwide to the furniture that will be in the room and many more options.
Back in February, Cowart released his “I’m Possible” video, which told his personal story of embracing his calling, and outlined his ambitious vision for the Purpose Hotel. Discuss
You can’t have missed the cultural upheaval the United States has experienced during the past week. The senseless deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have reminded us that black Americans face threats to their lives that most Americans simply do not.
Alicia Keys is heading up this initiative along with .Mic. Joining her on this emotional video are Chance the Rapper, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kevin Hart and more.