Updated: Apr 11
Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports.
By: AMAYA HENRY / ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court
On Thursday, history was made as President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman and public defender on the Supreme Court. The decision was made after a 53-47 tally in the Senate. The confirmation process was not easy as Jackson underwent tough and intense questioning from members of the Republican party. This moment left many feeling hopeful for the future, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer who stated, “In the 233-year history of the Supreme Court, never, never has a Black woman held the title of Justice. Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first and I believe the first of more to come.”
University of South Carolina Win N.C.A.A. Women’s Basketball Championship
The University of South Carolina Gamecocks won the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game against the UConn Huskies with a score of 64-49, claiming their second title in school history. Their top three leading scorers were Destanni Henderson with 26 points, Aliyah Boston with 11 points and Zia Cooke, also with 11 points. This was Henderson’s highest-scoring game of her career so far. Boston also added being named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player to her long list of accolades. History was made as well as the Gamecock’s coach Dawn Staley became the first Black head coach (men's or women's) in Division 1 history to win multiple national championships.
50 People Dead in Russian Attack On Ukrainian Train Station
A Russian attack on a Ukrainian train station left at least 50 people dead and almost 100 people injured with five of the deceased being children. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called this an “evil” attack as these civilians were trying to escape the Russian attacks. However, Russia denies involvement in the attack, stating that the accusations from Ukrainian officials are “absolutely untrue.” According to a senior NATO intelligence official, this attack is in line with Russian Vladimir Putin’s “intent to heavily destroy infrastructure.” Other nations, including the United States, Great Britain and Japan have taken steps in helping the Ukrainians in a variety of different ways.
Increased Rent in Brooklyn
According to the MNS real estate report for the month of March, rents in Brooklyn have increased by 1.29% and is averaging $3,135 per month compared to $3,095 in February. Last year, prices were dramatically lower than today's where the average rental prices have gone up by a whopping 23.43 percent. In Brooklyn, the most expensive area to rent in is Dumbo, averaging $3,348 a month and the least expensive being in Bay Ridge, averaging $1,543 a month. All across New York, rents are slowly working their way back to what they were pre-pandemic, meaning many people are unable to afford this price influx and are forced to relocate.
LIU Theater Department Debuts New Show, "The Armor Plays"
This month, the LIU Brooklyn acting program will be performing “The Armor Plays: Cinched & Strapped” at 7 p.m. on April 5, 6, 8 and 9, as well as at 2 p.m. on April 9 and 10, at the Kumble Theater. The tickets are sold at the door and are $15 for general admission and $10 for students with ID. This is exciting as the Kumble Theater has been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic for quite some time. “The Armor Plays: Cinched & Strapped” was originally written by award-winning playwright, Selina Fillinger.