Social media and news outlets have been laser-focused on the coronavirus pandemic for the last few weeks and for good reason, considering the continuous spread.
Tons of other news has been happening since the outbreak took over our newsfeeds. Here are some of the top stories you may have missed.
1. Two British nazis jailed on terrorism charges
A woman and her boyfriend were convicted on charges of terrorism for their avid support of Adolf Hitler and their membership in National Action, a violent right-wing group banned in England.
Alice Cutter, a 23-year-old woman who previously performed in a Miss Hitler alternative beauty competition, and Mark Jones were sent to prison for allegedly trying to start a race war, according to Birmingham Crown Court.
Two other young men were convicted of terrorism along with the couple. Cutter was a prominent figure in National Action, which was banned by Home Secretary Amber Rudd in December 2016, due to her self-described hatred of Jewish people.
"I want to smack my race into reality, we are so pure and cute, why can we not gas the f***ing invaders, I am unsure," she said in a message to Jones.
2. Playboy magazine may be stopping the release of their print issues forever
In a Medium article on Wednesday, Playboy Enterprises CEO Ben Kohn announced that the infamous magazine would not be releasing a print edition for the rest of 2020, and possibly forever.
"We have decided that our Spring 2020 Issue, which arrives on U.S. newsstands and as a digital download this week, will be our final printed publication for the year in the U.S. We will move to a digital-first publishing schedule for all of our content including the Playboy Interview, 20Q, the Playboy Advisor and of course our Playmate pictorials," Kohn wrote.
He added that in 2021, they will be releasing special editions and collections in different forms but signaled that the quarterly edition will no longer come in the same format as before.
"Over the past 66 years, we’ve become far more than a magazine. And sometimes you have to let go of the past to make room for the future. So we’re turning our attention to achieving our mission in the most effective and impactful way we can: to help create a culture where all people can pursue pleasure," Kohn said.
The magazine was a staple of American culture for decades and ushered in a new era of journalism at a time when anti-obscenity laws constricted the press. Playboy and its founder, Hugh Hefner, were not without controversy, but many of America's greatest writers published work in the magazine, like James Baldwin, Ursula K. Le Guin and Joyce Carol Oates.
3. Trump administration sued for reversing Obama-era rule prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination
A lawsuit filed on Thursday by civil rights group Lambda Legal and nonprofit Democracy Forward states the Trump administration is trying to change a rule that attempts to stop discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
The move is a part of a large effort by the administration to reverse attempts made by Former President Barack Obama to stop discrimination within the government.
In November, the Department of Health and Human Services released a notice of non-enforcement of a rule "prohibiting discrimination in HHS-funded grant programs and permit federally funded organizations to turn people away claiming conflicts with religious beliefs," according to NBC.
"Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Nonenforcement to inform the public that certain regulatory provisions in The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards ("HHS grants regulation") will not be enforced because of serious concerns regarding the prior administration's implementation of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which governs the issuance of certain regulations," the Trump administration stated last fall.
The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of LGBTQ advocacy groups True Colors United, SAGE and Family Equality, states the new rule essentially pulls funding away from groups that provide services to foster children, the elderly and the homeless.
“In conflict with HHS’s established rules and policy, Defendants have engaged in systematic efforts to undermine the civil rights of, and non-discrimination protections for, LGBTQ people in the United States. HHS’s decision to walk away entirely from enforcing the still-valid 2016 Grants Rule is a glaring example,” the lawsuit alleges.
Both Puneet Cheema, a Lambda Legal attorney, and Dylan Waguespack, who is the public policy and external affairs director at True Colors United, slammed the Trump administration for putting vulnerable LGBTQ Americans at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.
According to NBC, more than $500 billion in HHS grant money is at stake for groups that work with LGBTQ youth and elderly people who are often discriminated against by the religious groups prioritized by the Trump administration.
“LGBTQ youth already more vulnerable because of discrimination. They have a right to get services that are free of discrimination. They have a right to shelter without being subject to verbal harassment. They have a right to loving and affirming families, all of which is at risk. LGBTQ older adults are already more economically insecure because of the lifetime of discrimination they have experienced. They have a right to age with dignity and HHS is denying them that,” Cheema said.
4. Mike Tyson tells Eminem he "knows what it's like to be a 'n***a'"
On his podcast, Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson, the champion boxer interviewed Eminem about his most recent album. About 45 minutes into the interview, Tyson said, "You f****n' slaved for it, you know what I mean? You're the only white that knows what it's like to be a n***a."
To his credit, Eminem thought the statement was awkward and said, "Not sure how to answer that. But, uh, nah man. It's uh…I mean, you know, we all got our story."
The exchange happened as Tyson spoke about how hard Eminem had to work to make it in the hip-hop industry as a white person. The 47-year-old rapper quickly changed the topic to a discussion about his music video for his song "Godzilla," the featured single off of his album Music To Be Murdered By.
The two had a long discussion about their careers and admiration for each other as leaders in their respective industries. Eminem also spoke about his much-discussed performance at the Academy Awards this year where he performed his hit song "Lose Yourself."
Despite practicing the performance a number of times, his microphone battery fell off and he had to put it in his pocket, all while being watched by millions.
"I go through the first verse, and they had the mic pack that you wear on your belt…and I'm rappin', and all of sudden I see between my legs, the m**********n' pack swinging," Eminem said.
5. Africa is battling more than just the coronavirus
While Africa is grappling with increasing cases of the coronavirus, some countries, especially Kenya, are dealing with the invasion of locusts.
Locusts, which are insects with a strong preference for plants and maize, have the capability to destroy at least 200 tons of crops per day, according to the Daily Nation. This has been problematic for African countries like Ethiopia and Somalia as they rely heavily on farming.
As the locusts continue to breed at an alarming rate, the threat to food and residents' livelihoods are threatened as more than 19 million people in East Africa are experiencing high food insecurity.
Scientists in Kenya have proposed a solution to combat the insects from destroying crops and farmland. They recommend deploying advance drone technology to release aerial spraying for large swarms.