Now that Andrew Cuomo has resigned, New York State’s Senate Majority Leader will temporarily serve as Lt. Governor.

New York State Senate Majority Leader (and soon-to-be Lt. Governor of New York) Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Yesterday afternoon, Andrew Cuomo announced that he will be resigning his position as New York State governor. When the resignation becomes effective, Cuomo’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathleen “Kathy” Hochul, will become the Empire…

A million people lost their lives during the one hundred day Rwandan Genocide.

(CW: Rape, murder, extreme violence)

A cemetary outside of Kigali, Rwanda. Victims of the 1994 genocide are buried here (Photo credit: Ricardo Mazalan/AP).

Twenty-seven years ago today, a genocide officially began. By the time this genocide wound down, upwards of a million people had been killed, their bodies discarded in mass graves in a small…

A law that made marriage equality a reality in the Netherlands goes into effect.

Three of the four couples married in ceremonies officiated by the mayor of Amsterdam after the Netherlands legalized marriage equality. (Photo courtesy of AP Photos/Peter Dejong)

Shortly after midnight on April 1, 2001, the mayor of Amsterdam officiated the weddings of four same-sex couples. The law that made the unions legal had just gone into effect. …

The 40th President of the United States was nearly felled by an assassin’s bullet forty years ago today.

On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan

On March 30, 1981, I was four years old. I was at my grandmother’s house with my mother and two younger brothers. We may have still been living with my grandparents at…

The very first woman to be selected as a running mate for a major party presidential candidate dies of cancer.

In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro (right) was selected as a running mate for Democratic presidential candidate, Walter Mondale (left). She was the first woman selected for such a role on a major party ticket.

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” I often heard this statement in my head after then-Senator Kamala Harris was selected as Joe Biden’s running mate back in August…

Ebony Edwards-Ellis

Author of "Former First Lady" and "Memoir of a Royal Consort." Twitter provocateur, aspiring shut-in, and newly minted Roosevelt Islander.

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