First Lady Michelle Obama is taking her mission to empower students to enroll in college to the next level. As part of her Reach Higher initiative, FLOTUS is launching a new website that will provide resources for high school students who want to further their education. The site, BetterMakeRoom.org, will feature information about SAT and ACT tests, financial aid, and assistance with filling out college applications. The site will also give students a platform to share their personal experiences and motivation to go to school. Her campaign has received the support of major companies, including Vine, the CW television network, Mashable, and American Eagle Outfitters. “I believe that education is the single-most important civil rights issue that we face today. Because in the end, if we really want to solve issues like mass incarceration, poverty, racial profiling, voting rights, and the kinds of challenges that shocked so many of us over the past year, then we simply cannot afford to lose out on the potential of even one young person,” said Obama in a statement. The campaign strives to get the U.S. to lead the world in the amount of college graduates within the next five years. Read more.
California Governor Signs Automatic Voter Registration Bill
In an effort to increase the voter turnout, California Governor Jerry Brown endorsed a bill that would allow automatic voter registration. The new law will automatically register people to vote when they receive a driver’s license or another form of state ID. “The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens,” said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “Citizens should not be required to opt in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt in to other rights, such as free speech or due process.” Nearly 6.6 million eligible people are not registered to vote in the state of California. The new law is slated to go into effect on January 1st. Read more.
New Series About Michael Jackson’s Final Days Coming to Television
It’s been six years since Michael Jackson passed away, but his legacy continues to prevail. A new series, which will be produced by Tavis Smiley, will delve into Jackson’s final days. The scripted series, based on the book Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, will be centered on the 16 weeks prior to his death. It will capture the essence of how fame had an impact on Jackson’s private life. Smiley is teaming up with Warner Bros. Television Group to create the series. The book is slated to be released during June 2016. There is no word on when the series will be brought to television. Read more.
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