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Happy Thursday! If you’re vaccinated and getting ready to hit the town, we have two tips for you: stay careful … and give yourself a makeover. Check out 2021’s coolest hair fashions for ideas today, meet a likely NFL draft pick who’s journeyed all the way from a Guinean refugee camp, try a cryptocurrency platform that lets novices gently dip their toes until they’re confident, take this week’s “spot the difference” quiz and sip on a delicious Ecuadorian toddy.
Joshua Eferighe, Reporter, and Nick Fouriezos, Senior Editor
News in a Minute
1. ‘Ready for Takeoff’
Flanked by two women — Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — President Joe Biden on Wednesday laid out an ambitious $1.8 trillion agenda to substantially enhance investments in education, child support and paid leave through higher taxes on wealthy Americans. Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, accused Biden of pulling a divided nation further apart. Do you agree? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: WSJ, FT)
2. Hate Killing
Federal prosecutors have indicted three men on hate crime charges for gunning down Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, while he was jogging through a suburban Georgia neighborhood last year. (Sources: BBC, NBC)
3. Gasping for Air
A third of Mexico’s 127 million people might have been exposed to COVID-19, a new study suggests. Meanwhile, India recorded a new high of nearly 380,000 cases and more than 3,600 deaths on Wednesday. Yet as anger mounts against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Facebook temporarily blocked posts with the hashtag #ResignModi. (Sources: AP, Times of India, Guardian)
4. Apollo 11’s ‘Third Man’ No More
He didn’t set foot on the moon, but he made history all the same. Michael Collins, the third member of the Apollo 11 team, whose colleagues Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, passed away Wednesday at age 90. (Sources: Time, NYT)
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As the draft kicks off today, meet the players you’ll be hearing a lot more of.
1. Kwity Paye
Born in a refugee camp in Guinea, the Liberian-origin Paye moved with his family to Providence, Rhode Island, when he was six months old. His mom battled to learn English while working two jobs to support them. Paye promised her that if she raised the funds for him to attend a prestigious football program at Bishop Hendricken High School he would earn a college scholarship. He followed through, graduating from the University of Michigan. A likely first-round draft pick at defensive end, Paye wants to become a Colin Kaepernick-like advocate for fellow refugees and immigrants to America.
2. Najee Harris
It’s safe to say football saved his life. Born in the San Francisco area and raised at home with an alcoholic father, he lived in cars, hotels and homeless shelters with his mother and siblings growing up. Then his mother decided to use football as daycare. Today, the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Crimson Tide star is a two-time national champion and the top-projected running back in Thursday’s draft.
3. Simi Fehoko
This Stanford wideout has flown under the radar due to inexperience. Fehoko has a rare size-to-speed combination, standing 6-foot-4 while running a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. Before playing football, Fehoko spent two years in Seoul as a Mormon missionary. His stats upon returning suggest he’s on a new mission: defying expectations. In his last two outings, he secured his first 100-yard receiving game and then caught a school-record 16 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns to boot.
OZY Fest Is Back!
TED or Coachella? Why not both? On May 15-16, join us for a virtual celebration of bold change and big ideas at OZY Fest, called “the new SXSW” by CNBC. Spend a weekend with game-changers from Dr. Anthony Fauci and Condoleezza Rice to Sevyn Streeter, Mark Cuban and more.Register now!
Beyond Coinbase: Innovative Crypto Platforms
A record IPO launch earlier this month made Coinbase the new poster child of the cryptocurrency world. Check out other innovative platforms reshaping the sector.
If you’re confused about crypto yet want to try it out, this social-trading and investing platform is an ideal playground. Founded in 2007, the Israeli company exposes users to a community of more than 18 million global users. You can practice trading in their demo mode or use the “copy trading” feature that allows users to replicate other traders’ actions in real time. The firm now plans to go public through a $10.4 billion merger with a special purpose acquisition company.
It’s the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. But Ecuador itself is evolving too.
1. Guillermo Lasso
He has sold soft drinks and loans. Now he’s selling a dream. The millionaire former head of Coca-Cola in Ecuador — who also ran a bank — is the country’s latest president, elected this month after two previous failed attempts in 2013 and 2017. The 65-year-old barely made the two-person runoff over Indigenous rights activist Yaku Pérez Guartambel. The free market and anti-tax maven’s win suggests a conservative tilt in Ecuador, despite Latin America’s lean to the left in recent years.
2. Indigenous Influence
Ecuadorian native groups are increasingly flexing their political muscle. That influence showed in November 2019, when then-President Lenín Moreno restored fuel subsidies after two weeks of deadly protests over a proposed austerity package. A number of Latin American Indigenous coalitions are fighting to protect the environment from exploitation, even enlisting the pope to support their efforts to protect the Amazon.
3. Helluva Hot Toddy
How do you decide on a drink when the days are hot and the nights are cold? Easy. If you’re in Ecuador, you drink canelazo, a toddy with a body (of boiled cinnamon, sugar, spice and citrus juice). Which may seem like a confusing concoction … but not so confusing that you won’t quickly order another.
Whiskey in Your Clubhouse
Join OZY editors and writers today at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET for a deep dive into President Biden’s $1.8 trillion plan, the Ahmaud Arbery case, the CDC’s new mask rules, India’s COVID-19 crisis and more. Write to OZY reporter Joshua Eferighe below so we can pull you into the room, and follow him @Eferighe.
As you start stepping out of your home, get your hair game in place.
1. Wick Locs
Call them “locs,” not “dreads.” This loc style originated in south Florida and isnamed after a candle’s wick, which stands up straight instead of falling over. They’re thicker than regular locs and often have a free-formed feel to them. Rappers likeKodak Black have started sporting them. Who’s next?
2. The ‘Donna Summer’
It’s viral on TikTok. Users are channeling the big-hairera of the ’70s: think Donna Summer and Farrah Fawcett. The buoyant head of curls is achieved by flipped-up ends and might just be the retro look of the summer.
3. Sweepy Bob
Cropped cuts aretrending right now, and while they take maintenance, they show off the face and eyes. Halle Berryrocked the look at the Oscars last weekend and stole the show.
Spot the Difference
Can you identify the four differences between the images above?
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