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VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Out with the old, in with the new

January 17, 2017 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
Filed under Community


Yvette Williams

BY YVETTE WILLIAMS

Wishing you a very Happy New Year! As 2017 begins to unfold, it’s natural to reflect on 2016 — and you might be interested in knowing which topics were most talkedabout on Facebook and in our local community on social media. For a complete review of Facebook trends, go to http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/12/facebook-2016-year-inreview/

Facebook announced this month that many users will see a personalized video they can edit and share in their News Feed of their own special moments from 2016. Video can be accessed by visiting facebook.com/yearinreview2016. The top three live videos watched globally were Candace Payne’s “Chewbacca Mom,” Ted Yoder’s “Soundscapes,” and “Countdown to the Next Presidential Election” from Buzzfeed.

The trending topics on Facebook, both here and around the world, tell us a lot about where our heads were in 2016:

Top Facebook Trending Topics | African Americans In Nevada

  • U.S. Presidential Election
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Clark County School District
  • Reorganization
  • Victory Schools
  • Raider Stadium
  • Legalization of Recreational
  • Marijuana
  • Olympics
  • Muhammad Ali
  • “Ban The Box” Passage in City of North Las Vegas
  • ASD–Achievement School District

Top Facebook Trending Topics | Globally

  • U.S. Presidential Election
  • Brazilian Politics
  • Pokémon Go
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential
  • Election
  • Olympics
  • Brexit
  • Super Bowl
  • David Bowie
  • Muhammad Ali

A few key topics to look for in 2017 include the Nevada legislative session, ESSA accountability standards, inclusion of multiculturalism in Nevada academic standards, implementation of recreational marijuana legislation, future of school vouchers (SEA), the Raiders’ destiny, CCSD reorganization rollout, municipal elections and candidate announcements for the Governor’s race in 2018, and of course President-elect Trump’s agenda for America.

Although funding education savings accounts (SEA) will be one of Governor Sandoval’s priorities in the 2017-19 budget, providing financial assistance for parents to send their children to private schools, he’ll have to work with Nevada Democrats due to a Nevada Supreme Court decision on the source of funding delaying implementation.

Democrats represent the majority in both the Senate and the Assembly, and are busy finalizing their legislative agenda for the upcoming session. Early indications from legislators are reflected in bill draft request (BDR) and can be reviewed online at https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/79th2017/Bdrs/List. You can also review your district representative’s BDRs and contact them directly with questions or comments. Next month’s article will include a review of highlighted bill drafts and more on how you can stay informed of pending legislation impacting you and your community.

Yvette Williams is a community advocate and Chair/Founder of the Clark County Black Caucus, a non-partisan community organization driven 100% by volunteer members registered to vote. Follow her Blog at www.YvetteBWilliams.com and on twitter @YvetteBWilliams or contact her at ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com for more information.

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