BELatina’s Weekend Briefing: Sha’Carri Richardson, Soul Cap, and More

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BELatina’s Weekend Briefing is a weekly summary of the most important news you should know before starting the week.


This Monday, July 5th, is a day of well-deserved rest. However, the news just won’t stop.

From Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension to the terrible new criminal code in the Dominican Republic, here’s what you need to know to start your week.

Sha’Carri Richardson suspended from the Olympic team after testing positive for THC

In what many are calling “a form of racism,” U.S. track star Sha’Carri Richardson has been suspended for a month from the Olympic team after testing positive for THC, CNN reported. Richardson took responsibility and claimed to have turned to marijuana to deal with grief after her mother’s death.

“Their decision lacks any scientific basis. It’s rooted solely in the systemic racism that’s long driven anti-marijuana laws,” said Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz.

Swimming caps for afro hair banned at Olympics

Soul Cap, the company that manufactures swim caps for dreadlocks, afros, and thick, curly hair, claimed that the international governing body of swimming had rejected its application for certification.

As reported by the BBC, Fina said the caps are not suitable because they do not follow “the natural shape of the head.”

Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, and chef Jose Andres are appointed to the board of the Latino museum

Actresses Sofia Vergara and Eva Longoria, musician and producer Emilio Estefan, and chef-activist Jose Andres have been named to the board of trustees of the planned National Museum of the American Latino, the Washington Post reported.

Also named have been Alberto Ibargüen, executive director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and former publisher of the Miami Herald; Henry R. Muñoz III, who was chairman of the commission that reported to Congress in 2011 on the museum’s potential; José Luis Prado, of Wind Point Partners and former president of Quaker Oats North America; and physician and healthcare executive J. Mario Molina, one of five brothers who together donated $10 million to the Smithsonian for the Molina Family Latin Gallery, a precursor to the museum expected to open next spring at the National Museum of American History.

The Dominican Republic approves new criminal code allowing sexual orientation discrimination

The Dominican Republic’s Chamber of Deputies approved a bill for a new penal code that excludes sexual orientation as grounds for discrimination.

According to EFE, the sexual preference or orientation of the victim is also no longer considered an aggravating factor in the case of homicide or torture and barbaric acts.

The modification to these articles was presented by Congresswoman Isabel de la Cruz and was approved with 92 votes in favor and 35 against in the plenary of the lower house.

The Criminal Code bill will now pass to the Senate, where amendments may be made to the text, which will replace the current Penal Code, which dates from 1884.