Second stimulus check: IRS says the $600 payments are now on their way. But how soon is now?

Millions of Americans are eagerly awaiting their second stimulus checks of $600 for each eligible adult and child. The IRS on Tuesday said it had started to distribute the checks via direct deposit that evening, a process that will extend into next week.

The tax agency added that it is mailing paper checks on December 30 to people who don't have their bank account info on file with the IRS. But even so, the timeline leaves many people wondering when exactly the check will land in their accounts — especially as the IRS' website for checking one's payment status is unavailable.

The second stimulus check follows a rocky rollout this spring for more than 160 million stimulus payments directed by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. That relief effort, which directed $1,200 for each eligible adult and $500 for each eligible child, encountered a number of problems, such as a delay in payment to people who didn't have their bank account information on file with the IRS, as was the case for some Social Security recipients.

The IRS will use the same method to get the money to people as it did in the first round, said Mark Steber, chief tax information officer at Jackson Hewitt.

"If taxpayers received a direct deposit then, they will again; if they received a mailed check or debit card then, they will again," he said.

But the IRS' "Get My Payment" website is currently offline. The agency said it expects its "Get My Payment" tool to be operating again "in a few days," although it didn't specify a date.

That's a problem, although the site should be up by next week, based on the IRS' statement, Steber noted. "The updated website should include information on both the first and second stimulus payments," he said.

That website allowed people this spring to provide or update their bank account data to the IRS. It also informed people when their checks would be landing in their accounts. But it, too, had glitches. Some people reported getting error messages such as "Payment status not available," while others got locked out of the site.

"Payments are automatic"
On December 29, the IRS said the "payments are automatic" for people who filed a 2019 tax return, as well as for people who receive Social Security benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits or Supplemental Security Income and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who didn't file a tax return.

The IRS added that people who successfully used the Non-Filers tool by November 21 — a site created to make sure that people who don't normally file tax returns would get a payment — would receive their second stimulus checks automatically.

The payments won't be taxed because they are not considered earned income, Steber said. But, he added, "taxpayers should keep their Notice 1444 from the IRS, which shows the exact amount they received, to reconcile their payments so they can receive any additional amount due on their 2020 tax return."

How much will I get?
The IRS is sending $600 to each eligible adult and child — not the $2,000 that had been pushed by President Donald Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked an attempt to vote on the $2,000 stimulus checks approved by the House, but resurrected the higher payments in a new bill that includes other items on Mr. Trump's wish list, including the repeal of Section 230, which shields social media companies from lawsuits.

While it's unlikely the stimulus checks will get bumped up to $2,000, the Treasury Department said it would be able to handle that possibility. "If additional legislation is enacted to provide for an increased amount, Economic Impact Payments that have been issued will be topped up as quickly as possible," according to a Treasury statement on December 29.

The second round of payments directs $600 for single people who earn up to $75,000 and $1,200 to married couples who earn up to $150,000.

The amount then declines for people earning above those thresholds, and completely phases out for single people who earn over $87,000 and married couples with earnings over $174,000. Children under 17 years old will receive $600 each. Children who are 17 are ineligible, as are adult dependents, such as college students and some disabled people claimed as dependents on their relatives' tax returns.

More people are eligible for the second round of stimulus checks than in the first, the IRS added.

"Under the earlier CARES Act, joint returns of couples where only one member of the couple had a Social Security number were generally ineligible for a payment – unless they were a member of the military," the IRS noted. "But this month's new law changes and expands that provision."

Under the new relief bill, the U.S. government will allow mixed-status households of American citizens with undocumented family members to receive stimulus checks that they were denied under the first round of legislation in the spring, and which sparked several lawsuits.

Jetdoc And Rick Ross Announce Strategic Partnership

ATLANTANov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Jetdoc, a revolutionary digital healthcare platform that connects you with a licensed healthcare professional in minutes, today announced a strategic partnership with hip-hop superstar and entrepreneur William Leonard Roberts II, known professionally as Rick Ross, to sign on as an equity partner, advisor and spokesperson. In his new role with Jetdoc, Rick Ross will appear in creative campaigns, digital and television ads and other promotional activations designed to educate and inform consumers of this innovative new offering in healthcare.

As part of today's announcement, Jetdoc's national rollout will include an exclusive early access promotion on their website for free virtual doctor visits for the first and early adopters.

Your Personal Doctor On Your Phone - In Just Minutes

Founded by healthcare veteran and entrepreneur, Tommy Duncan, Jetdoc provides affordable virtual healthcare with instant access to telehealth sessions with board-certified doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Priced at just $20 for a one-time virtual urgent care visit or a $10 unlimited monthly membership, Jetdoc fits into every budget—giving millions affordable and convenient access to healthcare. In addition to safe and affordable care, Jetdoc members will also receive a free Jetdoc DiscountRx Card for up to 85% off retail prices for prescription medication at most major retailer pharmacies.

"As an active artist and businessman, I often don't have time to see a doctor. I'd make excuses and prioritize my healthcare second to my hustle. Jetdoc is a convenient and affordable alternative to going into a doctor's office. To me, it's really the future of healthcare. I wanted to be a part of empowering people to take control of their health regardless of their circumstances. Jetdoc puts the power of managing our health into our own hands," said Rick Ross.

With this partnership, Jetdoc is setting the new standard for the virtual doctor visit—one that provides simple, reliable, and private care at the speed and ease the modern world demands. Jetdoc works to not only alleviate patients' financial burdens but also improve access to both preventative and urgent care, according to Tommy Duncan, Founder and CEO of Jetdoc, Inc.

"Healthcare isn't just a passion for me, it's a must," says Duncan. "I had a stroke when I was 30 and despite working in the industry, I still had difficulty in getting proper care. So with Jetdoc, we created a tool that empowers everyone to take control and affordably manage their own healthcare. Adding Rick Ross to the team made perfect sense because he immediately understood our mission and he embodies the spirit of both ownership in both health and business."

The telehealth landscape has shifted drastically this year as COVID-19 has uprooted the traditional means of accessing medical professionals and health care solutions. Jetdoc is defining the future of medicine as consumers and healthcare providers discover the convenience, efficiency and safety of high-quality virtual care. Jetdoc could not have launched at a more critical moment—with more than twelve million Americans having lost their health insurance due to job losses related to COVID-19. The impact has been greatest on Americans that are people of color, who statistically face steeper barriers to gaining access to affordable and reliable healthcare.

The Jetdoc app is now in beta and servicing patients in Florida with additional states to launch at the beginning of 2021. Users can sign up at jetdoc.com. The Jetdoc app is free for download for iOS and Android on the App Store and Google Play. To download assets for Jetdoc, including app screenshots, please click HERE.

About Jetdoc, Inc.

Jetdoc is a telehealth platform dedicated to connecting patients with medical professionals in an effective way. Jetdoc uses a personalized and interactive interface enabling patients to securely connect with licensed medical professionals from the comfort of their own homes. Jetdoc, Inc. was founded by Tommy Duncan, a successful healthcare entrepreneur who strives to create an innovative, safe, and affordable method for patients to receive the help they need in a timely fashion. The Jetdoc app is currently available on Google Play and App Store. For more information and to joining their Exclusive Early Access list, please visit Jetdoc.com, and connect with the company on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Before Kamala Harris, many Black women aimed for the White House

The vice president-elect of the United States is the American daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants.

With Joe Biden’s projected presidential win over Donald Trump, Sen. Kamala Harris breaks three centuries-old barriers to become the nation’s first female vice president, first Black vice president and first Black female vice president. Harris is also of Indian descent, making the 2020 election a meaningful first for two communities of color.

Harris wasn’t the first Black female vice presidential aspirant in American history. Charlotta Bass, an African American journalist and political activist from California, ran for vice president in 1948 with the Progressive Party.

Before she was Biden’s running mate, Harris was his opponent in the Democratic presidential primary. She is one of many Black American women to have aimed for the highest office in the land despite great odds.

Two Black women wearing Biden/Harris shirts watch Harris, in white, speak on TV
Watching Kamala Harris’s first speech as the 49th U.S Vice President-elect, Nov. 7, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Johnny Louis/Getty Images

Hands that once picked cotton

African Americans have faced many hurdles to achieving political power in the United States, among them slavery, Jim Crow and disenfranchisement.

Black women, in particular, have hit barrier upon barrier. Women didn’t gain the right to vote in the U.S. until 1920, and even then Black people – women among them – still couldn’t vote in most of the South. In the 1960s, Black women helped organize the civil rights movement but were kept out of leadership positions.

I address issues like these in the government and minority politics classes I teach as a political science professor. But I also tell my students that Black women have a history of political ambition and achievement. As the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said in 1984 about the progress Black voters made last century, “Hands that once picked cotton will now pick a president.”

Biden, himself a former vice president, understands the significance of the role. Mark Makela/Getty Images

Today, Black female mayors lead several of the biggest U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco. Black women are police chiefsgubernatorial candidates, and, in growing numbers, congresswomen.

Now, Black women, who once had no chance of even voting for president – much less being president – see one of their own a step away from the Oval Office.

‘Unsuitable’ for the job?

Kamala Harris is a Democrat who served as California’s attorney general and later one of its senators. But, historically, most Black female presidential candidates have run as independents.

In 1968, 38-year-old Charlene Mitchell of Ohio became the first Black woman to run for president, as a communist. Like many other African Americans born in the 1930s, Mitchell joined the Communist Party because of its emphasis on racial and gender equality. Black female communists fought Jim Crow, lynchings and unfair labor practices for men and women of all races.

A portrait of Charlene Mitchell

Charlene Mitchell, America’s first Black female presidential candidate. Wikimedia Commons

Mitchell’s presidential campaign, which focused on civil rights and poverty, was probably doomed from the start. In 1968, many states didn’t allow communists on the ballot. Media outlets from the Boston Globe to the Chicago Tribune also discussed Mitchell’s “unsuitability” as a candidate because she was both Black and female. Mitchell received just 1,075 votes.

Other independent Black female presidential candidates include community organizer Margaret Wright, who ran on the People’s Party ticket in 1976 and Isabell Masters, a teacher who created her own third party, called Looking Back and ran in 1984, 1992 and 2004.

In 1988, psychologist Lenora Fulani became the first woman and the first African American to appear on the ballot in all 50 states. Running as an independent, she received more votes for president in a U.S. election than any other female candidate before her. Teacher Monica Moorehead of the Workers World ticket, ran for president in 1996, 2000 and 2016.

In 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected president, Cynthia McKinney, a former U.S. representative from Georgia, was a nominee of the Green Party. And in 2012, Peta Lindsay ran to unseat President Obama from the left, on the Party for Socialism and Liberation ticket.

Only one Black woman has ever pursued the Republican nomination: Angel Joy Charvis, a religious conservative from Florida, who wanted to use her 1999 candidacy to “to recruit a new breed of Republican.”

Unbought and unbossed

Those Black female presidential candidates were little known. But as the first Black female member of Congress, Shirley Chisholm had years of experience in public office and a national reputation when she became the first Black American and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972. Chisholm’s campaign slogan was “Unbought and Unbossed.”

Shirley Chisholm announces her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Don Hogan Charles/New York Times Co. via Getty Images

Chisholm, who mostly paid for her campaign on her credit card, focused on civil rights and poverty.

She became the target of vehement sexism. One New York Times article from June 1972 described her appearance as, “[Not] beautiful. Her face is bony and angular, her nose wide and flat, her eyes small almost to beadiness, her neck and limbs scrawny. Her protruding teeth probably account in part for her noticeable lisp.”

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Chisholm received little support from either Black or female voters and won not a single primary.

The Black women who followed in Chisholm’s footsteps from Congress to the Democratic presidential primary, including Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and Harris herself, have seen little more success. Harris was among the first 2020 Democratic primary candidates to drop out, in December 2019.

Challenges for Black women

Why did these candidacies and those of other Black women who aimed for high office fail?

In most cases, my research finds, America’s Black female presidential candidates haven’t made the ballot. Those who did had trouble raising funds.

Colorful mural of Chisholm with butterflies and flowers

A mural by artist Danielle Mastrion in Shirley Chisholm State Park, which opened in 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. Catesby HolmesCC BY

Because their candidacies weren’t taken seriously by the media, they had trouble getting their messages heard. Historically Black female presidential candidates have received no real support from any segment of American voters, including African Americans and women. Generally, people – even those who might have been heartened by the idea that someone who looked like them could aspire to the White House – thought they couldn’t win.

As a two-term vice president who had a major role in governing under President Obama, Joe Biden knows what the office entails. In Harris, he selected a woman who not only helped him win the election but is also ready to govern.

November 2020 is a watershed year for African Americans, Asian Americans and women who’ve so long been excluded from so many aspects of politics.

This story is an updated and expanded version of an article originally published on Aug. 11, 2020. A misspelling of Dr. Lenora Fulani’s name in an early tweeted version of this story has now been corrected.

Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed

A tragic death causes not only the city of LA, but the whole world to mourn. Rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle was r shot and killed right outside his store Marathon on Sunday. According to sources, he was shot multiple times to the head and torso. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. According to police, they are saying that this was a gang related shooting. They also stated that the man walked up to him and then started shooting. Many people are going back and forth saying that his death was similar to other black activists and leaders in the urban community.Radio personalities and celebrities are breaking the internet with conflicting views. SDM Live will be following the story and will keep you updated as new information surfaces. Rest in Peace Nipsey and our prayers go out to his family.

Fight Breaks out at Pusha-T’s Concert

Pusha T’s show at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall was going great until a fight erupted! Pusha T is stating that he thinks people were “paid” to throw beer at him.  Fans say people rushed the stage and then a physical altercation took place.  Pusha T was not touched at all, but he feels as though that was intentionally set up. He feels that way so much that he comes back out on stage and performs the song  “Infrared”. A song that has some subliminal shots at Drake. Could Drake be the reason for this outburst? That is the real question everyone wants to know. Sources have stated that many people were attacked on stage and three people were sent to the hospital.  After the show, there was one person who was reportedly stabbed and is in critical condition.    They are inverstigating on if that was linked to the outburst during the show.

Tekashi 69 gets busted by feds!

Tekashi69, hiphop star's manager and 2 other associates that were just fired from his team are in federal custody after getting busted on racketeering charges. As of right now, we are unsure of the fate of Tekashi 69 when it comes to this matter. Law enforcement sources are saying that he was recently arrested by ATF agents in New York City.
According to sources, they all could be facing racketeering and firearms charges. Tekashi 69 has a new project coming out soon, however his fans are more concerened with whats happening with his case. As of right now, it is not looking too good. However, some may agree with the saying, "All publicity is good publicity"!

Guess who’s having a baby?

The world has been so excited about the latest rumor about Taraji P. Henson. No one knows how this rumor got started. Empire star, Taraji P. Henson addressed the pregnancy rumors involving herself and fiancé Kelvin Hayden with a response saying, "I am not pregnant, y'all. Please, cut it out." Fans are still shooking up by this news and are waiting for her to address it more on her social media. Taraji has never been the one to feed into social media rumors. She is known to shut it down quick or not respond at all. The most important thing is that she seems to be happy by the glow on her face.

Charlamagne Tha God Cancels Mental Health Conversation With Kanye West

“Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye because he’s been so vocal about his own mental health struggles." Those word were spoken by media personality Charlamagne Tha God. He had a meeting set up to talk to Hip Hop Star Kanye West. Unfortuately, it was cancelled due to scheduling circumstances. Charlamagne expressed his thoughts by saying, “Unfortunately I think to have that conversation with him right now would not be productive and a total distraction from the point of the convo which is to eradicate the stigma of mental health especially in the black community.” Some are sayng that Kanye's behavior lately on national television and social media has been a cry for help. They are also saying that he is using politics to cover up his real feelings. I know that his fans are looking forward to them rescheduling this interview.

 

What’s next for Nicki?

The last time we heard from Nicki Minaj, she was involved in a major feud with Cardi B! The scuffle at New York Fashion week shook both Artist’s fans! Nicki just announced that she will be releasing a new episode of Queen Radio! Her radio show has been a hit and has showed great success. Fans are excited and anxious to see what juicy topics she’s gonna have now since all the drama went down between her and Cardi B! We all are waiting for that release date! 

Detroit radio station hosts pull Kanye West's songs, saying they've had enough

(CNN)Kanye West's recent comments outraged a lot of people this week. And there's one group who no longer wants to hear any of it: the morning show hosts at Detroit radio station 105.1 The Bounce.

During a Facebook live video of the station's early show on Thursday, The Morning Bounce's hosts Shay Shay and BiGG announced they'll no longer play the rapper's songs.
"We are over it. We don't want to hear Kanye's music, we don't want to play Kanye on our show, we don't want to talk about Kanye anymore," they said. "So we are taking a stand and we aren't playing his music anymore; we just are refusing to give him a platform."
The hosts said their decision followed West's controversial statements about slavery, adding the hashtag #MuteKanye.
On Tuesday, West appeared at TMZ's headquarters, where he said: "When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... For 400 years? That sounds like a choice."
During the Thursday morning radio show, Shay Shay also called West "reckless" for saying icons like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X are "too far in the past and not relatable."
The Detroit hip-hop station is not alone.
On Wednesday, New York City radio host Ebro Darden appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon to discuss West's comments, where Lemon said the rapper "doesn't know history."
The next morning, Hot 97, where Darden's show airs, tweeted, "'The Kanye boycott has begun.'"

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