NASA Opens $23 Million Research Facility Named After Trailblazing Mathematician Katherine Johnson

The 37,000 square foot computational center is housed in Hampton, Va.  

NASA's new research facility named after Katherine Johnson, the 99-year-old mathematician whose story came to life in Hidden Figures, is officially open. Johnson, attended the dedication ceremony at the $23 million Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility in Hampton, Va. Friday (Sept. 22).

“I always like something new,” Johnson said of the 37,000-square-foot facility. “It gives credit to everybody who helped.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was also attended by Johnson’s friends and family, students from Black Girls Who Code, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, and "special guests" from across the state including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Johnson, a.k.a “the human computer", was born in West Virginia in 1918, and was among a group of black women hired by NASA to configure trajectory calculations in preparation for NASA’s first spaceflights.

The state of the art research center bearing her name, is run by the Langely Research Center, where Johnson worked from 1953 until her retirement in 1986. The building consolidates four Langely data centers and “incorporates energy-saving features” which are expected to increase efficiency by “33 percent,” NASA revealed in a news release.

“We’re here to honor the legacy of one of the most admired and inspirational people ever associated with NASA,” said Langley Director David Bowles. “I can’t imagine a better tribute to Mrs. Johnson’s character and accomplishments than this building that will bear her name.”

The research center of is one of several accolades bestowed upon Johnson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2015.

Watch Johnson's NASA dedication ceremony in the video above.

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Black Trans Woman Bee Love Slater Found Burned Alive In Florida

Over the weekend, the body of Bee Love Slater, a 23-year-old transgender woman was found burned beyond recognition inside a car. According to reports, Slater is the 18th trans woman to be killed this year.

Hendry County investigators said as of now the investigation into Slater's death is ongoing. They cannot title it a hate crime until a clear motive has been established, but Slater's best friend, Kenard Wade thinks the vicious manner of her death is a clear sign.

"She had a really, really good heart," Wade told CBS Fort Myers affiliate Wink. "She would never harm anyone, never put anyone in harm's way. How could someone go to that extreme to get rid of her?"

Wade continued and said Slater received several death threats because she's trans and expressed a desire to leave the area for safety reasons.

Slater's death falls in line with an on-going trend of violence against trans women, particularly black trans women. The Human Rights Campaign states 18 trans women have been murdered in 2019, while 26 members of the trans community were killed in 2018 and 29 trans deaths were recorded in 2017.

CBS News reports that the week of Slater's death, Bailey Reeves, 17 transgender teen was shot and killed in Baltimore on Labor Day.

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T.I. Grills Candace Owens On Trump's 'MAGA' Slogan At The Revolt Summit

T.I. had one pressing question for Candace Owens during the 2019 Revolt summit that Owens couldn't quite answer. The two-day conference held in Atlanta brought together music executives, activists, and entertainers to discuss hip-hop, it's power, the current climate of the genre and to network. However, with the 2020 presidential elections nearing politics were also a hot topic.

For Saturday's (Sept. 14) Hip Hop and Politics panel hosted by Jeff Johnson, T.I. asked the conservative commentator to explain Donald Trump's campaign slogan. "When you say Make America Great Again, which period are we talking about?" Tip questioned. "[Is it] the period when women couldn't vote? The period when we were hanging from trees? The crack era? Which period in America are you trying to make great again."

The 30-year-old Connecticut native said: "I actually think that I would totally rock a hat right now that says Make Black America Great Again," which prompted T.I. to interject and restate the original question.

"Which period was America great that we're trying to replicate? Which era was it? Tell me." T.I. questioned. With an excited audience, Owens' attempt to explain Trump's slogan didn't go so well.

Watch the clip below.

@Tip was not trying to hear it from black white supremacist #CandaceOwens #Diddy #Revolt pic.twitter.com/SfJ0Rvd9SM

— MMS Online (@MMS_Online_) September 15, 2019

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John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Respond To Donald Trump's Vitriol

The president was a bit peeved Sunday night (Sept. 8) while watching MSNBC's criminal justice reform town hall. Hosted by Lester Holt featuring singer and activist John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen, Trump let his Twitter fingers fly when he blasted the couple for receiving more praise than him and fellow Republicans for his First Step Act.

Tonight at 7pm PT/10pm ET, I will be joining @LesterHoltNBC for an @NBCNews Town Hall on @MSNBC to discuss our country’s broken criminal justice system. Follow @LetsFreeAmerica to learn more about my work to end mass incarceration. #JusticeForAll pic.twitter.com/9DFySXsgDY

— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 8, 2019

"I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise," Trump tweeted.

Back in December, Trump signed the First Step Act, which allows thousands of federal inmates to be released earlier than they were originally sentenced and also reduces some mandatory minimum sentences. The measure was supported by both sides of the political aisle.

Trump continued lashing out by calling the Oscar winner boring and said Teigen was his "filthy mouthed-wife." The 33-year-old entrepreneur responded in kind.

lol what a pussy ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 9, 2019

Legend also responded, sans the profanity.

Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody--ANYBODY--will praise you. Melania, please praise this man. He needs you.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 9, 2019

Shortly after the responses from the couple, Chrissy Teigen, Foul-Mouthed Wife, and President P***y Ass B***h began trending.

Me walking around with @chrissyteigen from now on. pic.twitter.com/6R3vhgwqgt

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 9, 2019

Trump hasn't responded to Teigen or Legend's tweets, but if he does, we'll let you know.

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