Akim Powell is a Digital Content Producer for WLOX News. He's a coast native, having grown up in Long Beach. In May 2020, Akim graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in print. During his time at Ole Miss, Akim was an intern for Hotty Toddy News, Lens Collective, and Editor-In-Chief of the Ole Miss Odyssey.
When he’s not writing breaking news stories, Akim likes to hang out with his dog Brody and create content for his podcast.
In Mississippi, not only were businesses and social gatherings affected negatively by the global pandemic, but also the Class of 2020 college graduates, who began the difficult transition from student life to adulthood.
As COVID-19 spreads throughout Mississippi, the Black community still continues to see staggering numbers of fatalities. However, the number of vaccinations seems to stay at a relatively low rate of only 15%, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.