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Is higher COVID-19 mortality in Black adults linked to essential work?

The research, which took place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, reveals that non-Hispanic Black people were more likely than non-Hispanic white people to hold occupations considered essential, meaning that they continued to work during state lockdowns. The team collected data on COVID-19 deaths between April 9...
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
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Lewiston Morning Tribune

Amazon following through on changes aimed at benefiting Black employees

SEATTLE — Three months after pledging its support for Black lives, Amazon has made several substantive changes to the benefit of Black employees, said the leader of the company’s Black Employee Network affinity group. These include more prominent roles for Black executives and support for the broader Black community, through...
SEATTLE, WA
spectrumlocalnews.com

Syracuse Creator's Lounge Hosts Buy Black Saturday Events

Owners say starting and maintaining a Black business is already difficult enough. But the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting them disproportionately. Studies Show 40% of Black owned businesses are expected to not recover due to COVID-19 The Creator's Lounge founder says she hopes to give local Black owned businesses a platform.
SYRACUSE, NY
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TechCrunch

Human Capital: The Black founder’s burden

Later, we’ll also highlight some other gems from Disrupt speakers on imposter syndrome, representation syndrome, the hidden burden of being a Black founder, and the importance of encouraging other Black and brown folks to enter this industry and stay. Also, Human Capital will soon be available as a weekly newsletter....
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Medical News Today

How Black veterans experience racial bias in mental healthcare

New research shines a light on how Black veterans receiving treatment for mental health issues perceive and experience racial bias in a healthcare context. A new study highlights how Black veterans perceive their experiences of accessing treatment for mental health issues. The authors of the study, which appears in the...
MENTAL HEALTH

More Black blood donors needed for sickle cell patients

One in 12 African Americans and one in 100 Latinos carry the trait for sickle cell disease -- a debilitating blood disorder treated by blood transfusions. Blood donors of the same racial/ethnic background make the best match. Yet, less than 5% of blood donors nationwide are Black, said Shelley Mitchell, regional manager of donor recruitment for Versiti Blood Centers of Illinois.
COOK COUNTY, IL
Columbus Dispatch

Advocate opening doors for Black talent in the Columbus tech community

In the central Ohio tech scene, Doug McCollough almost needs no introduction. The chief information officer for the city of Dublin cut his teeth in the private sector with Lucent and has held multiple state and local government tech management positions. So he’s seen the struggle for inclusion from all...
COLUMBUS, OH
The Ledger

Black and white Polk pastors overcome racism in show of forgiveness and grace

GORDONVILLE — Forty-five years ago, Richard Harris and Kenneth Stephens would have had no reason to be friends — other than remarkable forgiveness and the miraculous grace of God. The associate pastors at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, an historically Black church in a bedroom community between Bartow and Eagle...
RELIGION
Pew Research Center

Support for Black Lives Matter has decreased since June but remains strong among Black Americans

As racial justice protests have intensified following the shooting of Jacob Blake, public support for the Black Lives Matter movement has declined, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. A majority of U.S. adults (55%) now express at least some support for the movement, down from 67% in June amid nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd. The share who say they strongly support the movement stands at 29%, down from 38% three months ago.
EDUCATION

Graduate student who claimed to be Black loses faculty job offer at Fresno State

Fresno State University has rescinded a faculty position offer to a graduate student candidate who allegedly misrepresented their identity, university officials said Thursday. CV Vitolo-Haddad, currently a PhD candidate in journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had been conditionally offered a tenure-track position at the Central Valley campus of the California State University, pending a background check, the university said.
LOS ANGELES, CA
San Francisco Chronicle

Unsung role of Black men in lifting Democratic Party

In my narrative for Audible, “Malcolm and Me,” about my interviewing Malcolm X in 1962, and our subsequent meetings in New York, I tried to highlight the careers of heroes who didn’t have cameras following them around. One was A.J. Smitherman, publisher of the Tulsa Star, who was the target of the mob that murdered 300 black people in Tulsa, Okla., in 1921. They burned down his house and charged him with inciting a riot. He and his family fled to Boston.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

When these parents couldn't find children's books with strong Black characters, they created a pop-up store to sell them

(CNN) — A family in North Carolina created a pop-up store that sells children's books featuring main characters who are Black to counter the lack of diversity in literature. The idea was born in 2019 when 8-year-old Langston Miller, named after the Harlem Renaissance poet, told his parents about his dream of becoming a writer. Already an avid storyteller who spends his days filling up journal after journal with short stories, Langston said his books would be about young Black boys just like himself.
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