• Pepsico Foundation And National Urban League Launch Initiative To Help Black-Owned Restaurants Reopen After COVID-19

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    Getty Images By Jasmine Browley · July 7, 2021July 7, 2021 For more than a year, the restaurant industry was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. With dining rooms closed to customers, restaurant owners were forced to completely reimagine their business models, and for many, the changes required to keep their doors open were just too much. These challenges were felt on an even larger scale within the Black community, with more than 41% of Black-owned businesses having closed as compared to just 17% white-owned establishments. To make matters worse, more than 98% of Black-owned businesses were...
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  • New Data Finds Black Professionals Are Choosing Their Mental Health Over A Return To Office

    New Data Finds Black Professionals Are Choosing Their Mental Health Over A Return To Office

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    Getty Images By Jasmine Browley · July 7, 2021July 7, 2021 As many employers begin to make a push to return to the office following the July 4 holiday, a number of Black Americans may not be in support of that move. According to a new study from Future Forum, only 3% of white-collar, Black professionals want to return to the office full-time following the pandemic. According to mental health experts, trauma from civil unrest in the Summer of 2020 and fears of microaggressions post-pandemic have caused Black Americans to prioritize their mental health more than ever. “Following the murder...
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  • The Punitive War on Drugs Unnecessarily Harms Sha'Carri Richardson- and Many Other Black Women

    The Punitive War on Drugs Unnecessarily Harms Sha'Carri Richardson- and Many Other Black Women

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    Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images By · July 7, 2021July 7, 2021 When Alice Coachman shattered every barrier and became the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in 1948, her accomplishment set the stage for what would lead to decades of Olympic games benefitting from Black female athletes' grit, determination, style, and star quality. It set the stage for Sha'Carri Richardson. Just a few weeks ago, Richardson awed us on her journey as an inspirational athlete and icon. Then the news broke that a THC-positive drug test would disqualify her from competing in the Olympic 100-meter...
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  • Black Fashion Fair Founder Antoine Gregory On The Importance Of Documenting Black Joy

    Black Fashion Fair Founder Antoine Gregory On The Importance Of Documenting Black Joy

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    Christian Cody By Greg Emmanuel · July 7, 2021July 7, 2021 During this past Juneteenth celebration, Black Fashion Fair and Theophilio hosted an event at Industry City NYC titled Family Reunion. The celebration was for Black creatives and allies to convene and enjoy each other's company, and to celebrate their recent collaborative capsule that Christian Cody The turf was dressed with branded Black Fashion Fair blankets, adorned with much-needed snacks and games for guests to indulge in. Guests were flicked up by photographer, Christian Cody against a vibrant blue backdrop where friends and...
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