Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being

Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of “Black Lives Matter”: Black people suffer disproportionately.

They face countless challenges to good health, among them food, transportation and income. The stress of living with racism has very real, physical effects. And they are especially prone to diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases that can be tricky to manage even in normal times.

Then came COVID-19 and George Floyd — one killing Black people in alarming numbers, the other shining a harsh light on systemic racism. In a matter of months and nearly 8 minutes, it became clear that institutions designed to ensure the two most important things in life — health and safety — had converged to turn against one segment of the population in stark, horrific ways.

It’s a brutal blow to Black people’s well-being and renewed calls for racial justice in all realms

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Record cash floods Democrats, Black groups amid protests and pandemic

Online donors poured a record $392 million into campaigns and causes via ActBlue in June, a sign of surging activism and political enthusiasm on the left that smashed the previous monthly high, from just before the 2018 election, by a whopping 50 percent.

The eye-popping numbers on ActBlue, the favored digital fundraising platform for the Democratic Party as well as a growing host of left-leaning nonprofits, make for a startling split-screen next to Great Depression-level unemployment and spiking coronavirus cases across the country.

But the left’s online giving surge is blunting one of President Donald Trump’s remaining advantages in the presidential election, as his poll numbers sink: his financial edge. Small-dollar donors are filling up Joe Biden’s campaign coffers, giving Democratic Senate and House candidates a financial cushion in many of the biggest 2020 elections, and pouring resources into newly emboldened civil rights organizations, which are scaling up rapidly amid

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Terry Crews Panned Online For His Cautionary Tweet On Black Lives Matter

Terry Crews again faced heated criticism on Tuesday over a tweet about the possible direction of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology,” the actor tweeted. “We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”

His comment ― like one he made earlier this month voicing concerns about “Black supremacy” ― drew swift and harsh backlash.

It prompted Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., to respond, “We’re so far from that bridge, Terry.”

She explained in her tweet:

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How to Support the Black LGBTQ+ Community Not Just Now, But Always

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Esquire

If Pride is a year-round celebration, then our solidarity should be, too. And amidst a national uprising for the Black Lives Matter movement, Pride 2020 has undoubtedly been one energized with a revived momentum towards racial justice.

City streets typically scattered with pink-washed corporate tents and rainbow swag are now being occupied by protesters marching for the end of police brutality and systemic racism against the Black community. Resources that would typically be spent on Pride celebrations are being redirected towards Black LGBTQ+-oriented bail funds and mutual aid organizations. Pride 2020’s call for direct action and Black liberation has brought the LGBTQ+ community closer to its roots than it has been in decades. It is a reminder of the Black leaders of the Stonewall uprisings and queer liberation movement—those to whom many of us owe our very right to celebrate.

However, just as we

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KNC Beauty Founder Launches Zoom School for Black Female Entrepreneurs

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Beauty entrepreneur Kristen Noel Crawley, the founder of KNC Beauty, is starting an online educational platform meant to help other Black female entrepreneurs succeed with their beauty businesses.

The program is called KNC Beauty School and it makes its debut online July 14. Crawley and other Black female executives, including Trinity Mouzon of Golde and Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar, will provide four semesters of free information on entrepreneurship, facing adversity, social media and marketing and strategic partnerships and investors.

“We’ll be going over resources and giving advice from other female founders to women of color who want to start a business or are in the early stages of their business,” Crawley said.

Interested entrepreneurs can sign up through a registration link available via Crawley’s Instagram account, where she has more than 400,000 followers.

Crawley had found that after speaking at industry

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A Black Photographer’s View of the BLM Protests

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JD Barnes recalls the first protest he photographed in New York following the killing of George Floyd: he and a friend were standing in Union Square, trying to figure out where things might be happening (this was before Instagram really kicked off with protest location information, he says). “As we were talking, literally a protest just materialized,” he says. “They just started walking through Union Square. I looked at my friend and I was like, ‘Well, here we go.’”

Barnes, whose protest images have run on his Instagram and been published in a variety of publications throughout the past few weeks, has a background not in protest photojournalism, but in fashion and beauty editorial photography; he is the chief photographer and a photo editor at Essence, where he has shot several of its most recent celebrity covers, including Lizzo and Regina King.


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Black Stylists Form Collective, Sophia Amoruso Exits Girlboss

Plus, how to make the subscription model work.

Law Roach and Zendaya at the Fifth Annual InStyle Awards.
Law Roach and Zendaya at the Fifth Annual InStyle Awards.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Black stylists form collective
A group of Black stylists, makeup artists and hairstylists have formed a new non-profit organization to “support Black creatives working behind the scenes in the fashion and entertainment industries.” Co-founded by stylist Law Roach, stylist and Aliétte designer Jason Rembert and hairstylist Lacy Redway, The Black Fashion and Beauty Collective will focus on providing resources, like career advancement initiatives, to aspiring creatives. The process for membership is still in the works, but the goal is to be as inclusive as possible. {Business of Fashion

Sophia Amoruso exits Girlboss
Sophia Amoruso announced her departure from Girlboss in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday. “The pandemic has wreaked havoc on countless experiential and ad-supported businesses, and sadly we

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Boards of Change gives Sacramento Black artists a platform, raises thousands of dollars

On June 4, Lina Washington and Kimberly Prince had an idea: The plywood boards covering Sacramento storefronts due to recent protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers would make perfect canvases for art.

Prince, who owns the Nekter Juice Bar in Midtown, posted on her Instagram story that she wanted the protective board on her store painted. Washington, a sports reporter with ABC10 news in Sacramento, shared the post and tagged people she thought would be interested. Washington and Prince recruited their friend, artist Shannan O’Rourke, and the three women named their initiative Boards for Change.

Within 24 hours, the idea spread rapidly. Other businesses wanted art, too, and artists began to call offering to volunteer their time to beautify the boards with images including hearts, protesters and messages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

While still sitting in her bed

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Black Business Owners Are Hit Hardest by Virus

The coronavirus pandemic will shutter many small businesses. And early evidence shows it is disproportionately hurting black-owned small businesses.

More than 40% of black business owners reported they weren’t working in April, when businesses were feeling the worst of the pandemic’s economic consequences. Only 17% of white small-business owners said the same, according to an analysis of government data by Robert Fairlie of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Many small businesses are struggling during the pandemic because they lack easy access to loans and cannot easily move their businesses online. Black-owned businesses tend to have fewer employees than other small businesses. They are also more likely to be in industries like restaurants or retail that lockdowns have hit especially hard, said Ken Harris, president of the National Business League, an organization founded by Booker T. Washington in 1900.

“Most lack the capacity, scale and technical assistance needed to survive

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Black women face obstacles when starting their own business. Yet everyone benefits if they succeed

Entrepreneur Bianca Miller-Cole
Entrepreneur Bianca Miller-Cole

Bianca Miller-Cole is a personal brand expert, business mentor and best-selling author 

Emotions and racial tensions are running high. This is not the first time that racial tensions have resulted in protests, but this time feels very different. The protests have been wide-spread and we have seen people across the world uniting in a call for change. Whether it is a country, state or individual, our eyes have been opened to local and global stories of hate crimes, police brutality or feelings of misrepresentation and prejudice which have created a lack of opportunity for people simply because of the colour of their skin. 

Corporate brands, global leaders and brands have joined in the conversation with many taking the stance that they will contribute via better diversity and inclusion moving forward. Initiatives like ‘Pull Up for Change’ have asked major brands to address the role they play by

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