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HBCU Alumni Launches The Black Artivism Capsule To Showcase The Art Of Creatives From Across The Globe

Nakia Booker’s introduction into the art world began as a young child learning different mediums of art from her grandfather. Decades later, the Southern University and A&M College graduate has returned to her roots through her brainchild The Black Artivism Capsule. The curated collection is now a home for 26 creatives to share their realities with the world through a Black lens. Featured artists include Raphael Adjetey Adjei Mayne, Ashley Nesmith, Khalid Thompson, and the late Crystal Kirk. The spread will feature the Black experience through all its facets such as civil unrest, health crises, and snapshots of a more hopeful future. “The place where I was at this time when all this was going on — I was feeling upset, angry, frustrated, like everybody else.  This project I started during the pandemic gave me hope and joy because it is timeless. It captures the past, present, and future so when you look at it you’ll be reminded of where we used to be and where we are now,” Booker...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 28, 2022

It's Now Illegal For Employers To Contact Remote Workers Outside Of Their Hours In Portugal

The pandemic has shifted the new normal for everyone around the world. We witnessed c ountless companies shift to a remote lifestyle to ensure employees would be better protected from contracting the virus. However, creating the separation between work life and home can become cumbersome when employers fail to create boundaries. According to researchers, some workers feel as if the workday no longer has a stopping point and their weekdays and weekends have no distinction. For workers with children, tending to their children was cited as the largest distraction to fulfilling their remote responsibilities. Fortunately, Portugal is stepping up implementing new protocols to help remote workers, sending a message to the world that etiquette work practices are possible and essential to helping employees thrive under the new normal. According to Euronews, Portugal’s new labor laws were approved by the country’s parliament on Friday, Nov. 5. “The pandemic has accelerated the need to...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 11, 2021

Deep Root Records Turned Live Shows Into Livestreams To Support Artists During COVID-19

Like many industries during the pandemic, the music industry was a sector that was rocked to the core when live in-person events were temporarily shut down. With no way for artists to tour or throw live shows, companies like Deep Root Records had to make a smart pivot toward technology to still support artists. The independent Black-owned record label based in New York City, founded in 2014, has been known for its live music experiences — including their annual Yacht Party Series in New York and Paris. But when the pandemic hit last year, the company had to find a way to save its live shows so they could continue to thrive in a new realm. It wasn’t before long until Deep Root Records pivoted the way many other brands and labels did, and turned toward hosting virtual shows online. The live show to livestream concept was the root of Deep Root Records’ success during the pandemic, but their ability to collaborate with other labels and brands in the same predicament is what helped put...

Njera Perkins

Sep 2, 2021

Google Employees Who Choose To Work From Home Could Soon Face A Pay Cut

Working from home could soon cost you if you’re a Google employee. As the pandemic continues to take the world by storm, many companies are restructuring what work looks like for their employees. Last year, COVID-19 sent everyone into quarantine pushing non-essential employees to transform their homes into offices, schools, restaurants — the whole nine. Now, as the world attempts to return to normal (whatever that is), some employers are reconsidering what the future of work looks like. Among those companies is Google who’s giving their employees the option to choose which work environment works best for them at a cost. According to Tech Times, Google employees who decide to work from home could experience anywhere from a 5 percent to 25 percent pay cut. The company will allegedly penalize staffers who make the decision to work remotely in cities where Google offices are located. They have rolled out an internal calculator that will further detail the potential pay cuts. Per the...

Shanique Yates

Aug 13, 2021

Advancement In Technology Is Good For Communication According To Holler Founder Travis Montaque

The advancement of technology doesn’t necessarily always have to be a bad thing. While many suggest that technology and social media alone have caused us to communicate less effectively, this Black founder says it can also mean the complete opposite. “If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that both of those things are kind of true,” said Travis Montaque on the latest episode of Black Tech Green Money (BTGM). “When I think about some of the things that we’ve done at Holler from a research perspective, one of the things we look for is how people are utilizing technology and platforms to connect with each other.” Holler is a messaging technology company that delivers content in messaging environments that includes texts, social media, and payment apps. Montaque shares that during his company’s most recent report, studies found that 42 percent of people message more than they did pre-pandemic. “If you think about the natural behavior that created the demand for messaging platforms...

Shanique Yates

May 25, 2021

19-Year-Old Howard University Student Opens Vegan Bakery In Washington D.C.

A new vegan bakery is headed to Washington, D.C. this weekend! Chanice McClover-Lee launched Baked by Chanice at farmer’s markets in her hometown of South Florida in response to the pandemic. Now the 19-year-old Howard University student is taking her business talents to a food hall and commercial kitchen in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood, VegOut reports. “What started as a quarantine hobby last March quickly, and unintentionally transformed into a successful business,” McClover-Lee shared with AfroTech. “I began having bake sales on the weekends where people would place orders to be picked up from my house and I would sell out of hundreds of cookies at farmer’s markets. I originally said I wasn’t trying to start a business or do anything large scale, but that didn’t happen as we can see.” She further explains that the expansion happened so quickly that eventually, she had to move from baking at home to operating out of a commercial kitchen where D.C. residents could pick up their...

Shanique Yates

May 21, 2021

New York City Announces $25M Recovery Program For Artists And Performers

New York City is giving back to its creatives with a major outlet to not only benefit them but the city too. The New York Times (NYT) reports that the city is launching a brand new $25 million recovery program to lend financial support to artists and performers whose income has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new program, the City Artist Corps, will reportedly provide funding to artists and musicians as well as other performers to help them create works across the city through public art, performances, pop-up shows, murals and other community arts projects. According to Gonzalo Casals, New York City’s cultural affairs commissioner, the initiative aims to ensure artists are not being left out of the city’s recovery efforts during the pandemic. “We want to make sure that we put funds in the pocket of artists,” he said in an interview with the NYT. “Artists have been one of the hardest-hit populations. They have so much to offer and so much give.” City officials...

Njera Perkins

May 12, 2021

Google Announces $3M Fund to Tackle COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

Google is all about getting the facts straight! In a new open fund, the company plans to put an end to vaccine misinformation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is exacerbating a perennial problem of misinformation about immunization,” shared Google in a blog post. “To support additional debunking efforts, the Google News Initiative is launching a COVID-19 Vaccine Counter-Misinformation Open Fund worth up to $3 million.” Sadly, we do live in a world where thanks to social media, false information can spread quickly. Google aims to prevent a continued COVID-19 infodemic which they share has been global in nature and used to target specific populations. Their Open Fund is currently accepting applications from projects that are on a mission to widen the audience of fact checks, specifically for those who are more prone and may be disproportionately affected by the misinformation at hand. Open to new organizations of every size, Google’s new fund is...

Shanique Yates

Jan 13, 2021

Rhonda M. Smith to Tackle Health Disparities As California Black Health Network's New Executive Director

The California Black Health Network (CBHN) continues its efforts to change healthcare for the Black community in California. According to PR Newswire, the company has announced the appointment of Rhonda M. Smith as its new Executive Director, effective Jan. 4, 2021. The announcement follows just as she comes off the heels of serving as CBHN’s Interim Executive Director since July 2020. “I am honored to be chosen to lead CBHN, an organization that has such a legacy in the Black Community,” said Smith in a statement. “There is so much potential for CBHN in the years ahead for us to make an impact in improving the health and health outcomes for Black Californians. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we take action to improve health outcomes for Black Californians, inspire hope for a new and better future, and ensure a racially just humanity. We also need to ensure that there are more effective education, advocacy, and policy initiatives that mitigate those factors that...

Shanique Yates

Jan 8, 2021

Virtual Learning Costs Are a Billion-Dollar Burden For Parents This Fall

Make no mistake, the pandemic has forced a major shift in all day-to-day processes—one being the school system. After months of debate whether sending kids back to school is safe, in many states, kids have continued distance learning . This new practice—carried over from many students’ previous school year—has introduced a heap of new ridiculous expectations for kids and their parents. A Bankrate survey of about 600 parents with children enrolled in pre-kindergarten through high school courses says 61 percent of parents believe they’ll spend more money on remote learning this fall. Among the mandatory costs are school uniforms, meals, and new technology. In short, the negative impact distance learning has on families financially is glaring. I told y'all it's all about compliance because WUTTICEDIS?! — Angela 👩🏾‍💻👩🏾‍🏫 (@wokeSTEMteacher) September 6, 2020 This fall, some Southern California school districts still require private school kids to wear uniforms in the...

Niki McGloster

Sep 19, 2020

How Much Good Did the $600 Unemployment Bonus Really Do?

The $600 unemployment bonus initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic has been contentious. While some argue it discouraged workers from returning to their jobs, others say the $600 was necessary and that those who are now without it are feeling a severe financial pinch. How much help did the bonus really provide, and what should those who were counting on the funds do now? Remember, the news is constantly evolving as states are independently assessing the value of additional bonuses. If you are dependent on these funds, it would be wise to stay up to date on developments in states’ policies, as some jurisdictions are providing an extra $300 to $400 of weekly unemployment benefits. Here’s everything you need to know about the success of the program and how to find more money for daily expenses if you’re out of work. What was the goal of the bonus? To help with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES...


Sep 2, 2020

Where Small Business Owners Say COVID-19 Hasn’t Hurt Business

The coronavirus pandemic pushed 45.7 million Americans to file for unemployment benefits at some point during the crisis, but some U.S. companies have not seen a negative impact on business as usual. The Census Bureau surveyed small business owners on the effects of the pandemic. LendingTree researchers analyzed the results to determine where business owners are feeling minimal ramifications. Business owners in the South and Southeast were most likely to report no negative effects resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. Key findings States where the COVID-19 pandemic has had minimal impact on businesses Methodology Key findings Louisville tops our list with 17.9% of business owners reporting no negative effects on operations. About 3% of entrepreneurs in Louisville say the pandemic has had a positive impact on their business. Virginia Beach takes the No. 2 spot — 16.6% of business owners have not been negatively impacted . Phoenix rounds out the top three with 16.1% of business owners...

Lending Tree

Jul 31, 2020

Make These 5 Money Moves to Help Your Business Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic

We’ve all felt the impact of COVID-19 on our personal lives, both financially and emotionally. But for small business owners, the pandemic packs an extra punch. According to a survey performed by the National Federation of Independent Business , about half of small business owners said they’d be unable to continue operations for more than two months without help. Impacted entrepreneurs are experiencing slower sales, supply chain disruptions and, of course, concerns about employees contracting the illness — and that’s all on top of figuring out how to keep their doors open. Fortunately, there are steps small business owners can take to help their companies come out of this quarantine on the right side of the proverbial dirt. Just as you use masks and hand sanitizer to help you survive the pandemic personally, here are some tools to help your business make it out alive, too. 1. Apply for emergency funding The coronavirus has led to unprecedented economic pressures — which is part of...

Lending Tree

Jul 24, 2020

71% of Small Business Owners Fear They’ll Never Recover From Pandemic Losses

Despite the news that loan relief with extremely low interest is on the way, it’s unclear if it’ll be enough to save entrepreneurs hit hard by COVID-19. A new LendingTree survey of more than 1,200 small business owners found that 71% worry they’ll never recover from the downturn. Business owners are holding on by a thread as more governors join the long list of states closing non-essential businesses. Nearly half of small business owners have temporarily closed their businesses, our survey found. They have also laid off workers or reduced their hours and sought funding, often unsuccessfully, to stay afloat. Key findings 71% of small business owners are worried their business will never recoup the losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Business owners in the accommodation/food service and retail trade sectors are among the most likely to fear for their company’s future. Nearly half — 47% — of small business owners surveyed have taken on debt to keep their business afloat...

Lending Tree

Apr 15, 2020

New Work Culture May Lead to Narrower Pay Gap Between Moms and Dads

Billions of children are out of school during the current global pandemic and major adjustments in households across the nation are being made to manage a new routine. Moms are assisting with online learning, dads are serving up snacks and both are turning to TikTok when they run out of fun ideas. However, new research shows that the disruption to everyday life may predict two major outcomes for gender equality. According to CNN , researchers Matthias Doepke and Jane Olmstead-Rumsey of Northwestern University, Titan Alon of the University of California San Diego and Michèle Tertilt of the University of Mannheim report that moms will shoulder the majority of childcare duties during the pandemic. However, now that fathers are forced into stay-at-home dad roles, the shift in gender roles may lead to greater gender equality post-quarantine. Women are on the frontlines. As COVID-19 cases surge, healthcare and other essential professionals are working more, longer hours. The U.S. Labor of...

Niki McGloster

Apr 3, 2020