Efforts to halt Native-themed names, imagery gain traction
The use of Native American names and imagery is under national debate. Many educational institutions and some professional sports franchises have abandoned offensive mascots, while some colleges retain official partnerships with tribes.
Ban opens door to education, conversation and healing
Washington state Rep. Debra Lekanoff talks about banning Native mascots in schools, the importance of bringing Native and American communities together, and educating others about Native American culture.
Highlights of the progress to rid sports of hurtful images
Decades of protest against racist stereotypes have led to mascot changes in high school, college and professional sports. In 2020, the Washington Football Team finally succumbed to the pressure to drop its controversial team name, in use since 1933.
Religious invocations render aid and comfort amid crisis
With public worship curtailed, personal devotions strengthen believers’ faith in the power of prayer to help them through these anxious times. ‘I’ve seen people’s spiritual lives deepen’ during the pandemic, noted one high-profile Christian author.
In this 'new normal,' these prayers encourage and uplift
During the pandemic, religious scholars and authors from myriad denominations provided words of prayer ranging from entreaties for overall well-being to specific themes, such as intercessions for nursing home residents and ‘the new normal to come.’
Man’s faith sustained him through dad’s Covid-19 battle
When Faran Ahmad’s father was hospitalized with the coronavirus, he turned to prayer for comfort, finding peace in his connection to Allah, and ultimately, to extended family members living in Pakistan.
Activism can take many forms, and especially in the past year, artists have voiced opinions through their particular medium. From murals to posters to spoken word, artists share their thoughts in public spaces.
Trauma of Floyd aftermath leads activist to new advocacy
Isak Douah had long felt the mental toll of the fight for social justice but he’d always rebuffed suggestions to seek counseling — until the tragic events of Juneteenth 2020. His experience with therapy led to a new calling: funding mental healthcare for Black youth.
Black barbers train to cut through mental health stigma
As more studies show the connection between racism and mental health, new approaches to help Blacks, especially men, find advocates and get care are springing up in traditional community hubs like barbershops.
iPondr’s Stephanie Moore, an advocate for mental health, and Crystal Smith discuss their personal journeys to find answers and the proper care for their own mental health issues, and some of the challenges they faced along the way.
Finding mental healthcare that works for you can be daunting, especially in Black communities, where barriers to access are deeply entrenched. iPondr has curated a number of resources to get you started.
Nature is available to all. Why, then, is there such a lack of diversity in outside activities? Running, fishing and hiking are the top three outdoor pursuits, yet fewer than 30% of participants are people of color.
Nature is often seen as an equalizer because it’s available for all. However, people of color have long been underrepresented in the outdoors industry. Photographer/filmmaker Samantha Isom shares how she tries to break the narrative with her online journal and travel show, Brown Passport.
Black to nature: Various groups reclaim the outdoors
Racist attitudes and laws, including segregation, kept Black people and other people of color away from national and regional parks for generations. Now they’re teaching themselves the joys of savoring nature.
More initiatives continue to pop up with the goal of creating greater diversity in traditionally ‘white’ sports. Athletes of color in tennis, ice hockey and lacrosse — among others — are paving the way to lift racial labels and restore the diverse history in some of these sports.
Ice hockey looks and sounds different in these N.J. communities
Non-profit Hockey in New Jersey is making the sport accessible to kids from all backgrounds. The diversity and impact of this program in urban communities is a picture of what the NHL dreams of as it seeks to expand its audience.
Jaylen Wheeler, once a student at University Prep in north Seattle, was the only Black player on his baseball team. This led him to interview friends about being the odd man out and pushing boundaries.
Scientists construct new uses for billions of discarded masks
Littered face masks and other PPE are an emerging environmental crisis. Some researchers have found a way to repurpose masks in road-building materials but now they need industry to take note and use the technology.
Duo turns mask-making hobby into thriving business
Lisa Bays and her daughter Katie Bays began making and donating masks at the start of the pandemic to help their neighbors in Zionsville, Ind. A year later, they reflect on how their sewing hobby grew into a successful business.
At niche pageants, women – and men – get their moment in the spotlight, and not just because of their looks. The underlying idea, some pageant experts say, is to offer contestants something more than a crown.
Transgender beauty chooses to ‘be visible,’ enters pageant
In 2016, Angel Qinan competed in the 15th annual Queen USA national trans beauty pageant, the largest in the country. It not only helped her form tight bonds with other women in the trans community, but she also found herself and her voice along the way.
Living off-grid in a tiny house in the Wyoming mountains
Ariel McGlothin says the small space complements her outdoors lifestyle, including gardening, hiking and wildlife photography. She shares how she deals with challenges of living in a cold climate, 6,000 feet above sea level.
Living for a living: Labor of love can be lonely sometimes
Brynn Paul is in the early stages of his life as a homesteader in West Woodbury, Vermont. Building his home surrounded by land and livestock he depends on, Paul reflects on the double-edged sword of his isolated lifestyle.
Covid-19 restrictions have changed the fan experience
From father-daughter duos to die-hard New York sports fans, Americans are mourning the loss of the in-person game-day moments they grew up with and treasure. And it may be a while until it’s back to ‘normal.’
It's not rugby without 'energy bursting from the sidelines’
Fans are essential to the sports experience. Across the country, courts, rinks, and fields fell silent as Covid-19 restrictions heightened. Athletes have found ways to cope but are eager to return to the game and to their most loyal supporters: the fans.
Keeping LGBTQ elders of color connected in Brooklyn
GRIOT Circle in New York City, the only organization dedicated to serving the needs of elder LGBTQ people of color, has shifted many of its programs online during the pandemic to keep its community members connected.
Older adults in the U.S. are looking to stay independent and in their homes. Technology can help them connect with loved ones, continue learning, and take care of basic needs, from telehealth visits to grocery deliveries.
A new virtual friendship bridges the generation gap
Big & Mini, a nonprofit organization that fosters intergenerational relationships through virtual communication, helped Elva Roy, 75, and Daniel Formella, 20, form a special friendship. Elva and Daniel check in with one another and reflect on how they felt at the start of the pandemic.
From an opera stage to a mountaintop recording booth
Natalie Naudus says her success as an audiobook narrator has been, in part, due to her operatic voice training. Naudus, who has narrated over 250 titles, shares what it’s like to bring characters to life from her home studio.
Voice acting, an industry long dominated by white men, gets a shot of diversity with more opportunities for women and people of color. Consumer preferences, new technology and shifts in training are driving the change.
A performing artist finds her true passion off camera
Taj Ruler found her calling in voice-over work when she returned home to Minnesota after college. With a background in improvisation, she talks about her successes and the challenges faced as a scripted voice actor specializing in animation, narration and commercial projects.
Taos Pueblo won back its sacred lake after long battle
It’s rare for Indigenous tribes to have their land returned, but it is possible. The story of one Pueblo in New Mexico shows how difficult and how meaningful it is for Native communities to get back their land.
A-dae Romero-Briones, a member of the Cochiti Pueblo, explains the connection of land and food, how her community lived through the creation of the faulty Cochiti Dam, and how the current pandemic has brought full-circle the necessity of living off the land.
High school teacher’s first year is quite the balancing act
In Vanessa Fisher’s first year as a special education teacher, she has faced the challenges of remote and hybrid instruction while adapting to the demands of students, parents, the community and the union.
Across the country, gay bars have been impacted by the pandemic in different ways, some fully shutting down, others going on hiatus, still others contributing to their community’s welfare by arranging food drives. As spring arrives, so does renewed hope.
LGBTQ communities across the U.S. had lost many of their gathering places already. Now, there are even fewer venues, but some community veterans are maintaining, if not reinventing, themselves in unsettling times.
Spaces where validation, loyalty, and a sense of solidarity are critical for any marginalized sector. The lesbian community is no exception. The glue of nightlife spaces is the DJ—adjusting, sensing, and transforming the atmosphere with music.
After more than a year of working from home, many employees had to adopt new ways of working. Will employers reimagine the role of offices in creating a safe, productive and enjoyable space for their employees?
Office spaces get a revamp — including some throwbacks
From bathrooms to boardrooms, the pandemic is reshaping workspaces. Architects and planners tell us what to expect, as business owners eye everything from increased outdoor space to more private offices.
Telework or back to office? Some hope for mix of both
A Purdue University professor and social scientist says the Covid-19 lockdown exacerbated the work-life imbalance; a working mother shares her experiences. They hope the lessons of working from home will result in more freedom for employees in a post-Covid world.