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The art of protest

Creators and dreamers from our diverse communities

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Artists find their voices, power through creation

Black Lives Matter murals and other public art spark conversation and controversy — and maybe even change. Artists share how their work has empowered others and themselves.

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Poet-activist uses the power of words for change

Poet, actor and performance artist Staceyann Chin uses words as her art form to speak out against injustices. She says her work is one small step in the larger journey toward making the world better.

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A message, a movement, an opportunity to be heard

In Stamford, Conn., a community-supported protest mural maintains an indelible presence.

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The must-have cover-up

Creators and dreamers from our diverse communities

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Retailers uncover a $2B industry with face masks

From Gap to Louis Vuitton, merchants turn reusable cloth masks meant to protect wearers against the coronavirus into fashion fare, with prices ranging from modest to blingy.

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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.

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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.

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Linked in

Creators and dreamers from our diverse communities

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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.

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Empowering senior citizens with technology skills

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.

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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.

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Design of the times?

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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.

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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.

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Rethinking office space

The pandemic has created a seismic shift in how people work and how the spaces they work out of should be adapted to keep workers safe. Will the office ever be the same?

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Worker cooperatives transform communities

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Member-owners and co-ops serve their community first

From Midwest breweries to Northeast hauling companies, the co-op structure has led to long-term success in many areas. Some experts say co-ops may be more resilient than other small businesses.

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A welcoming and inclusive beauty co-op for all

Joselyn Mendoza is a co-founder of Mirror Trans Beauty, a trans Latinx-led worker co-op for beauty professionals in New York City. The space provides an inclusive environment for trans and gender non-conforming individuals, and seeks to help Latinx immigrants advance their careers.

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The heart and joy in intersectional co-ops

The AORTA cooperative supports movements for social, racial, and economic justice. Part of its mission is intersectional understanding of systemic oppression, and how this knowledge can build multiracial solidarity.

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Raising up the girls of science

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Taking STEM on the road in order to foster girls' interest

Enter the STEMobile. Activities in the roving science classroom are meant to inspire young young students about coding, engineering, robots and the weather, and have had especially positive impacts on girls and their interest in STEM.

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Closing the representation gap in STEM communities

Since its inception in 1994, Science Club for Girls has reached thousands of girls with one specific goal: to give them the opportunity to fall in love with science regardless of their race or family income.

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First-generation college student reached for the stars

25-year-old Katya Echazarreta is an electrical engineer with the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. A Mexican immigrant who came to the United States as a child, she overcame barriers to get her dream job.

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Honor the dead, respect the earth

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Going green, one last time

From cardboard caskets to the absence of harmful chemicals, some people choose to minimize the impact to the environment after they die. It helps to plan ahead.

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How our bodies can become our last gift to earth

In Boring, Oregon, Elizabeth Fournier, who calls herself ‘The Green Reaper,’ provides families with an environmentally friendly burial option and a new way of grieving.

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‘Dead people don’t bother the animals’

When Henry and Joan Meyer moved to a 120-acre piece of land in Montana in their 20s they decided to stay there and raise their family. Now in their 80s, they have designated their land as a federally protected natural cemetery, finding a way that they can stay on, forever.

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Crediting the correct chef

Creators and dreamers from our diverse communities

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A food’s tradition is a valuable cultural artifact

2020 marked a moment of reckoning for food media and cultural appropriation, and came with the realization that the best way to give ‘credit’ is to step aside, and let the originators tell their own stories.

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Dinner table becomes a bridge to cultural understanding

Parisa Parnian, a queer, first-generation Iranian-American immigrant and multi-faceted creative, makes traditional Persian cuisine while building community through food.

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The broad authenticity of American Chinese food

New York City chef Lucas Sin has always wanted to be a chef. Since starting his restaurant group Junzi Kitchen in 2015, he’s been making the case for why American Chinese food is authentic – and always has been.

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How may I help you, human?

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From bots to helpers: Robotics fill roles in everyday life

There are more than 1,000 robotics organizations in California alone, making advances in the areas of security, farming, healthcare, and warehouse automation. Andra Kaey, founder of Women in Robotics and the managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics, shares her expertise.

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These workplace helpers don't need to punch a clock

Robotics emerge from the assembly lines to take on more social forms. Hallways and construction sites may never be the same.

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How should robots behave, and who gets to decide?

Shalaleh Rismani, a roboethicist, is exploring the complex question of how to make ethical robots, and she asks: With regards to care, driving, or even war, what are the issues that need consideration?

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Accessibility for all

Creators and dreamers from our diverse communities

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Pandemic augmented services long-sought by the disabled

If the pandemic has an upside, it is the expansion of services and online connectivity, from grocery delivery to closed captioning during meetings. Technology has ushered in welcome solutions to everyday challenges.

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AI tech provides new set of eyes for visually impaired

Companies like Aira Tech Corp are radically changing the game for people with blindness or low vision in the midst of the pandemic. Jenine Stanley, director of customer communication, explains why generating a more inclusive environment in the industry is crucial for people with disabilities.

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Adapting to life with autism during Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives. For people on the autism spectrum, change can be hard. Technology is helping people adapt and find new ways to connect.

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Working to make remote learning work

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EdTech goes to school to help students, teachers and parents

Entrepreneurs discover opportunity in the new world of virtual instruction. Meet a few who have created educational tools to help with children’s remote learning.

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Pandemic 101 lessons: Running a virtual classroom

A first-year Chicago Public Schools teacher shares how she makes remote learning work in her sixth-grade classroom using technology, old-school grading — and a bit of silly fun.

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Community comes together to transform kids’ school day

As the pandemic forced schools to adapt and modify teaching protocols, a school in rural Minnesota collaborated with a local designer to create portable multi-use desks for outdoors and inside. Teachers also saw an opportunity to reevaluate children’s screen-time usage.

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Stepping up to fill the need

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Community pitches in to keep soul food restaurant open

Angela and J.C. Johnson were two pay cycles away from closing The Serving Spoon Restaurant in Inglewood, Calif. A GoFundMe campaign united the community in giving back to the place that has fed them for years.

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Consultant invests skills to help vendors survive, thrive

Hit by the pandemic, urban development consultant Niki Lagos responds by using her newfound extra time to help struggling communities and businesses survive, prepare for the future.

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Community rallies to revive beloved store, a special space

Bluestockings Bookstore, a queer bookstore on the Lower East Side, closed its doors last summer due to financial strains. The community they fostered for over 20 years responded with fundraising events and has been vital in helping the bookstore survive — and grow — during a pandemic.

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Sculpting a more diverse future in theater

Creators and dreamers from our diverse communities

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Seeing the light: lighting designer Mitchell Frazier

As the resident lighting director at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, he brings to his work a fascination with the behind-the-scenes magic of theater and a commitment to telling the story using light.

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The journey of a Black stage manager on Broadway

One of Broadway’s most sought-after stage managers, Lisa Dawn Cave has helped to create a new professional networking organization for stage managers of color. She talks about her journey from dancer to stage manager to activist.

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Critic turns focus from stage to state of the industry

Jose Solís is helping to bring greater diversity to Broadway one person at a time. From making open invitations to watch Broadway shows to organizing digital workshops, his goal is to welcome more people who look like him into the world of performing arts.

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Stage manager Salima Seale: Representation is important

Salima Seale, a freelance stage manager based in the Twin Cities, believes in the power of story to represent human experience. Often the only person of color working backstage, she is one of those working behind the curtains to bring stories to life.

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Taking the Plunge

Creators and dreamers from our diverse communities

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Staten Island family creates 'sweet' wonderland for locals

Applications for new businesses have spiked during the pandemic; one family decided now was the time to reset their financial future and open a retail shop that aims to deliver more than candy to the neighborhood.

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SoCal restaurateur doesn't let pandemic stop new venture

Inspired by the hardworking young entrepreneurs in his native Ethiopia, 28-year-old Genemo Ali launched his latest culinary venture just as a third coronavirus wave swept through the U.S.

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Woman starts dream seltzery business during pandemic

The day bars and restaurants in North Carolina were forced to shut down due to the Covid-19, Kristin Cagney closed on the loan to start her dream business. Despite the challenges, Summit Seltzer opened in September 2020.

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Barbecue blues: Restaurant owner tries to keep fires lit

In the midst of the pandemic, Ruth Parks took over Jon Jon’s BBQ in San Jose, Calif. She and her husband are trying to keep multiple businesses afloat, including a nursing school and a daycare.

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Pipeline vs. network

Creators and dreamers from our diverse communities

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Recruiters work to improve representation in tech

Technologists of color create connections and jobs for other people of color in the tech industry. From placing workers to investing in a community, work experiences serve as their common thread.

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Create your own business, create your own culture

L.A.- based entrepreneur Anna Spearman tapped her Postmates and graduation money to begin Techie Staffing, which directly places technology staff in companies nationwide.

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Native Americans in tech: For a solution-based future

Chelsea Chee’s interest in science is rooted in her Navajo cultural heritage. Her work with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society allows her to tackle the lack of Native American representation in tech.

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Interested in tech? Find a connection for your level, age

Here’s a resource list of groups for people of color interested in networking and training in tech.