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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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Restaurant Co-Owner Cites Husband’s Mental Health After He Refuses Black Customer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirt

A number of people assembled outside a Maryland restaurant on Sunday after a customer said he wasn’t permitted inside because he was wearing a shirt that said “I can’t breathe,” a reference to George Floyd and others who have been killed by the police.

Located in Prince George county, protestors called for the Fish Market to shut down for the day, Fox 5 reports. The community was outraged after customer Daryl Rollins, who is Black, shared his experience online. He explained that on Friday, one of the owners, Rick Giovannoni, wouldn’t let him inside the restaurant when he saw Rollins’ shirt.

“He came over and told me, ‘Why do you have that shirt on? I seen the video. It was terrible. Why would you wear that shirt? You cannot come into my establishment like that,’” Rollins said. He said the owner was likely referring to the video of Floyd’s death,

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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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How Black Creators Kept Us Going During Quarantine Season

Anxiety around the coronavirus is common for everyone right now, but with news that Black people are four times more likely to die from the virus than their white counterparts, there is a collective weariness among the Black community. The innovative and responsive creative output of Black creators has been a respite from the heaviness that rests on each of us as COVID-19 not only impacts our lives, but the lives of those we deeply love and care for. 

Each and every night, social media sites such as Instagram Live felt like using a Sky Box for the first time: inundated with choice. Feeds were alight with pink glowing circles as people launched game shows, hosted talks, played music, led workout sessions and instructed bake-a-longs. There is no doubt that Black content creators pushed boundaries during lockdown season and gave us small pockets of joy during such an uncertain time. 

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As Black creators gain sudden exposure on TikTok and Instagram, social media platforms begin to acknowledge inherent biases

Black content creators call on followers and social media platforms to acknowledge systematic racism. (Photo: Instagram/heybriajones/areed_1998)
Black content creators call on followers and social media platforms to acknowledge systematic racism. (Photo: Instagram/heybriajones/areed_1998)

The social media landscape has been transformed amid conversations regarding racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. While people from all backgrounds are participating in these discussions and using their platforms to provide information and resources for their followers, it’s Black content creators in particular who have seen a spike in their engagement and follower count on sites like Instagram and TikTok. And with social networks actively giving a boost to these creators’ posts, some feel this is the first time that they’re being both seen and heard by those who ordinarily wouldn’t follow them.

“My platform has blown up. I just hit 30,000 [31,700 as of publishing time] on Instagram, and last week I had, like, 24,000 [followers before]. And

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5 meaningful Father’s Day ideas amid Black Lives Matter, Pride Month and the COVID-19 pandemic

Father’s Day 2020 is another occasion that feels significantly different than the year prior.

Sunday, the day devoted to dads may conjure up thoughts of George Floyd, a father whose death in police custody ignited nationwide protests demanding justice and racial equality. Or perhaps, one might think of his daughter Gianna, 6, who, as seen in a clip that has gone viral, understands “Daddy changed the world.”  

There are also those still separated from their fathers due to the global health crisis. Some who live close to dad might be staying away to reduce his risk of infection. Others might not feel safe traveling to see pops just yet. 

June is also  Pride Month when members of the LGBTQ community come together to recognize the progress they’ve made since the 1969 Stonewall Riots. 

Here are some ways to have a meaningful Father’s Day:

Celebrating Pride Month and rallying for racial

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Black Americans most likely to know a COVID-19 victim

DETROIT (AP) — African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friend has died of COVID-19 or respiratory illness since March, according to a series of surveys conducted since April that lays bare how black Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic.

Eleven percent of African Americans say they were close with someone who has died from the coronavirus, compared with 5% of Americans overall and 4% of white Americans.

The findings are based on data from three COVID Impact surveys conducted between April and June by NORC at the University of Chicago for the Data Foundation about the pandemic’s effect on the physical, mental and social health of Americans.

While recent surveys conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research have found that black Americans are especially likely to know someone who had the virus, the new data from the COVID Impact research

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