Watch James Baldwin’s brilliant 1965 speech in which he explored why Black Lives Matter

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The writer’s analysis of “the American dream” and what that meant for the black community is a must-watch today. On February 18, 1965, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. debated the concept of the American dream at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Baldwin and Buckley were polar opposites. Baldwin, an eloquent champion of the humanity of black people, had made it his life’s mission to highlight the nuances of what it was like to be black in a country that was built by, but not for, you. Buckley, a conservative who grew up wealthy, also examined race in his writings, but he often touted the notion that black people were inferior, and championed a new rising of the south (he later changed his views). Read Full Story

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Perspective: Why many programs targeting POC founders end up feeling predatory

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“The runaround we’re getting is not the same,” says founder Orion Brown, who started her company, The Black Travel Box, in 2017. In our third annual State of Entrepreneurship survey, Fast Company and Inc. asked nearly 400 founders to share their perspectives on the business landscape today. The respondents, who came from 15 countries, chimed in on a range of subjects, many of which revolved around their personal challenges and experiences . Read Full Story

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Black History Month branding was good. Now companies need to do it for the whole year

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If your brand is dropping work requests in the inboxes of creatives of color in mid-January, and that’s it? Try again. If you spent any time on the internet during the month of February, you probably noticed that major companies recognized Black History Month with graphic treatments on their websites and platforms, spotlights on Black makers, and limited-edition launches. YouTube had a new Black History Month-themed logo on the platform each week; Apple launched an array of initiatives ; and the NBA partnered with Nike to create new, league-wide warm-up shirts that read “Built by Black History.” Take a look at just about any major brand and, chances are, it used art and design to honor Black history over the past few weeks. Read Full Story

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Advertising’s most prominent Black executive says empty gestures aren’t going to cut it

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Steve Stoute, founder and CEO of Translation, doesn’t mince words on the tough steps that his industry needs to take to make the right kind of progress. This week Translation founder and CEO Steve Stoute wrote an open letter to Bob Liodice, CEO of the Association of National Advertisers, calling on the advertising industry’s leading trade organization to set real, measurable goals and actions for its members around diversity, inclusion, and its overall treatment of Black people. Read Full Story

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These artists formed a collective to reimagine Black architecture

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“At a certain point we have to start articulating our own future. And if the rest of the profession wants to come along, that’s on them.” The new exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America at the Museum of Modern Art in New York reframes architecture from the perspective of Black people . The artists whose work makes up the exhibition decided that its implications couldn’t just be theoretical. Read Full Story

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Here’s what the U.S. Capitol looked like when protestors wanted healthcare and equality

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The Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors. What can one say, really, in the wake of the unprecedented insurrection taking place in Washington, D.C., as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol? Well, one thing that did not elude the notice of many , many people was that the Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors in and outside the home of the U.S. Congress—as recently as last summer during Black Lives Matter protests for racial equity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and too many other Black people around the country. Read Full Story

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