Kamala Harris’s ascent is a win for Asian-Americans. So why do I feel so ambivalent?

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An executive of Chinese descent reflects on what Americans of East Asian heritage—and all communities of color—can learn from the vice president-elect and her victory. One of the brightest notes in the outcome of 2020’s tawdry political process is the historic election of the first female, Black, and—most notably—Asian American vice president, Kamala Harris. Read Full Story

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Political cartoonists respond to Joe Biden’s win and the end of Donald Trump’s presidency

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These are some of the best political cartoons immortalizing Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. After four long days of post-election uncertainty, Joe Biden was officially declared president-elect on Saturday, November 7. Biden’s win marks the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency and a historic first for the vice presidency, with Kamala Harris becoming not only the first female vice president-elect but the first Black and Asian American vice president-elect as well. Read Full Story

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More than half of workers have binge-watched TV during work hours

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We asked more than a thousand Americans how they’re managing working from home during the pandemic. Here’s what they revealed. Fifty-two percent of employed Americans are working from home today at least at least one day a week, 71% of them as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In late October, Fast Company , in conjunction with The Harris Poll, asked 1000 of those folks across the United States about their remote professional lives. Their answers were illuminating. “We’ve changed the way we work,” says Will Johnson, CEO of The Harris Poll. “Once it’s safe for us to go back to the office, many of us are going to have re-entry issues.” Still, he says, “When we finally return, there’ll be reasons to be happy. We’ll be able to see our coworkers in-person again, which is what Americans miss the most. Read Full Story

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The stars and creators of Netflix’s ‘Self Made’ discuss why pioneering entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker’s story matters now

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Octavia Spencer, Blair Underwood, Bill Bellamy, and A’Lelia Bundles—Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer—talk about what the pioneering African American female entrepreneur means to them. Madam C.J. Walker was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. That’s a fact that many people most likely learn as a quick black history fact. Read Full Story

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‘I can’t handle it anymore’: COVID fatigue is winning at the worst possible moment

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An exclusive new Harris Poll conducted for Fast Company shows fatigue around COVID-19 is leading to less news consumption—and more risky behaviors. When COVID-19 first began, Jim Pasant didn’t wear just a mask and gloves, but also goggles, plus he’d repeatedly disinfect his own car—steering wheel, door handle, etc.—even though he was the only person who was ever in it. As the pandemic wore on, the 49-year-old Dallas artist stopped everything but wearing a mask. Read Full Story

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How to watch Joe Biden’s first address to Congress live on CNN, PBS, or elsewhere for free

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It’s not a State of the Union address, but it’s the first time President Biden will deliver a joint address to Congress. Here’s where you can stream it. President Joe Biden will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening, touting his legislative achievements and outlining his administration’s near-term goals as his presidency concludes its first 100 days. Biden is expected to discuss details of his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan . He’ll be flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris on one side and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the other. According to The New York Times , only about 200 people will be in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic; much of Congress will be watching virtually. After the speech, Republican senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver a response. Read Full Story

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3 ways gender ‘brain diversity’ can make Joe Biden and Kamala Harris better leaders

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The neurobiological differences in the male and female brain create an all-powerful strategic advantage, says this leadership neuropsychologist. As an organizational neuropsychologist, I celebrate the unprecedented and long-overdue collaboration of a male and female brain that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will bring to the White House. Why? Because modern neuroscience tells us that “brain diversity” opens up an awesome advantage in leading, governing, and executive decision-making. Think of it as rocket fuel for powering the best of collective intelligence. Its potential to create the kind of positive, transformational change that America needs right now is enormous, especially amid the dueling health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Full Story

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