The 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones loves watching forensic files

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A lot of the “science,” such as blood spatter analysis, has been debunked, but this show is my go-to when I am on the road and alone in my hotel room at night. Instagram @blvckvrchives This account, run by Renata Cherlise, features photos of black life across the decades, many of them taken by regular folks of regular folks doing regular things. Read Full Story

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The importance of asking your team, ‘how are you?’ during the pandemic

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Flipping the script on her traditional fireside chats proved invaluable for this CEO. The coronavirus pandemic forced many companies—including my own—to shift from working in an office to switch to working from home. This new context in which we were operating forced me to evolve and grow as a leader. To a certain extent, I had previously relied on passing conversations and individual meetings to keep folks informed. In the office, I almost assumed people knew my thinking and intent via osmosis by simply from being in the same room. Once we were all remote, I realized that I had to become significantly more intentional and open with communications for the team. Also, like many other CEOs, I faced innumerable decisions and challenges that had to be addressed quickly. Read Full Story

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How WeChat’s design turned it into a global powerhouse—and a Trump target

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A researcher of culturally sensitive design explains WeChat’s significance for the Chinese diaspora and what will be lost if the U.S. succeeds in banning it. On the day before WeChat was ordered to be banned, my octogenarian parents, who live in China, insisted on having a video chat with their granddaughter and me. They were worried that they would not be able to see us as conveniently after we were forced to switch to regular phone calls. Read Full Story

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This is the exact type of break you should be taking when working from home

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Taking regular breaks is key. But what you do during them is just as important. When you work from home—especially when you can call your own hours—it can be hard to take time to take a break. For me, I tend to get into a groove. Stopping and walking away seems like it would be counterproductive. However, I also find myself taking “unhealthy” breaks, such as spending time on social media or watching a YouTube video. I’m still sitting at my desk, so are they really breaks? Read Full Story

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How to Network Online Like a Champ

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Posted by cheryldraper This conference season feels a bit different, doesn't it? Where we're usually globetrotting from event to event, this year most conferences have either postponed their dates or switched to online, remote-friendly formats , offering video sessions by top-notch speakers or live streams with open chats. But what about everyone's favorite bonus during conference season — networking? Thankfully, all is not lost! With a little ingenuity and virtual elbow grease, you can still forge new professional relationships over an internet connection rather than a cocktail. (And hey, nothing's stopping you from enjoying a nice, frosty Mozcow Mule or tasty mocktail in your home office space, right?) In our current reality of social distancing, marketing conference networking will look different, but it's not going anywhere. Read on for tips on how to effectively network while remote! Step 1: Look for networking opportunities Depending on which virtual event you attend, …

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How to accomplish life-admin tasks, aka the most boring things on your to-do list list

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Administrative tasks, such as making a dentist appointment or paying your bills, are the worst. But if you don’t do these things regularly, they pile up. Sometimes you feel like you can’t manage your life because of huge, challenging projects you need to get done. But in my experience as a time management coach, people can just as easily feel like a failure because of the little things: the doctors’ appointments never made, the clothes heaps on the floor, or the constant orange glow of the change oil light on their dashboard. Read Full Story

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How to Network Online Like a Champ

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Posted by cheryldraper This conference season feels a bit different, doesn't it? Where we're usually globetrotting from event to event, this year most conferences have either postponed their dates or switched to online, remote-friendly formats , offering video sessions by top-notch speakers or live streams with open chats. But what about everyone's favorite bonus during conference season — networking? Thankfully, all is not lost! With a little ingenuity and virtual elbow grease, you can still forge new professional relationships over an internet connection rather than a cocktail. (And hey, nothing's stopping you from enjoying a nice, frosty Mozcow Mule or tasty mocktail in your home office space, right?) In our current reality of social distancing, marketing conference networking will look different, but it's not going anywhere. Read on for tips on how to effectively network while remote! Step 1: Look for networking opportunities Depending on which virtual event you attend, …

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What to put in a coronavirus care package

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It’s hard being apart from one another during this time. Tell someone you love them, with a weighted blanket and some olive oil. My mother lives 10 minutes away from me, but I haven’t seen her in more than two weeks in an effort to keep each other safe during this period of social distancing. She misses seeing my four-year-old daughter, who used to spend a night a week at her house. Though we regularly drop off groceries at her house and video chat with her daily, the separation has been hard for all of us. Read Full Story

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Help Your Community from Six Feet Away: Non-Marketing Tips from Mozzers

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Posted by morgan.mcmurray For the last few weeks, you’ve probably experienced an influx of emails from companies detailing how COVID-19 is affecting them and thus you, their customer. It's... a lot, isn't it? So today, we want to take a departure from the world of "how this affects us" and focus instead on actionable things we can all do to make things brighter for ourselves and our communities. This won't be your regularly scheduled programming — we won't be discussing SEO or marketing. Instead, we're sharing ideas and advice from the folks at Moz who've been finding ways to be helpers as we all navigate this new normal. Donate and shop For those who have steady income during this time of economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and charitable organizations. Many employers, Moz included, offer charitable donation matching to make use of as well. Food …

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