This tool shows where racial equity is lagging in 100 U.S. cities

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Creators of the Racial Equity Index hope the data tool has launched at the right moment to spur policy to fix racial economic disparities. Minneapolis-St. Paul, the center of the reigniting of the Black Lives Matter movement, has one of the highest rates of prosperity in the United States, ranked sixth among its 150 metropolitan-area peers. But it ranks 149th in terms of racial inclusion, indicating one of the worst racial wealth disparity gaps in the country. Read Full Story

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How tech companies can work with HBCUs to meaningfully improve equity

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These partnerships are crucial for making tech firms more inclusive and equitable, but they have to be more substantial than just financial commitments. Over the past few years, we’ve seen various efforts to address racial disparity in terms of opportunity, access, and financial support for Black entrepreneurs and technologists. This includes everything from big tech company reports that document progress in diversifying their workforce to the onboarding of high-profile diversity and inclusion officers to address and improve the lack of D&I internally. But progress has still been glacially slow. Read Full Story

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Business leaders: Invest in racial equity to combat the climate crisis

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Every sector—from business to finance, energy, government, and beyond—must also invest in racial equity, clean energy, and green jobs if we truly want to rebuild America’s economy. Two threads are woven into the fabric of each crisis facing our country today: deeply rooted racism and glaring income disparity. These twin crises—the social construct of racial discrimination and the socioeconomic categorizations that divide our country—are magnified further when viewed alongside the threat multiplier of climate change. All three burdens disproportionately impact communities of color. Read Full Story

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No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet has limited vaccine access for racial minorities

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Three researchers who study health disparities are seeing increasing evidence that a lack of internet access is preventing people in racial and ethnic minority groups from getting vaccines. Racial and ethnic minority communities that lack internet access have been left behind in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The average monthly cost of internet access, about $70 , can be out of reach for those who can barely afford groceries. Read Full Story

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This Pharrell-led pitch competition will provide much-needed capital to minority entrepreneurs

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Pharrell Williams launched Black Ambition—a winner of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards—after last summer’s calls for racial equity to help boost funding to Black and Latino entrepreneurs. Spurred by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery , last summer’s racial reckoning awakened America to the systemic inequities that exist within the country’s fundamental structures, from policing to the economy. One is the lack of access to capital for Black and Latino communities, among which business ownership rates are significantly lower than other racial groups. Read Full Story

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Apple announces new commitments to its racial equity initiative

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Following last summer’s protests, Apple pledged $100 million toward education initiatives, economic empowerment, and criminal justice reform. Last June, in response to scores of protests against police brutality, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company was launching a Racial Equity and Justice Initiative , pledging $100 million toward education, economic empowerment, and criminal justice reform. Today the company announced multiple investments that fall within the initiative, which has been spearheaded by Lisa Jackson , Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives. Read Full Story

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Intuit’s CEO and its first racial equity director explain their approach to diversity

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CEO Sasan Goordarzi and the company’s first director of racial equity, La Toya Haynes, discuss initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion. In August of last year, technology company Intuit appointed its first racial equity director, La Toya Haynes. The move was part of a larger effort to more closely examine equity within the company’s own walls, following last summer’s protests against police brutality and racism. Read Full Story

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7 SEO Processes That Get Easier with Increased PageRank/Domain Authority - Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by Cyrus-Shepard A rising tide lifts all ships — and it's similar story with increased site authority. What factors are affected as you improve PageRank or Domain Authority, and how? In today's Whiteboard Friday, Cyrus details seven SEO processes that are made easier by a strong investment in link building and growing your authority. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Howdy, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. I'm Cyrus Shepard. Quick Whiteboard this week. I want to talk about links. We know in SEO we love links. Everybody wants links. But why? What do links do for you? They do a surprising amount for you that we sometimes don't realize. So the title of today's Whiteboard, "7 SEO Processes That Get Easier with Increased PageRank and Domain Authority." So why did we choose PageRank …

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How corporate venture capital could close the gender gap for entrepreneurs

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Pipeline Equity’s founder and Accenture Venture’s Open Innovation lead say that we need a revolution to shake up the world of funding and entrepreneurship, and CVC could catalyze these efforts. As COVID-19, the ensuing economic crisis, and recent calls for racial justice show, the cost of complacency toward matters of equity is reaching an inflection point. We are ready for a sweeping reset, a new paradigm—one where women receive half of all venture capital (VC) funding, represent half of all decision-makers at VC firms, and make up half of all business owners. Entrepreneurship is ready for an infusion of gender equity. Read Full Story

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