In 2021, we must show that Black Lives Matter beyond diversity theater

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To truly move the needle on diversity, inclusion, and equity work, here’s what needs to happen in the VC industry. To say 2020 has been a whirlwind would be an understatement. COVID-19 forced us to be still—to pivot, reflect, and be human together. The murder of George Floyd on May 25 catalyzed an unprecedented social justice movement on and offline. According to data gathered by the Social Media Analytics Center at the University of Connecticut, in the 30 days after the murder, the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag was mentioned more than 80 million times on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and blogs. But making systemic change requires action, beyond the performativity of making vague statements about diversity on social media. Read Full Story

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A scholar of black politics explains why there aren’t national African American leaders in this moment

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Vincent Adejumo says, “My scholarship in the discipline of black politics can explain why there aren’t any national African American leaders at this moment, filling roles like Martin Luther King Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, and others once did.” As protests rock the country in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, there is a notable absence in the national public discourse: African American community leaders. Read Full Story

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One of America’s most prestigious design organizations shuts down amid allegations of racism

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Bobby C. Martin Jr., former treasurer of the embattled Type Directors Club, explains the decision: “The only way to dismantle an unequal system is to start fresh.” Last week, the Type Directors Club, one of the most exclusive and prestigious professional design organizations in the United States, announced that it would shut down . The announcement came just two days after board member Juan Villanueva accused the Club of being “ a racist organization ” and submitted his resignation. (TDC claims that financial pressures predating Villanueva’s resignation drove the decision to dismantle the Club.) Here, longtime TDC member and former treasurer Bobby C. Martin Jr. considers the closure—and what should happen next. —The editors Read Full Story

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George Floyd funeral and memorial services: Here’s what to know

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Memorial services for George Floyd will be held in Minneapolis, North Carolina, and Houston, with a funeral planned for Houston. Three separate memorial services and a funeral service will take place today and in the coming days for George Floyd, the black man whose death in Minneapolis police custody on May 25 touched off a wave of protests around the world. Here’s what to know: Read Full Story

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One simple trick to make any deadline manageable

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Plans and projections are all guesses because priorities change, people come and go from teams, and new bugs and constraints show up. Here’s a simple strategy to deal. Psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky first proposed the planning fallacy in 1977, highlighting the tendency for people to underestimate the time it takes to do things. A paper published by the Project Management Institute highlights examples of how this applied to the completion of professional projects such as Windows Vista, the construction of London’s Wembley stadium, the development of the Airbus 380, and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. The news is also full of other examples, whether it’s Dr. Dre’s Detox album, George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones novels, or Blizzard Entertainment’s Starcraft: Ghost . Read Full Story

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MLK Day 2021: What’s open? What’s closed? Who gets off?

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Here are a few things to know about Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Ten months into the pandemic, this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a little different than in previous years: The average human in America is tired from the unrelenting news cycle, yet more aware than ever of racial injustice. Thus, MLK Day invites a much-needed 24 hours of calm between this week’s impeachment trial and inauguration, and a meaningful reflection on today’s Black Lives Matters movement and the Black life at the center of the 1960s civil rights movement. Here are a few things to know about Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read Full Story

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It’s time to take videos of Black Americans dying offline

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Professor Allissa V. Richardson explains why media companies should stop sharing videos depicting graphic violence against Black Americans. Since 2013, when Black Lives Matter erupted on the scene to challenge the acquittal of Florida resident George Zimmerman for killing 17-year old Trayvon Martin, images of Black Americans dying on-screen have become as constant as air. In the last week, videos pertaining to at least four instances of police violence against Black Americans have circulated online. At the same time, a Minnesota jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty for the murder of George Floyd. Read Full Story

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Google hiding addresses in local pack and should you write meta descriptions: Tuesday’s daily brief

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Search Engine Land’s daily brief features daily insights, news, tips, and essential bits of wisdom for today’s search marketer. If you would like to read this before the rest of the internet does, sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox daily. Good morning, Marketers, and how much do you automate in your job and life? My spouse loves to talk about automation in modern workplaces. He believes that robots will eventually be able to replace us all on the job. And while he may be right… one day , I think for now, they’re often a great complement to what we do as search marketers. We can use automation to create ad copy and meta descriptions (see the new data below on how often Google rewrites these), search testing, and ads research. Automation makes our lives easier so much of the time. However, there’s definitely something to …

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