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As the world moves on its own, black culture continues to push it forward

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“I’m back on the block with it/Wait to put it away/I’m back on the block you get when your block gets it” – Beanie Siegel

What happened yo!

It’s hot outside. Prices are rising. Beyoncé has a new album and summer hits.

Welcome to August 2022. It’s the last month of summer, when the winds of change swirl violently, but much remains the same.

For many Black Americans, change has not arrived quickly enough in areas of need. Airbnb this week had to apologize to hosts who advertised their properties as former slave quarters. Or take a look at Sesame Place, where a costumed actor had to make two statements last month after disrespecting a young black girl. It continues to disproportionately affect brown people, new research from the CVS Health-Harris Poll reveals.

Yet we move forward, celebrating and enhancing our culture as the world grapples with change.

One example is the Black on the Block event, a pop-up marketplace and festival focused on black business. Co-founders and sisters Char and Lanie Edwards launched in Los Angeles in 2021 after working as the only black vendor in most markets. This year, they partnered with National Football League wide receiver Stephon Diggs to host an event in Washington, DC (see our interview with The Culture founder Rashaad Lambert here).

And as you can see below, black entrepreneurs continue to make headlines for raising capital and net worth.

It’s only natural to pay tribute to the two black pioneers who passed away last week. Hall of Fame basketball player and coach Bill Russell and actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on “Star Trek.” (Martin Luther King Jr. was a fan of Nichols). Each was a changemaker that not only moved culture forward, but society as well.

PS I’m in Las Vegas this week for the National Association of Black Journalists conference. Catch it quickly!

Black On The Block and Stefon Diggs have partnered to create a unique marketplace for Black-Owned Business. On July 17, Washington, DC’s newly renovated Franklin Park between Kentucky Avenue and 14th Street will transform into an immersive marketplace full of black-owned vendors for the city’s first “Black on the Block” event. I was.

Embedded integration platform Paragon raises $13 million to build bridges between software applications. Los Angeles-based startup Paragon recently raised $13 million in Series A funding led by Inspired Capital, with participation from other investors. The company was launched in August 2019 by his CEO Brandon Foo (right) and his chief technology officer Ishmael Samuel (left) to make it easier for software companies to integrate their products with other software. was co-founded by Foo and Samuel are 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 winners.

Blacks and Hispanic Americans are more likely to struggle with mental health. A July CVS Health-Harris Poll found that 40% of Hispanic Americans and 29% of Black Americans rated their mental health as poor, compared to respondents who identified as white. was 22%. The data shows that Blacks and Hispanic Americans bore the brunt of the mental health crisis that resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watch | Meet the women who helped build Kardashian’s billion dollar business empire. Emma Grede is CEO of Good American, a size-inclusive fashion brand she launched with Khloe Kardashian in 2016. She is the only black person to debut on Forbes’ 2022 list of America’s richest self-made women, with her net worth of $360 million. Greedo, who was raised in East London by a single mother, began her paper route at age 12, saving up spare change to buy fashion magazines. She founded her marketing agency ITB Worldwide in 2008 and is the first black woman to join her popular ABC series Shark Tank as an investor.

“We know that if you break your arm, the response is to go to the hospital, go to the doctor, get emergency care. Take care.”

— Tracy J. Edmonds Former Chief Diversity Officer at Anthem Inc., a diversity and inclusion consultant.

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