July 10, 2020

When the coronavirus sent millions of students scurrying to log on to online classes, an issue known to many families became painfully evident to the rest of the country. Wi-Fi and internet are luxuries that many people, especially persons of color and tribal communities, simply cannot tap.

Even before the pandemic struck the United States, one in four Black teens reported being unable to do homework because they lacked interne...

July 10, 2020

Dr. James Hildreth remembers the event that changed the direction of his medical career some 30 years ago and put him on the front lines against a deadly virus sweeping across the globe with devastating consequences for Black and Brown communities in the United States.

“I took care of a patient who just profoundly affected me,” recalled Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tenn. “That happens wi...

Before COVID-19 caused businesses to close their doors and residents to stay at home, Project Pneuma, a nonprofit serving Baltimore City boys with emotional challenges, would meet for three hours a day, four days a week. 

In addition to academic enrichment, students at Project Pneuma learned about honor, forgiveness, self-control and discipline through martial arts, learning foreign languages such as German or common Greek, pra...

July 9, 2020

While it is frustrating that many Black businesses haven’t had much luck with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, it is no surprise.

To get through these tough economic times, hairstylists like Cynthia Smith, owner of Integrative Alopecia Solutions in Columbia, Md., have relied more on their clients and communities than on government aid. 

“The CARES Act hasn’t addressed any of my financial needs,” Sm...

July 9, 2020

A remodeled hospital wing with a labyrinth of chambers separated by zippered plastic curtains belies the front line of COVID-19 care at one small Houston hospital. 

After stepping through the United Memorial Medical Center’s first makeshift entry secured against the wall with painter’s tape, clinicians change from street clothes into hospital scrubs.

Joseph Gathe is one of two doctors leading colleagues in the treatment of COVID...

July 8, 2020

Kiya Tomlin wasn’t sure what direction her business would take once shelter-in-place orders were issued, forcing her to shutter her single-building facility inclusive of a storefront and manufacturing operation. 

Tomlin, who is married to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, was just about to launch her spring collection for Kiya Tomlin Clothing when the coronavirus COVID-19 shut down non-essential businesses.

Tomlin was...

July 8, 2020

In Houston, a 22-year-old programmer named Nile Dixon has set out to close the food insecurity gap for people in his area. 

In Chicago, 4D Healthware founder and CEO Star Cunningham is also using tech to serve the needs of vulnerable people with her telemedicine company. 

Also in Chicago is City Health Tech, which is working on hand-washing technology.

And in Silicon Valley, Kevin Nichols is hoping to help change the lack of dive...


Imadé Borha has been trying to keep her mind busy, but not too busy. 

For 39 days after Gov. Ray Cooper issued the executive order that reduced North Carolina’s daily operations to a trickle, Borha sheltered in place at her mom’s Greensboro home, thankful to be safe and comfortable. Four months before the coronavirus threat exploded into a full-throttle pandemic, she quit her job as communications coordinator at the Mental Hea...

July 7, 2020

On the day in mid-March when Atlanta Public Schools closed in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Kimberly Dukes, a mother of 10 whose children attend three of the lowest-performing schools in the district, was confronted with a logistical nightmare. 

Her three high schoolers each had school-issued laptops, but the six younger children in middle and elementary school had one device to share. Even her 3-year-old in day c...

On and off for the past seven years, Keith Hardiman has made his living selling the homeless magazine Streetwise at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street in downtown ChicagoHe uses most of the money he earns to pay the $35-per-day rent at the hotel room where he lives. But his income of $400-$500 a week disappeared overnight when Illinois mandated stay-at-home orders and Streetwise was forced to go digital. Tho...

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