women

How Nature Is Holding Space For Black Women & Their Trauma

It’s been months since most of us have booked a spontaneous girls trip, enjoyed a low-lit celebratory meal inside of a restaurant, or swayed to the beat at a concert; the types of moments that make us feel alive and allow us to escape the heaviness that can accompany the experience of traversing this world inside a Black body. Being forced to stay indoors and watch the world turn inside out has left many of us breathless and scrambling for an outlet — something that could hold our pain and trauma; something that could not only be a source of joy, but also one of healing. 



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In a world that constantly tells Black women that we aren’t worthy of joy or healing (see: life-altering pay disparities and potentially deadly medical biases), there are very few places that can offer much-needed solace. However, nature — the one

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Smoothie King is Holding a ‘Fast-Food Coupon Swap’ to Encourage Better Meal Choices

Smoothie King is encouraging better meal choices with a Fast-Food Coupon Swap. From October 6 – 15, present any digital or physical coupon from another quick-service restaurant at checkout, and Smoothie King will knock $2 off your smoothie.

“Now more than ever, people are opting for on-the-go meals they can get safely and conveniently, but those meals may not be the healthiest and other smoothies out there have a bunch of added sugar,” says Smoothie King CMO Rebecca Miller. “With this coupon swap, we’re actively encouraging guests to make better-for-you decisions with a wide variety of smoothies made with whole fruits and veggies while also saving them money. It’s a win-win.”

With this promotion running for 10 days, guests have multiple opportunities to receive a discount on all regular-sized smoothies, including the new Vegan Mixed Berry. This plant-based meal smoothie is made with Califia Farms Oat Milk, whole strawberries, wild

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Police officer dismissed for holding wedding party amid pandemic – Wed, October 7 2020

The North Sumatra Police have dismissed Adj. Comr. Bobi Vaski Pranata from his position as Serdang Bedagai Police’s intelligence unit chief after he held a wedding reception despite the coronavirus pandemic and ignoring health protocols and physical distancing. 

 

Bobi’s dismissal came after a video of his wedding party, held on Sept. 26 in a building in Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, made the rounds on social media. In the video that later went viral, the married couple and the guests were seen without masks and purportedly with no physical distancing. 

 

The North Sumatra Police have confirmed the authenticity of the video, which led to the first dismissal of a police officer in the region for a violation of health protocols. 

 

“The police officer who held the wedding reception has been sanctioned. He has been dismissed from his post as the intelligence unit chief,” North Sumatra Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Tatan

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PVO Clothing Co. holding Winter Wear Drive for those in need | News

Stephen Richardson knows what it is like to struggle.

Before opening PVO Clothing Co. at 1509 Mentor Ave. in Painesville, he was homeless.

While Richardson was “going through a lot in life,” he decided to begin a brand that sells “positivity on a shirt.” PVO stands for Positive Vibes Only.

“It was a reminder every day to stay happy,” Richardson said. “It started out as a 30-day positivity challenge to try to refocus my thoughts. It’s so easy to get down on yourself and be negative.”

Now, Richardson looks to give back to the community, particularly those who struggle. He has teamed up with Paula Price, founder of 100 Youth That Care, to hold a Winter Wear Drive. This will be the second year doing the drive.

“It just seems like what I’m supposed to be doing,” Richardson said. “I’m trying to give back and do something.”

Price said the

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fashion

How Black Led Fashion Organizations are Holding the Industry Accountable

Photo credit: Design by Ingrid Frahm
Photo credit: Design by Ingrid Frahm

From Harper’s BAZAAR

June 2 is a day that will live in Instagram history (or maybe infamy). Black tiles flooded Instagram feeds as part of #BlackoutTuesday, a social campaign to raise awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement. George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, had been killed by Minneapolis police just a week earlier, sparking protests across the nation and demands for change. Calls for an end to systemic racism, police brutality, and white supremacy were loud and righteous. So #BlackoutTuesday, a hashtag that was posted around 28 million times, went viral.

Many companies participated in #BlackoutTuesday, including countless fashion brands. However, the move struck many—particularly Black and Brown people who work within those companies—as performative. It felt disingenuous, especially coming from an industry so entrenched in systemic racism, like a moment of optical allyship that didn’t go far enough.

“We can’t just go

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Holiday Shopping Season Starts Even Earlier, With Target, Amazon Holding Big Sales

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Target said this season will “feature nearly one million more deals than last year.”


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On the retail calendar, Christmas now comes before Halloween.

Target

announced that Target Deal Days are returning as a kickoff to the holiday shopping season—the same days that

Amazon.

com is running its Prime Day promotion.

On Tuesday, Target (ticker: TGT) said Target Deal Days would take place on Oct. 13 and 14, and feature digital deals “on hundreds of thousands of items, more than double last year.” Almost all the products will be available for curbside or in-store pickup, options that have seen huge growth during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The news comes a day after Amazon.com (AMZN) announced its Prime Day sale on those days. The annual promotion usually takes place during the summer, but was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is no coincidence that Target is

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women

Pa. judge rules on Uber driver accused of holding 2 women captive in car: Misunderstanding or abduction?

The two women say the driver locked the car doors and said, “You’re not going anywhere.” The driver chalks it up to a misunderstanding. Who’s right?

It was up to an Allegheny County judge to decide whether the driver – college professor Richard Lomotey who was moonlighting with Uber – to decide whether he was guilty of unlawful restraint, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

In the case dating back to May 2019, the 38-year-old man originally from Ghana who taught as a professor at Penn State Beaver was accused by the two women of holding them captive in his Uber, as KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reports:

Two women who requested the ride from a Homewood bar accused Lomotey of not following their directions or the Uber GPS, pulling over and locking them inside the car. And after these charges were reported, another woman came forward saying Lomotey made unwanted

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