Washington Post: A massive new effort to name millions sold into bondage during the transatlantic slave trade

Washington Post: A massive new effort to name millions sold into bondage during the transatlantic slave trade. “Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade, a free, public clearinghouse that launched Tuesday with seven smaller, searchable databases, will for the first time allow anyone from academic historians to amateur family genealogists to search for individual enslaved people around the globe in one central online location.”

Tubefilter: This Streamer Took The Sims’ Lack Of Diversity Into Her Own Hands — And Then Became An Advisor To EA

Tubefilter: This Streamer Took The Sims’ Lack Of Diversity Into Her Own Hands — And Then Became An Advisor To EA. “Amira Virgil was an avid streamer of The Sims — but she became frustrated when she couldn’t create characters that reflected her reality. And so Virgil, who goes by the online moniker XMiraMira, took matters into her own hands, creating a downloadable ‘Melanin Pack’ — enabling users to create characters with 18 different skin tones and makeup looks to suit a diverse array of character preferences. In the latest episode of Creator News, Virgil shares that her custom packs have been downloaded more than 1 million times to date, which led her to create other mod packs in realms like hair, clothing, and more.”

Biometric Update: Report says lack of diversity in face biometrics datasets extends to expression, emotion

Biometric Update: Report says lack of diversity in face biometrics datasets extends to expression, emotion . “An academic study on ‘Facial Expressions as a Vulnerability in Face Recognition’ from four researchers associated with MIT, Barcelona’s Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, suggests that databases with greater balance of facial expressions should be used to train facial recognition models. The lack of diverse expressions could create a security vulnerability, the researchers suggest, impacting the matching scores returned by facial recognition systems.”

WBEZ: COVID-19 Deaths Are Rising In Chicago And Black Residents Remain The Most Likely To Die

WBEZ: COVID-19 Deaths Are Rising In Chicago And Black Residents Remain The Most Likely To Die. “While they’re not close to the peak levels witnessed in April and May, COVID-19 deaths in Chicago are rising fast. Deaths in the city have increased two months in a row. And just halfway through November, Chicago had already surpassed its death count for all of October, according to a WBEZ analysis of death records from the Cook County medical examiner’s office and census data.”

NBC News: Biden urged to pick person of color for top health job amid pandemic’s toll on minority groups

NBC News: Biden urged to pick person of color for top health job amid pandemic’s toll on minority groups. “President-elect Joe Biden is being pushed to name a person of color as his health and human services secretary, a move supporters say is designed to acknowledge the need to address the disproportionate burden the pandemic has put on communities of color.”

PR Newswire: Former President of BET Networks to Launch New Social Media Network (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Former President of BET Networks to Launch New Social Media Network (PRESS RELEASE). “With Covid cases on the rise and a deepening divide in our country, there is one company who is launching an app with the goal of unifying the people – specifically those of the BIPOC community. RepItSocial, a tech company out of Howard County, is launching an app, with the same name, that is a dynamic, new social media network, poised to become the central hub for all things BIPOC.”

Sacramento Bee: Here’s how hard the coronavirus pandemic hit Black workers in California

Sacramento Bee: Here’s how hard the coronavirus pandemic hit Black workers in California. “More than four of five Black workers in California have sought unemployment benefits during the covid pandemic — a rate nearly twice the state average. A new report from the nonpartisan California Policy Lab, obtained by McClatchy [November 18], illustrates dramatically how Black workers have been hit unusually hard by the coronavirus crisis.”

University of Kansas: Bringing Black Authors’ Work Out Of Digital Shadows

University of Kansas: Bringing Black Authors’ Work Out Of Digital Shadows. “First, the Project on the History of Black Writing worked to preserve physical copies of novels by Black writers, often rescuing works from dusty attics and estate sales. In the 21st century, HBW began digitizing its library. And now, with the help of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it is moving to make the collection even more accessible to future scholars worldwide. For Maryemma Graham, the HBW project — growing out of her grad school discoveries in 1983 — came with her to the University of Kansas in 1999. Now the Distinguished Professor of English is one of three principal investigators for a $500,000, two-year grant that will bring the collection out of the digital shadows.”

CNN: Covid-19 is sending Black, Latino and Native American people to the hospital at about 4 times the rate of others

CNN: Covid-19 is sending Black, Latino and Native American people to the hospital at about 4 times the rate of others. “Black, Hispanic and Native American people infected with Covid-19 are about four times more likely to be hospitalized than others, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows.”

A missing ingredient in COVID oversight: Equity (Brookings)

Brookings: A missing ingredient in COVID oversight: Equity. “The health and economic crises – and in some cases, the government response to them – have not only been felt more acutely in particular businesses and industries. They have also disproportionately hurt black- and minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve. As experts at watchdog organizations as well as our own respective organizations have pointed out, transparency and oversight are essential to ensuring a fair recovery that meets the needs of those who are struggling the most.”

PR Newswire: Black-Owned CPA and Financial Services Firms Announce New Name and Brand (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Black-Owned CPA and Financial Services Firms Announce New Name and Brand (PRESS RELEASE). ” A 35-year-old association of Black-owned certified public accountant (CPA) and financial services firms will reveal its new organizational brand and firm-searchable website on November 12, 2020 at Noon. The Diverse Organization of Firms (DOF) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit association whose active members are Black and other minority owners of licensed CPA and financial services firms.”

Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV (St. Thomas Times-Journal)

St. Thomas Times-Journal: Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV. “Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes is used to being the only woman of colour in a room of predominantly white men when pitching a documentary. She’s not alone. While change is slowly being made towards increased diversity, Black, Indigenous and creative People of Colour (BIPOC) have for years faced barriers of racism and exclusion. The new… website, an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC creatives and crew working in screen-based industries, including film, television and digital, is out to challenge that.”

Spectrum News: Meet the New Generation of Farmers Tackling “Food Apartheid”

Spectrum News: Meet the New Generation of Farmers Tackling “Food Apartheid” . “Soul Fire Farm manger and founding co-director Leah Penniman’s harvest is enough to provide food to over 50 families throughout the Capital Region weekly…. The organization built an online database of BIPOC, short for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, farmers which anyone can use to donate tools, funds or even land to support urban farm initiatives.”

WBUR: COVID-19 Hit Mass. Nursing Homes Hard — Especially Those Serving People Of Color

WBUR: COVID-19 Hit Mass. Nursing Homes Hard — Especially Those Serving People Of Color . “In Massachusetts, nursing homes were hit hard and early by the coronavirus. Thousands of residents in these facilities have died from COVID-19, and the death rate from the virus in nursing homes is 90 times that of the statewide death rate. But nursing homes across the state did not bear this burden equally.”

ProPublica: Misinformation Image on WeChat Attempts to Frighten Chinese Americans Out of Voting

ProPublica: Misinformation Image on WeChat Attempts to Frighten Chinese Americans Out of Voting. “At least two dozen groups on the Chinese-owned social media app WeChat have been circulating misinformation that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is ‘preparing to mobilize’ the National Guard and ‘dispatch’ the military to quell impending riots, apparently in an attempt to frighten Chinese Americans into staying home on Election Day.”