April 22, 2021
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Minneapolis police face Justice Dept. inquiry
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The Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department "engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing," including excessive force, Attorney General Merrick Garland said. The announcement comes one day after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on charges of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death, with sentencing to take place in about eight weeks.
Full Story: National Public Radio (4/21),  The Associated Press (4/21),  CNN (4/21),  The New York Times (4/20) 
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The Netflix docuseries "High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America," based on the book by food historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris and hosted by food writer Stephen Satterfield, will be exploring class disparity, racism and the raw history of Black culture and slavery and its impact on the American cuisine. It's "a story of Black America's resilience, enduring creativity, and vital contribution to America's kitchen," said the creators of the show, which is set to debut May 26.
Full Story: Eater (4/21) 
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Wendy's plans to prioritize sustainability efforts and increasing diversity within company leadership, the company stated in its latest Corporate Responsibility Report. "With the help of outside experts, we engaged nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders to identify Wendy's most material topics that provide the greatest opportunity to make a positive impact," President and CEO Todd Penegor wrote in the report.
Full Story: Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (4/20) 
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Guinness Open Gate Brewery has partnered with members of Maryland's Black community to kick off the million-dollar Guinness Gives Back Baltimore Community Fund, an initiative that will raise funds through sales of limited-edition beers in its Allyship Through Collaboration Series to boost community empowerment, economic justice and equal representation. "It's not just about the liquid in front of you, it's about what you are drinking, the story behind it, and who has made it," said Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson.
Full Story: The Baltimore Sun (tiered subscription model) (4/22) 
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Brian Lee and partners have launched Open Market, a cafe and convenience store on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, representing different local neighborhoods with its food and beverage offerings. The business, open on weekdays, offers locally made products to support partner businesses and reflect the community's diversity, and it plans to let local chefs use its extra kitchen space.
Full Story: Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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Innovation in the Workforce
How to support POC employees after Derek Chauvin verdict
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Employers must recognize that a verdict in Derek Chauvin trial doesn't end Black employees' trauma, writes Mandy Price, an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, who urges not to "assume your Black employees are okay just because a verdict of 'guilty' was read." Meaningful actions include simple messages to workers "acknowledging the pain they likely feel and letting them know the resources available to support them," which should include mental health support, Price writes.
Full Story: Entrepreneur (4/21) 
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Research roundup
Capital is the biggest hurdle for Black wine entrepreneurs
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Professor Monique Bell has been researching Black professionals in the wine industry and said they report encountering racism and confusing wine regulations, but the biggest challenge by far is access to capital to start and expand businesses. "Many people talked about the fact that they were starting a wine business so other Black people can follow," said Bell, who teaches marketing at California State University, Fresno. "They said they were not doing it just for themselves, but as a legacy and for the broader community."
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (4/21) 
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AARP's 2020 Vital Voices Survey found 81% of African Americans age 45 and older believe racism is a major problem, compared with 55% of all Americans in that age group. The survey found 49% of African Americans age 45 and older said racial discrimination had negatively affected their well-being, and they were more likely than their white counterparts to say protection from age discrimination is extremely or very important.
Full Story: AARP (4/20) 
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Leadership and Management
Executives have wide business and strategic context but know less about the technical work the higher up they are, whereas people near the front lines have more expertise but less context, writes Jacob Kaplan-Moss. This is where middle managers should focus, as they're a vital informational link between individual knowledge and executive insight.
Full Story: Jacob Kaplan-Moss (4/19) 
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Leaders who constantly feel tired, discouraged, frustrated or negative should reflect on their feelings and prioritize the "magic elixir" of gratitude, writes Dan Rockwell. "Don't wait to feel grateful to practice gratitude," he writes.
Full Story: Leadership Freak (4/21) 
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