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While it seems like the bad news has been endless lately, it's always important to point out the bright spots when you find them. One area that has been particularly shaken up in the past several months is small business––and yet, there are some wily entrepreneurs who are coming out of the pandemic stronger and healthier.

Lisa Logan, Debra D. Williams and Sydney Perry are three of those entrepreneurs. A manicurist, a fitness specialist and a baker respectively, all three are black women and small business owners who've found a way to thrive during the slowdown. The recent Essence feature takes a look at the three of them, and the challenges they've weathered since Covid-19 began. ...

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As California faces another terrifying round of fires, it's important for us all to be mindful of the massive financial and emotional costs borne by those directly effected. Ron Howard's stirring new documentary, Rebuilding Paradise, examines the aftermath of 2018's tragic Camp Fire in Paradise, and helps brings those costs to the fore.

At times disturbing to watch, Rebuilding Paradise is a film that works to foster compassion, hard to come by in these difficult times. And while it does emphasize the fragility of our lives in the face of natural catastrophe, it also offers a glimpse of hope--a message we can all use right now.

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To say the very least, 2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for all of us. But as the pandemic drags on, people across America are working together with compassion to solve urgent problems in our food system.

Community-based and -supported agriculture has been soaring since the Covid-19 pandemic began, and it's a more-than-welcome silver lining. Our friends at Civil Eats have collected fully 20 stories about these inspiring changes: from the farmers in Puerto Rico who are working for climate resilience and social justice to the Navajo women who are exploring ways to increase food access, together they describe a food system struggling to change for the better.

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The abrupt transition to remote learning that has accompanied the Covid crisis is the single biggest change facing many parents and teachers as the traditional back-to-school season unfolds this year. And sadly, the strictures of remote learning are much more likely to have a negative impact on children in poverty, threatening to intensify the already glaring disparities between rich and poor students.

But as Devorah Heitner points out, there are solutions within reach. And although Heitner, the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, is cautious in her optimism, she also sees this crisis as an opportunity to reimagine our schools.

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Finding care for young children suffering from ADHD, anxiety and other common issues can often be a difficult process. Naomi Allen knows firsthand just how hard it can be, having struggled with finding therapy for her five-year-old son. “It was just a black box,” she says.

Now thanks to Allen, there's literally an app for that. Spurred on by her experience, Allen co-founded Palo Alto, California-based Brightline to bridge the gap, and provide families with a virtual behavioral health solution. The Brightline app provides a portal through which children can meet with clinicians to work on problems including ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior and more. And this week, the...

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When Tarrant Cross Child was suicidal and fighting addiction, running was his lifeline, making a critical difference when he had nothing else to reach for. Afraid of losing everything, Cross Child, who is Blackfoot from the southern Alberta Blood Tribe of Saskatchewan, used running as therapy to recover.

Today Cross Child works to bring that inspiration to kids in similar trouble, through his Prairie Run Crew Outreach Program. There is a serious youth suicide crisis among indigenous young people in Saskatchewan, and he is determined to make a difference. “I want these kids to experience a victory, something good,” Cross Child explains. “Something positive in their life that ...

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The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on business throughout the world, and it continues to transform the landscape of our daily lives. Thankfully, many entrepreneurs have taken this disruption as a rare opportunity to redirect their energy toward the public good.

Operation StaySafe is one good example: they're a coalition of the leading American medical testing companies, along with healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs, 22 companies in all. They are working to create realistic, scalable solutions to the testing problem, and to increase access to comprehensive testing. Not only is StaySafe creating rapid tests accessible at home and work, they go a step further to aggreg...

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When the alarm about Covid-19 went out months ago, Marialaura Osorio, 23, took it seriously. She was very careful, following a rigid set of rules and staying locked down at her Austin home. "I was literally the crazy one with this whole thing," she says. "And I'm the only one that got it."

The news of her diagnosis hit Osorio hard. "The first four days from getting my result it was just like, I was in bed having panic attacks," she says. "It was just horrible."

She was looking for hope – and she found it, in the form of an online support group for Covid survivors run by Andrey Khudyakov of Paris. Khudyakov's online community, which began as a way for him to stay in touch with family memb...

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When Shannon Parkhurst was expecting, like far too many women, she often found herself unable to access the services that she needed. It was an experience she wouldn't soon forget. The challenges she faced during that pregnancy led Parkhurst to found Lemon Aide Project, a nonprofit focused on providing assistance to people in just such dire situations.

In addition to community outreach, Parkhurst's organization provides things like homelessness prevention, a school supply drive, power outage assistance, and help for those affected by wildfires, among other services. Her story is an encouraging one, demonstrating the difference that a single person can make.

Parkhurst recently sat down with our...

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We're at our most impressionable as children, and the things we see tend to hit harder, and stay with us longer. When Judeah Reynolds watched the police officer grind his knee into George Floyd’s neck this past Memorial Day, her life was forever changed. Her cousin, Darnella Frazier, recorded the incident on her cell phone, and when she posted it to social media, the entire world took notice.

Judeah's experience transformed her--and she decided to tell her story. "A Walk To The Store," young Judeah's chronicle of the events of that day, will be a picture book about a little girl "who witnessed something unspeakable and found her voice."

The children's book is set to be published by Beave...

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