advertisement advertisement advertisement Hey Kermit , try being red . Now that’s not easy. advertisement advertisement That’s the conclusion sisters Stephanie Vendetti and Adrienne Vendetti Hodges reached, growing up as natural-born redheads. In so many ways, the world just wasn’t built for them, says Adrienne. “For prom, we’d go get our makeup done, but no one knew how to do a redhead’s makeup. Our skin was so sensitive, it was hard to find products.” They’d go to the store to buy hairpins, but everything was made for those much larger markets of blondes or brunettes. Worst of all, though, Adrienne remembers, was the bullying. In their small Rhode Island town, the Vendettis were the only redheads in their school. “The bullying starts early, around second or third grade,” recalls Adrienne. “There are so many different names people call you: carrot top, freckle face. They make fun of your pale skin.” One teacher took to … [Read more...] about Gingers Rule! How Two Redheaded Sisters Turned Hair Color Into A Growing Business
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advertisement advertisement advertisement Color of Change president Rashad Robinson and Arisha Hatch, vice president, chief of campaigns, have been at the forefront of some of the most prominent racial justice campaigns in recent years, many of them involving corporations. They’ve pressed Hollywood studios to diversify their writers rooms, pushed for banks to stop processing payments from hate groups, and helped launch a prominent ad boycott of Facebook last summer for not doing enough to limit hate speech. advertisement advertisement With an eye toward creating lasting, structural change in America, they hold businesses accountable for the consequences of their products and where they put their money. Here are Robinson and Hatch’s book recommendations for understanding how to create change today. Rashad Robinson The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee Black Liberation in Conservative America by Manning Marable … [Read more...] about Color of Change’s essential Black History Month reading list
advertisement advertisement advertisement You probably know Issa Rae from her acclaimed HBO show, Insecure , which spun out of her popular YouTube show, Awkward Black Girl . But behind the scenes, Rae is building an empire as a best-selling author, a producer and director, an entrepreneur , and the owner of a record label as well as a talent management agency focused on underrepresented writers. advertisement advertisement As Rae has navigated these industries, she’s seen firsthand how hard it can be for Black creatives to tell their stories. That’s why she’s committed to using her platform to champion emerging Black artists across many mediums, from writers to songwriters to photographers. We see this at work in Rae’s collaboration with Madewell for the fashion brand’s spring campaign, which launches today. She brought the ad to life using her production company, Color Creative, and her music label, Raedio. And … [Read more...] about Insecure’s Issa Rae: ‘There are still so many stipulations about what Black stories I am allowed to tell’
advertisement advertisement advertisement Saru Jayaraman likes to say the restaurant industry had a “pre-existing condition” long before the pandemic. “It was already the nation’s second largest private sector employer with the absolute lowest wage jobs of any industry,” says Jayaraman, the cofounder and president of One Fair Wage . The pandemic only exacerbated the financial insecurity of working in the restaurant industry—but with the added threat of contracting a dangerous virus. “Millions and millions of these workers were forced to go back to work before they felt safe or ready because they got no benefits, [and] they had no choice,” she says. “And what our data has shown is that when they went back to work, it was a nightmare.” advertisement advertisement A report by One Fair Wage found that nearly half of food service workers had at least one coworker who contracted COVID-19. More than 80% of them saw their tips decline … [Read more...] about A $15 federal minimum wage would reshape the lives of working people. Can Biden deliver?
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