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QR codes are finally having a moment in the pandemic

Oct 23, 2020
They've been around for over 25 years, so why now?
People scan a QR code with their smartphones to check their health status to enter an area on a Beijing street. As Rivero notes, QR codes are already widely integrated into life in China.
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"I like to think that it's traditional art — it's just the Black representation of that"

Oct 7, 2020
Atlanta-based Black tattoo artist Debbi Snax is breaking stereotypes.
Courtesy of Snax

Libraries and social services go hand and hand, especially in the pandemic

Sep 16, 2020
We check in with a Tennessee librarian whose staff is helping patrons with computers and virtual schooling.
"I want to see the library lively. I want to see the programs back," says Jennifer Pearson, director of the Marshall County Memorial Library. Above, she stands in the middle of her staff.
Courtesy of Jennifer Pearson.
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Talk to kids about money, and remember, they "eat up honesty"

Sep 7, 2020
Shipra Parikh, a clinical social worker, explains why these conversations should be tailored to each families personal financial situation.
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The founders of Black N' Animated reflect on their open letter to the animation community

Sep 7, 2020
At first, it felt silent. Which, when you're trying to start a conversation, can be unnerving.
Courtesy of Waymond Singleton
Susie Estes and Steve Brown performing as Sammie and Tudie.
(Courtesy of Susie Estes)

Apple season waits for no pandemic on a Washington farm

Aug 26, 2020
"Every year throws a new challenge at us," says Patrick Smith of Loftus Ranches, who is 10 days in to his harvest
Apple farmers have a lot on their hands.
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The "Detroitist" on her dad's record shop and what it really meant

Aug 21, 2020
Marsha Music talks about her hometown and how urban renewal efforts uprooted the family business.
Joe Von Battle inside his record shop on Hastings Street in Detroit.
Photo from the Collection of Marsha Music

His Houston food truck business has become “very hit or miss”

Aug 11, 2020
With traditional revenue sources like office buildings closed, one food truck owner explains the challenges he's facing during the pandemic.
Jose Sanchez's new food truck business had just picked up when COVID-19 started closing office buildings, a major source of customers.
Courtesy of Jose Sanchez.