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On being “not racist” versus being actively “antiracist,” RSVP for Where are the Black designers, a small way to make Pride persistent

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The Hidden Life of Rosa Parks

“Throughout her life, Rosa Parks repeatedly challenged racial violence and the prejudiced systems protecting its perpetrators...this work came at an enormous risk—and a personal price.” We really enjoy how Eido illustrated and animated bits of her story...and we think you will, too.

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There’s no such thing as “not being racist”

In his TED talk, Ibram X. Kendi “defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs.” Consider this “essential watching.”

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Look inward. Reflect. Then enact change

Here’s a guide, written by Omayeli Arenyeka and illustrated by Neta Bomani, to avoiding “creative savior complex” when working on social impact projects.

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RSVPs are back open—reserve your spot today

Where are the Black Designers takes Cheryl D. Miller’s work, as well as Maurice Cherry's 2015 SXSW presentation, and builds upon them to provide solutions to this rhetorical question. This year there is a sense of urgency and attention around lack of representation in the design industry—this is so important. As we push forward together we must be mindful of the past and strategic about the future. Make no mistake: this is a movement, not a moment.” Don’t wait to sign up, folks.

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Beyond coding

“What is needed now more than ever is the ability to leverage technology to solve problems and the only way to do that is to understand how to define problems, communicate effectively, possess empathy, and to think creatively.” Read what Louis Byrd feels needs to be taught and encouraged alongside technological skills.

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Zoom backgrounds for remote Pride

Socially distant Pride party? No problem. London-based illustrator Fredde Andersson’s got us covered with his series of backgrounds. Give ‘em a look and a download.

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Amy Sherald “[explores] the interiority of Black Americans”

“I wanted to create unseen narratives,” artist Amy Sherald told Smithsonian Magazine in December 2019. She renders each subject, who stares directly at the viewer, in her signature grayscale. “A Black person on a canvas is automatically read as radical,” she said. “My figures needed to be pushed into the world in a universal way, where they could become a part of the mainstream art historical narrative. I knew I didn’t want it to be about identity alone.”