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New poll led by African American Research Collaborative reveals COVID-19’s impacts on African American communities

64% of African Americans agree they are less likely than Whites to be offered Coronavirus/COVID-19 testing and 60 percent agree they are less likely than Whites to have everything done to save their lives in the hospital.

The poll is the first of its kind, with a deep dive into how African Americans are responding to the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

The memory of the horrific Tuskegee syphilis study makes some African Americans suspicious of a coronavirus vaccine

Washington Post – 7/17/20

It is vital not only to build African Americans’ trust in the vaccine that is ultimately developed but also to persuade them to participate in clinical trials, ensuring that the medicines are safe and effective for all racial and ethnic groups. 

Black people make up less than 2 percent of Maine’s population but almost a quarter of its coronavirus cases

Washington Post – 7/18/20

Immigrants and refugees help power Maine, America’s oldest and whitest state, by picking blueberries, packing meat and tending to the elderly far from the fancy resorts on Vacationland’s rocky coast. 

Chuck Schumer wants to shift $350 billion from an untapped Treasury Department virus relief program to help Black Americans during the coronavirus pandemic 

Black Enterprise – 7/17/20

Schumer’s proposal would shift $135 billion from the Treasury’s fund to child care and health care needs of people of color during the pandemic. The plan would also move $215 billion over five years into longer-term investments, including a housing down payment program, Medicaid expansion, and other services.

For every COVID-19 death, nine relatives suffer, Penn State researchers say

Philadelphia Inquirer – 7/15/20

Family members often rely on each other for social and emotional support, and many studies have shown that experiencing the death of a loved one or relative places an individual at greater risk for negative life stressorsworsened health, and relationship strain. Additionally, unexpected deaths are more traumatic for survivors compared with those that are expected.

Latinos hit hard by coronavirus, but Chicago suggests it’s even worse than it looks

Washington Post – 7/12/20

Official statistics show that Latinos are hospitalized and dying from the coronavirus at four times the rates of whites

Covid-19 death toll is twice as high among people of color under age 65 as for white Americans

Washington Post – 7/10/20

Researchers found that the virus exacted a vastly steeper toll on people of color who were younger than 65. About 35 percent of Hispanic people who died of covid-19 were under 65, and about 29.5 percent of nonwhite, non-Hispanics who died were under 65. By comparison, 13.2 percent of deaths among white people were in those younger than 65.

Mississippi plant workers call for greater COVID-19 protections 

Mississippi Today – 7/9/20

Sixteen ABB employees have tested positive for COVID-19, including six active cases. Considering the size of the plant, the rate of confirmed cases among the employees is roughly five times that of the entire state population.

Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Tanzania: The Role of Solidarity, National Unity, and Peace

Kujenga Amani – 7/9/20

The Tanzanian strategy of calling for national unity, solidarity, and peace in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic coheres with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’s call in an address on March 23, 2020, for a global ceasefire. He urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the “shared battle” against Covid-19, the common enemy threatening the world.9 Ten days after his appeal, more than seventy nations, nonstate actors, civil society networks, and organizations all over the world endorsed the call.

A new report finds higher rates of COVID-19 in prison than in the U.S. population

The Appeal – 7/8/20

Overcrowded, aging facilities lacking sanitary conditions and where medical care is, at best, sparse; too many older prisoners with underlying illnesses; regular flow of staff, guards, healthcare workers in and out of facilities — would leave detention facilities, and their surrounding communities, vulnerable to outbreaks.

Why the Black Lives Matter Protests Didn’t Contribute to the COVID-19 Surge

Healthline – 7/8/20

The protests were outdoors, mostly during the day, and appeared to have a high proportion of people wearing masks. In general, being outdoors does help, due to fresh circulation of air and the antiviral effects of the UV in sunlight, as well as the virus’s fragile nature with desiccation. This doesn’t mean the virus can’t be transmitted outdoors, but it’s certainly better than being in enclosed, indoor spaces with lots of people and low air turnover.

A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported

ProPublica – 7/8/20

The previously unreported jump in people dying at home is the latest indicator of a mounting crisis in a region beset by one of the nation’s worst and fastest-growing coronavirus outbreaks. 


APM Research Lab – 7/8/20

There are larger mortality disparities observed between Black, Indigenous, and other populations of color relative to Whites—with the greatest rise in mortality among Indigenous and Latino Americans (who are the youngest populations of all race groups).

Why Surviving the Virus Might Come Down to Which Hospital Admits You

New York Times – 7/1/20

In hospitals in impoverished neighborhoods around the boroughs, some critically ill patients were put on ventilator machines lacking key settings, and others pleaded for experimental drugs, only to be told that there were none available.

‘It’s Terrifying’: I’m a Black Doctor on the COVID-19 Frontline

VICE – 7/1/20

I’m more likely to catch coronavirus and die from it – and on top of that, I once got pulled over by police on the way to an eight-hour A&E shift.

For Black Americans, Wearing A Mask Comes With Complicated Anxieties

FiveThirtyEight – 6/30/20

Certain types of masks may also be putting young Black men in danger of harassment or profiling.”

Black Americans experience deadly stress as a pandemic and violent racism collide – 6/29/20

Science makes clear how powerfully our experiences and environments shape our biology.

Millions of African Women At Risk Because of COVID – 6/29/20

Many women face further distress as some local authorities in Africa, claiming to be improving infrastructure and protecting citizens, tear down dilapidated markets and restrict access to public spaces in which women are more likely to work. Such demolitions have been reported in Congo, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Advocates Want a Plan to Stop COVID-19 Spread in San Quentin

KQED – 6/28/20

A COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison reached 800 positive cases, rippling fear through the loved ones of those incarcerated there.

Maryland orders Prince George’s lab without proper certification to stop doing coronavirus tests

Washington Post – 6/28/20

Reza Ghorbani, president and medical director of Advanced Pain Medicine Institute, said he has tested some 1,000 people in a partnership with the state’s Korean community and churches serving immigrants and minorities in Baltimore City and Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

COVID has been pretty rough on Black LGBT folks

Philadelphia Inquirer – 6/27/20

White [LGBTQ] people want to be protected as sexual minorities, and it doesn’t work that way,” she said. “You’re not going to tell me your oppression is the same as mine as a Black person.

How COVID-19 Impacts Black LGBTQ+ People

The Pride LA – 6/27/20

LGBGTQ/SGL Americans are more likely to be smokers—a high risk factor—and work minimum wage jobs. Transgender people especially face widespread workplace discrimination, are more likely to be incarcerated, and more than 1 in 4 transgender people have reported being denied healthcare due to their gender identity.

NBA, NBPA announce 16 of 302 players tested positive for COVID-19

Philadelphia Inquirer – 6/26/20

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced that 16 players have tested positive for the coronavirus among the 302 tests that were administered 

Almost one-third of black Americans know someone who died of covid-19, survey shows

Washington Post – 6/26/20

Nearly 1 in 3 black Americans know someone personally who has died of covid-19, far exceeding their white counterparts

Black employees at the Free Library are throwing the book at management over racism, safety, and pay equity

Philadelphia Inquirer – 6/26/20

Black employees of the Free Library of Philadelphia have sent an open letter to management complaining that they are paid less than their white colleagues, are subjected to routine racism, and are being asked to return to work Monday without a plan to keep them safe from the coronavirus.

Black and Asian owned businesses hurt more by coronavirus

Black Enterprise – 6/25/20

According to the report, “Small Business Financial Outcome During the Onset Of COVID-19,” the cash balances of African American businesses have decreased by 26 percent from this time last year.

Black Chicagoans have been dying of covid-19 at an alarmingly
high rate, forcing leaders to confront a system of neglect.

Washington Post – 6/25/20

More than 1,000 black Chicagoans have died of covid-19. That’s 136 deaths per 100,000 people — more than 2½ times as high as the death rate for white Chicagoans.

What It’s Like to Fight Cancer During a Pandemic

Zora – 6/25/20

In the midst of this pandemic people didn’t stop being sick. Cancer is still cancering, hearts are still attacking, and strokes are still stroking.

Hospitalization and Mortality among Black Patients and White Patients with Covid-19

New England Journal of Medicine – 6/25/20

More information is needed about racial and ethnic differences in outcomes from Covid-19.

Black patients are less likely to face discrimination from black doctors

Washington Post – 6/18/20

Medical facilities can’t hire providers of a certain race specifically to treat patients of a certain race.

Black Trans Lives Matter, So Where’s the COVID-19 Data?

SpeakPatrice – 6/17/20

I didn’t need any video or statistic to prove to myself what I’ve witnessed while reporting on the deaths of Dana Martin, Michelle Simone, Muhlaysia Booker, Claire Legato, Ashanti Carmon, and many other Black trans women who’ve since become hashtag calls for justice.

Why Are Minority Populations More at Risk for Contracting and Dying From COVID-19?

Medscape – 6/15/20

Coronavirus Deaths Show How Little Black Lives Matter In American Healthcare

Forbes – 6/15/20

Scientific studies confirm that African Americans don’t just suffer higher rates of police brutality, racial profiling, and mass incarceration compared to white people, they also suffer higher rates of mistreatment in U.S. hospitals, clinics and physician offices. 

Ga. DPH accused of excluding Black employees in COVID-19 response

CBS46 – 6/12/20

A complaint was filed with Office of Inspector General on behalf of at least 10 black epidemiologists employed with the agency alleges they were excluded from the core COVID-19 response team, despite having what they called equal or better qualifications.

Public Health England did not make recommendations because they were not able to do so

BBC News – 6/11/20

People of Bangladeshi heritage were dying at twice the rate of white Britons, while other black, Asian and minority ethnic groups had between 10% and 50% higher risk of death. However, it was widely criticised by MPs for not including any recommendations to protect these communities.

Dow slides more than 1,800 points on fears of coronavirus resurgence, more economic pain

Wall Street Journal – 6/11/20

Concerns about a second surge of infections have taken on new urgency since states eased restrictions on gatherings and commercial business. 

Education After COVID-19 Cannot Be Reimagined Without A Racial Justice Plan

Wall Street Journal – 5/27/20

Education exists within our country’s unjust realities. But without an intentional plan to boldly pursue racial justice, our education systems do not just reflect the broader injustices of society, they exacerbate them. 

Use local organizations to reach black communities

Washington Post – 5/27/20

Currently, not all states allow the reimbursement of services from community health workers through Medicaid, but advocates are pressing governments to consider doing so as part of a covid-19 resilience strategy.

I Survived Covid-19. So Many Other Black Americans Haven’t

Wall Street Journal – 5/26/20

I had the luxury of worrying about my 401(k) rather than next month’s rent, and was even saving more cash since I wasn’t spending on commuting and happy-hour cocktails.

Social Scientists on COVID-19

Inside Higher Ed – 5/26/20

African-Americans in Michigan have clearly been impacted the hardest by COVID-19 in this state,” he said. Yet Zelner’s “confident that the scale of this disparity is even wider and more appalling than the official data suggest.

How The Crisis Is Making Racial Inequality Worse

NPR – 5/26/20

The bottom fifth of earners, who are more likely to be black and Latino, about 35% of them lost their jobs.

Photographer Captures the City’s Most Creative Masks and Face Coverings

Vouge – 5/26/20

Even though their faces are obscured, people are still presenting their identity

More than three-quarters of D.C.’s 440 covid-19 victims have been black

Washington Post – 5/26/20

A recent study showed men are more than twice as likely as women to die of the virus

Crowded housing and essential jobs: Why so many Latinos are getting coronavirus

Washington Post – 5/25/20

Latinos, who make up about 10 percent of the population in the District, Maryland and Virginia, make up about a third of the coronavirus cases in the region

There are now more than 11,000 coronavirus cases tied to Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods and JBS

Washington Post – 5/25/20

Latinos, who make up about 10 percent of the population in the District, Maryland and Virginia, make up about a third of the coronavirus cases in the region

Black business owners falls 40 percent amid coronavirus

Washington Post – 5/25/20

Minority-owned businesses have suffered disproportionately in a crisis that’s also killing nonwhite Americans at higher rates and eliminating more of their jobs.

Slavery is killing blacks during coronavirus, not obesity

New York Times – 5/25/20

Why are black people so sick?

My answer was swift and unequivocal.


The COVID Racial Data Tracker track COVID19

The COVID Tracking Project

A gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States

Why track COVID19 Policing?

Community Resource Hub

Across the United States, emergency “shelter in place,” “stay at home,” “social distancing,” and quarantineorders in response to the COVID19 pandemic are being enforced through aggressive policing, steep fines, criminal charges, and harsh penalties.

The use of Pepsi & Walmart to advertise COVID19 tests when Black people are disproportionately impacted and are being accused of poor health practices is nothing less than the evil of capitalism.

Homeless shelters highlight challenges unsheltered residents face social distancing, staying clean

Texas Tribune – 5/24/20

Homeless people, especially those who’ve been houseless for an extended period of time, are thought to be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because they often have weakened immune systems. 

Coronavirus Devastates Black New Orleans: ‘This Is Bigger Than Katrina’

Wall Street Journal – 5/23/20

 More people in the state are currently on unemployment rolls—300,000—and more have died—2,500—than when Hurricane Katrina slammed the shores 15 years ago. 

They lost their jobs and insurance in the pandemic

Texas Tribune – 5/22/20

Between 25 million and 43 million people in the U.S. will lose health insurance through their employers in the coming months if the unemployment rate grows to 20%.

Disparities in Coronavirus 2019 Reported Incidence, Knowledge, and Behavior Among US Adults

Journal of the American Medical Association – 5/22/20

African American respondents were more likely to report COVID-19 exposure or to know someone who has been infected; were less likely to know about fomite transmission, asymptomatic transmission, respiratory droplet transmission, or the 3 common symptoms of COVID-19; and less likely to be able to telecommute and more likely to work in the service sector and use public transportation than other racial/ethnic groups.

The Striking Racial Divide in How Covid-19 Has Hit Nursing Homes


New York Times – 5/21/20

Homes with a significant number of black and Latino residents have been twice as likely to be hit by the coronavirus as those where the population is overwhelmingly white.

Landlords Can’t Evict Their Tenants, So They’re Shutting Off Utilities and Threatening Them Instead

Vice News – 5/21/20

Her landlord shut off the water and gas at her home in Haltom City, Texas last month.

As racism warps the US pandemic response, a health crisis has escalated into a culture war

The Guardian – 5/21/20

One doesn’t blame an individual for their health condition. That would be absurd.

3 Principles for an Anti-Racist, Equitable State Response to COVID-19 — and a Stronger Recovery

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – 5/21/20

…they can set another course — toward anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive communities and an economic recovery that extends to all people.

Covid-19: Being black does not put you at greater risk

The Times – 5/21/20

Black and other ethnic-minority Britons are no more likely to die of Covid-19 than white people after taking into account the effects of other illnesses and deprivation.

Black Doctors Win Award for Children’s Book About Pandemic

Washington Informer – 5/20/20

The learning curve is steep for many adults, and is undoubtedly even more confusing for children.

Why is coronavirus hitting Britain’s minority doctors so hard?

Washington Post – 5/20/20

44 percent of doctors in Britain are from ethnic minority backgrounds. 93 percent of the doctors who have died of covid-19 were ethnic minorities.


APM Research Lab – 5/20/20

If they had died of COVID-19 at the same rate as White Americans, about 12,000 Black Americans would still be alive

Existing racial inequalities in death from COVID-19 will soar

Florida Atlantic University – 5/20/20

We must certainly try to overcome all of the barriers facing black Americans and other minorities in the United States but, realistically this is a long-term goal

Delco now has the Philly region’s highest 14-day rate of COVID cases

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/19/20

Delaware County had 263 cases for every 100,000 residents over the last 14 days, slightly above Philadelphia’s 251.

Poll reveals COVID-19’S impacts on African American communities

NAACE – 5/19/20

African Americans are very concerned, not only about the racially-disparate impact of COVID-19 but also about the federal government’s laissez-faire approach to slowing down the spread of the virus.

Why Cape Town has 10 percent of Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases

Washington Post – 5/19/20

The city welcomed more tourists from hard-hit regions of the world than did other places in Africa

Philly cop had the coronavirus and was on a ventilator for 20 days

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/19/20

When they said ventilator, I was very, very scared. I just did not want to go on a vent. I knew a vent was bad news.

Here’s what’s driving the rural South’s COVID-19 outbreaks

Facing South – 5/19/20

COVID-19 has hit counties with prisons and meatpacking plants particularly hard, along with majority-black rural counties across the Deep South

Few Minority-Owned Businesses Got Relief Loans They Asked For

New York Times – 5/18/20

If we don’t get policies to protect these communities, we will lose a generation of black and brown businesses, which will have deep impacts on our entire country’s economy.

Black Immigrants Face COVID-19 in California and Back Home

Observer News – 5/18/20

In California, 35% of all healthcare professionals are immigrants.

The system has allowed, basically, low-income people and people of color to have to breathe the pollution

New York Times – 5/17/20

Communities like this “are breathing in the toxins that industry says is necessary for the safety of other people.”

Wisconsin judge’s ‘regular folks’ remark shows how pandemic exposes classism

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/16/20

Along with classism, scholars say, there’s racism coiled in Roggensack’s remark, because many meatpackers are people of color.

COVID-19 is hurting barbers and hairstylist

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/15/20

Besides liquor stores and small grocers, they are the only viable businesses in some neighborhoods.

Essential Sanitary Workers Strike for Hazard Pay and PPE in New Orleans

Truth Out – 5/15/20

Working for a private disposal firm, the hoppers say were paid as little as $10.25 an hour, with no benefits such as paid sick leave, for lifting 250,000 pounds of waste per week 

Though the pandemic limits community rituals, Muslims say breaking their daily fast is still a time for connection

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/15/20

Even through the pandemic’s limitations, it is still a time to reflect and give back, even if that means going without a community feast.

Rare disease linked to coronavirus hitting young, minority boys hardest in NYC

New York Post – 5/15/20

The rare Kawasaki-like inflammatory disease is potentially linked to the coronavirus — and the disease is hitting young minority boys the hardest.

Historically black colleges work to help students amid virus

Associate Press – 5/15/20

The school of 268 students helped Johnson despite its somewhat shaky financial condition and concerns that COVID-19 could make things worse.

JP Morgan Chase uses real-time data to explore financial impact of coronavirus

Black Enterprise – 5/15/20

The top income earners have reduced spending by about 46%, or $400, by the second week of April while the bottom income earners reduced spending by 38%, or $150.

Twitter CEO Backs campaign to give $500 to struggling hair stylists

Black Enterprise – 5/15/20

We recognize the overall cracks in our economic systems often put black stylists into vulnerable positions, with or without COVID-19

Reboot, reinvent, reimagine for a post COVID world

Black Enterprise – 5/14/20

This pandemic could have a disproportionate and adverse impact on the African American business community as well as other minority communities.


Black Enterprise – 5/14/20

Being innovative in the face of uncertainty is possible.

Racial Status And The Pandemic: A Combustible Mixture

Kaiser Health News – 5/13/20

I think targeted messaging to the African American community would have been helpful

PGW is under pressure to restore services to Philly residents who got disconnected before coronavirus hit

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/13/20

A nonprofit law firm that represents Philadelphia’s poorest residents says the city’s gas utility should do more to restore service to consumers who were shut off before the coronavirus pandemic.

Don’t Blame Econ 101 for the Plight of Essential Workers

The Atlantic – 5/13/20

The country’s labor system is designed to allow low-wage, low-benefit jobs to proliferate.

Racism Is All Trump Has Left

The Nation – 5/13/20

Trump’s instinct was to immediately cast aspersions on Obama, whom he absurdly blamed of not developing a vaccine for a virus that wasn’t identified until three years after Obama left the White House.

WWII veteran and his son die of covid-19, just days apart in separate nursing homes

Washington Post – 5/13/20

She struggles to understand how a person can contract the virus in a nursing home, where workers are supposed to take precautions.

He gets no sleep collecting the bodies of coronavirus victims

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/13/20

I want to make sure that families know their person is taken care of, that I’ll be gentle with their loved one.

National Black Muslim COVID Coalition is offering support during the pandemic

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/13/20

It’s up to us to really think about how do we effectively leverage, organize, mobilize, network in order to use the strengths and gifts that we already possess.

Wearing a face mask helps protect me against Covid-19, but not against racism

Stat – 5/13/20

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting me in a difficult position as a physician and as a Black man. The order to wear a face mask in public has made it worse.

Why is there so much distrust between African Americans and the medical community?

The Undefeated – 5/13/20

We still have lots of clinicians out there that talk down to patients. They don’t give us the full range of options.

Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Devastate Health Care for Millions of Americans and Worsen COVID-19 Pandemic

American Public Health Association – 5/13/20

With millions of jobs already lost and insurance coverage evaporating for many due to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, we should be expanding not reducing health insurance coverage for our population. 

The history of pandemics in Philly and the myth of race-based immunity – 5/12/20

During the past 300 years, three major pandemics have devastated Philadelphia: Yellow Fever in 1793, the Spanish Flu in 1918 and COVID-19 in 2020. In each instance, society was presented with misinformation and misperceptions related to African Americans and their susceptibility or immunity to the disease outbreak.

COVID survivor: We must go the distance

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/12/20

It’s like a computer hacker. It gets into your body and tries to find things that it can prey on to shut your body down for good.

African American Museum funds slashed in revised city budget

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/12/20

The new proposed Philadelphia budget for next year eliminates the city’s support for the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Charles Barkley calls for NBA to cancel season over coronavirus: ‘IT’S TOO DANGEROUS’

Newsweek – 5/12/20

It’s too dangerous, it’s not safe, I don’t know how they can make it safe

What might Dr. Martin Luther King say about COVID-19?

Cloaking Inequity – 5/12/20

As we emerge from COVID 19 I hope that our communities become healthier, more just, more impactful and more united.

COVID while Black and Queer survey

National Black Justice Coalition and Black Policy Lab is working together on COVID while Black and Queer to collect crucial data on how Black LGBTQ/SGL people are weathering the pandemic 

Black owned banks making sure minority businesses are receiving stimulus funds

Black Enterprise – 5/11/20

For African American business owners, this is also a way to ensure that the bank they’re using is dedicated to ensuring they receive PPP funds.

Black social workers face stress, racial inequities during COVID-19 pandemic

NBC News – 5/11/20

The big issue that black social workers are having to contend with is the devastation happening in our communities.

Taking her non-profit beauty school online due to COVID-19

Black Enterprise – 5/10/20

Since the lockdown, the school has introduced a dual online training program where all incoming students can start their introductory classes and current students can finish the second half of the program online. 

Philly’s essential workers are risking their lives for low pay

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/10/20

Many of them are women and people of color earning low and working-class wages. They’re told they’re essential. But many say they don’t feel protected or appreciated.

Social distance summons are New York’s new stop and frisk

Newsweek – 5/8/20

81 percent of coronavirus enforcement summonses from March 16 to May 5 were issued to black and Latino residents.

72 got COVID-19 after being at large event

Channel 3000 – 5/8/20

More than 70 people who tested positive for the coronavirus since an April 24 rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol

The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying

The Atlantic – 5/8/20

The lives of disproportionately black and brown workers are being sacrificed to fuel the engine of a faltering economy, by a president who disdains them. This is the COVID contract.

Officer bodyslams a woman in an Alabama Walmart ‘for refusing to wear a face mask’

Daily Mail – 5/7/20

The officer places a hand around her left leg, lifts her up and unceremoniously slams her onto the ground. The woman’s face collides with the tile floor, prompting witnesses to gasp in shock.  

Philly health-care workers are giving their all treating COVID patients

Philadelphia Inquirer – 5/7/20

A giant thank-you for all essential workers began in North Philadelphia where a number of those workers live. People on danced in the street, wearing protective masks, to the Rocky theme, “Gonna Fly Now,” “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” and other anthemic hits simulcast on three UrbanOne-owned Philadelphia radio stations.

Black doctors offer tips to boost immunity

RollingOut – 5/7/20

What we deposit into our respective temples dictates our emotions, our energy and, most importantly, our ability to ward off the invisible enemy.

Armed activists escort black lawmaker to Michigan’s Capitol after

Yahoo News – 5/7/20

Rep. Sarah Anthony had her security detail, made up of local black and Latino activists, came together because the armed protesters bearing white supremacist symbols represented a “different level of terror.”

Maxine Waters reveals she lost sister to COVID-19

The Grio – 5/7/20

Rep. Waters said that her sister, like many African-American seniors, was living in an assisted care facility, which the congresswoman said could be a dangerous environment for the vulnerable.

CDC reverses course on using race as testing criteria – 5/7/20

After changing the guidelines to test minority groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the CDC reversed course saying that African Americans exposed to the virus could not get tested without symptoms.

Philly meat worker’s family sues over COVID-19 death

Philadelphia Inquirer 5/7/20

Lawyers for a veteran meat-packing worker who died of COVID-19 have sued the meat giant JBS, accusing it of wrongful death and negligence over the Haitian immigrant’s fatal encounter with the coronavirus.

Many young patients fear gun violence as much as COVID-19

Philadelphia Inquirer 5/7/20

Studies show that mentoring and social supports can be key to reducing violence among youth, but gone are the networks that buoy them up.

Scrutiny of Social-Distance Policing as 35 of 40 Arrested Are Black

New York Times 5/7/20

Tensions are increasingly flaring in black and Hispanic neighborhoods over officers’ enforcement of social-distancing rules, leading some to charge that the New York Police Department is engaging in a racist double standard

NY prisoner with coronavirus, 72, dies with bid for medical parole pending

New York Times 5/7/20

People infected with COVID are not being considered terminally ill until they’re dead. The reality is it’s a discretionary process and the state could expand the conditions (for medical parole) in the pandemic — but they haven’t

New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates

New York Times

May 7, 2020

Mothers launch COVID-19 relief fund for for mom-owned businesses 

Black Enterprise – 5/6/20

Moms As Entrepreneurs (MAE) has launched a national COVID-19 relief fund for businesses solely owned by mothers called the “Moms As Entrepreneurs Give Life. Give Community Fund.” It supports those shut out of government loans or other funding during the public health crisis.

The near-certainty of a black depression

VOX – 5/6/20

Not only are black workers more likely to get laid off, but black-owned businesses are among the most likely to get hit by extended closures demanded by controlling the public health crisis. And with men of color suffering higher mortality rates due to Covid-19, some families may never see those earnings return.

We cannot allow the normalization of firearms at protests to continue

Washington Post

May 6, 2020

When Maternity Wards in Black Neighborhoods Disappear

New York Times – 5/5/20

St. Bernard Hospital in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago has stopped delivering babies until further notice to respond more effectively to the increase in patients who are sick with the Covid-19 coronavirus. Englewood, which is 95 percent black, is slowly becoming a maternity-care desert.

Without more help, Black-owned businesses might not survive the pandemic

Philadelphia Tribune – 5/5/20

Over 90% of small businesses in majority Black communities hold cash reserves of fewer than 14 days, so they are more likely to run out of operating funds when customers stay at home. 

Coronavirus is making the case for black reparations clearer than ever

Newsweek – 5/5/20

Black people are overrepresented in jobs designated as socially essential but paying low wages in transportation, food and health services, as well as child and elder care. 

We Are Not Essential. We Are Sacrificial

New York Times – 5/5/20

Common sense tells you that subway trains and platforms are giant vectors of this virus. We breathe it in along with steel dust.

Young inventor helps Ethiopia’s COVID-19 crisis

MSN News

May 5, 2020

Violent arrest in New York raises questions about police enforcement of social distancing orders

New York Times

May 5, 2020

Howard University launches free coronavirus testing to reach residents in some of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods

Washington Post

May 5, 2020

For this nursing assistant, fighting coronavirus means caring for those ‘asking God to take them home’

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 5, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads behind bars at Fort Dix, inmates turn to contraband cellphones, social media for help

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 4, 2020

How this black-owned Philadelphia funeral home handles a community’s coronavirus losses

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 4, 2020

Protecting Black and Brown People from a Recession Hinges on Passing Rent Protection Legislation

The Root – 5/4/20

Maxine Waters and other lawmakers are fighting fiercely to protect communities of color from one of the most devastating effects of a looming recession: losing their homes.

A woman faces the “bittersweet blessing” of being hospitalized with their mother when they both fell ill with COVID-19.

NBC News

May 3, 2020

Juvenile justice during COVID-19 is closer to no justice at all

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 3, 2020

Coronavirus and the Black Church

L.A. Focus – 5/3/20

A lot of churches were trying to do a typewriter ministry in a computer age.

Crowds gather to buy new Air Jordans in Atlanta

NY Post

May 3, 2020

N.J. cardiologist suffers stroke due to coronavirus, and he’s not alone

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 2, 2020

This retired social worker observes Ramadan while feeding others

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 2, 2020

A woman, her brother and their mother, all lost to covid-19: The virus’s devastating toll on one D.C.-area family

Washington Post

May 2, 2020

New York mother dies after raising alarm on hospital neglect

The Guardian

May 2, 2020

New Yorkers with no better place to go keep riding and sleeping on otherwise empty trains, stirring public health fears and prompting a nightly shutdown for cleaning.

New York Times

May 2, 2020

Coronavirus misinformation crosses divides to infect black social media

NBC News

May 2, 2020

In clamor to reopen, many African Americans feel their safety is ignored

PBS – 5/1/20

The consequences of keeping some businesses open have been falling disproportionately on the shoulders of black people and other marginalized groups.

In educated and affluent Massachusetts, coronavirus cases surged. The decline has yet to come, especially among Haitians

Washington Post

May 1, 2020

Verizon announces $10k grants for hundreds of minority small businesses

Black Enterprise

May 1, 2020

Racial justice and advocacy groups call for health and safety protections for Amazon workers amid COVID-19

Black Enterprise

May 1, 2020

In the time of corona, don’t wait for permission to do good

Philadelphia Inquirer

May 1, 2020

Smallest caseload to biggest death toll: Coronavirus decimates D.C.’s poorest ward

Washington Post

May 1, 2020

Africans stranded in the United States, with no way home or health insurance: ‘We’re just trapped’

Washington Post

May 1, 2020

Afraid For Their Health And Lacking PPE, Black Homecare Workers Feel Left Behind In The COVID Pandemic


May 1, 2020

Why It’s Okay To Be Unproductive In Quarantine


May 1, 2020

D.C., Maryland and Virginia pass 2,000 covid-19 deaths; disclose most infections in one day

Washington Post

May 1, 2020

Women, minorities shoulder front-line work during pandemic

The Grio

May 1, 2020

Doctor develops new clinical treatment for COVID-19 patients that will increase oxygen levels

Black Enterprise

April 30, 2020

Black artists already had less access to resources. An emergency fund aims to get them through the pandemic.

Philadelphia Inquirer

April 30, 2020

Corporate Powerhouse Ursula Burns: We must not waste this crisis.

Black Enterprise

April 30, 2020

Unsurprising Data show poverty, lack of health care, race, all factor in COVID-19 contraction and death

American Urban Radio Networks

April 30, 2020

The deluge of newly jobless workers is crashing the Pa. unemployment system as officials field 20,000 calls a week

Philadelphia Inquirer

April 30, 2020

Our meat is more important than meatpacking workers, according to Trump

Washington Post

April 30, 2020

More than 80 percent of hospitalized covid-19 patients in Georgia were African American, study finds

Washington Post

April 29, 2020

How Milwaukee represents the COVID-19 pandemic for African-Americans

The Undefeated

April 29, 2020

Coronavirus kills its first female federal inmate (Native American) weeks after she had an emergency C-section

Washington Post

April 29, 2020

Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club in New Orleans hit hard by COVID-19

New York Times

April 29, 2020

‘Staying In Business’ explores Black restaurants facing COVID-19

The Grio

April 29, 2020

Zoom meeting for Delaware black businesses hacked with N-word, swastika and pornography

Delaware Online – 4/29/20

The incident will “give a greater level of consciousness to banks and lending institutions” about why it’s important that minority businesses, churches and not-for-profits receive help during this financial crisis.

Chicago businessman says his PPE supplies were turned down by officials

The Grio

April 28, 2020

Democrats want to let millions more Americans use their food stamps at restaurants

Washington Post

April 28, 2020

Black activists and officials see a major threat in South’s plans to reopen

Washington Post

April 28, 2020

House party frustrates Chicago officials trying to fight the coronavirus

Washington Post

April 28, 2020

What Black Doctors And Nurses Want You To Know About COVID-19

Essence Magazine – 4/27/20

Part of the personal anguish Black health care professionals experience is rooted in the disturbing things they encounter daily as they do their work. 

Where is the Blueprint for Black Survival?

The B|E Note

April 27, 2020

Riding the bus in a pandemic

Washington Post

April 27, 2020

Experts warn that some minority patients are being blamed for getting sick

Chicago Tribune

April 27, 2020

As people choose between food and other basic necessities, Congress should expand SNAP benefits

Philadelphia Inquirer

April 27, 2020

Hundreds in Philly could lose coronavirus relief money because stimulus checks aren’t safe from debt collectors

Philadelphia Inquirer

April 27, 2020

Covid-19 is ravaging one of the country’s wealthiest black counties

Washington Post

April 26, 2020

As Coronavirus Strikes Prisons, Hundreds of Thousands Are Released

New York Times

April 26, 2020

How Las Vegas Became Ground Zero for the American Jobs Crisis

New York Times

April 26, 2020

In the South Bronx, coronavirus life now is waiting, and waiting, for anything and everything

Washington Post

April 26, 2020

‘For black folks, it’s like a setup: Are you trying to kill us?’

Washington Post

April 26, 2020

African people are being denied care and left to die in Philadelphia hospitals

The Burning Spear

April 25, 2020

Michael Fowler, Dougherty County coroner, on the reopening of Georgia

Washington Post

April 25, 2020

The pandemic is devastating black communities across the United States and revealing the deadly legacy of inequality

National Geographic

April 24, 2020

The ‘Open America’ Protests Are a Classic Example of the Power of White Privilege

The Root

April 23, 2020

Are coronavirus tests free? Yes, but you still might get a bill

CNET – 4/23/20

If you visit the doctor to get tested for COVID-19, the cost of both the visit and the test are covered. However, if you require any care or treatment beyond the diagnosis, you or your insurance will likely be billed for those costs. 

Covid-19 will pass. Will we be able to say the same about the racism it has illuminated?

Stat – 4/23/20

We need to declare that racism is a national emergency. It is a virus in the truest sense: a corrupting influence that spreads through communities and across the nation.

Coronavirus concerns keep man locked in prison after double-murder conviction is overturned

Washington Post

April 23, 2020

COVID-19 hitting Black people hard? Too bad, get back to the plantation

April 22, 2020

Combatting coronavirus in U.S. homeless populations

Final Call

April 22, 2020

Are Black people negatively impacted by coronavirus overload?

The Grio

April 21, 2020

Pushing to get Black communities in Chicago what they need

Final Call

April 21, 2020

Detroit family begged for care, but was repeatedly denied

Detroit Free Press

April 19, 2020

At least 300,000 Africans expected to die in pandemic


April 17, 2020

Asthma Is Absent Among Top Covid-19 Risk Factors, Early Data Shows

New York Times

April 16, 2020

Whoopi takes on Chris Christie on COVID-19: ‘Who are you willing to sacrifice?’

The Grio – 4/15/20

“Who are you willing to sacrifice to die, Chris?” she said. “You’re saying people should be willing to sacrifice family. Who are you willing to give up?”

Black barbers must matter for the economy to really recover

The Grio

April 15, 2020

Toxic air, racism and a virus: A deadly mix

Philadelphia Inquirer

Will Bunch Newsletter

April 14, 2020

Black travel businesses devastated by cancellations due to COVID-19

The Grio – 4/14/20

The mother-daughter duo decided to enter the world of hospitality so the matriarch would no longer have to work. Now since the coronavirus pandemic, the reservations have drastically shifted, leaving the family with minimal income.

Is anything being done to save Black lives from deadly pandemic?

Final Call

April 14, 2020

Africans in China allege racism as fear of new virus cases unleashes xenophobia

Washington Post

April 13, 2020

Black Businesses Matter, But Will They Get Fair Share Of COVID-19 Aid Money?

April 13, 2020

A change of heart over in person Easter services

Philadelphia Inquirer

April 12, 2020

Coronavirus patients are creating a shortage of asthma medicines

Washington Post

April 12, 2020

As more of them die, grocery workers increasingly fear showing up at work

Washington Post

April 12, 2020

For homeless in New Orleans, hotel living brings benefits and risks amid coronavirus outbreak

Washington Post

April 11, 2020

Why does Black America have more COVID-19 deaths? Racism.

The Grio

April 10, 2020

Low-income college students already faced barriers to graduating. The coronavirus multiplied them.

Washington Post

April 8, 2020

If COVID-19 Doesn’t Discriminate, Then Why Are Black People Dying at Higher Rates?

April 8, 2020

The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarmingly high rate

Washington Post

April 7, 2020

Why Black Americans are at Higher Risk of Coronavirus


April 7, 2020

D.C. students struggle to get online

Wall Street Journal

April 7, 2020

Detroit Approaches Its Coronavirus Peak

Wall Street Journal

April 7, 2020

African Americans may be bearing the brunt of Covid-19, but access to data is limited

Stat – 4/6/20

The absence of data amounts to denial of appropriate care. Racial and ethnic demographic data are being collected — it’s just not being reported out to the public

What the Racial Data Show

The Atlantic

April 6, 2020

African Americans more likely to die from coronavirus


April 6, 2020

Social Distancing is a Priviledge

New York Times

April 6, 2020

Black man is 1st prison inmate to die of coronavirus

NBC News

April 5, 2020

Staying at Home During Coronavirus Is a Luxury

New York Times

April 3, 2020

Eight Ways to Spend your Coronavirus Check Wisely

Black Enterprise

April 3, 2020

Black People who have died from COVID-19

The Grio.

March 28. 2020

How ‘the Rona’ specifically impacts the Black community

The Grio

March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Layoffs Hurt Blacks and Hispanics

USA Today

March 24, 2020

The Coronavirus Conversation has to get a lot more inclusive than this

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Create Grave Dangers to Communities of Color


March 23, 2020

Finding Black joy while self-quarantined during ‘The Rona’

The Grio

March 18, 2020

Why Blacks Should be Concerned about Coronavirus

Birmingham Times

February 6, 2020