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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.


Co-Curator:  Sheena Collier, Collier Connection

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Talking About COVID-19: A Call for Racial, Economic, and Health Equity
The Opportunity Agenda
Elizabeth Johnsen
March 9, 2020
blog The Opportunity Agenda
Low Pay, High Risk: Nursing Home Workers Confront Coronavirus Dilemma
New York Times
March 31, 2020
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Black-Owned Businesses Could Face Hurdles in Federal Aid Program Minority business owners have always struggled to secure bank loans. Now, many banks want to deal only with existing customers when making loans through the government’s $349 billion aid package.​
New York Times

news Yasmine Young, owner of Diaspora Salon, which she established in 2015 without any loans. She joined a lawsuit against Bank of America filed by borrowers whom the bank turned away because they had credit cards from other banks.Credit...André Chung for The New York Times
Cincinnati Black-owned restaurants open for dine-in, carry-out, curbside service and delivery.
The Voice of Black Cincinnati
Marissa Staples
April 17, 2020
news, resource list The Voice of Black Cincinnati

COVID-19 Pandemic Could Be The Last Chapter For N.J. Bookstore
Morning Edition, NPR

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Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity
Pew Research Center
Mark Hugo Lopez, Lee Rainie, and Abby Budiman
May 5, 2020
news Pew Research Center
Exposure on the job: Who are the essential workers who likely cannot work from home?
The Brookings Institution
Melissa S. Kearney and Luke Pardue
​May 7, 2020
news The Brookings Institution
Bar Owners Launch a “Survival” Coalition to Support Boston’s Black-Owned Restaurants through COVID: The Boston Black Hospitality Coalition is raising funds and making connections in hopes of saving an already vulnerable group of businesses.
Boston Magazine
news Royal C. Smith at his Roxbury bar, District 7 Tavern. Smith is part of a new Boston Black Hospitality Coalition, which aims to support and preserve the threatened community of black-owned bars in Boston. / Max Nagel Photography

The coronavirus recession is already worse for Black Americans
William M. Rodgers III


news ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Global Strategy Group for Color of Change and UnidosUS
May 13, 2020
slide deck Color of Change

Few Minority-Owned Businesses Got Relief Loans They Asked For: The Paycheck Protection Program and other federal efforts largely neglected them, a survey commissioned by two equal-rights groups found. Nearly half the respondents expect to close permanently.
The New York Times
​Emily Flitter
May 18, 2020

news Businesses in Queens that were closed last week.Credit...Desiree Rios for The New York Times
Pelosi moving to revamp small business rescue program: The House will vote on a bipartisan fix to the Paycheck Protection Program next week amid growing concern over its implementation.
Zachary Warmbrodt and Heather Caygle
May 19, 2020
news House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
May 19, 2020

View the Paycheck Recovery Act here
news, politics Jaypal.House.Gov
COVID Diaries: Jessica And Sean Apply For A Loan
Code Switch Podcast, NPR
Shereen Marisol Meraji
May 20, 2020
audio, podcast Dani Pendergast for NPR
An undercurrent of the protests: African Americans are struggling more economically from this pandemic
The Washington Post
Eli Rosenberg
June 1, 2020
news Protesters demonstrate against police brutality and the death of George Floyd on Monday in St Louis. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
From Jobs To Homeownership, Protests Put Spotlight On Racial Economic Divide
All Things Considered, NPR
Scott Horsley
​June 1, 2020
news, audio Malaysia Hammond places flowers at a memorial mural for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Sunday. Police brutality has sparked days of civil unrest. But the sparks have landed in a tinderbox built over decades of economic inequality, now exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. John Minchillo/AP
< Racism And Economics
The Indicator from Planet Money, NPR
Hosted by Stacey Vanek Smith
June 1, 2020
news, auido NPR
Black workers hit hard by COVID-19 job losses, analysis reveals
The Ticker, Yahoo Finance
Elise Gould and Kristin Myers
June 2, 2020
news, interview, video The Ticker
Why black workers face new economic risks amid COVID-19
The Ticker, Yahoo Finance
Lillian Singh and Zack Guzman
June 3, 2020
news, interview, video The Ticker
One Bar. Twelve weeks. Seventeen Lives in Lockdown.
New York Times
Jack Nicas
June 11, 2020
news Louwenda Kachingwe, the owner of the Hatch, is known as Pancho. “The logical thing would just be to shut it down,” he said at one point. “But in this case, it’s about the people.”Credit...Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Coronavirus ‘Ripped A Hole’ In N.Y.C.’s Black Community. This Funeral Director Knows.
New York Times
Yousur Al-Hlou and Ora DeKornfeld
June 14, 2020
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Unemployment Tracker: Job Losses for Black Workers Are Deepening
The Upshot, New York Times
Ernie Tedeschi and Quoctrung Bui
June 16, 2020


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Coronavirus Is Hitting Black Business Owners Hardest
New York Times
Lauren Leatherby
​June 18, 2020

news Businesses under the Marcy Avenue subway station in Brooklyn in April.Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times
How COVID turned a spotlight on weak worker rights
The Harvard Gazette
June 23, 2020
news Maarten van den Heuvel/Unsplash
The real cost of Amazon
Shirin Ghaffary and Jason Del Rey
June 29, 2020
news Courtney Bowden, 30, in front of the Amazon flex warehouse in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, on June 14. Bowden was fired in March. Hannah Yoon for Vox
Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis
New York Times
Ron Lieber and Tara Siegel Bernard
July 9, 2020
news Robert Neubecker
Beyoncé's BeyGOOD and NAACP to Award Grants to Black-Owned Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Tara C. Mahadevan
July 10, 2020
news Image via Getty/ Kevin Mazur

How Were $38 Billion In PPP Loans Distributed In New York?
Sydney Pereira, Matthew Schuerman, Jake Dobkin, and Autum Harris
July 10, 2020

news A man and a youngster the required wearing face coverings walk along Brooklyn's Flatbush Avenue April 14th, 2020. KATHY WILLENS/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK

'Wait Wait' For July 11, 2020, With Not My Job Guest Jameela Jamil
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, NPR
Jameela Jamil, Maeve Higgins, Maz Jobrani, and Paula Poundstone
July 11, 2020

radio, audio  Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia
[Virtual] The Epidemic Beneath the Pandemic: Our Epidemic of Insecurity & COVID19 Inequities
Harvard Club of Washington, DC
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
July 28, 2020
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How Restaurant Design Is Changing As a Result of COVID-19
Architectural Digest
Laura Itzkowitz
July 7, 2020


Costco Didn’t Enforce Its Dress Code — Until Employees Started Wearing Black Lives Matter Masks
Buzzfeed News
Brianna Sacks
July 10, 2020


Voices From Travel’s Front Lines: ‘We Walk in Fear, We Work in Fear’
The New York Times
Emily Palmer and Tariro Mzezewa
July 17, 2020


Racial Economic Inequality Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
Hamilton Project
Bradley L. Hardy and Trevon D. Logan
August 2020