Beyoncé Launches Black-Owned Business Directory By Chris Olsen 7/3/20

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Juneteenth takes place annually on June 19th and commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. Currently there are 47 states plus the District of Columbia that recognize Juneteenth as an official state holiday or observance. This year, a growing number of elected officials are lobbying to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

Beyoncé didn’t wait for a national holiday to honor Juneteenth and Black Americans. She released a new song, “Black Parade,” on Juneteenth weekend, which she says “celebrates you, your voice and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses.” Along with the song, Beyoncé launched a Black-owned business directory, which she’s calling Black Parade Route.

A leading infectious disease expert explains how to be as safe as possible on this very different Fourth by William Schaffner for the Conversation 7/3/20

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Editor’s Note: Dr. William Schaffner, one of the nation’s leading infectious disease experts and a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been helping to keep people healthy for decades. In an interview which has been edited for clarity, he answered several questions about how you can stay safe as the nation heads into the holiday weekend with daily coronavirus cases exceeding 40,000, their highest.

On CNN last night, I heard you mention that not wearing a mask is like failing to stop at a red light. Can you elaborate on that?

In certain circumstances, when we live together as a society, we curtail our individual rights and inclinations because we all live together. There’s the old saying, you’re not permitted to shout fire in a crowded theater. That’s an abuse of free speech.


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