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Fashion and Beauty Brands Start Grants for BIPOC-Owned Businesses

And many are accepting applications right now.

According to CBS News, 40% of Black-owned enterprises might not make it through the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Center for Responsible Lending estimated that 90% of small businesses owned by people of color “have been, or will likely be, shut out” from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Ashley Harrington, the organization’s director of federal advocacy and senior council, told CBS News in April. (You may remember how, quite controversially, the PPP initially sent loans to companies like Shake Shack and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, some of which were then returned due to public outcry.) A survey of Black and Latinx business owners and workers conducted by Color of Change and UnidosUS found that many weren’t receiving the aid they asked for from the Small Business Administration, if they received any aid at all, the New York Times reported. 

In light of

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10 tech gadgets to help make summer awesome

We made it to June! Yes, celebrations are hard right now – hard to pull off and sometimes difficult to enjoy – but we don’t want to forget about our amazing dads, equally awesome new grads and all the summer fun the best gadgets around can make even better. 

If pandemic times have taught us anything about our gadgets, it’s that we don’t need every new-fangled techy-toy to come along. Just the ones that help us stay healthy, connected, and having a blast, no matter what. Here at the 10 best gadgets you can still get in time to help with all of those goals.

Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)
Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)

Keep it clean

One of the hottest new gadgets around is a hairbrush-sized, cordless, handheld UVC sterilizer called the Monos CleanPod ($90). Charge it up, then pack it in a backpack, purse, or glove compartment, and you’re good to

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What you need to know before your first post-quarantine camping trip

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Jo Manganello is keeping a close eye on the number of reservations at a campground in the San Bernardino Mountains she hopes to visit with her husband and young son. “Right now, it’s less than 50% capacity,” she said.

The 39-year-old from Glendale has a medical condition that puts her at higher risk of getting COVID-19. Though her doctor signed off on the trip, she’s being extra careful. She changed her vacation plans to visit midweek when campgrounds typically are less busy. And she picked a venue where campsites are spaced “farther apart than I am from my neighbors at home.”

San Bernardino County, Sunday, May 24, 2020 - A bear proof food container becomes a source of entertainment for Heart campers (left to right) Noah Sarboute, Chloe Sniderman, Harrison Abrahams and Zane Sarboute. Their families traveled from Manhattan Beach for Memorial Day weekend. <span class="copyright">(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)</span>
San Bernardino County, Sunday, May 24, 2020 – A bear proof food container becomes a source of entertainment for Heart campers (left to right) Noah Sarboute, Chloe Sniderman, Harrison Abrahams and Zane Sarboute. Their families traveled from Manhattan Beach for Memorial Day weekend.
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7 Ways the Pandemic Will Change College Forever

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The pandemic will force major changes in higher education — not just in the fall but for years to come, as colleges and universities face steep budget cuts, enrollment challenges and new types of competition.

Adapting won’t be easy, and institutions that don’t embrace change will likely suffer. Many schools will be forced to shut down or merge. Two hundred or more institutions, mostly very small schools, could close in the coming years.

Policymakers in Washington will keep a close watch on these sudden changes in higher ed, which will influence updates to federal student loan programs, grants, and more.

SEE ALSO: 7 Ways the Pandemic Will Change Big U.S. Cities

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Many students will cancel college plans because they can no longer afford to go. One bad sign for schools: There’s been a notable drop in both existing students and high school seniors filling out the

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Matt Hancock defends tracing app failure

A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app - HANDOUT/AFP
A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app – HANDOUT/AFP
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What happened today

Here are the big developments from today: 

  • Boris Johnson is expected to announce that deals have been put in place for so-called air bridges with a “small number” of countries which would allow families to go on foreign holidays from July 4.

  • The NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app is to be abandoned and replaced after an audit found it could detect only one in 25 contacts on Apple phones. 

  • Wikipedia founder has claimed he can launch a German-style contact-tracing app in the UK within ‘two weeks’, as he blasted the NHS’s aborted effort as the ‘height of incompetence’.

  • The two metre social distancing rule will be halved in Northern Ireland’s schools when they reopen in August, putting more pressure on

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Coronavirus latest news: Matt Hancock defends tracing app failure

A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app - HANDOUT/AFP
A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app – HANDOUT/AFP

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended the decision by the Government to abandon its own tracing app in favour of one provided by Apple and Google. 

When pressed by journalists at today’s Downing Street press conference on when the new technology would be put in place, Mr Hancock was unable to give a firm date. 

He said that the government was continuing to “work” on the app, adding: “I am absolutely determined that whilst this technology can help, it has got to be working effectively. Asking people to isolate for two weeks is a big deal, so I am not going to recommend an app unless I’m confident in it.”

Speaking at today’s conference, Mr Hancock explained that through testing Google, Apple and NHS technology, it became apparent that the

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Cranford To Reopen 1 Pool Monday, And Other Coronavirus Updates

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford will only open one of its pools this summer, a decision that the Township Committee said, in a letter, that they knew has provoked “questions and some disappointment.” They said the decision was not easy, but a responsible choice for health reasons.

State regulations for pools were announced recently. Pools can be at 50 percent capacity.

Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Robertazzi explained the reasons and rules in a letter: “Opening a municipal pool is not as simple as pulling back the cover, and with the late notice from the state and the significant additional requirements that will be in place to protect patrons and staff: many towns had decided not to reopen their pools.

Robertazzi said, “After a difficult couple of months, it goes without saying that we could all use a pool now more than ever…The pool staff, in conjunction with the Township

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Biden calls on Trump to ‘wake up’ to havoc caused by virus

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden unleashed a stinging critique Wednesday of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, calling on Trump to “wake up” to the havoc caused by the pandemic and do more to prevent further harm.

“Donald Trump wants to style himself as a wartime president,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said at a recreation center in the Philadelphia suburbs. “Unlike any other wartime leader, he takes no responsibility, he exercises no leadership, now he has just flat surrendered the fight.”

Biden has steadily stepped up his attacks on Trump’s leadership in recent weeks. But his remarks Wednesday were especially sharp, trying to counter the populism Trump hopes to ride to reelection with stern warnings about how dangerous such an approach would be.

At times pounding his podium for emphasis, Biden said the Republican president wants to declare the pandemic over even as the outbreak continues to

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Father’s Day Offers Hopes to Beleaguered Retailers

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Fingers crossed: the coronavirus may actually provide a boost to Father’s Day sales this year — at least that’s the hope of some major men’s wear retailers.

With COVID-19 fatigue in full force and stores reopening nationwide, merchants are seeing some major upticks in their men’s wear sales — in person, curbside and online — as shoppers seek gifts for their dads. But don’t expect a lot of ties and dress shirts to be wrapped up on Sunday. With many people still working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s not surprising that activewear is among the most purchased gifts this year. Other popular choices include tech gadgets, golf shirts and hats, and comfortable basics.

This bump in men’s sales is also providing a flicker of hope to retailers about what they can expect for the remainder of the year. Although the situation

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How To Make the Most of Your Free Time Right Now

We all know the drill by this point: The coronavirus has ground “normalcy” to somewhat of a halt worldwide. Though lots of states and businesses have started reopening, there’s still a lot of stress and uncertainty surrounding the virus, when a vaccine will be ready and publicly available, and whether there is credence to reports it could be going airborne. Needless to say, many of us are still working remotely and minimizing the amount of travel we’re doing outside of our homes.

More time spent at home, of course, also means figuring out what to do with it. You could re-watch Parks & Recreation for the umpteenth time (10/10 would recommend), jump on the sourdough starter train, or mindlessly scroll your social media accounts for hours on end.

Conversely, you could try turning any extra hours at home into something calming and productive. To that end, we’ve compiled a list

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