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WEEKLY NEWS GLEAMS: It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate, Fellowships for “Future Arts Leaders of Color,” and More …

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It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate: A Black Youth Entrepreneurial Virtual Market Place

From the host (Olu Productions): The event was designed to feature companies created by young people of African Descent, as well as showcase entertainment by young Black performers. It is our belief that as these young Black entrepreneurs grow and mature and their businesses grow and mature they can potentially be in the position to hire Black employees as well as contribute to a variety of socioeconomic justice and community building efforts. Those businesses can then create and pass on multi-generational Black assets and wealth. Black wealth that remains with Black people can lead to the building of a community that has a sound economic base and infrastructure. We also encourage parents, caregivers, and adults in the Black community to support Black youth entrepreneurship believing that we are building a future legacy of cooperative economics, interdependence, and self-reliance within the Black population. 

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Strives Under the Long Shadow of Classics — Notably, Racism

by Riis Williams 

(This article was originally published by Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.) 


With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, many organizations have announced their alliance with it. But for Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet, upholding a commitment to racial inclusivity goes beyond just a Facebook post. It requires taking a hard look at the history of ballet and its Eurocentric origins.

Normally this time of year, on the heels of completing their performance season, the company would be hard at work participating in summer events and preparing for upcoming fall performances. But this year, with PNB’s studios closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, its dancers and faculty members are taking their time at home to seriously rethink the repertoire they perform, the cities they travel to, and the people they hire.

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