PUBLISHER'S NOTES APRIL-JUNE 2020
Welcome to the April - June 2020 edition of Ethnic Online. With COVID-19 dominating the headlines, we trust that you and your families are managing through these abnormal times to the best of your abilities, and just know this too will pass!
Our Featured Story Highlights “Why The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Fails Very Small Businesses by Dr. Fred McKinney” Are you a small business owner? Are you still having challenges in keeping your business afloat during these challenging times? Even though you and other small business owners equal about 30 million together, the (PPP) may have missed the mark. Dr. Fred McKinney touches on some key points for you to consider, more importantly what’s the next step?
Our Lead Story is “Visualizing the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Massachusetts Communities of Color and Urban Areas” No doubt either you live or know someone who lives in a city or town in Massachusetts that’s being effected by COVID-19. Some cities and towns are being hit harder than others. This article highlights those areas that are being impacted from highest to lowest. Why the disparities? Find out more in this article.
Under Trending “Census 2020 - Why It's Important to Participate?” It directly impacts YOUR Community! School lunches, plans for highways, support for firefighters and families in need just to name a few. Census results affect your community every day. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Don’t wait, participate today!
The Arts & Events Section The Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled to September 5th. Save the Date as Ethnic Online will be hosting it’s 6th Annual Kentucky Derby Day Party! We are ready and have secured a location that we think will rival last years Roof Top at the Blake Hotel. Check out the Arts & Events section to see the location!
The Importance of Exercise and Our Mental Health During COVID-19 Exercising helps improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, negative mood, cognitive function, and social withdrawal. Carve out some time to improve your well-being by focusing on your mind and body. Have you made time to exercise daily? If not, I’m sure you can find the time and surely reap the benefits!
“Light Within the Darkness - Mother Earth's Reaction to COVID-19” Let’s pause for a moment to consider how the environment has responded to COVID. There is now a reduction in carbon footprint, everything has slowed down even the destruction of rainforests and other natural habitats. Massive pollution has halted. We are starting to see the smog lift from places like LA and others. What is Mother Earth telling us?
“April is Jazz Appreciation Month” Jazz music is considered to be a cultural icon in American history. People all over the world listen to the bebop and play on notes as they dance throughout the night. That’s why there’s a night to celebrate jazz. Jazz Appreciation Month aims to encourage people to learn about the long, intricate history of this music genre. Who are some of your favorite Jazz Artist? With additional down time, now is a great time to reunite with your favorite Jazz Artist or even explore other Jazz greats!
As always, please enjoy the April – June Issue of Ethnic Online and remember, your thoughts are very important to us because it helps us to bring you stories that matter to you, so let us know what you think!
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