Truth be told, April has been a heavy month here in Minneapolis. With yet another tragic fatality of a young black man, all amidst the trial of Derek Chauvin, our city feels weary in every sense of the word. As we look to the days ahead, we’re so hopeful for both justice and peace in our community while continuing our collective growth in anti-racism.
With that, we’ve chosen to dedicate The April Edit to highlighting support initiatives in our community. We’ll cover tangible ways to help, along with additional resources to keep listening and learning on a daily basis. And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to look back at Our Favorite Black Makers, Artists & Brands, and Ways to Support BIPOC Interior Designers.
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HandsOn Twin Cities is an organization that connects volunteers with opportunities around the metro. They have recently been organizing several food and clothing drives in the Brooklyn Center area. Find them on Instagram as they share opportunities throughout the week in their stories and feed.
If you’re looking to support Black-owned businesses in the Twin Cities, Nicolet Creative put together a really comprehensive list. It covers restaurants and bars, coffee shops and bakeries, health and wellness, and clothing and accessories. It’s such a helpful resource to spend your dollars in a meaningful way.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund has a list of organizations to support that are local and grassroots in Minnesota.
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This month has been another reminder of our commitment to listen, learn, and engage in conversations around supporting the BIPOC community. If you’re looking to further your personal growth towards being anti-racist, here is a racial equity resource directory. You can find programs for adults, children, workplaces, civic organizations, faith communities, and more.
If you're on the lookout for more diverse children’s literature, we’ve created a reel called “Diverse Books” in our Instagram highlights. You’ll find titles for kids and adults, including this list from Books Are Magic.
We purchased Something Bad Happened in Our Town which follows two families - one White and one Black - as they discuss a police shooting of a black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events and help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. It's been a great tool as we process the recent events with our children and highly recommend it!
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There’s so much great podcast content to explore on the topic of anti-racism, but these series have all been incredibly helpful in our learning experience:
A deep dive look at the notion of “whiteness” and its continued impact on racial inequality in America.
A five-episode exploration into the beginning of American slavery.
A series dedicated to understanding how the past shapes the present, with recent episodes on “The Real Black Panthers” and “Policing in America.”
Fearless conversations about the subject of race, and how it impacts every part of society.
Nice White Parents
An eye-opening series about building a better public school system, and what gets in the way.
Season 5 is all about Black voices in the healthcare system.
Explore the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life with hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings.
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And lastly, some previous content from the studio blog: