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“If you come from where I come from, it’s rare that you see folk/ That did it like I did it but do it ’cause we need more” – Nipsey Hussle
It’s good to be back, y’all!
The past few weeks have been eventful for me, with a big development happening this week. On Monday, my former Wall Street Journal colleagues and I were named finalists for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting. This was for our package of eight stories illustrating the generational impact of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, including my piece on insurance denials. Major congratulations to my old team!
This package was put together by a grassroots team of mostly Black, Latino and Asian journalists. And, for the record, Black and Indian women conceived and coordinated it all. In 2020, the year before the 100th anniversary of the Massacre, they had the instincts to start planning a series that illustrated the connection between racism a century ago and racial wealth disparities today—a story that largely had not been told by major US news outlets . Their instincts were spot on, helping our coverage stand out amid a variety of 100th-anniversary stories.
We reporters on the team understood the assignment, but those women of color had the vision for it and helped keep us on point. Their leadership helped make us Pulitzer nominees.
Speaking of Black women, Forbes has recently covered a few who have been making big moves. On Tuesday, the US Senate confirmed Michigan State University economist Lisa Cook to the Federal Reserve’s board of governors, making her the first Black woman to serve there in the institution’s 108-year history. Cook was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and is also an alumna of Oxford University and the University of California, Berkeley. Read more here.
Slutty Vegan founder Pinky Cole recently raised $25 Million in a Series A funding round, valuing her four-year-old food company at $100 million. Cole told For(bes) The Culture that the company will use the money to open 10 Slutty Vegan locations by the end of this year and another 10 in 2023. She’s also planning to hire a chief operating officer and chief marketing officer to help manage growth . Read more here.
Pinky Cole‘s four-year-old food company Slutty Vegan recently raised $25 million, with participation from investors including restaurateur Danny Mayer. Referring to Meyer, Cole said: “I got the Michael Jordan of food on my team.” Read more.
The Senate approved economist Lisa Cook in a 51-50 vote this week, with all Republicans voting against Cook and Vice President kamala harris casting a tie-breaking 51st Democratic yes vote. Read more.
James26, and alice zhang, 30, are founders of up-and-coming cryptocurrency startup Jambo (the word means “hello” in Swahili). The siblings started the company six months ago with the aim of bringing Web3 to Africa. Read more.
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