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Good morning! Armed men shot a woman dead in her own house. Their identity is known, yet no one will be charged. It’s hard to wrap one’s head around the latest on Breonna Taylor’s killing except that the fight for racial justice must go on. Today you’ll meet the world’s most inspiring young Black women leading that struggle and read about the secret love that kept Gandhi going against British imperialism. Revisit history’s most influential campaign ads and taste an entire meal made of cherries — perhaps it’ll remove some of this morning’s bitterness.
Johnson & Johnson launched the final stage of clinical trials on a COVID-19 vaccine that — unlike other immunization contenders — could work with a single shot, sparking fresh hopes in the fight against the pandemic even as Europe battles a second wave of cases. China will relax some restrictions on the entry of foreigners starting Monday. Meanwhile Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed a wealth tax to fund expansive COVID-19 recovery plans.
As sports slowly restart around the globe, two of the planet’s cutest creatures concluded last week that empty stadiums are no fun.
Athletic Alpaca and Flying Fanatic
A farm-bred alpaca needed a game of soccer, so it interrupted a match in England's West Yorkshire. It evaded those trying to get it off the field for 20 minutes. Meanwhile in Brazil, a blue and gold macaw perched itself on the head of a female soccer player in the middle of a game. We get it, bird: We’re craving live sports too.
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It’s tough to feel hopeful on days like today. But look carefully, and you’ll find a fearless new generation of Black women around the world rising to take the baton and elevate the battle for racial justice.
For Pakistan’s only Black legislator, the battle against racism started in school, where children from her Sheedi community — descendants from East Africa settled across India and Pakistan — face bullying from students and teachers. Today the 41-year-old is the leading voice of a community with an estimated population between 50,000 and 250,000. Read more.
4. Assa Traoré
This 35-year-old mother of three has become an icon of racial justice in France after her protest against the 2016 death of her brother Adama in police custody forced a fresh investigation into the case in July amid the global movement against racism. Now she’s calling for justice for Mahamadou Fofana, Adama’s cousin, who died earlier this month under suspicious circumstances. Read more.
If you’re looking for still more inspiration, watch this brilliant LinkedIn interview series.
Leading the B-Suite
Rhonda Morris, chief human resources officer at Chevron, and Adam Bryant, a former New York Times writer, interview leading Black entrepreneurs — including OZY CEO and co-founder Carlos Watson and Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University.
It’s easy to let anger consume us. But some of the world’s greatest icons found a far more powerful tool in love … and love letters in particular.
Love Letters to Treasure
1. “My Dear Lower House”
That’s how Mahatma Gandhi addressed Hermann Kallenbach, a Jewish architect of Lithuanian descent with whom he developed a friendship during his time in South Africa, in semi-erotic, love-filled letters between the two.
2. “I’d Like to Paint You, But There Are No Colors"
As the election campaign heads toward its final stretch, take a few moments to look back at some of the funniest (in retrospect at least), scariest and most inspiring presidential campaign ads of all time.
In the first election where television was a central campaign medium, this hilarious, quaint ad — it helps that the drum-beating elephant is cuter than the donkeys — powered Dwight Eisenhower’s landslide win against Democrat Adlai Stevenson. Watch.
2. Daisy Girl (1964)
Spooky but highly effective, this ad from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s reelection campaign birthed modern political attack ads. A little girl counting daisy petals in a field gives way to a military countdown to a massive explosion. Johnson’s portrayal of Republican opponent Barry Goldwater as a dangerous warmonger worked. Watch.
3. McGovern Defense (1972)
Fear can cut both ways, as President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign showed, presenting Democratic candidate George McGovern as weak on defense amid the Cold War. Nixon won 49 states. Watch.
4. Yes We Can (2008)
We’re all familiar with Barack Obama’s famous call in 2008. But do you remember this brilliant, hope-filled web ad where will.i.am, John Legend, Scarlett Johansson and other celebrities sing to Obama’s speech after his loss to Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary? Watch.
It’s National Cherries Jubilee Day!! And I’m going to leave with an entire meal based on cherries (Smiley emoji and cherry emoji).
Take some bacon and pass the skewer through one end, add a cherry, and bring the bacon around the other side through the skewer to secure the cherry. Repeat the process until you’re out of cherries, bacon … or patience. Then savor it. The effort’s worth it.
3. Boozy Black Forest Cherry Cake
Master baker Claus Schäfer holds the original recipe for Black Forest cakes. His secret ingredients? Spiked cherries that are 56 percent alcohol. Read more.