Black Excellence in the Age of Pandemic

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2020 may be America’s most frightening year yet. If you’re a Black American that is living by the end of this terrifying year, you can also call yourself a survivor of sixteen generations of racism via slavery, unemployment, segregation, drug abuse, incarceration, gentrification, and now (if you look at relative death rates during the Coronavirus pandemic) outright genocide. Though this is a scary realization, as a Black person, I believe that Black people — because of cultural development uniquely specific to always surviving by positively re-framing our American experience — are in line to be the creative leaders who financially and culturally stabilize America’s unknown future.  

“Black people in America are always accustomed to being in a position where we need to exceed expectations,” says Gabrielle Barr, a Black, Austin, Texas-based freelance journalist and copywriter. “The post-pandemic era could be a ‘renaissance’ era for black creatives. We already see the beginnings of that in music, with D-Nice and his Instagram Live DJ sets. By being first out of the gates, artists of color are rising.”

Regarding that feeling that Black creatives are dashing out into America’s cultural creative lead in COVID-19’s wake, Black, Brooklyn-based technology professional Winston Ford notes an

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