Breonna Taylor’s case is as painful as it unsurprising

Breonna Taylor gets little justice, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit spotlights racial disparities in health care, and advertising looks to utilize Black talent as much as it utilizes Black culture.

But first, here’s your fitness-inspired week, in Haiku:

Bryant Johnson, now
Ruthless, honored her life with
three perfect pushups.

She called him the most
important person in her 
life: Special Forces

turned records clerk, turned
companion on the journey
to health and justice.

Hands on the cool floor
at the foot of her casket.
Three perfect pushups.

She could do twenty
at eighty years old! What will
we do, now Ruthless?

Some professional news: After getting quite a bit of feedback and doing some in-depth thinking with my edit partner, Aric Jenkins, we’ve decided to increase the frequency of raceAhead  going forward, as best we can. Each dispatch might be less in-depth, but still filled with the news-you-can-use, resources, and inspiration you need to better stay on top of a rapidly changing world. We hope it’s the right thing for you; we know it’s the right thing for us.

Please keep those cards and letters coming. We can’t always respond, but they help us set our course. And stay strong, like RBG.

Ellen McGirt
@ellmcgirt
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: https://fortune.com/2020/09/25/breonna-taylors-case-is-as-painful-as-it-unsurprising/

‘Damn ugly’ golf shirts: Bill Murray blasted by Doobie Brothers in viral copyright letter

Actor Bill Murray is in hot water with the Doobie Brothers for using their 1972 hit “Listen to the Music” in commercials without the band’s permission. Normally, such disputes result in a quiet legal settlement—but not this time.

Instead, the Doobie Brothers’ lawyer scolded Murray in a short, hilarious letter that calls out the “Ghostbusters” and “Caddyshack” star for copyright infringement, but also lampoons his questionable acting decisions and fashion choices.

The letter, which was first reported by the Hollywood reporter, has gone viral on Twitter:

Bill Murray receives a legal demand from the Doobie Brothers. And it’s everything you’d want it to be… pic.twitter.com/R1L99yZSBj

— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) September 24, 2020

In the missive, Doobie Brothers attorney Peter Paterno tells Murray he can’t be bothered to look up the relevant copyright statute, but adds the actor already knows he can’t use music in ads without permission. Paterno also chides by Murray by saying the only person more inclined to do this is President Donald Trump—who recently caused a flap for using Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” against the wishes of the songwriter’s estate.

The lawyer goes on to suggest Murray faces “damnation” for his role in the box office bomb “Garfield.” And in final jab, Paterno says the band would be inclined to forgive Murray using their song to sell his line of Zero Hucks Given golf shirts—if the shirts weren’t “so damn ugly.”

The letter concludes by telling Murray in French “to pay.” The actor has yet to issue a public response to complaint but, for now, it appears the Doobie Brothers’ attorney has more than earned his money.

More must-read finance coverage from Fortune: Investors are pulling money out of U.S. equities and betting on Europe. Is it time to follow their lead? Feds’ “stablecoin” letter may boost crypto ambitions of Facebook, Square From bailout debacle to global dominance: Inside the turnaround at UBS The world’s biggest hedge fund is working from tents in the forest during the COVID pandemic One pandemic, two recoveries: New Yorkers are three times more likely to be jobless than Nebraskans

Read more: https://fortune.com/2020/09/25/bill-murray-doobie-brothers-feud-copyright-letter/

More Than Juneteenth? What’s In Trump’s $500 Billion “Platinum Plan” For Black America

More Than Juneteenth? What’s In Trump’s $500 Billion “Platinum Plan” For Black AmericaOn Friday, President Trump unrolled what he refers to as a “platinum plan” for Black America, including support for making Juneteenth a national holiday. But is Trump’s plan to little and too late to convince Black voters to support him?

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sethcohen/2020/09/25/more-than-juneteenth-whats-in-trumps-500-billion-platinum-plan-for-black-america/

Alphabet to fund $310 million diversity initiative to settle sexual misconduct lawsuit from shareholders

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.

Google parent Alphabet has agreed to commit $310 million to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as part of a settlement for a series of sexual harassment and misconduct lawsuits filed against some of the company’s officers and directors. 

As part of the settlement, Alphabet will establish a diversity, equity, and inclusion advisory council featuring outside experts, which include retired judge and Harvard Law School professor Nancy Gertner and former member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Fred Alvarez, as well as company executives including CEO Sundar Pichai and Google chief legal officer Kent Walker. The settlement also ends Alphabet’s mandatory arbitration for harassment, discrimination, and retaliation-related disputes between employees or contractors and the company. It limits Google’s use of nondisclosure agreements and ensures that the recommended consequences for misconduct are equal across business units. 

“This settlement will not only change and improve the culture at Google, but it will set the standard for culture change at tech companies throughout Silicon Valley,” Ann Ravel, an attorney from Renne Public Law Group who led parts of the settlement negotiation, said in a release. 

“Recent years have involved a lot of introspection and work to make sure we’re providing a safe and inclusive workplace for every employee,” said Google vice president of people operations Eileen Naughton in a blog post Friday. “That doesn’t stop here and you’ll receive reports on our progress as we move forward.”

Google Staff Walkout To Protest Sexual MisconductA Google employee holds a sign during a walkout to protest how the tech giant handled sexual misconduct at Jackson Square Park in New York on Nov. 1, 2018. Now, in September 2020, parent company Alphabet has announced a $310 million commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.Peter Foley—Bloomberg/Getty Images

The settlement represents one of the largest public commitments to diversity and inclusion efforts by a tech company and follows numerous complaints from employees about sexual harassment and misconduct. Android creator Andy Rubin and Alphabet’s to

Read more: https://fortune.com/2020/09/25/alphabet-sexual-misconduct-lawsuit-310-million-diversity-inclusion-initiatives/

National Weather

Click on map for forecast

advertisement