Black Nonprofits, University of Edinburgh, Google Meet, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 25, 2020


PR Newswire: Give Blck: New Database Connects Donors to Black Nonprofits (PRESS RELEASE). “Give Blck, a new digital platform that raises visibility for Black-founded nonprofits across America, launches today. The tool helps donors easily identify these organizations in order to drive more dollars to underfunded causes and help solve racial disparities in philanthropic funding.”

University of Edinburgh: Majestic collection showcased on global stage. “Scotland’s oldest surviving book still in a Scottish collection is among the historic artefacts showcased in a new free online experience. The University has joined the British Library, the Louvre and others in collaborating with Google Arts & Culture to make their collections more accessible to a wider audience. The magnificent Celtic Psalter, which has been described as Scotland’s Books of Kells, is one of a series of objects which can be viewed on the Google Arts & Culture website and app.”


Mashable: Warning: The free version of Google Meet will enforce time limits soon . “The free version of Google Meet has been a godsend for some people during the COVID-19 pandemic, but all that’s golden is never real. Google released a free version of its business-focused video call app earlier this year, which allowed for more people in a call than Hangouts, its other video chat app.”

UNC University Libraries: Fiddle, Banjo, and Clay: North Carolina Folklife on Film. “Don’t miss the first-ever screenings of two newly-preserved films that document some of North Carolina’s most recognizable folk traditions. This two-part series of virtual film screenings looks at the family-run potteries of the eastern Piedmont and the renowned old-time music of Surry County. The University Libraries has recently preserved both films thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, which supports the University Libraries in preserving and sharing these audio-visual records of the state’s heritage.”


The Verge: How the F-Factor diet became the center of an Instagram influencer feud. “Before April 2020, Tanya Zuckerbrot seemed to have it all. A wealthy Instagram influencer, she had a $22 million duplex on Park Avenue, a handsome-ish husband who worked in real estate, and three healthy kids. She is also a registered dietitian and the owner of a weight-loss empire called ‘The F-Factor Diet’ (the ‘F’ stands for fiber). That empire came under fire when another Instagram influencer, Emily Gellis Lande, started posting screenshots from anonymous users who said they’d had bad experiences on the diet.”

University of Illinois at Chicago: Alkebuluan Merriweather (BA, 2019) launches Black Matriarch Archive . “Alumna Alkebuluan Merriweather (BA, 2019) has launched a digital platform titled Black Matriarch Archive. Black Matriarch Archive is a digital platform and archive that seeks to encourage members of the African diaspora to submit images and video documentation of black elders, whether they may be grandmothers, great-aunts, godmothers, or caregivers.” This is a project that uses Instagram as its platform. It’s early days.

WFPL: Louisville Jail Shuts Down Public Inmate Log Amid Record Protest Arrests. “The Louisville Metro Police Department made 127 arrests on Wednesday as protests roiled the city. It’s the most arrests LMPD has made on a single night since demonstrations began on May 28, and every other night, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections made available an online database of who is currently sitting in the Louisville jail. But that wasn’t available for the 127 people arrested in the hours after the grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case. The agency’s online booking log, which allows users to search for individuals currently in custody, has been offline since at least Wednesday.”


JD Supra: The Brown Act Finally Meets Social Media. “On Sept.18, 2020, Governor Newson signed Assembly Bill (AB) 992 into law. AB 992 modernizes the Brown Act’s provisions concerning serial meetings by addressing, for the first time, the use of social media by members of a legislative body. While it does not change the basic understanding of the Brown Act, AB 992 provides helpful clarification for public officials who use social media platforms yet need to avoid participating in a serial meeting.”

ABC 13: FDA warns about ‘Benadryl Challenge’ after reports of teens ending up in ER. “The craze on TikTok reportedly encourages viewers to take large doses of the antihistamine to induce hallucinations. But the FDA warns that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine can lead to serious heart problems, seizures, coma, or even death.” Apparently this has already killed somebody.


The Daily Free Press: Sincerely, Ally: LinkedIn promotes a competitive, sometimes negative online culture. “For those of you unfamiliar with the website, LinkedIn launched in 2003 as an online database for job-seekers looking to discover employment opportunities and network with industry professionals. In 2016, Microsoft bought it for $26.2 billion, and there are tens of millions of recent graduates and students registered on the site. LinkedIn shares the same features of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter — timelines, chat boxes and status updates. Yet despite its large number of users, LinkedIn has somehow avoided controversy regarding the toxic online culture it perpetuates.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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