Since March, we have listened to experts tell us how to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of us adhered: we sheltered in place, stayed six feet from our loved ones and practiced better hygiene. However, others failed to do what every medical professional has recommended: wear a face mask. As a result, the number of positive cases continue to spike, particularly in the Black communities.
ONYX Magazine did not put this issue on the back burner. We immediately jumped into action with virtual town hall meetings and public education, encouraging our community to take steps to stay safe. In our biggest effort, we launched “MaskUp! Stop the Spread,” a billboard campaign to help slow the transmission of COVID-19. ONYX Magazine’s “MaskUp! Stop the Spread” grassroots campaign comes at a time of resurgence of coronavirus cases in Florida. When Florida relaxed safety guidelines in May and began to reopen businesses, people socially distanced less and stopped wearing masks. ONYX Magazine knew we had to be that trusted voice that was lacking in our communities to make our residents know how critical this health crisis really is. Inside this issue, we share how our campaign is taking off and offer important tips that could potentially save lives.
While we fight this invisible foe, another is right before our eyes. Systemic racism has plagued African Americans since our ancestors arrived to what is now the United States in the 1600s. Today, much of what we read about in our history books can be witnessed on our smart phones. Black men are being killed in plain sight; as a people, African Americans still haven’t reached financial equality; and we lead in many of areas of disparity. In this issue, take a look at reparations, also, who has always been at the forefront helping us in our struggle. Plus, what will the school year look like for our students? Will the “new normal” soon be what we come to view as everyday life?
More than ever, it is important for us to stand together as a community. ONYX Magazine is your community partner and we are dedicated to bringing you information your whole family can use: information that entertains, inspires and informs. Thank you for being there for us, so we can be there for you.