Distance Won't Keep Us Apart

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Right now, around 20% of the world’s population are sheltering in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many of us are hunkered down in homes that are doing double and triple duty as places of work and education.

For our own safety and the safety of others, we’ve been practicing social distancing. And for our own sanity and the sanity of others, we’ve been practicing distant socializing.

From Sicilians singing in solidarity on balconies to hosting homebound house parties, communities are coming together across the globe to boost morale, share experiences and verified information, and create togetherness even while we’re physically apart.

There’s a lot that’s unique about this situation we’re all in. And something I’ve been reflecting on is this…

It doesn’t matter who you are, how many followers you have, or even how famous you are—we are all locked down. And yet, that doesn't stop people from lifting each other up.

Artists, athletes, musicians, celebrities, visionaries, creators, etc., may not be publicly performing or gathering, but they are keeping us informed.

And inviting us over to dinner.

And feeding us when we’re hungry.

And rapping their way into our hearts.

And helping us find, save, and stretch money.

And teaching magic.

And generally making us feel seen, heard, and cared for.

Community Leaders are stepping up in the face of difficult circumstances today to build connections and strengthen relationships that will support everyone tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that.

As a company, Community is working hard to do our part, too. Cancelled or postponed tours and events—and, tbh, cabin fever—have led to increased engagement and demand for our service. All during a time when revenue is down or delayed for many artists and creatives. Our fully-remote team is committed to helping people stay connected by:

  • Giving extra support to Community leaders from affected industries, while they get back on their feet
  • Ramping up staff to quickly onboard our waitlisted leaders
  • Opening the door to new kinds of communities
  • Prioritizing features that promote positive use and verified information
  • Hiring more good people who want to help us do great things

We don’t know when this strange time will end, but we do know it's finite. And every day we’re learning and growing and deepening our understanding of a truth that will help everyone get through this and come out stronger on the other side—distance won’t keep us apart.

- matt
(716) 330-3003

Crowns & Hops
Beny Asburn & Teo Hunter
Founded by Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter. Hunter & Ashburn disrupted the status quo of the craft beer industry, and built a brand that is bigger than beer - Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. Through curated events, content and premium product, Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. is the first ever craft beer brand that bridges communities of color, dope culture and craft beer.
Intersectional Environmentalist
Leah Thomas
IE is a resource + media hub exploring the intersections of social + environmental justice. The platform was founded by environmentalist Leah Thomas, who is based in Ventura, CA. Leah is also the founder of eco-lifestyle blog @greengirlleah.
Arreale Davis
A marketplace for handmade and one of a kind HBCU fraternity and sorority-related goods, with a focus on green marketing and environmentally friendly products.
Lybroan James & Gary Mack
A disruptive EdTech platform that provides training, services and assessment tools designed to help education professionals close learning gaps for underserved students by creating communities and culturally affirming learning environments through equity, innovation and engagement.
OldVine Florals
Itika Oldwine
Since 2017, Itika Oldwine has been creating blooming masterpieces and giving a modern twist to the flowery landscape of LA through beautiful floral designs.
Sip & Sonder
Shanita Nicholas & Amanda-Jane Thomas
The premier destination in Inglewood for creatives, entrepreneurs, freelancers, curators, and everyone in between to simply exist, grab a cup of coffee, connect, create, and put sonder into action. Its mindfully curated coffee and innovative programs and partnerships solidify Sip & Sonder as one of the premium coffee and lifestyle brands in Los Angeles and beyond.
Jennifer Pauline
A Black and Brown centered community and storytelling agency on a mission to amplify marginalized stories. As a support system for creators and founders, it also serves as a lifestyle brand and content platform that sits at the intersection of creativity and well-being.
Danai Pointer
A disruptive fashion and technology platform specializing in custom nude color-matching. Made in Los Angeles by a talented team of women, TruNude’s line includes sustainably made skin tone undergarments (t-shirt bra, bralette, panty) in luxurious, ethically sourced bamboo fabric.
Black Out the Ballot
Jen Bui & Vizion Jones
A Collective of Creatives committed to changing the infrastructure to ensure radical equity, social justice, and financial empowerment for disenfranchised communities.
Honey's Kettle
Vincent & Dr. Arlene W. Williams
This New, Old Fashioned business has been serving up fresh Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken for nearly 40+ years with locations in Culver City, Downtown LA and Hollywood. The Los Angeles food institution also offers hand rolled buttermilk biscuits, kettle cooked fries, locally sourced honey, sweet pickles, Ice-Shaker lemonade, secret sauce, shucked corn, and more.
As the co-founder and CEO of Community, I want to make sure our brand reflects what we truly stand for, not just in words, but in the actions we take. We exist to keep people connected to the conversations that they choose to be part of - we choose to connect with Black-owned businesses in SoCal.  For more information on Community or if you want to hear more from me, feel free to text me: 716-330-3003.

Other Leaders on Community include: Slutty Vegan; UNWRP; We're Not Really Strangers; Bobby HundredsThe Shade Room; Patrisse Cullors; Kerry Washington; and more

- Matt Peltier
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