Friday Stir

By Erik Oster 

-Wieden+Kennedy creatives put together this powerful Call It Covid-19 video addressing discrimination and violence against Asian Americans (video above).

-Trade body ThinkLA paused its usual Think Thursday yesterday and instead had 8:46 of silence to honor George Floyd. Later, the organization sent a message of solidarity, pointing people to its diversity, inclusion and gender resource page.

“We wanted to bring our community together as a gesture of solidarity and opportunity for us to grieve as a collective,” said ThinkLA executive director Susan Franceschini. “The power of silence is profound and helps us all feel the impact and magnitude of the tasks in front of us. There’s much work for all of us. ThinkLA has expanded our DIG resource page to help all of us learn more and take action.”


-Lizette Williams, global head of vertical solutions marketing at Facebook, says Black employees don’t want a Tweet, they want real inclusion.

-Adweek looks at what’s behind ad tech’s stock price jump.

-Adweek’s is hosting A State of Revolt event featuring discussions with Black business leaders today at noon.

-Ad tech company MediaMath is exploring a potential sale.

-Some Black agency employees remain skeptical that agencies will take meaningful steps toward diversity and inclusion given the industry’s poor track record.

-Kin co-founder Kwame Taylor-Hayford says he’s tired but also motivated to forge a path to equality.