The NBA and WNBA have frequently taken the lead on athlete activism and social issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

Why it matters: This is at least partly due to their racial make-up — and not just at the player level. Both leagues received A+ scores for racial hiring in 2019, per The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

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Sep 1, 2020 - Economy & Business

Jobs are coming back — but many industries are still struggling

Data: Indeed; Chart: Axios Visuals

Millions of Americans are unemployed — and desperately seeking work that just isn't there.

What they're saying: "There aren’t enough jobs to go around," says Tara Sinclair, a senior fellow at the Indeed Hiring Lab. "It’s like playing musical chairs, and we’ve taken a whole lot of chairs out of the circle at once."

Updated Sep 1, 2020 - Sports

Naomi Osaka wears Breonna Taylor mask at U.S. Open

Tennis star Naomi Osaka said Monday night after wearing a mask bearing the name "Breonna Taylor" during her win over fellow Japanese player Misaki Doi she plans to highlight other names during the U.S. Open this tournament.

What she's saying: Osaka said after the match that she has seven face coverings with names in total. "It's quite sad that seven masks isn't enough for the amount of names," she said. "So hopefully I'll get to the final and you can see all of them."

America on edge as unrest rises

Louisville on Wednesday. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Rarely have national security officials, governors, tech CEOs and activists agreed as broadly and fervently as they do about the possibility of historic civil unrest in America.

Why it matters: The ingredients are clear for all to see — epic fights over racism, abortion, elections, the virus and policing, stirred by misinformation and calls to action on social media, at a time of stress over the pandemic.

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