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Apple Celebrates Black History Month With Exclusive Content and Curated Collections
Apple announced that across its product line, it is spotlighting Black businesses and innovations—and amplifying Black voices—in honor of Black History Month. Here are some examples.
Apple Music has a new campaign, Music Is Healing, in which radio station The Message will have special episodes comprising conversations between Ebro Darden (Apple Music’s head of Hip-Hop and R&B editorial) and guests who will discuss contemporary issues surrounding Black health and wellness as well as the contributions Black people have made to culture.
Apple Fitness+ is rolling out new workouts that include playlists of music by Black artists and meditations focusing on gratitude and awareness. On Feb. 7, it will launch a new episode of Time to Walk, an audio experience on Apple Watch, from Ayo Tometi (one of the founders of Black Lives Matter). Apple Watch is also releasing a special edition Black Unity Braided Solo Loop for $99 and a matching Unity Lights watch face that are inspired by the Afrofuturism philosophy.
Apple Podcasts has curated collections from seven history-makers: author Roxane Gay, Whetstone magazine founder Stephen Satterfield, sports TV personality Jay Williams, artist Morgan Harper Nichols, Well-Read Black Girl network founder Glory Edim, and Earn Your Leisure brand founders Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings.
Apple Maps created curated Guides for Black-owned businesses, including Black-Owned Streetwear & Sneaker Stores and EatOkra. It also has Guides for Black history, including Famous Auburn Avenue Black History Sites in Atlanta, National Parks That Honor Black History, and Discover Philly’s Anti-Slavery Sites.
Apple News has new curated collections and audio content—as well as new episodes of Apple News Today, a daily audio briefing published each weekday morning—that highlight Black stories.
For more information, read the press release.
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