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Starbucks Closes 8,000 Locations for Racial Bias Training, Common to Assist

Today, May 29, Starbucks cafés nationwide will be closing to conduct racial bias/ sensitivity training following the arrest of two Black patrons at a Philadelphia location last month.

The training is in response to the Seattle-based company receiving backlash over the incident, where employees called the police on two African-American real estate agents who were waiting for a friend to conduct a business meeting.

Rapper and activist Common will be lending a hand to the cause, as the Oscar-winner will be featured in a series of videos throughout the training, according to the Wall Street Journal. The videos will tell the stories of “people who’ve had a heightened level of self-awareness when dealing with those in the service field and how one wrong gesture can alter their reality.”



Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.