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Funding Black Businesses | Charlie Parker Centennial | Curbside Notaries

William P. Gottlieb
Library of Congress
Charlie Parker was a renowned jazz saxophonist and a leading figure in the development of bebop music.

A Kansas City nonprofit is a new source of capital for Black entrepreneurs, the jazz community is celebrating Kansas City's own jazz virtuoso, and a novel idea for assisting voters seeking to mail in their Missouri general election ballots.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:10: A fledgling organization aims to support Black-owned businesses in the Kansas City area.

Gaining access to capital has been and still is a real problem for Black people wanting to run their own companies. Enter G.I.F.T. and its mission to provide grants to Black-owned businesses in Kansas City's most disadvantaged zip codes.

  • Brandon Calloway, executive director, Generating Income for Tomorrow
  • Chris Goode, founder, owner and CEO, Ruby Jean's Juicery

Segment 2, beginning at 25:28: More than six decades after his death, Parker's impact on jazz endures.

Charlie "Yardbird" Parker was born in Kansas City on Aug. 29, 1920. Before his death just 34 years later, he would go on to become a saxophone virtuoso and prodigious composer. We took a look at how Bird's hometown is honoring him.

Segment 3, beginning at 42:23: A new community program makes finding a notary easier for voters.

Missouri requires that most mail-in ballots be notarized before being returned to local election boards via United States Postal Service. To help ease that process, Curbside KC is partnering with local coffee shops and restaurants to make notaries more accessible to voters.

  • Danielle Lehman, creator of Curbside KC and the Open Belly podcast
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