Here We Go Again…

Atlanta Hawks’ GM, Danny Ferry, is now dealing with the repercussions of racially charged comments he made about Luol Deng. As we move towards a multicultural society, how will racism evolve? Click here to read more about what Ferry said about Deng.

Should Ray Rice’s Punishment Be More Severe?

The NFL’s reaction to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching out his wife in an elevator has been met with growing outrage by many people. Mainly because of its severity or lack thereof.

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You Go Girl! No, Seriously Just Leave

NPR’s pop-culture blog Monkey See has an excellent, thought-provoking review and analysis of the problematic new Lifetime reality show Girlfriend Intervention.

A few selected excerpts below that begin to scratch the surface of what’s fundamentally wrong with the show.

Its premise is four black women giving a makeover to a white woman on the theory that, as they put it, “Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out.”

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Komodo Serves Up Great Fusion Food

I found myself in an awkward place this past weekend- craving good tacos at 10:45am in a part of town I didn’t know. I quickly called a couple different friends who I knew would know just the spot. However, neither could muster a locale that met the location and time of day requirements. Why is it so difficult to find a decent taco midday in the oasis of good food that is Los Angeles? So I rolled up my sleeves and went to Google. Read More

Have We Already Hit The Multicultural Tipping Point?

Although the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the U.S. is currently made up of roughly 17 percent Hispanic, 13 percent African-American, and 5 percent Asian, and almost 78 percent white, some feel that many of us are already multicultural by virtue of where we live and who we marry, among other things.

According to Guy Garcia, President of New Mainstream Initiatives at EthniFacts, “people can be multicultural by marriage, by interest, by family connections, or simply by embracing a diversity that is appealing to them.” He cites Eminem as a white American who has embraced African-American music and culture in his public life. “He is multicultural by attitude, by choice.”  Click here to read more.

Multiculturals Are The New Mainstream In Music Consumption

“Modern music is being shaped by confident multicultural consumers,” says Mónica Gil, Nielsen’s senior vice president/multicultural growth and strategy. “These are trailblazers and they know it. As the country faces a demographic shift, this population is poised to influence the growth of music companies.” Click here to read more.

Silicon Valley’s Underclass

As the Bay Area’s Silicon Valley churns out some of the world’s most profitable companies more and more studies are looking into who is getting left behind. It should come as no surprise that it is African-Americans and Latinos who are failing to get a proportionate piece of the pie. USA Today recently took a look at this phenomenon sparked by a recently released report by Working Partnerships USA.

The media outlet’s look at the report found that the hiring practices of many powerful companies like Apple, Google and Facebook are “creating a mostly black and Hispanic underclass of service workers who are paid low wages…”

The article goes on to note that while Blacks and Hispanics make up nearly a third of the work force, they occupy only a small number in the companies’ professional ranks. To further the issue, while many of these big tech companies are known for showering their employees with lavish perks and benefits, the report found that a good portion of the industry’s service workers are not actual employees. Instead they are contracted out.

They mop floors and empty trash cans. They cook gourmet lunches. They guard suburban office parks. They ferry technology workers to and from their jobs in luxury shuttle buses.

But they are not on the payroll at Apple, Facebook or Google. Service workers are employed by contract companies and don’t receive the pay and perks that technology companies shower on employees.

Unfortunately, to us, it doesn’t seem that these numbers are all that different from other industries that do not offer fair wages to many that are responsible for helping the company progress. While the tech world may be the newest to this game, they certainly aren’t the first. Let’s hope that this new look at this relatively new industry will help bring about some real change.

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NUMBERS PUT FERGUSON EVENTS IN PERSPECTIVE

Need more proof that the mistreatment of the overwhelmingly African American population by the militarized police force and the tone-deaf response by the local officials is exposing the depth of racial tensions in Missouri? Here are some revealing numbers.

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The Opposite of Road Rage – How Japanese Drivers Say Thank You

Communication with your fellow drivers can be a tricky thing. Giving someone a thumbs up in one country might mean “thank you, everything is cool” while in a another country this gesture might mean “stick it up your…” Well you get the idea.  The point being, it’s important to understand the nuances of non-verbal communication. So we thought it was interesting to take note of this unique way that Japanese drivers say “thank you” to one another.
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