Congratulations to Isla for being chosen as the Gerber Baby for 2016! Isla was chosen out of 170,000 entries and will have the opportunity to be featured in Gerber ads. Isla definitely gets #MMXLII’s vote! Click here to read more.
There is no doubt that African American actors have been getting the shorter end of the stick when it comes to the Oscars. Unfortunately, this is also the case for Latino, Asian and Native American actors as well. Only five Latino actors have ever won an Oscar. Only one Asian woman has ever won an acting Oscar. Click here to read more.
With the issues surrounding Oscars nominations bringing the lack of diversity in Hollywood to center stage, it’s interesting to note that the publishing industry isn’t much better off. The systematic problem of minority representation in this industry came to light when Publisher’s Weekly‘s 2014 salary survey statistics reflected dismal numbers in terms of diversity. Jason Low of Lee & Low Books began a petition requesting publishers across North America to be transparent about the demographic of their employees.
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Lots has been said in regards to the lack of diversity issue with the Oscars. However, Spike Lee thinks that people are looking at it the wrong way. “We’re chasing a guy down the field when he doesn’t even have the ball,” Lee said using a football analogy. Lee feels the attention should be focused on the powers that be who green light projects. Click here to read more.
In 2016, a woman, a Jew, and two Latinos are some of the most likely candidates to succeed America’s first black president, yet the nation is on the cusp of another civil rights movement as it struggles with the same problems King’s generation dealt with in the 1950’s and 60’s. With tensions running especially high this holiday weekend, commemorations honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived amid serious progress and regress.
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The first major political event in Iowa was held on Monday night as the three Democratic candidates debated prominent minority issues at the Brown & Black Forum on Fusion. Secretary Clinton, Governor O’Malley, and Senator Sanders talked Immigration, Education, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, Healthcare and more. The Brown & Black Forum is the oldest minority forum in the Nation with the first Forum taking place in 1984. Be sure to watch the full Forum below!
As TV networks bring in the new season with new shows, CBS is hoping for a win with a TV adaptation of the popular and successful Rush Hour movie franchise. A large part of Rush Hour movies’ success comes from the dynamic chemistry between the characters played by Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Will Justin Hires (Detective Carter) and Jon Foo (Detective Lee) be able to fill these shoes? A few of us in the office watched the trailer and are concerned about how viewers will perceive Detective Lee’s character. Click here to watch trailer.
We have reported on the lack of diversity in the tech industry numerous times. We know things aren’t going to change overnight but how serious are companies at making a difference? If companies treated diversity issues as they would address drops in profit, changes would probably happen at a much faster rate. Emily Peck of The Huffington Post wrote an interesting piece that all companies looking to make a difference should read. Click here to read article.
Henry Ford is considered the father of the 20th century American car industry, and rightfully so. He not only revolutionized the mass production of an affordable car for the general public, but also introduced the $5-a-day wage in 1914, a far better deal for African American workers than what they were getting elsewhere at the time. Immigrants and minority workers alike were attracted to the promise of a good job and a better life, which forever changed the dynamic of the Motor City.
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2015 was a big year for African-American student protesters. There were both large and small student protests throughout the year. Students at the University of Missouri, New York University, Ithaca College, Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, the University of North Carolina, and more, got together at their respective universities to protest different culturally offensive events, and materials.