MLK Day Faces Racial Challenges

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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Watch The 2016 Iowa Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum

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!

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Is The New Rush Hour TV Series A Win Or Lost For Diversity?

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.

Are Diversity Policies In The Workplace Working?

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.

Diversity is Driving the Automotive Industry

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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Campus Activism

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.

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Sam’s Club CEO Accused of Being “Racist”

As the first woman and African American to run a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. division, you’d think Rosalind Brewer would be the last person to be labeled a “racist” but that’s exactly what’s happening. In an interview with CNN, she explained that she pushes for diversity within her organization as well as the companies Sam’s Club does business with. In a recent meeting with one of their suppliers, she immediately noticed that everyone from the supplier side were caucasian males. She said that instead of saying something in the meeting, she would give the supplier a call. This, however, did not sit well with some folks who took to social media screaming “racist” and slinging hashtags reading #boycottSamsClub. We wonder if these people know that 4 of the eight executives on her team are white men? Click here to read more.

The 14th Unforgettable Awards Recognizes Asians in Media

The 14th annual Unforgettable Awards happened on Saturday, highlighting the achievements Asians have made in today’s media. It recognized “The Walking Dead” veteran Steven Yeun, “Fresh Off the Boat” actors Randall Park and Constance Wu, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Chloe Bennet, CNN’s Lisa Ling and BuzzFeed’s Try Guys web sensation Eugene Lee Yang.
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Latino Urbanism During the Civil Rights Movement

During the time of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Chicano culture was going through their own struggle for cultural identity. Originally it started in politics through protesting, but eventually evolved into public art.

Latino urbanism goes beyond creating great public spaces. It also includes cultural identity, which is shaped by needs, desires, and imagination.

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The Ava DuVernay Barbie Doll Is A Big Win On Several Levels

If you didn’t score your Ava DuVernay Barbie on the day of release, expect to pay a hefty premium over the $65 MSRP. Despite all the fanfare and attention, DuVernay has been able to keep things in perspective. “People have really been kind talking about why they are embracing this doll, but it’s certainly not about me. It’s about the image. That’s what they’re responding to,” DuVernay said in a phone interview on Monday morning with BuzzFeed News. “It’s about balance. It’s about the full spectrum of who we are. It’s not enough even to have one black Barbie … because black women are not a monolith. We have all different kinds of hair, all different kinds of occupations, all different kinds of passions, so I think what folks might be responding to is the variance.” On top of her level head, DuVernay will be donating all her proceeds from the doll to civil rights advocacy group ColorOfChange.org and human rights nonprofit Witness. Click here to read more.