There has been a lot of attention in the news in regards to the Confederate Flag as of late. During a clash between those who are pro and against the Confederate Flag in Columbia, SC last Saturday, an image of an African American police officer assisting a man who appeared to be suffering from the sweltering heat was captured. The man in need of assistance was wearing a t-shirt bearing a swastika on the front of it and the image went viral. Would you help someone who openly offends you? Click here to read more.
We knew this was coming. The official confirmation had to wait until new population figures were released by the Census Bureau this summer. The new tally, released in late June, shows that as of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state. It is also important to point out that the continued influx and growth of Latinos in the United States is not being fueled exclusively by immigration but by second- and third-generation immigrants who are settling down and starting families. Click here to read more.
Is it too ambitious to address racial tension in a dog food commercial? Pedigree and their marketing agency, BBDO, doesn’t think so.
On Friday night, former Olympian Decathlon Gold Medalist and reality star Bruce Jenner opened up to Diane Sawyer in a moving interview about his transition from a man to woman. Bruce gave Diane a glimpse into his inner struggles despite the fame and fortune.
Amandla Stenberg, who is famous for her role as Rue in the Hunger Games, recently shared a YouTube video about what cultural appropriation really means. It was a big topic when Miley was making headlines over a year ago, but what Stenberg does in this video is simply amazing. We may have a deep dive that breaks down the entire video next week, but in the meantime just watch the video here.
The Burka Avenger, is a game-changing Pakistani cartoon that has flipped the status quo on its head with its female superhero protagonist, who fights crime in her magical burka. The superhero is a teacher, Jiya, who in her spare time dons a burqa while fighting gender-based crimes and other evils, and she is the symbol of empowerment for girls across the Muslim world that many hoped would arrive. This couldn’t be more important for countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, where gender bias is rife and girls are raised with few role models. Click here to read more.
As noted in a previous blog post, the borough of Queens in New York is one of the most diverse places in the world. The neighborhood of Astoria was once known as Greektown when Greek and Italian immigrants started moving in a few decades ago. This lead to tension with the African Americans who were living in the neighborhood. As the Greek and Italian communities began to move to the suburbs, the makeup of Astoria became more diverse with people from over 100 countries according to the latest census data. No one group dominates numerically and everyone coexists peacefully. Increase the peace with diversity? Sounds great to us! Click here to read more.
The WNBA and NBA partner with LeanIn.Org to launch a new campaign called #LeanInTogether. The new initiative promotes gender equality by encouraging men to help fight against inequality towards women in the work place and at home. The campaign is supported by prominent athletes such as Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Stephen Curry, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne. Check out the PSA and more information here.
Andrew McCutchen is a MVP, multiple time All-Star, Gold Glove Winner, and maybe most important of all – ambassador. You see, the man who has earned the nickname “Clutch” over the years and cemented himself as one of the brightest stars in baseball isn’t just recognizable for his dreadlocks or big smile, he is also one of the few black players in the major leagues. Last year in the MLB, black players only represented 8.3% of players on opening day rosters according to this New York Times article.
As hip-hop culture grows more diverse in voice and representation, the Grammys seem slow to catch up. The genre easily boasts several vibrant subgenres and possible spinoff styles of music. They might even deserve categories of their own. But during the industry’s most recognizable awards show, all artists who rap are lumped into the same lane. In this day and age, that’s akin to lumping all singers into the same genre just because they sing. Alas, it seems that hip-hop still may have miles to go before being fully recognized as more than just “rap music” in the eyes of those handing out the coveted golden gramophone. But who’s really responsible for this? Read More →