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 →
As it currently stands, all emoji’s are the same yellow color. Although there are a few slightly different ones such as the an with the mustache, the headdress, and Gua Pi Mao that are all clearly supposed to be represent Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Asian respectively, there is still a real lack of color among them. Well it looks like that is about to change.
Debtors jail seems like a relic of the past but more and more city governments all across the country use them to collect debts on unpaid tickets. Tickets are a major source of revenue for cities. The problem is that the people who end up in these jails are disproportionately poor and minority groups. Sunday night, a group of civil rights lawyers, in Ferguson of all places, sued the city over these practices.
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Mike Epps partners with AOL Originals and takes it to the streets to address racial stereotypes. Titles like “Black People Love Fried Chicken” and “Asians Can’t Drive” give you an idea of where Epps is going with this. “Some racist jokes are based on truths and others on stereotypes. The show examines the source, and at the same time, we get a good laugh out of it,” say Epps. Click here to see the first five episodes.
The answer is yes. At issue is Saunders Hall. William Saunders was a local klan organizer in the late 1800s. UNC students are currently gathering on campus to demand the name to be changed. The university trustees are considering the students’ demand.
Watch it here.