The Grammy Conundrum

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 →

Looks Like We are Getting Racially Diverse Emoji’s

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.

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City Of Ferguson Is Sued Over “Debtors Jail” Practice

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 Addresses Racial Stereotypes

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.

UNC Has A Building Named After A KKK Leader?

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.

Timberland Ends Collaboration with A.P.C

Timberland’s president Stewart Whitney recently announced that the company will no longer be collaborating with fashion brand A.P.C.  The decision was in response to racist remarks made by Jean Touitou during his A.P.C fashion show in Paris

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Looking At The YG x RVCA Collab

RVCA is one of the leading lifestyle clothing brands out in the market today. They specialize in board-sports with the beach, surfing, and skateboarding being a huge part of their identity.  In attempt to expand their niche and brand, they teamed up with Compton native, YG.

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Police Forces Lack Diversity Nationwide

USA TODAY reports find that many police forces across the United States lack diversity. The findings show that Black and Latinos are widely underrepresented in police departments across the nation.

St. Petersburg, Fla., Police Chief Anthony Halloway discusses the importance of diversity in law enforcement.

“You’ve got to have a diverse police department, so you can hear what’s coming from the community.”

With police forces killing people of color, specifically Black men, every 28 hours, it is important to question how diversifying police departments will play a role in stopping these injustices. Check out the stats here.

Major Tech Companies Keep Doors Open on MLK Day

Recently, leading tech companies have been critiqued for their lack of diversity in the work place, causing Intel to commit to spending $300 million to increase workforce diversity by 2020.  According to USA Today, Valleywag reported that major tech companies, such as Adobe, IBM, Qualcomm and Apple will not be giving employees the day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Does not observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official holiday further show the lack of diversity efforts in the tech industry? Read more here.

An In-Depth Look At Diversity Within Cities

As many studies and reports look at diversity within cities, they often produce total numbers which don’t always tell the entire story. Pricenomics takes a look at diversity within cities and produces and interesting story with regards to how we see our cities. Chris Dickersin-Prokopp of Greater Great Washington then took that data and produced a really fascinating breakdown and revisits the way in which diversity is measured.

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