Spike Lee Calls Oscar Diversity Outrage A Misdirect

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.

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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The Potential Impact of Blacks and Latinos On Presidential Politics

With election season in full swing in Iowa and New Hampshire, politics has been popping up more and more in recent weeks. Fusion broadcast the Iowa Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum on Monday to discuss minority issues, which is a must watch. But Brent Wilkes wrote an incredibly important article on the heels of the Forum as well. Wilkes article details how Black and Latino people in Iowa can potential change Presidential politics.

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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.

Ryan Coogler to Helm Marvel’s “Black Panther”

It’s been months since rumors and discussions began between Marvel and “Creed” director Ryan Coogler to helm “Black Panther,” but it’s finally official. The upcoming Disney/Marvel pic with Chadwick Boseman toplining as T’Challa has confirmed its first African-American director.
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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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Emma Watson Supports “Black Hermione”

Emma Watson is voicing her support for the next actress set to play Hermione Granger.

Watson, who played the “brightest witch of her age” in the eight Harry Potter films, shared her excitement on Twitter for Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni, who will portray Granger in the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

“Can’t wait to see Noma Dumezweni as Hermione on stage this year,” she wrote.

Dumezweni joins Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley in the production, which picks up 19 years after the events of Deathly Hallows. J.K. Rowling, who developed the story with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, voiced support for Dumezweni after her casting was announced.

Performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will begin in London on June 7.