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.

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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The “Model Minority” Myth

Asian-Americans are one of the fastest growing groups in the country and will be the largest immigrant group in the U.S. by 2065, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. They are also widely described as being more educated and better off than the average American. But the positive narrative of upward mobility can be damaging when it masks poor Asian-American communities.
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