Minorities and women have registered gains in several key areas of television but women continue to lag in movies, according to a report issued Thursday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.
“My basic take is that TV is improving more for minorities and women than film,” said Dr. Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences at UCLA. “And all areas still have a long way to go.” (read more)
The report, titled “Old Story, New Beginning,” is the sixth in six years from the center. The report points out that the nation consisted of nearly 40% minorities in 2017– the last year examined — and states the percentage will only increase in the coming years. The report is based on the top 200 theatrical film releases in 2017 and 1,316 broadcast, cable and digital platform television shows from the 2016-17 season.
A thousand journalists lost their jobs in January.
The news of layoffs at BuzzFeed, HuffPost, Gannett newspapers, and elsewhere roiled the media industry. But job losses in journalism affect not just the reporters, editors, photographers, and producers who make the news, but also the people who consume it — and Lulu Garcia-Navarro, the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, has spent a lot of time thinking about both sides.
In a period of uncertainty for the media, Garcia-Navarro has emerged as an important commentator on both the economics of the industry and the importance of representing people whose stories have historically been ignored.
A longtime foreign correspondent who spent most of her career in the Middle East and Latin America, she took over Weekend Edition Sunday two years ago, and began trying to, as she puts it, “bring the outside in” — her goal is to put more people on the air who have direct experience with the issues she’s covering, whether that’s a Midwestern farmer or a recent immigrant from Nigeria. (read more)
Italian fashion house Gucci announced a major push Friday to step up diversity hiring as part of a long-term plan to build cultural awareness at the luxury fashion company following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface.
Gucci also said it will hire a global director for diversity and inclusion, a newly created role that will be based in New York, plus five new designers from around the world for its Rome office.
It also will launch multi-cultural scholarship programs in 10 cities around the world with the goal of building a “more diverse and inclusive workplace on an ongoing basis.” (read more)
Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, said at a town-hall event on Tuesday night that he doesn’t see color when it comes to race. Schultz indicated that “as somebody who grew up in a very diverse background as a young boy in the projects, I didn’t see color as a young boy and I honestly don’t see color now.” Schultz hails from Brooklyn, New York growing up in housing projects in Canarsie. Schultz, who is a possible contender for the 2020 presidential race, likely used the phrase “I don’t see color” to explain that he is not prejudiced and embraces diversity. What many people do not understand is that the mantra is quite problematic to diversity and inclusion efforts. (read more)
Prada has launched a diversity council co-chaired by writer, director, and producer Ava DuVernay and artist and activist Theaster Gates. The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council that aims to “elevate voices of colour within the company and the fashion industry at large”.
The initiative will also partner with universities and other institutions to spearhead and sponsor internships, apprenticeships and training schemes that “close the inclusion gap in the fashion industry”. (read more)
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Democrats already have the most diverse field in presidential primary history – with more declarations pending.
But some of the party’s own diversity of background and opinions are presenting candidates with their biggest challenges in the early phase of the 2020 campaign.
Some of their energetic freshmen, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, are making the kinds of mistakes that require denunciation. Others are providing big new potential political targets in the policy realm. The record number of female candidates, meanwhile, has revived discussion of double standards and unfair treatment of women who run for office.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, a potential candidate who is separating himself from other possible rivals by declining to endorse some progressive policy goals, is expressing concern that Democrats are being forced to confront questions of candidate treatment and fairness all over again. (read more)
In America’s corporate boardrooms, diversity is making uneven progress: Women increasingly are pulling up a chair while racial and ethnic minorities still rarely get seats at the table.
Twenty-seven percent of new directors at companies in the Russell 3000 Index were women during 2016-2018, up from 21 percent in the previous three-year period, according to estimates by ISS Analytics in an analysis for Reuters News. In 2018 alone, the figure was 32 percent.
Though women still are underrepresented, their gains have been more substantial than those of African-Americans and Latinos. These groups comprised only 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively, of new directors in 2016-2018, little changed from the previous three-year period. (read more)
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