Will Smith, ‘Fresh Prince’ of Silicon Valley? Star joins fund to increase diversity in tech

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Actor Will Smith has joined basketball star Kevin Durant and others in a venture-capital fund that seeks to increase diversity in the tech industry.

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is teaming up with Silicon Valley investor Andreessen Horowitz in an effort to increase interest in technology among black Americans. Profits from the $15 million fund will be funneled to organizations with the same goal.

Cleveland Museum of Art unveils first ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Helen Forbes Fields, a trustee at the Cleveland Museum of Art, said that she recently saw a guard turn away a young black man when he pushed open the North Lobby doors as the museum was about to close.

Forbes Fields, who is black, said she feared that the abrupt tone in the guard’s voice might have made the visitor feel unwanted. So she told the young man he would be welcome to come back the next day at 10 a.m.


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What’s it like interning at Facebook?

Facebook is a great place to work for a number of reasons. Between the unbeatable intern benefits package, the amazingly talented full-time employees, and the groundbreaking work that the company does each day, I was hard-pressed to find a better opportunity for the summer. Most important for me, however, is Facebook’s support system.

Making Startups Less Bro-tastic: Venture-Backed Founders Get Together to Change Toxic Company Cultures

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Plenty of Silicon Valley elites know that diversity and inclusion are huge problems for their companies. But figuring out how to fix that problem has been a lot less clear. Now, a group called All Raise is trying to jump-start the conversation by bringing together about 80 venture-backed founders to share their experiences and to help each other build stronger company cultures. The event will be on August 13 in San Francisco, with speakers including LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman and Silicon Valley recruiter Jana Rich.

James Bond Producers Are Reportedly Leaning Toward Idris Elba as the Next 007


here are a lot of actors who could play 007 once Daniel Craig retires from the role he despises: Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender (even though he’s Irish), Tom Hiddleston (of Hiddleswift fame), David Oyelowo (who actually voices the character in the audiobooks). Hell, even controversially-mustached human man Henry Cavill thinks he has what it takes.

But there’s only one actor who should be the next James Bond, and that’s Idris Elba.

In First, Four Harvard Schools to be Led by Black Women

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Portraits of Harvard’s former deans line the halls they once walked — at some schools, stretching back decades. The features change, as do the poses and the visibility of brush strokes. But the subjects of the portraits bear certain resemblances: most are white, and most are male.

That will soon change. Come August 15, for the first time in Harvard’s history, four of the University’s schools will be led by African-American women.

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