Groundbreaking Night for Women and Diversity, While a Trump Critic Falls

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HARTLAND, Wis. — Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota was soundly defeated Tuesday in his bid to reclaim the Republican nomination for governor, a remarkable upset that demonstrated President Trump’s tightening grip on his party and the difficulty those who have criticized him in the past are facing with today’s primary voters.

Mr. Pawlenty, who called Mr. Trump “unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit to be president” in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, lost to Jeff Johnson, a local official and former state lawmaker who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2014, The Associated Press reported.

On a night when voters in four states went to the polls, Democrats delivered groundbreaking primary victories for a transgender woman in Vermont, a Muslim woman in Minnesota and an African-American woman in Connecticut, while voters in Wisconsin nominated a top state education official, Tony Evers, to challenge Gov. Scott Walker, one of the most vulnerable high-profile Republicans of the midterms cycle.

Diversity leader James E. Page Jr. named vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion

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James E. Page Jr., a nationally recognized leader in institutional diversity, has been appointed as Vanderbilt University’s vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced today. Page comes to Vanderbilt from Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he served as vice president and chief diversity officer since 2014. He will join Vanderbilt Aug. 17.

Queer Eye’s Fab 5 Gets Real About Season 3, Diversity and How Worldwide Acceptance Feels

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Queer Eye burst back onto the scene with a brand-new Fab 5—Tan FranceBobby BerkJonathan Van NessKaramo Brown and Antoni Porowski—and without missing a beat, started pulling the heartstrings of viewers, not just in America, but worldwide.

“I think it’s beautiful,” Karamo said of the acceptance they’ve felt. “This is a very diverse cast of gay men, and we’re living in a time where we’re feeling very polarized, like, people are not getting along. And so to have sometimes people you would assume would be judging us say, ‘We love you, we support you and we’re so happy that you’re on TV,’ is probably one of the best feelings for us. But it also gives us all hope for the country that we live in—and for the world.”

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.


Facebook interns of color

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.

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