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The changing face of diversity: more Asians entering America than Latinos


More minority babies are being born in the country today than ever before. In San Francisco — a city where the majority of residents are people of color — about half of the babies born in 2013 were of Asian or Hispanic descent. These babies keep adding to the diversity of our country.

William Frey, author of the book, “Diversity Explosion,” says that this growing youthful diversity in our country adds youth and vitality to this country’s neighborhoods, “which will pay important dividends to our labor force and, just in general, vitality as a country.”

To add to this youthful diversity, even among millennials, a good thirty percent nationally have ethnic heritage and most foreign-born immigrants coming to America are between the ages of 25 to 49.

This means that as white America ages, an America of color is coming of age. (read more)

How a prank to improve McDonald’s ad diversity turned into a marketing campaign

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What started as a prank at McDonald’s became a widespread call for Asian representation in mainstream advertising and entertainment — and even McDonald’s has taken notice.

Two University of Houston students, Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo, went viral on Twitter after sharing images of a fake McDonald’s poster they made and hung at one of the fast-food chain’s locations in Pearland, Texas. The reason for the prank, they said, was because they noticed a lack of diversity on the decorative wall posters. They returned to the Pearland location with a plan: to hang a photo of themselves in the restaurant and see if anyone would notice. (read more)

#OscarsSoWhite founder scolds TV and Emmys for ‘not doing enough’ for diversity


April Reign, the Twitter activist who created the #OscarsSoWhite campaign calling for more diversity in Hollywood, is not happy about Monday night’s Emmy Awards, asserting in a series of tweets Tuesday that TV is “not doing enough” despite the self-congratulatory tone of the awards show.

“If you can count on one hand the number of people from a particular marginalized community that were on @TheEmmys stage last night, and still have fingers left over? You’re not doing enough. Especially w/ the shows on TV today,” Reign scolded.

And cutesy emojis, like one of two tuxedo-clad men, one black and one white, won’t cut it, she said. (read more)

Ohio ranked as ninth-least diverse state in the country

When it comes to diversity, a new report gives Ohio low marks.

Wallethub ranked the Buckeye State 41st in the country, using socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity factors in ranking the states.

Specificially, Ohio ranked 34th in income diversity, 38th in educational-attainment diversity, 34th in racial and ethnic diversity, 40th in linguistic diversity, 48th in birthplace diversity, 38th in industry diversity, 20th in occupational diversity, 46th in worker-class diversity, 38th in household size diversity and 28th in religious diversity. (read more)



JEWEL BURKS CAN fix just about anything. I met her in 2014, while producing my online show Small Empires, which profiled entrepreneurs. We’d seen a lot of pitches for early-stage AI companies, but most were more artificial than they were intelligent, claiming to have AI solutions that were really just humans doing the work under a few layers of software. (read more)


More diversity jokes than wins for people of color at the Emmys

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There was plenty of talk about diversity in Hollywood on Monday night at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, but the talk did not translate into wins for performers of color.


The show kicked off with an entire skit about how diverse this year’s nominees were and how Hollywood had solved its race issue.
“Saturday Night Live” cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson did a jokey song and dance number titled “We Solved It.”
“This year’s Emmy Awards has the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history,” Thompson said. “Yes, indeedy. One step closer to a black Sheldon. I’m going to go ahead and say it: We solved it.” (read more)

What NSF’s new diversity grants say about attempts to help minority students

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Ted Hodapp has spent the past 5 years helping boost the number of minority students pursuing U.S. graduate degrees in physics. But Hodapp, who works on education and diversity issues at the American Physical Society in College Park, Maryland, knows the society’s Bridge Program will at best make only a small dent in the nationwide dearth of blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans working in all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. He wanted an opportunity to show that Bridge’s approach—which starts by encouraging graduate schools to de-emphasize scores on the standardized GRE entrance exam in the student selection process—could work in other STEM disciplines and, in doing so, promote the value of diversity in U.S. higher education. (read more)

The Emmy winner is … maybe viewers, diversity, ‘SNL’ brand

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As Emmy Award nominees nervously wait to hear their name called, or not, there’s more on the line at Monday night’s ceremony than personal glory.

“Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, producing his second Emmy telecast in 30 years, is tasked with turning viewership around after the 2017 show’s audience of 11.4 million narrowly avoided the embarrassment of setting a new low. (read more)


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