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CNN is Reportedly Developing an All Black Round Table Political Show

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CNN is reportedly developing an all-black panel political show, which will feature regular contributors April Ryan, Angela Rye, Andrew Gillum, and Bakari Sellers.

According to Page Six, the idea was birthed after receiving so much praise following an appearance the quartet made on New Day With Alisyn Camerota and John Berman during the Democratic debates last week.

“It was the most excitement on that morning show since Chris Cuomo left as co-anchor,” a source told us. “CNN is fast-tracking talks to develop it into a stand-alone show.”

Although CNN has not confirmed the show, it is said the round table panel would be a weekend show that would rival MSNBC’s programming with Joy Reid, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Kendis Gibson.

In a tweet, journalist April Ryan shared how much she has loved working with the other panelists: “Your favorite CNN squad was back on NewDay today! I enjoyed working with Bakari Sellers, Andrew Gillum, and my girl Angela Rye the last three mornings.”

This round table will definitely be interesting. Ryan, Rye, Sellers, and Gillum have never been afraid to stand up for what is right. They are also diligent about calling out issues such as Donald Trump’s bigotry, gun control and, the unjust killing of black people.

 

 

Job growth falls short of expectations as August payrolls rise just 130,000

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  • Nonfarm payrolls increased by just 130,000 in August, in large part to the temporary hiring of Census workers.
  • The increase fell short of Wall Street estimates for 150,000, while the unemployment rate stayed at 3.7%, as expected.
  • July and June job figures were also revised lower.
  • Average hourly earnings increased by 0.4% in August and 3.2% over the year, better than expected.
  • Excluding government hiring, private payrolls grew by just 96,000, the lowest pace since February.

Job growth continued at a tepid pace in August, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by just 130,000 thanks in large part to the temporary hiring of Census workers, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The increase fell short of Wall Street estimates for 150,000, while the unemployment rate stayed at 3.7%, as expected. An alternative measure of the jobless rate, which includes discouraged and underemployed workers, increased to 7.2% from 7% in July, due mainly to a 397,000 increase in those working part-time for economic reasons.

Wage growth remained solid, with average hourly earnings increasing by 0.4% for the month and 3.2% over the year; both numbers were one-tenth of a percentage point better than expected.

Labor force participation also increased, rising to 63.2% and tying its highest level since August 2013. The total number of Americans considered employed surged by 590,000 to a record 157.9 million, according to the household survey, which is conducted separately from the headline establishment count.

The difference between the two surveys inspired some optimism. (read more and view video)

Artist Receives Huge Backlash For Painting God As A Black Woman

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Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” is one of the most famous works of art ever created, and no one would argue with that.

However, when Harmonia Rosales, the Chicago-based Afro-Cuban painter decided to create her own version of “The Creation of Adam” in 2017, she received a lot of backlashes. The reason? She reimagined God and the First Man as a black woman.

The New York Post reported that her version depicts the deity not as a white-haired man, but as a black woman, reaching to touch another black woman.

However, even though her painting attracted thousands of likes on social media when she posted it, it also sparked a lot of controversy. Many critics described her work as “disgusting”, a “desecration of an artistic masterpiece” and a “cultural appropriation”.  (read more)

White men and minority groups have different definitions of “sufficient” diversity

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The technology industry is a white, male preserve, with women often relegated to lesser positions. In a recent diversity report, Facebook said since 2014 it had raised the number of women in technical jobs from 15% to 23%, and women in senior roles from 23% to 30%.

In the US, where the population is 51% female, what is the magic number that would make Facebook’s diversity effort a success in terms of gender?

These questions are at the heart of research by New York University’s Felix Danbold and UCLA Anderson’s Miguel Unzueta, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes.

Their work, which incorporates findings from seven studies, suggests that the groups people belong to and their relative standing in society play a crucial role in their perception of when an organization crosses the so-called “diversity line.” Danbold and Unzueta’s research indicates that the white men who dominate Facebook are likely to view the company’s diversity efforts as a success while the women are likely to want a higher representation of women in technical and leadership roles before declaring victory.

Previous research has shown that diversity is a “nebulous construct subject to biased interpretations along group lines,” according to Danbold and Unzueta. However, they show how bias influences perceptions of diversity that are based on numerical representations, introducing an element of order to a topic many would regard as amorphous. (read more)

Black Columbia law students force Central Park 5 prosecutor to resign

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When they hear us.

This time, Columbia University was forced to see and hear members of the distinguished Black Law Student Association as these future legal lions roared across this prestigious, picturesque Ivy League institution and called for the resignation of Elizabeth Lederer, a lead prosecutor in the Central Park Five case and a lecturer on their campus.

Lederer quietly resigned on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12, 2019. It comes seven years after the same organization demanded that she resign following the airing of the 2012 documentary “The Central Park Five.”

They didn’t see us then. But they see us now.

More accurately, the brilliant but harrowing Ava DuVernay miniseries “When They See Us” actually did a great deal to make us see them — as in prosecutors Lederer and Linda Fairstein — who stepped on the souls of the Central Park Five 30 years ago to reach enviable heights for themselves in law, literature and academia.

As Lederer tendered her resignation from her position as lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, she exemplified none of the unassailable panache she radiated when she seemed to be at the center of the New York legal universe from 1989 to 1990.

“I’ve enjoyed my years teaching at CLS and the opportunity it has given me to interact with the many fine students who elected to take my classes,” Lederer said in a statement that was obtained by the New York Post.

“However, given the nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case, it is best for me not to renew my teaching application.”

Lederer’s capitulation to the Black law students’ demands to vacate the campus comes less than a week after book publisher Dutton excised Fairstein, the prosecutor turned author, from their roster for her role in the ruination of the five teens’ adolescence. (read more)

‘Black Panther’ And ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Won’t Solve Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

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A new study from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds gains for underrepresented groups in 2018, but also highlights longstanding inequities.

The seismic success of last year’s “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” has helped demolish the longstanding myth that Hollywood movies by and about people of color don’t sell at the box office, and brought cautious optimism that the entertainment industry is finally trying to better portray historically underrepresented groups.

A new study released Wednesday confirms that those movies brought gains in diversity and representation — but also warns that Hollywood shouldn’t rest on its laurels because there are still longstanding inequities.

Thanks in part to the landmark blockbusters, speaking roles for Black and Asian actors in 2018 increased to their highest level in more than 10 years, according to the study by University of Southern California professor Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which has long studied representation in Hollywood.

Examining 53,178 characters in the top 100 highest-grossing movies from 2007 to 2018 (a total of 1,200 movies), Smith and her team found that speaking roles for “underrepresented racial/ethnic groups” — defined as Black, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern or North African, Native American, Pacific Islander, or multiracial — increased from 29.3% in 2017 to 36.3% in 2018. (read more)

Areu Bros. Studio Launches New Platform to Support Inclusion, Diversity in Hollywood

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Platform is part of the Qualified Opportunity Zones program, enacted into law through the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Ozzie Areu, founder and CEO of Latino-centric film and TV studio Areu Bros., announced on Tuesday that his company has launched a Qualified Opportunity Zones platform to provide resources to support inclusion and diversity.

The program, Areu said, will encompass entertainment, technology and real estate with Qualified Opportunity Zones in Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Miami, and Los Angeles.

Areu plans to continue to push his young company’s mandate of supporting minority and female storytellers and creators through this Qualified Opportunity Zones program, enacted into law through the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The program provides long-term equity investors with significant tax incentives when they re- invest their capital gains in businesses and real estate located in low-income communities. (read more)

 

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