Uber’s complex relationship with diversity

Uber diversity complexSince Dara Khosrowshahi came to Uber as CEO about a year ago, there has certainly been less drama, but drama remains. Over the last few months, there were reports of Uber  COO Barney Harford making insensitive comments about women and racial minorities, as well as Uber’s now-former Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey making denigrating comments toward Uber’s global diversity and inclusion lead Bernard Coleman and Bozoma Saint John, the chief brand officer who left in June. (read more)

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. (read more)

New York Fashion Week: Rihanna, diversity and drag queens

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Models pose backstage at the Chromat Spring-Summer 2019 show.

Once an insular industry trade event, New York Fashion Week has transformed into a high-priced, fast-paced, public-facing marketing opportunity. Shows are livestreamed, Instagrammed and live-tweeted, immediately transmitting what happens on the runway to the masses.
With social media helping to democratize the industry, conversations surrounding fashion week aren’t always centered on the clothing. Here are five of the wider conversations spurred by the Spring-Summer 2019 event. (read more)


Diversity Is an American Strength, Not Weakness

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As the U.S. population becomes more diverse, some people on the political right are questioning whether the change will fray the fabric of American society. In a recent segment, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked a pointed question:

“How precisely is diversity our strength?…[In] institutions [like] marriage or military units, [is it true that] the less people have in common the more cohesive they are? Do you get along better with your neighbors or your co-workers if you can’t understand each other or share no common values?”

Many were quick to decry Carlson’s question as racist. But whatever his motive, his question deserves an answer. (read more)


Maurice Stinnett

The realm of possibility is oftentimes limited for young black boys living in forgotten communities. Many are too consumed with the everyday struggle of survival to dream of making history—unless, of course, they possess an extraordinary athletic or musical talent. Maurice A. Stinnett, however, beat the odds and made NBA history without a stellar jump shot or layup.

Silicon Valley’s Next Innovation: Diversity

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The Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, spearheaded by Melinda Gates’ investment and incubation company, Pivotal Ventures, found that of 32 leading technology companies surveyed, only 5% of their philanthropy ($26 million annually) goes toward gender diversity in technology, and less than 0.1% of their grants ($335,000) focus on women of color.

Time’s Up Calls for CBS to Close Pay Gaps, Prioritize Diverse Hiring

CBS Moonves diversity

In an open letter published on the organization’s website Tuesday, the group tells the network “this is your moment.”

Time’s Up is calling for CBS to commission an independent investigation of work culture and conduct a pay equity study to close racial and gender pay gaps in the wake of former CEO Les Moonves’ resignation on Sunday.

Diversity And Gender Bias In Sports: Lessons From The Naomi Osaka-Serena Williams U.S. Open Final

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Two days ago Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams in the Women’s Final of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament. The somewhat surprising outcome of this match was largely overshadowed by controversy surrounding a clash between Williams and the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos.

John Legend’s EGOT win makes history

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John Legend made history twice over the weekend.

The singer/actor won an Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for producing the best variety special winner, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”

At 39, Legend is the youngest ever EGOT winner and also became the first African-American man to snag that honor.

“EGOT” stands for the big four awards in the entertainment industry: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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