So, filmmaker Alma Har’el has created a new tool to promote diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. Free the Work is a searchable database for women and minority creatives, or what she calls “a sexy version of Spotify meets IMDb.” I like it for two reasons. One, it puts the onus firmly where it belongs – … Continue reading Alma Har’el’s ‘Free the Work’ Makes It Easy to Find Diverse Talent in the Entertainment Industry
So, Jay-Z made a multi-year deal with the NFL that has people doing some serious talking this week. His entertainment company Roc Nation will help the NFL choose performers at league events, and help the organization’s social justice efforts. I’m not one to follow the crowd by any means, but on this one I’m leaning … Continue reading Jay-Z, I Can’t Help But Feel a Little Dodgy about this New NFL Deal
I love Trevor Noah. Not in an, I wanna lick your face and stalk you online nonsensical kind of way. This is more like, wow. What a good dude. The comedian and host of The Daily Show seems so empathetic, so smart, so kind and thoughtful. Patient too. Sometimes just listening to him talk makes … Continue reading Trevor Noah for President: He’s Smart, Thoughtful, and He’s Sees the Value of Inclusion
It always makes me shake my head when I hear industry elders share less than flattering opinions on what they see now. It’s often some combination of distaste, dismissal, or this rather milque toast smile and nod routine that is its own kind of insult. Oh, and let’s not forget the obligatory “back in my … Continue reading Listen to Your Elders, But Think for Yourself
So, Adidas is in the news for diversity problems. Employees at its Portland headquarters say they’ve been marginalized and discriminated against. Apparently management perpetuates a high school clique type environment, and ignores minority voices in favor of more familiar faces, often to the detriment of the business. Like having to pull your all white sneaker offering … Continue reading Beyonce, Pharrell, Please Cancel Adidas
Have you seen “When They See Us” yet? I heard it’s fabulous, and it’s so accessible. Currently playing on Netflix, you don’t even have to leave your phone to see the series. The snippets of media I’ve absorbed have praised the young actors, the attention to detail, director Ava DuVernay’s masterful storytelling, everything. I haven’t … Continue reading Ava Duvernay Says Don’t Call Her Auntie
Nipsey Hussle died this week. Or, he was shot and killed this week. I didn’t know much about him. I’d never listened to any of his music until it came time to write this blog, and I thought it was a fitting sound track. My first exposure to him was through Gary Vaynerchuk of all … Continue reading Nipsey Hussle: Short Life, Untimely Death, Enduring, Undeniably Positive Legacy
So, the big news this week is the college admissions cheating scandal. But it’s not the scandal itself that I find interesting. Didn’t we always know that rich people pay in unsavory, under the table type ways, to get their kids into the best schools? It’s been a storyline or a sub story line in … Continue reading Don’t You Love It When Criminals Are Happy, Smiling and Perfectly Contoured?
So, actor Jussie Smollett is officially on fire. The Cook County State’s Attorney charged him with felony disorderly conduct for making a false police report, he was arrested Thursday and later released on a $100,000 bond. Until the office charge came down, I was still hoping that all the hubbub was just that, some kind of grandiose … Continue reading Jussie Smollett: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?