I read a piece today where Viola Davis lamented her status as the black Meryl Streep because she’s not getting the same opportunities or the same pay that goes along with that very complementary descriptor. “I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale, they … Continue reading How to Fight and Win
I love change. I always have, and it’s gratifying to watch the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements create waves, promote dialogue and actually lead to positive action for actresses in Hollywood. Things aren’t settled by any means. There’s a long road ahead until we have parity on multiple fronts, but by in large the women of … Continue reading The Power of a Platform to Fatten Your Pockets
I almost titled this blog, “What Not to Do When Someone Writes a Tell-All About You,” but the idea behind it is bigger than that. It’s something that I’ve been chewing over for weeks, and it’s something that can affect anyone whether you’re in the public eye or in a public-facing role. But the scuttlebutt … Continue reading Guard Your Image, Or Else
As the news and media cycles continue to air new and ever more disturbing stories about sexual harassment in the workplace, I’ve wondered what the backlash would be like. See, right now, the perpetrators are being quiet. They’re watching as some of the big dogs in their respective industries are being dethroned and discarded. They’re … Continue reading Backlash Against #MeToo? Yeah, It’s Coming
I once read a romance novel where the hero had been made a fool of in his youth. It’s a common enough romantic trope, but in this particular novel his father tried to warn him. His father was wealthy, but he’d come up rough and made all his money through his own clever hard work. … Continue reading Omarosa: A Player, or She Who Gets Played?
One of the common critiques against efforts to advance workplace diversity is that deliberate manipulation of talent management processes to increase numbers based on race, gender, etc. doesn’t always promote worthy candidates. Instead, diversity critics say the people who are pushed forward for positions are often ill qualified and undeserving. These critics believe that promotions … Continue reading Potential, the Unsung Talent Promotion Criteria that Could
Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa tweeted his support today of the idea that “mixing cultures” leads to a lower quality of life. The Internet backlash was immediate. But here’s my question. Should leaders be forced to be pro-diversity? He does represent a state in this union where diverse people reside. It stands to reason … Continue reading Should Leaders Be Forced to be Pro-Diversity?
Remember that movie The Purge? I think it may have even had a sequel or two. The general premise is that for a certain period of hours every year, it’s legal to kill people. I never actually watched the movie, so I don’t know what the rationale was behind this extraordinary law, but I think … Continue reading Matt Lauer and the Purge of Female Talent
So, thank God I lived to see another Thanksgiving. I spent it quietly with family. Celebrating the purchase of a cousin’s new home, seeing and being aggravating by my brother for the first time in months, and drinking wine with another cousin’s wife, who is now one of my favorite black women on the planet. … Continue reading When the Turkey’s Been Cut, and You’re Full and Sleepy…