Michael Sam: Someone Has To Go First

Michael SamWhen I first heard that football prospect Michael Sam came out as gay before the NFL draft, I thought, well, that was dumb. You’re jeopardizing your future for what? To share something essentially private with a bunch of people who didn’t ask for the information.

Of course, that was just a knee-jerk first response. Continue reading “Michael Sam: Someone Has To Go First”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on #feminism #gender #diversity #change

Beyonce turned me on to this lady in her song Flawless. I finally got a chance to listen to the speech from which some of the song lyrics came while editing, serendipitously enough, work for @DiversityExec magazine. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is funny and engaging, but it is her message about raising our daughters and sons … Continue reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on #feminism #gender #diversity #change

Should We Get Rid of the Term #Minority? #diversity #language

I got a tweet from Patricia Duarte last week. She read my last blog on using social media to reach minorities, and suggested that we “start by nixing the term “minorities” from your vocabulary. It’s pejorative and increasingly inaccurate.”

Well, Patricia, I agree. It will soon be completely inaccurate thanks to demographic shifts that are quickly moving minorities to majorities.

However, pejorative, to be fair, is a matter of opinion and context. The term minority certainly began badly. It was a clear cut signal for “less than,” whether that meant intelligence, skill, political power or socio-economic clout. It was also representative of number in many contexts. But things have changed, quite a bit for the better, and those demographic shifts I mentioned have almost single handedly trumped any and every association with less than. Continue reading “Should We Get Rid of the Term #Minority? #diversity #language”

“Black Twitter” Equals Big Business

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal released “Twitter Users’ Diversity Becomes an Ad Selling Point” featuring new data from Pew Research Center. It’s official: Social media is a veritable treasure trove for those who want to sell products and services to minorities.

According to Twitter’s new multicultural strategist Nuria Santamaria, advertisers are increasingly interested in data about racial and ethnic minorities activity and patterns of engagement on Twitter, “from basic numbers to the languages in which they tweet.” Not surprising given their growing demographic size and buying power, Hispanics tweet more than any other group; their activity increases even more when the conversation is around technology. Continue reading ““Black Twitter” Equals Big Business”

When Art Masks – Actually It Kicks the Cover Off – #Racism and #Gender Issues #Diversity

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You may have already seen this image of Dasha Zhukova, editor-in-chief of Garage Magazine. If not, gird your loins. It’s real. The photo was used in an editorial on Buro 24/7, a site run by fashion darling Miroslava Duma, that was released on the Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday.

Of course I’ve been vocal in my sadness over it on Twitter. But at the end of the day I have to consider several things.

1. In the immortal words of Zora Zeale Huston, black women are the mules of the world. We do not have a good or even an acceptable global image. Unless, of course, you find crack addicts, whores, baby’s mama’s and ill educated, neck popping ghetto birds positive ideals. Continue reading “When Art Masks – Actually It Kicks the Cover Off – #Racism and #Gender Issues #Diversity”

Sasheer Zamata: SNL’s Black, Female Unicorn #diversity #race #gender @thesheertruth

This week Saturday Night Live announced that Sasheer Zamata joined its cast. Zamata is SNL’s first black female cast member since 2007.

Most people are thrilled with Zamata’s appointment. But everyone is making a huge issue out of her race and gender, as though that played a significant part in her landing the gig. This does her a great disservice; it puts her talent firmly at the bottom of a list of traits that are part of, but do not encapsulate all of, who she is.Sasheer

Yes, it’s notable that she’s black and female, and yes, it’s notable there hasn’t been a black female on the SNL cast in many years. But there’s a reason SNL didn’t have a black woman on staff, that their organization is not more inclusive – they didn’t want one. Continue reading “Sasheer Zamata: SNL’s Black, Female Unicorn #diversity #race #gender @thesheertruth”