People Really Need to Shut Up about R. Kelly

R. Kelly has everyone bugging. Or should I say, that Lifetime special about “Surviving R. Kelly” has everyone bugging. It’s pathetic, disgusting and miserably sad that it took a TV documentary to produce a decent amount of outrage for his actions. That creature’s crimes against women aren’t new. They’re literally decades old. One of those tongue in … Continue reading People Really Need to Shut Up about R. Kelly

Sometimes You Just Want to Call In Black #diversity #race #SandraBland

In the past few days I’ve heard the phrase “calling in black” several times. I even saw a video about it that seemed to sum up my feelings perfectly. It was irreverent, tongue in cheek and slightly indifferent — a perfect execution, really. In it, YouTube vlogger Evelyn from the Internets woke up tired, remarked … Continue reading Sometimes You Just Want to Call In Black #diversity #race #SandraBland

Nail Salons: Modern-Day Sweat Shops #diversity #gender

I don’t like salons, for hair or nails. For all the times you come out looking fabulous, it’s like a house of horrors while you’re in there. The waiting, the endless stupid conversations you can’t help but hear, forced to sit in uncomfortable chairs listening to rude customers treat workers like crap, or vice versa — gross. My nails are most often cut down, neatly filed — by me — and polish free.

Nail PolishBut I just read an article in the New York Times that gave me a whole new reason to hate nail shops. According to the piece, U.S. census data puts the number of nail salons at more than 17,000, and those numbers are growing exponentially now that manicures and other grooming services have become more affordable and accessible to a larger clientele.

But no seems to be talking about how terribly the industry’s workers are exploited.  Continue reading “Nail Salons: Modern-Day Sweat Shops #diversity #gender”

Strippers Are Employees Too #diversity #talentmanagement #gender #discrimination

I follow a stripper on Instagram, @Cardi_BB. She’s crass, rude, swears like a sailor, is as far from politically correct as is possible for anyone to be and she’s absolutely hilarious. She makes me laugh, makes me think and occasionally, she makes me sad.strippers

She’s not a victim, whining about her self-imposed plight, but occasionally, she’ll drop a nugget in one of her many videos that makes me think about stereotypes, authenticity, and the unfair way many of us assume that all of one thing is all one way.

For example, all strippers are out to steal your man. I actually don’t know if they are or not — I seriously doubt it — but I know they work for their money just like every other person in a workplace, and they pay taxes — whether they do that correctly is none of my business — as such, they should be entitled to the same minimum expectations of any other workplace: safety, for instance. Continue reading “Strippers Are Employees Too #diversity #talentmanagement #gender #discrimination”

Modern day slavery includes domestic migrant workers in global workplaces #slavery #abuse

Modern day slaveryFor as long as I can remember I’ve heard of something called the slave mentality. When my mother talked about it she meant the self-loathing attitudes black people learned during slavery and still perpetuate – now voluntarily – today.

But there are actually real, modern day slaves still in existence. They’re no longer physically in chains, but many are so tightly bound by desperate circumstances, their shackles may as well be real.

I read an article in Vice this week reporting that some 35.8 million people are enslaved around the planet, according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index, published in November. Some 8,300 of these people are in the UK, domestic migrant workers who leave their countries in search of a better life only to end up victims of systemic abuse and human trafficking. Continue reading “Modern day slavery includes domestic migrant workers in global workplaces #slavery #abuse”