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
I wasn’t surprised when the charges and accusations piled up for Hollywood producer and former film studio executive Harvey Weinstein this past week. The rumblings have been circulating for years, decades even. The New York Times cleverly dubbed him Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story. But most of the women affected were never given a chance to … Continue reading To Unmask a Sexual Predator at Work
Earlier this week, I spoke with a young techie. She’s created her own diversity app, and she wanted some media advice on how to publicize it as she preps for a formal launch. I happily shared what I know, but then the conversation stretched into some interesting areas. I asked had she always had an … Continue reading Behind Closed Interview Doors
Forget the dozens of people killed and more than a 100 who were injured in the Istanbul Ataturk Airport bombing in Turkey this week. The speech actor and activist Jesse Williams gave at last Sunday’s BET Awards is still a hot topic if the plethora of posts circulating the web are any indication. I didn’t … Continue reading We Can’t Win Without White People
OK, say this with me: Black people are not animals. We are human beings, just like everyone else. Now say this: Dark skin does not mean less than. It does not signal inferior. It is simply color, a superficial difference by which one can assume nothing. Repeat as needed until you believe it and can … Continue reading We Are Just Like You
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
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.
But 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”
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.
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”
For 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”