A white man wrote me an email recently. A software developer I’ll call Portland, since that’s where he comes from. He gave me permission to post and discuss his email – thank you, sir – but he asked to be anonymous, which I respect. This is sensitive stuff, and while many of us are open … Continue reading Diversity Is Not an Excuse to Attack White People
Last week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson addressed some 1,700 ERG members about race. Not about business and race or the future or new products and services in a racial context – he spoke candidly about race, period. He began by addressing the latest news from Dallas, Charlotte, police and black men killed – you’ve likely … Continue reading AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is a Boss
This week, in a 3-0 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an Alabama company that rescinded a job offer because a black woman refused to cut off her locks. I don’t want to, but I can see two sides in the issue. Dreads … Continue reading Stay Out of My Hair. Deal with My Work
I’m not one for contemplating the big questions. You know: Why are we here? Does God exist? What’s the meaning of life? I disdained philosophy in college. I had a headache the entire class because my eyes were constantly rolling, and no question ever seemed to have an answer. I’m big on answers: We’re here … Continue reading What Are You Scared Of?
I like Lena Dunham. Rather, I’ve always liked what she stood for. I’ve never watched her TV show, and I don’t often visit Lenny, her web site, but I am aware of her stance on feminist issues, self-love, etc. For instance, she insists that she will not allow Hollywood’s unrealistic and unhealthy ideals to dictate … Continue reading Lena Dunham, Leave Odell Beckham, Jr. Alone
So, my kid’s in town. I think of him as my kid even though he’s my nephew because I raised him. From age six months to five when I left for college, if I wasn’t in school or occasionally doing a play, he was my constant companion. I taught him how to walk, talk, tie … Continue reading I’m in Awe of My Millennial Nephew
You know what really gets me tight? Injustice. Unfairness. Blatant favoritism. I’ve learned to control my external reactions to these things. But sometimes, inside my belly, there’s a pissed off group of tiny little me’s of all shapes and hues howling at the perennial injustices visited upon minorities in this country. The biggest piss off … Continue reading Here’s to Ryan Lochte’s Get Out Jail Free Card
Hollywood remains a cut above when it comes to industries actively trying to correct their diversity issues. You know, as opposed to some lukewarm acknowledgement of a problem and vague, ephemeral plans to work on a solution. This week FX CEO John Landgraf went on record saying that he’s made significant changes to ensure the … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Diversity Action
I’ve become a consultant since I started writing this blog. I don’t mind. People have always told me their problems, and me being me, I usually have a solution. So when a friend’s friend who reads the blog told me the following story, I warned her in advance — I’m going to write about this. … Continue reading Who Are You Right Now?