So, Google is in the news this week, and not in a good way. The company fired Timnit Gebru, co-leader of its Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, and her release to the marketplace was not amiable. Gebru announced her departure on Twitter after it happened, and immediately made it clear that it was hinky. She said … Continue reading There Are No Winners, Only Losers in the Timnit Gebru-Google Situation
Trolls are still a thing. Like, a serious thing! It’s so weird, right? It feels kind of pathetic to lash out at strangers online. Or is it just me? I mean, we can see that it’s almost certainly a waste of time. I suppose I should qualify that we. I mean as the more reasonable … Continue reading Social Media Trolling Should Not Be Your Preferred Method of Online Communication
I’m helping put together a diversity-themed event for a client, and an interesting question came up that I want to share with you: Can you have too much diversity? Now, the question originated from a very conservative, white, Christian person, someone who had a work experience where there were apparently a lot of chefs in … Continue reading Can You Have Too Much Diversity?
Something interesting happened to me earlier this week, a client apologized to me. We’ll just call him Mr. Big Wig — because he is — BW for short. We had our weekly meeting on Monday, discussing upcoming opportunities and plans to expand his brand, etc. After 30 minutes, we ended the call, and I was … Continue reading Some Phrases You’ve Used Your Whole Life May Need to Be Retired
So, Nick Cannon got fired from his long-running comedy improv show Wild ‘N Out. He said some things viewed as anti-Semitic on a recent episode of his podcast and YouTube show Cannon’s Class. He denies it, of course, and despite a lengthy social media apology to the Jewish community and a fervent pledge to educate … Continue reading Nick, Their Ball, Their Bat, Their Rules
I left the house today. I went out for roughly 20 minutes to help my mom at her other house. On the way home I saw this girl walking on the street. She was wearing a long flowing black skirt, combat boots and a mask, and I thought, damn. She looks like an extra from … Continue reading After It’s All Said and Done
So, it’s been less than a week since Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the world is mourning his death. There have been tributes all over the world, and endless news cycles reporting every detail of … Continue reading Kobe Bryant, Felicia Sonmez, and the Case of the Poorly Timed Tweet
The end of the year is prime time for reflection. People make resolutions, vowing to start new habits to enrich or improve – or both – their lives, and I’m no different. Except, I’ve already started. I have two big goals not just for 2020, but for the rest of my life, and they’re related: … Continue reading Is Shut Up a Bad Word(s)?
My mother said something last Sunday that I can’t stop thinking about. She said, ‘if I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t have raised you in an all-white environment. It wasn’t good for you.’ Then she shared a few stories from my early childhood, mostly school tales featuring my smart, but spoiled, … Continue reading Even Smart Black People Make Mistakes About Race