Misogyny: The Big, Pink Elephant #ElliotRodger #gender

Growing up I always knew that being black might cause problems for me. But it was only after I was an adult that I realized how many problems being a woman would cause.Pink Elephant

Luckily, I’ve never been physically abused, nor have I been targeted by a mass-murdering virgin with an ax to grind, but hatred for women — in its various iterations and degrees — is pervasive around the world.

So when a man — whether he’s deranged or not — feels that it’s perfectly in order for him to kill women, who he views as inferior beings who rejected him but to whom he is nonetheless entitled — it’s baffling to me how anyone could argue that misogyny and its effect on our culture is not an issue. Continue reading “Misogyny: The Big, Pink Elephant #ElliotRodger #gender”

The High That Comes From Being Low…#Lupita #diversity #films #beauty

Congrats to Lupita Nyong’o for becoming Lancôme’s first Black spokesperson. The world should celebrate black beauty. It is as common as any other kind, after all. And congrats to Lupita for riding a very elegant magic carpet of success all the way to the top.

LupitaI’m not sure there was an award she qualified for that she didn’t win this past award season. And damn did she look good every single time anyone saw her! Lord have mercy she was fabulous! Not because she was runway ready but because she owned every scrap of fabric that graced her body. She was proud. She was different, and she quite obviously could care less. Every graceful line of her body seemed to wink and say, yeah, I know. She looked in the face of traditional definitions of beauty and had a big ole belly laughter, and seemingly everyone – certainly every big name in Hollywood who rushed to shake her hand and offer congratulations – laughed right along with her.

But did it occur to anyone else that she, and Halle Berry before her, were essentially rewarded for playing the lowest, most degraded and humiliated characters it’s possible for a Black woman to play? Continue reading “The High That Comes From Being Low…#Lupita #diversity #films #beauty”

Black Films Do Make Money, Are Relatable To Wide Audiences #diversity #inclusion #film #movies

I almost forgot to post this. I’m still working on my on camera chops…I need a lot of work. LOL. I have GOT to remember to wear my contacts! There’s a nasty glare off my poor glasses and without them I look cross-eyed…I hope I don’t look like that all the time… But some of … Continue reading Black Films Do Make Money, Are Relatable To Wide Audiences #diversity #inclusion #film #movies

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

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”

Poetic Justice – Women are taught to absorb. Men to emit… #diversity

A colleague passed along this video, and man is it powerful. In less than four minutes this young woman nails one of the main issues that contribute to women’s problems in the workplace: our inherited insistence on making ourselves smaller and less visible. It’s a poem, and I’m not a poetry fan, but this young woman’s … Continue reading Poetic Justice – Women are taught to absorb. Men to emit… #diversity