What’s Wrong With a Black Annie? #Annie #diversity #discrimination #film #movies

Black AnnieSo Quvenzhané Wallis is playing Annie, and as the moment of truth – also known as the film trailer release came and went – there has been a ton of, um, concern from people who are confused and chagrined the nine year old African-American is playing the iconic role.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the original film Annie was a little white girl with curly bright red hair. Wallis is far from that, and the backlash has been impressive. Continue reading “What’s Wrong With a Black Annie? #Annie #diversity #discrimination #film #movies”

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

Harassment: the Unsung #Diversity Problem #HarassmentIs

HarassmentI guess I never really thought about harassment in a diversity context. But then I read “10 Things That Street #HarassmentIs, In Case You Really Don’t Think It’s Important” by Soraya Chemaly, and it changed my mind, big time.

It’s not that I haven’t been harassed. I have. I’m reasonably cute, I have breasts, and I’m black. In some places that’s a recipe for disaster, a triple disaster, in fact. I’ve been importuned on the street, while visiting foreign countries, on jobs. But see, I’m what they call a ball buster. What I get, is often what I give. Continue reading “Harassment: the Unsung #Diversity Problem #HarassmentIs”

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

Should We Get Rid of the Term #Minority? #diversity #language

I got a tweet from Patricia Duarte last week. She read my last blog on using social media to reach minorities, and suggested that we “start by nixing the term “minorities” from your vocabulary. It’s pejorative and increasingly inaccurate.”

Well, Patricia, I agree. It will soon be completely inaccurate thanks to demographic shifts that are quickly moving minorities to majorities.

However, pejorative, to be fair, is a matter of opinion and context. The term minority certainly began badly. It was a clear cut signal for “less than,” whether that meant intelligence, skill, political power or socio-economic clout. It was also representative of number in many contexts. But things have changed, quite a bit for the better, and those demographic shifts I mentioned have almost single handedly trumped any and every association with less than. Continue reading “Should We Get Rid of the Term #Minority? #diversity #language”