I love change. I always have, and it’s gratifying to watch the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements create waves, promote dialogue and actually lead to positive action for actresses in Hollywood. Things aren’t settled by any means. There’s a long road ahead until we have parity on multiple fronts, but by in large the women of … Continue reading The Power of a Platform to Fatten Your Pockets
As the news and media cycles continue to air new and ever more disturbing stories about sexual harassment in the workplace, I’ve wondered what the backlash would be like. See, right now, the perpetrators are being quiet. They’re watching as some of the big dogs in their respective industries are being dethroned and discarded. They’re … Continue reading Backlash Against #MeToo? Yeah, It’s Coming
I once read a romance novel where the hero had been made a fool of in his youth. It’s a common enough romantic trope, but in this particular novel his father tried to warn him. His father was wealthy, but he’d come up rough and made all his money through his own clever hard work. … Continue reading Omarosa: A Player, or She Who Gets Played?
Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa tweeted his support today of the idea that “mixing cultures” leads to a lower quality of life. The Internet backlash was immediate. But here’s my question. Should leaders be forced to be pro-diversity? He does represent a state in this union where diverse people reside. It stands to reason … Continue reading Should Leaders Be Forced to be Pro-Diversity?
Remember that movie The Purge? I think it may have even had a sequel or two. The general premise is that for a certain period of hours every year, it’s legal to kill people. I never actually watched the movie, so I don’t know what the rationale was behind this extraordinary law, but I think … Continue reading Matt Lauer and the Purge of Female Talent
So, thank God I lived to see another Thanksgiving. I spent it quietly with family. Celebrating the purchase of a cousin’s new home, seeing and being aggravating by my brother for the first time in months, and drinking wine with another cousin’s wife, who is now one of my favorite black women on the planet. … Continue reading When the Turkey’s Been Cut, and You’re Full and Sleepy…
For the past few years I’ve kicked around possible answers to a very personal question: What’s worse, being black or being a woman? The answer? Being a woman. Race is not a small issue by any means. But since most white people aren’t secretly white nationalists, you can win them over even if they have … Continue reading What’s Worse, Being Black or Being a Woman?
I walked past the new Apple store yesterday. It’s beautiful, a rather old-fashioned front but glass everywhere looking out over the Chicago River. It was a pleasure to see since for months all we saw was this clunky barricade. There was writing on the barricade, some long, inspiring quote that I can’t quite recall. Something … Continue reading Is Denise Young Smith Ready to Handle Diversity at Apple?
When I was younger I remember trying to separate female traits from black female traits. My purpose was not that to say there is no overlap. Of course there is. But I was fighting for my specific identity. I was fighting for Kellye Whitney’s right to exist, to work, to smile, laugh and be ambitious … Continue reading Where Are The Black Female Leaders In Your Company?