You know those westerns where the sheriff smirks and tells the bad guy who’s been terrorizing the citizens, “you’ve got ‘til sundown to get outta town,” then turns and walks away? It’s implied that if you don’t, Mr. Bad Guy, I’m gonna fill your ass fulla lead. We need that. Day after day the stories … Continue reading We Need a Sheriff for the Internet
So, Black Panther is like the King of the cinematic world right now, and the movie is still two weeks out. There goes the myth that black movies don’t sell to anyone except black people. The film has already broken several pre-release records including first day advance ticket sales, and it’s Fandango’s top-selling superhero film … Continue reading About That Myth That Black Films Don’t Sell…
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?
So, I was watching the movie Hidden Figures, again. I love that film. It’s so, relevant. I even blogged about it. It’s technically an homage to events that happened in the early 1960s. But its triumvirate of smart, embattled women struggling to get their due in the workplace could be any of us females doing … Continue reading Ladies, There’s More Than One Way to Beat Sexism.
Logically, you know certain things happen, racism, sexism, those sorts of things. You know they’re out there. But over time – and over exposure – you become desensitized to them. They may even stop being a daily pain point. Maybe your circumstances change, and you’re lucky enough to remove yourself from constant evidence of their … Continue reading Silicon Valley, You Are Officially On Notice
There’s nothing worse than a leader who refuses to admit when he or she is wrong. That goes for companies too. If you’re a leader in your industry, a household name, whatever, that does not make you perfect – that just makes you popular. Therefore, if you do something wrong, own up to it already. … Continue reading Google, Just Come Clean Already
I’m a sucker for packaging. It’s probably because I’m in the media and headlines are my business. I live for messaging that hooks and reels you in like a caught fish. The right word combo – you’ve got all my attention. For instance, I ran across The Only Way to Beat Unconscious Biases in the … Continue reading Are You Using the Diversity Leaders in Your Organization?
Okay, if you’ve ever felt guilty about having bias, don’t. Apparently, even computers have it. According to “Computers, Artificial Intelligence Show Bias and Prejudice, Too,” an NBC news article released a few days ago, it may not be programmers fault. “It may just be that the body of published material is based on millennia of biased thinking … Continue reading Everyone – Everything – Has Bias
What the h – e – double hockey sticks, right? Why on earth would I promote the idea that diversity should be selfish? What about inclusion? Unity? Collaboration? Equality? Well, it all depends on who’s being selfish and why. Earlier this month I ran into this article on Forbes.com. In it staffer Katheryn Thayer detailed … Continue reading Diversity Should Be Selfish.