I saw Aquaman on Christmas Day and loved it. Jason Momoa’s carefree, hippie superhero was charming and engaging, and there were even a few black people in the film. A very few, two really, but both had lines and a prominent role in the story line. They were also atypical. No one was on drugs, … Continue reading Aquaman Shows Us Why Representation Matters
So, Starbucks is on fire this week because last week, two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested for being black – pardon, suspicion of trespassing – in a Philadelphia store. Apparently the two men were waiting there for a third party to have a meeting when one asked to use the restroom. … Continue reading Starbucks and Bias: a Common Tale of Two Black Men in a Store
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?
This week, in a 3-0 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an Alabama company that rescinded a job offer because a black woman refused to cut off her locks. I don’t want to, but I can see two sides in the issue. Dreads … Continue reading Stay Out of My Hair. Deal with My Work
I’m not one for contemplating the big questions. You know: Why are we here? Does God exist? What’s the meaning of life? I disdained philosophy in college. I had a headache the entire class because my eyes were constantly rolling, and no question ever seemed to have an answer. I’m big on answers: We’re here … Continue reading What Are You Scared Of?
So, my kid’s in town. I think of him as my kid even though he’s my nephew because I raised him. From age six months to five when I left for college, if I wasn’t in school or occasionally doing a play, he was my constant companion. I taught him how to walk, talk, tie … Continue reading I’m in Awe of My Millennial Nephew
You know what really gets me tight? Injustice. Unfairness. Blatant favoritism. I’ve learned to control my external reactions to these things. But sometimes, inside my belly, there’s a pissed off group of tiny little me’s of all shapes and hues howling at the perennial injustices visited upon minorities in this country. The biggest piss off … Continue reading Here’s to Ryan Lochte’s Get Out Jail Free Card
Hollywood remains a cut above when it comes to industries actively trying to correct their diversity issues. You know, as opposed to some lukewarm acknowledgement of a problem and vague, ephemeral plans to work on a solution. This week FX CEO John Landgraf went on record saying that he’s made significant changes to ensure the … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Diversity Action
I’ve become a consultant since I started writing this blog. I don’t mind. People have always told me their problems, and me being me, I usually have a solution. So when a friend’s friend who reads the blog told me the following story, I warned her in advance — I’m going to write about this. … Continue reading Who Are You Right Now?