Academy President Responds to Criticism Over 2015 Oscar Nominations

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, spoke with the AP last night about criticism over the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees. The nominations, announced on Thursday, were more white and more male than they had been in previous years. All twenty of this… » 1/17/15 11:45am 1/17/15 11:45am

Reign Actress Starts Feminist Website Celebrating Women's Sexuality

When I first read that Caitlin Stasey, one of the lead actresses on the CW's Reign, had launched a, to borrow the words of E! Online, "NSFW Website Featuring Nude Photos of Women (Including Herself)," I'll admit I rolled my eyes. But then I actually looked at Herself, Stasey's feminist project that highlight's women's… » 1/14/15 8:45pm 1/14/15 8:45pm

Eddie Huang Details the Vexing Process of Making Fresh Off the Boat

Many of us will find ourselves watching ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, a new series about an Asian American family's experience in the good U.S.A., based on a memoir by Chef Eddie Huang. The question is: Will they get it right? In a piece for New York Magazine published today, "Bamboo Ceiling TV," Huang writes about his… » 1/13/15 6:40pm 1/13/15 6:40pm

Pinterest Engineer Describes Isolation of Being Black In Silicon Valley

USA Today interviewed Justin Edmund, an early employee at Pinterest. The 24-year-old engineer first caught Silicon Valley's attention with a candid personal essay about growing up black, where he said he had "not seen a single technology leader," besides Jack Dorsey "acknowledge the crisis in Ferguson. And why would… » 10/30/14 8:59pm 10/30/14 8:59pm

Fashion's Hottest New Trend: Whiteness

After four weeks, four cities, and hundreds of shows, this go-round of fashion month is officially over. The Chanel riot gear has been packed up while Hong Kong riots rage on, and the models hop back to their model apartments to nurse their over-bleached brows and weakened nailbeds. When it was all over, I flipped… » 10/07/14 4:30pm 10/07/14 4:30pm

Is This the Most Offensively Misguided Diversity Memo You've Ever Seen?

This corporate memo really nails the disconnect between human relations and corporate culture. While whoever wrote this (and it is likely a team of people) probably had the best intentions at heart, their understanding of how to welcome diversity in the workplace is a clumsy and insulting attempt at best and… » 4/26/14 7:05pm 4/26/14 7:05pm

A County-by-County Map of America's Ethnic Roots

The Washington Post has come out with a map that shows the dominant racial ancestry in the United States' 3144 counties. Some results are not surprising: Did you know that there are a lot of Irish people in Boston? It's not a surprise to see African Americans dominate the South and Mexicans dominate the border… » 4/18/14 4:00pm 4/18/14 4:00pm