BY kaya payseno
on Sep 18, 2015
Dear Matt Damon,
Contrary to what your apology would imply, you didn’t start a conversation about diversity. You tried to shut down a conversation about diversity that Effie Brown started.
Ok, a little context.
Damon received criticism for comments he made about diversity to Producer Effie Brown on his returning HBO documentary series 'Project Greenlight' in which aspiring directors compete to direct a feature film for HBO. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Aug 24, 2015
Apparently, laughing while black can be dangerous.
A group eleven women — ten of them black — were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing too loudly during a book club outing.
The Napa Valley Register writes that the women boarded the Wine Train at 11 a.m. on Saturday and were told to leave the train in St. Helena, reportedly because of noise complaints. The women, including an 83-year-old grandmother, were escorted through six cars and off the train, where police were waiting for them. A van then took them back to Napa. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Aug 17, 2015
This past Friday, a major uproar was caused by an opinion piece posted on AL.com about a sorority recruitment video made by the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi. Spoiler alert: the opinion in this opinion piece was not a positive one. The writer of the piece, A.L. Bailey called the video, “all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Aug 03, 2015
It seems like painfully uncomfortable celebrity interviews are becoming a major trend. This time, the interviewers out did themselves by managing to be both sexist and racist. Quite an accomplishment. The victims: Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara.
In a recent interview about the upcoming Fantastic Four film with the Rock 100.5 Morning show in Atlanta, the interviewers had a lot of trouble with the concept of Mara and Jordan playing siblings. One interviewer asked, “You’re white and you’re black. Read More
BY Elizabeth Ollero
on Jul 30, 2015
A study conducted by The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics has found that black borrowers on average pay 29 basis points more - that’s about .3% more - than comparable white borrowers. Black women suffer the most from this disparity, receiving this different treatment more than black men do. The study was conducted using data from three waves of the U.S. Survey of Consumer Finance. This wasn’t just a fluke.
If you were wondering what a small .3% difference is in dollar terms, Quartz spelled it out for us. Read More