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The New Republic Will Be Hiring Diverse Staff Members

Gabriel Snyder, the new editor-in-chief of The New Republic, whose hire caused a massive fit of whining and a total glaze-over of race issues at the publication by a slew of mainly white staffers who quit, has announced in his new mission statement that the publication will be hiring diverse staff:

“As we revive one proud legacy of The New Republic—the launching of new voices and experts—those new voices and experts will be diverse in race, gender, and background. As we build our editorial staff, we will reach out to talented journalists who might have previously felt unwelcome at The New Republic. If this publication is to be influential, and not merely survive, it can no longer afford to represent the views of one privileged class, nor appeal solely to a small demographic of political elites.”

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We’re Finally Getting Diverse Emojis!

Hooray! We’re getting diverse emoji! The Unicode Consortium, the entity that standardizes characters for letters, numbers, and symbols, has heard the demand for emojis with diverse skin tones and is adding a range of five skin tone options to emoji characters based on a dermatological measure called the Fitzpatrick scale.

The change will apply to all yellow smiley face emojis, hand emojis, and any emoji with human facial or bodily characteristics. The face emojis are currently predominantly Caucasian in appearance, as are characters like the dancing woman, the man on a bike, the surfer, swimmer, snowboarder, etc. All together, 151 emoji will be affected by the change. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Black Nerds, Escapism, & Why We Need More Diverse Books

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“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all.” — Junot Díaz

As a kid, I never tried to sneak out of the house. It’s not that I was a stickler for the rules (sorry, Mom) — it’s just that all the wonders I could ever want to explore didn’t exist outside the confines of my home. They were waiting for me when I woke up each morning, tucked neatly into the hallway bookshelves whose ever-expanding ranks housed J.K. Rowling, Leo Tolstoy, Judy Blume, and Sarah Dessen. Keep reading »

An Open Letter To The Louis Vuitton Manager Who Allegedly Said “Black People Are Slaves Who Eat Dirt”

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I understand that an employee at the Louis Vuitton Townhouse in London’s Selfridges department store, after being subjected to many of your humiliating, infuriating, racist rants, recorded one of your many outbursts. In your recently outed diatribe, you allegedly state: “Black people are slaves who eat dirt off the floor.” I’m hopeful you’ve come to realize the gravity of your predicament, considering your actions on behalf of Louis Vuitton will be tried in court on the grounds of racial discrimination and harassment; restitution for which could cost your employer millions of dollars. It’s hard to imagine you’ll work in the industry again, but my concern for your future work-placement is less pressing at this particular moment. Your hate and ignorance is also of lesser importance.What is more deeply troubling is the prevalent racism found in the high fashion industry of which you are a representative — well, were, anyways. Keep reading »

How One CEO Is Bringing More Women And Minorities To Silicon Valley

Angela Benton Diversifies Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is known for many things — it’s thriving startup culture, the birthplace of Apple and leading the world in innovative technology and engineering — but diversity is not one of them.

Angela Benton knows this first hand. She’s a 32-year-old CEO who moved to the tech promise land in 2011. She’s also an African-American women. The founder of Black Web 2.0 and NewMe Accelerator  is constantly reminded that she’s one of few Black women in her industry, most recently by HBO’s new series, also titled “Silicon Valley.” Read more on Hello Beautiful…

UVA Men’s Swim Team: “2 Of Us Are Gay, The Other 3 Don’t Care”

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The Internet has been abuzz lately with Tumblr blogs like I, Too, Am Harvard and I, Too, Am Oxford, which focused on the experiences of students of color amongst the mostly white populations at elite universities. Mostly the signs highlight ignorant remarks based on stereotypes students have been subjected to.

Here’s another Tumblr in the same vein, but with a slightly different take: We Are All UVA. Students of all backgrounds and sexual orientations pose holding signs hashtagged #WeAreAllUVA explaining what they contribute to the big melting pot that is the UVA campus. My absolute favorite is this one: five young men from the UVA swim team holding a sign that reads, “2 of us are gay, the other 3 don’t care.” Keep reading »

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