Crazy Rich Asians, Kelly Marie Tran, Washington Post, NPR, Marie Claire & More

This weekend I watched “Crazy Rich Asians” and it was such fun. Plus I love that, as many outlets noted, it once again proved the power of diversity. I also love the response by the Asian American community to the film, including this from Jane Mo or this from Kimberly Yam and of course the story about the letter sent to request the song Yellow from Cold Play. Then on Monday I was brought back to reality, about how much work needs to be done, after reading this from Kelly Marie Tran in the New York Times. I applaud her strength but saddened that we continue to see what she faces. Of course, the question now is what does the success of the film mean for Hollywood after the Box Office success of Black Panther, Coco and Crazy Rich Asians? More on that here and here. Plus this from Forbes on how “Latinos And (Crazy Rich) Asian Americans Are Hollywood’s Final Growth Frontier.” Patrice Tanaka, who you should also follow, has shared some great stories about Crazy Rich Asians and promoted the film, she did share this one that is critical of the movie.

I have been following the backlash the Washington Post received from Latino organizations and leaders over the story “White, and in the Minority.” The Columbia Journalism Review has this piece on the issues. I actually had reached out to the Washington Post before the NAHJ meeting and the CJR story were published because I had not seen a response. This is what I received, “The Washington Post has a long tradition of narrative reporting on the experiences of immigrants and minorities in America, as recent work by a number of Post reporters vividly demonstrates. Many of their stories recount the experiences of immigrants as they adapt to America and confront discrimination, shifting policies and other challenges. Terrence McCoy’s story captured the perspective of those who feel displaced by demographic change, by conveying what it is like for two white Americans who must themselves adapt to a new America. McCoy portrays their fear, resentment and xenophobia – as well as their responses to the attempts of their Latino co-workers to interact with them. McCoy’s work will continue to explore the emergence of a multicultural majority in America.” I leave the original article here, the piece from CJR and the response, so you can decide.

NPR also was criticized for the interview with hate group leader Jason Kessler, here is David Folkenflik on the backlash and read Brian Stelter’s piece on covering racists.

Other stories that i am following, this from CNN on the rise of Diversity & Inclusion jobs plus this on how to build a career in D&I; Citigroup’s three year goal to reverse its diversity failings; AARP has a new newsletter focused on African American women and Endeavor is now working with Papa John’s. If you are interested in D&I, the National Diversity Council offers a certification program

ICYMI Claudia Romo Edelman today shared that she was one of the special contributors for Marie Claire’s September issue focused on immigration. It is a must read! 

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Men as Allies, Tony Robbins and #MeToo, Workforce Diversity Success Tips, Adweek, Variety, First Latina CEO & more

Last week I attended an event in which the importance of men as allies was discussed and then I read this in the Wall Street Journal titled “Men Learn How to Be ‘Allies,’ Without Fear, to Female Colleagues.” It includes research that says that 55% of men in the U.S. said they found it “harder for them to know how to interact with women at work, according to a new Pew Research Center Poll of more than 6,000 adults.”  That is why the example Tony Robbins gave this weekend about his high profile client is so disturbing. Why would Mr. Robbins not stop his client and call him on how wrong not hiring the female candidate was, the more qualified candidate, because she was attractive? He blamed the #MeToo movement. Mr. Robbins has apologized but my bigger question is what is he telling clients now? Maybe as a coach he could help him address his concerns in a way where women are not negatively impacted by HIS issues? He could become an ally. 

We will continue to see the theme of men as allies as an important part of positive change. In this post Melinda Gates  (which talks about much more and is an important read) she says, “Men, this is your invitation to be an ally.” For those interested in learning and doing more, I did find the Forté Men as Allies Initiative. The site includes research and resources and encourages men to create ally groups. You can find information here. Maybe Tony Robbins should look them up….

In other news, The Harvard Business Review recently published two interesting pieces: “5 Things We Learned About Creating a Successful Workplace Diversity Program” and  “How to Use Employee Referrals Without Giving Up Workplace Diversity.” Both include good tips as you continue to work to foster diversity in your organizations. Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO, also shared some good tips here for tech companies and Susan Giles wrote about why diversity is essential for innovation. This week CNN profiled Geisha Williams, CEO and President of PG&E Corp, who is the first Latina CEO of a major U.S. company.  

Congratulations to the incredible leaders celebrated in AdWeek’s “11 Inspiring Women Who Have Broken Down Advertising’s Most Persistent Barriers.” Variety also released its 2018 Power of Women New York Impact List. Here is the weekly update on the record breaking Black Panther, this past week it passed “The Titanic.’

ICYMI this by Julio Ricardo Varela titled “The trouble with being the ‘only Latino in the room’’ is another recommended read for the week.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Years Later plus updates on the Tech Industry, Black Panther, Zara, Spotify, Pew Spanish Use Insights & more

This month is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s final speech and his assassination.  There has been extensive coverage on broadcast, print and digital media  – just do a quick Google search.  Per USA Today, “Thousands of people are expected to rally in the nation’s capital Wednesday to mark 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, all with the hope of finishing his work to end racism in the U.S.” Here is a list of five speeches written by Dr. King and that, as this article states, we should all read. Here is this interview from this weekend with Ambassador Andrew Young in which he reminds us that  “Martin Luther King Jr. ‘never lost faith in the American dream’.”

On the tech front, Jesse Jackson sent a letter to tech companies asking that they redouble their diversity efforts. Fast Company profiled Arlan Hamilton’s VC which is focused on funding inclusive companies.  D Magazine had a good recap of a conversation on diversity during Dallas Startup Week. Freddy Vaca from the Pinnacle Group had some good advice: “Be unique. Every company has its own story. Create yours.”

At this point I feel like I should just do a weekly update on which milestone Black Panther has achieved – this week it topped Jurassic Park as fourth-highest grossing movie of all time in the U.S.

Spotify is looking for women of color podcasters, learn more here; Pew Hispanic released new research on Hispanic parents use of Spanish read more here and according to news reportsZara is using a diversity algorithm to scan clothing.

Congratulations to the inductees of its first-ever DiversityInc Top 50 Hall of Fame, to the 26 Women of Color Diversifying Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Media & Beyond – proud to see Cheryl Contee on the list; and to the 2018 PRWeek Hall of Femme inductees.

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Diversity & March for Our Lives, the Box Office, Chance The Rapper, Intel’s Diversity Report & More

These past few days there has been extensive coverage about the March for Our Lives movement and the marches. Regardless of your politics you have to recognize and salute these students for what they have accomplished, in many instances as they grieved. Many of them opting, as The Onion reminded us, to do this instead of partying during Spring Break. What also is impressive is how the organizers of this movement have recognized that that they have an important platform, acknowledged their privilege and welcomed diversity. Some of the most impactful speeches and moments at the march were led by women and girls with diverse backgrounds. Probably the most talked about moment was Emma Gonzalez’s speech…and silence.  Then there were speeches by nine-year-old Yolanda Renee King, Dr. Martin Luther King’s granddaughter; 11-year-old Naomi Wadler’s and 17 year-old Edna Chavez. You can watch all of the speeches from DC here. Following the marches there have been some unfortunate moments including a post by Representative Steve King criticizing Emma. The only reason I highlight this is because the response from Monica Castillo in The Lily is a must read. Here is my favorite line because as a bilingual, bicultural immigrant, I can attest it’s true: “Most of us wear our biculturalism proudly every day. Maybe not on our clothes, but in how we celebrate our culture, our language, food or practices.”

If you missed this one, Chance the Rapper called out Heineken for an ad he called “terribly racist.” Read more here.  In one of his tweets he says he is “pointing out that alot of these marketing agencies are doing willfully so we overreact and tweet about it.” As far as this campaign goes, Heineken has removed the ad, which you can still find online. This is the latest brand missing the mark when it comes to diversity, and I do hope it is ignorance and not more. However, it is again a reminder on why diverse teams in advertising and marketing are important.  I don’t know if the team or agency changed from last year but not sure how the brand who did this ad called “Worlds Apart” could then do this one.

This week we’ve also seen a continued focus on diversity in media. Here is this story from CNN on how diversity is dominating the Box Office; Black Panther continues to break records; John Leguizamo announced he is expanding his studio to create more content for Latinos and there was an announcement that “One Day at a Time” was renewed for a third season after a social media campaign by fans.

Other news I am following this week include Intel’s diversity report, here is this from Portland “A School Board Member Complains to the Feds About the Quality of Education for Minority Kids in Portland,” this from USA Today titled “See Buffalo coach’s powerful words about diversity” and this guest commentary from Modern Healthcare on promoting diversity.

Congratulations to Tanzina Vega who has been named host of “The Takeaway.”  If you don’t follow her on Twitter, you should.

This week’s ICYMI is this analysis by Ronald Brownstein about diversity, an important read.

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National Geographic, Founders for Change, The Importance of Agility, SheWorks! and much more

If you have not read it, don’t miss National Geographic’s April issue. ArtNet did this piece on it. Here is the letter from the editor titled “For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It.” ArtNet also mentions the New York Times’ recent “Overlooked” project, with obituaries for remarkable women overlooked in the past.

This week the New York Times profiled an initiative called “Founders for Change” that I believe will have a positive impact. It reminded me of Kapor’s Capital Founder’s Commitment,  which aligns portfolio companiesaround a shared set of diversity and inclusion actions” as well as  establishes the firm’s commitment to firm’s commitment to provide exclusive resources, training, and recruitment opportunities for our founders, read more here

Here is an interesting campaign by 33 minor league baseball teams to engage Latino fans. I must confess I want the San Antonio Mission’s baseball cap – the flying chanclas. Staying on the sports front, here is a CNBC interview with Telemundo’s Cesar Conde about the World Cup.

I have followed Pattie Sellers for many years and have used her “jungle gym” example several times. Read this interview that also speaks about “agility” as an important attribute for successful leaders.

Some of you may have been following the “cultural appropriation” discussion around Bruno Mars…personally I agree with Stevie Wonder’s point of view. If you missed this debate earlier this month, read more here and here.

In entertainment news, Black Panther continues to break records, from social media to the box office and will probably break new ones by this time next week.  

One book that I plan to give to kids in my life is Junot Diaz’s ‘Islandborn’ – which the Chicago Tribune describes as “a pitch-perfect children’s book.”

I met Sylvia Acevedo years ago in Austin and it is inspiring to see her continued success leading the Girls Scouts, in this article she and other leaders talk about who has inspired them. Oh and congratulations to Maryam Banikarim for receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

I want to close today congratulating Silvina Moschini and the SheWorks! team. Almost two decades ago I met Silvina, a visionary leader, when we both lived in Houston, Texas. Today she is a successful entrepreneur, speaker, on-air commentator and mentor. Last year she officially launched SheWorks!, an enterprise that continues to grow. As we celebrate women’s history month I could not be prouder to be on the advisory board and a part of this effort. As the Company continues to grow, and we focus on other projects, you’ll hear much more. Thank you to Cindy Gallop for the recent shout out! 

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UnidosUS 50th Anniversary, Black Panther coverage, Dallas Mavericks’ interim CEO, equal pay, Jane Walker & much more

Last week I wrote about the challenges at USHCC and LULAC but I should have also written about UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), which commemorated an important milestone – its 50th anniversary. Per its website, the organization was launched in 1968 “What began as a small collection of young activists in Phoenix has become the country’s largest Hispanic-serving nonprofit, helping millions of Latinos define the American Dream on their own terms, then helping them achieve it.” UnidosUS has a different model than the other organizations.  It is headquartered in DC with a focus on expert research, advocacy, programs at a national level and with an affiliate network of close to 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. I’ve had the honor of working with the team led by Janet Murguía. Learn more here about this important milestone. Congratulations!

This past week we saw a number of articles regarding what the movie Black Panther means to diversity in the film industry. From Brookings Institute to Bloomberg, there has been extensive coverage and analysis about what the success of the film means. However, there have also been important reminders that there is still work that needs to be done to address diversity and equal pay in entertainment and media.

A story that caught my attention last week from VOX was related to the Florida shooting and the student activism we have seen titled “Parkland is sparking a difficult conversation about race, trauma, and public support.”  There is also a Miami Herald profile on student Emma Gonzalez.

Additional stories I am following, this from Nation’s Restaurants News regarding struggles as it relates to diversity in restaurant leadership; the Dallas Maverick’s introduce interim CEO Cynthia Marshall; also found this interactive map detailing pay equity laws in all 50 states; PR Week published a response to “What it’s like to be black in PR video;” Beatriz Acevedo from mitú wrote about Latinos being “the blind spot of America,” Johnny Walker introduces Jane Walker and this profile on Univision News anchor Ilia Calderon.

ICYMI, Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity.  According to the Chicago Tribune this is “the brainchild of Hyatt Hotels diversity and inclusion executive Tyronne Stoudemire.” Not sure what to say…

Finally, here is this great read titled “NASA’s Real Life ‘Hidden Figure’ On How To Advance Women In STEM.”

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LULAC and USHCC turmoil, cities leading with diversity, Google, Black Panther, Premio Lo Nuestro, Latinistas & more

I’ve had the honor of working with many Hispanic-focused organizations throughout my career and have been following the turmoil at two of these leading Hispanic-serving organizations closely. USHCC CEO stepped down following claims of “sexual and financial improprieties” and Fernand Fernandez has been named interim CEO as the organization conducts a search. The League of United Latin American Citizens faced its own turmoil. The embattled, elected president of the organization decided not to resign following controversy resulting from a letter he sent to President Trump which led to the CEO, who has been at the helm of the organization for 30 years, to resign. Here is a good piece from Suzanne Gamboa on how things transpired. LULAC was one of the first clients I worked with at Fleishman-Hillard as they were holding the conference in Dallas, Texas in the 1990s. We will have to wait and see what happens but it has been very moving to see the many comments on social media about the important impact Brent Wilkes had during his tenure at the organization. LULAC and USHCC have done great work for our community and it is disappointing to see this turn of events.  

The current turmoil at these two organizations is concerning to say the least as the community faces so many challenges. Raul Reyes has this great piece in The Hill touching on this.  Having said that, there is great work being done by these and other Hispanic-serving organizations including NALEO, UnidosUS (formerly called NCLR), MALDEF, Latino Donor Collaborative and professional groups including Prospanica (formerly called NSHMBA), HNBA, SHPE, and ALPFA to name a few. It is unfortunate that the issues facing two groups are taking away from the important work being done.

This story from PBS stating that cities are “pitching their diversity in order to lure businesses” caught my attention. It’ll be interesting if diversity plays a key role in Amazon’s decision for its second headquarters.

Other headlines this week include NLRB siding with Google and this from NBC regarding NASCAR’s two milestones this week as “Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. and tire changer Brehanna Daniels will make history during the Daytona 500 race weekend.”

Did you think I would ignore the premiere weekend of Black Panther? Of course not! This headline from the New York Times says it all : ‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records and Hollywood Myths. This from Peter Rubin is an important point and here is this from CNN. Here is also this Letitia Wright profile in Vanity Fair.  One of my favorites moments was this one, when Serena Williams surprised Black Girls Code students.

This week don’t miss Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Read more here.

Finally, ICYMI, here is this great Makers interview of Yai Vargas from Latinistas

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HP’s Reinvent Mindsets, Time Magazine, Golden Globes and bidding farewell to Maria Elena Salinas

Today’s blog post is different from previous ones, instead of a list of stories I’ll provide more context.

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Mike Paul and he pointed me to this from HP. Powerful. Congratulations to HP for its “Reinvent Mindsets” effort to address unconscious bias, and for being named “Company of the Year for Diversity” by CIO Dive. Here is another great video from that same campaign, which seems timely, and this from the UK. 

Marketing & Media

The Time Magazine person of the year cover story came out a few days ago and it feels like weeks! As Tarana Burke, who created #MeToo said, this is a strong movement that continues to gain momentum. We saw more stories this week and I am sure that we will see many more. I salute Time Magazine for the diversity represented in the cover story, and for giving a voice to many not usually heard.

On the entertainment front, yesterday the Golden Globe nominations were announced and there was some backlash about the lack of diversity. Remezcla highlighted the “(few) Latinos Nominated for the 2018 Golden Globes“and yet Jack Rico had a different headline: “Latinos Reign Supreme At 2018 Golden Globe Award Nominations.” Read both pieces and let me know what you think in the comments section.

Now let’s talk Coco. I have not seen the film but have been following its success and coverage. Here is this piece by Sandra Gonzalez from CNN and this one from Ruben Navarrette. The movie has led the Box Office for three weeks, which of course will change this week with the release of Star Wars, which I think we can safely assume will break some records because of Carrie Fisher, as USA Today points out. Talking about Star Wars, following the premiere, here is one tweet from Jen Yamato that caught my attention.  The comments she received from her tweet are, let’s say interesting, but she is absolutely right, representation matters.

Talking about representation, Fashionista reported this week that “Diversity on magazine covers saw a slight decline in 2017,” you can read more here and there is this piece from the UK shared by Tanzina Vega about diversity in publishing.

Finally, this past week Maria Elena Salinas stepped down as co-anchor of Univision News after more than three decades.  Maria Elena and Jorge Ramos have been a part of my U.S. experience since we moved to this country. Like many others I thank her for her leadership and passion for our community.  I know she will continue to work diligently on our behalf. The week-long farewell was very moving – #GraciasMariaElena. Visit her website here to see what’s next. And as I mentioned before, this week Univision welcomes a new trailblazer, Ilia Calderon, the first Afro-Latina to anchor for one of the top five networks, regardless of language.

ICYMI

The United Nations declared December 18 International Migrant day, you can share your story or learn more here.

Don’t forget to share any stories you want me to include in the comments below or email me at monica@talkingdiversity.blog.

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#GivingTuesday and this week’s blog

If this is your first time reading my blog, thank you for reading. I invite you to 1) subscribe and 2) read previous posts. Here I share how this started.

As this is #GivingTuesday, I want to start by inviting you to give to PRxPR.org and support Puerto Rico. The organization is doing great work.

There is so much news focused on diversity that I am thinking of doing this twice a week. For now, let’s get started.

Yesterday everyone was talking about the Royal engagement. The way some media has covered it because of Meghan Merkel’s heritage is something I want to continue to follow. Now I must confess this story and headline horrified me but this piece and their joint interview, gave me hope. As you look at diversity, her background will be covered extensively. Here is this great piece I read today.

This weekend the New York Times received quick and significant backlash over this article.  Here is how the New York Times responded.  One recurring theme I saw on twitter is that the lack of diversity in the newsroom is one of the reasons this was published – the fact that Dean Baquet is black never seems to come up (at least not in my feeds). To read some of the backlash, read Soledad O’Brien’s twitter. BTW that same week the Times published this piece titled “Does race matter in America’s most diverse zip codes.” I think that the Times has been doing a pretty good job of covering diversity issues recently, which is why I was disappointed by this article. I also do agree that newsroom diversity is important, and as a recent study showed, there is much work to be done.

Here are some other stories from the week:

Business

Silicon Valley’s diversity efforts get mired in scandal

How Millennials Can Fix The Diversity Crisis In Silicon Valley

Private Equity Has Something To Add To The Diversity Discussion. Yes, Really

Ware: Encouraging first steps for diversity education

Marketing & Media

Pixar’s powerful stories aren’t being told by diverse voices, critics say

How Pixar’s ‘Coco’ became a huge box-office hit

Shonda Rhimes to Guest-Edit Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Issue

BBC told it must ‘lead way’ on diversity

How Mitu Tells Stories to Reach Latino Millennials

African American Women in Media

Race driver Daniel Suarez is the face of NASCAR diversity push  

Issa Rae Talks New CoverGirl Melting Pout Metallics Lipstick Commercial

Education

How can California’s community colleges increase faculty diversity?

Students of color call on CU to better support diversity on Boulder campus

ICYM

Joseph Rodriguez’s El Barrio in the ’80s

Happy Thanksgiving week – this week’s diversity news recap

Happy Thanksgiving week. We moved from Mexico when I was ten years old and I honestly can’t remember if our first year in the United States we celebrated Thanksgiving. Like many immigrants, however, it became a Holiday that we embraced and celebrated. Today one of my favorite activities during Thanksgiving is volunteering – it combines being grateful with giving back. If you do a search you’ll find many ways different cultures and immigrants in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving. Here is this great piece from the New York Times published last year called The American Thanksgiving

Now for this week’s recap:

These two stories about Hollywood and diversity (or lack thereof) caught my attention: “Movie Biz Attempts to Grapple With Diversity Crisis” and “Neglecting the Latino Community Is Hollywood’s Multibillion-dollar Missed Opportunity.” Could Maria Contreras-Sweet help address these issues by taking over Weinstein and Company? This could really be a game-changer based on the proposed plan.

Forbes released its 30 under 30 list and this list is a celebration of the diversity of this new generation that will shape our future. The Forbes list is “an annual encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in different industries.”  You can find it here: https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2018/#245324011aaf

People Magazine released its Sexiest Man Alive issue. We could argue for days if Blake Shelton is or is not (and it seems based on social media and some of the coverage, most don’t agree). So why mention here? Because the lack of diversity on the covers also garnered significant conversation. Here is a good piece on why this lack of diversity is problematic. Let’s hope magazines, and media in general, continue to recognize and reflect the diversity of the world we live in and celebrate the beauty of our diversity.

Here are additional stories from this past week:

The must read of the week

Mellody Hobson Says the Time for Corporate Diversity Is Now https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/business/dealbook/mellody-hobson-corporate-diversity.html

Business

‘I suppressed my Mexican heritage for fear of being labeled,’ says P&G chief marketer

Exclusive: Code2040 raises $5.6 million as it fights tech diversity backlash

Research: Men Get Credit for Voicing Ideas, but Not Problems. Women Don’t Get Credit for Either

Microsoft reports modest diversity gains, boosted by LinkedIn workforce and hiring initiatives

Workplace Diversity Gap Impacts LGBT & Disability Communities

330 CEOs have taken the ‘diversity pledge’ 

Diversity In The Workplace — The Cultural Shift For Creating Value 

Diversity Demands in Luxury

Education

Eighty Percent Of NC Teachers Are White. Here’s Why That Matters.

College to Name School for Late Journalist Gwen Ifill 

Diversity, Defined 

Medical School wins national diversity award 

Justice Dept. investigating Harvard over affirmative action policies

Marketing & Media

Diverse teams can help companies avoid advertising blunders 

Diversity and Inclusion: Rewriting the Rules for Marketing

Getting Personal at multicultural and diversity conference

Why are half of Latino immigrant TV characters portrayed as criminals?

Universal Music Partners With USC Think Tank to Boost Diversity in Music Industry

ICYMI

ELC to Black Corporate Leaders: Use Your Power to Impact Change

 

Who to follow:

@NALEO

@NAACP_LDF

@PRSAFoundation

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