Three years ago, I made a trip to Sephora with one specific purpose in mind: to search for the perfect foundation. Surely, some mystical brown shade existed at the elusive nexus of “good” and “right.” Having spent most of my life wearing solely mascara and a resting bitch face, this was my first time hunting for just …
The Hugo Awards proved once again that progress trumps nostalgia, as women, especially women of color, were the top winners of the night.
A new report from Wall Street Journal reveals that the system Facebook created two years ago to diversify its staff has been largely unsuccessful. The system awards each recruiter one-point for any new hires in engineering who are white or Asian men. Initially, the company awarded each recruiter one-and-a-half points…
Black girls are often forgotten by the gaming industry, and Pokémon Go is no different.
Facebook announced a big update to its Messenger app today, and it’s going to bring a whole lot of diversity to its emojis.
Every year, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) releases a “Studio Responsibility Index” that analyses the visibility of LGBT characters in the last year of movies. It was not a great year for Disney—but GLAAD has pointed to a galaxy far, far away where they could easily make some improvements.
Greetings! Lots of hot topics in this week’s mailbag: The Walking Dead’s incredibly aggravating finale! Rogue One confusion! Batman v Superman possibly breaking up a potential marriage! Remember: If you have pop culture questions, need nerd life advice, or have a “what if” scenario, email your friendly…
For a movie that was meant to represent an “international and multi-racial world,” Pan had a main cast that was as shockingly white as the one in Gods of Egypt—including the originally Native American Tiger Lily, played by Rooney Mara. Now Mara is washing her hands of the movie, including her own casting in it.
Yesterday, Facebook launched a new initiative called TechPrep. Aimed particularly at women and minorities, it’s designed to help youngsters find a trajectory into the world of tech—with the help of their parents.
The fervor over the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision is starting to wane across social media, and the rainbow avatars are starting to fade. As such, it’s easy to forget about Facebook’s problem with how it treats some LGBT users. Today, Mark Zuckerberg made his first public statement on the issue, but he didn’t…
Greetings, folks. I know I promised you an extra-long “Postal Apocalypse” after last week’s absence, but I caught a mutant technovirus (head-cold) during my wasteland wanderings (plane travel). So here’s a regularly sized mailbag for your enjoyment — load me up with questions and I’ll owe you next week.
Those who have updated their iPhones to iOS 8.3 have already seen the future: Among the many updates out today is a redesigned emoji keyboard with new and improved (and “diverse”) emoji. Basically, the plot of every Wes Anderson movie just got way easier to recap.
We all want to see more characters of color in books and stories — but for a white writer, getting these characters right can feel like an impossible challenge. You want to avoid stereotypes, but you don't want these characters to feel like white people with non-European names. So what do you do?
Many fans are demanding more diversity in comics, movies and TV. What you may not realize is that there's already a community of creators producing stories about diverse characters. Now is a great time to get into their work.
Fear can be a healthy thing for a creator. Fear can drive writers and artists to strive to be their best, but as cartoonist and writer Gene Luen Yang points out in this thoughtful speech, it can sometimes prevent creators from writing characters with different backgrounds—and that's a shame.
A train strike has paralyzed France, Airbnb has screwed San Francisco's housing market, a lack of diversity has wrecked Austin, and two Southern California mayors fucked up, in two very different ways. It's our joyously optimistic look at What's Ruining Our Cities!