March 12, 2016 |
Temple University Thursday appointed a new senior adviser to oversee sexual assault complaints, as well as diversity and equity issues on the 39,000-student campus. "Campus sexual misconduct is one of the most important issues facing higher education today, and it is imperative that we take immediate steps to improve reporting of these incidents and reduce the incidence of sexual assault on our campus," Temple President Neil D. Theobald said. The appointment is the final piece that was recommended last summer by a university task force on the handling of sexual misconduct cases on campus, Theobald said.
March 3, 2016 |
Ade Jaiye has modeled for nearly a decade. However, it wasn't until last year that Jaiye, lauded for her ebony skin and close-cropped natural hair, was cast in shows where she didn't feel like the "exotic" one. "My look is more accepted in this industry as a whole," said Jaiye of Old City, who regularly models jewelry, cosmetics, and apparel for QVC in West Chester. Jaiye also is the go-to model for the Joan Shepp brand, and in February, Jaiye modeled in the New York Fashion Week runway presentation of celebrity stylist and designer Kithe Brewster.
February 2, 2016
Black History Month, celebrated each February, routinely draws attention from legislative bodies at all levels. Why, just last week the state House unanimously passed a resolution in recognition of Black History Month, honoring Army Brig. Gen. Charles Hamilton, an African American. Never mind that he's not a historical figure but is very much alive at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as Defense Logistics Agency troop support commander. Still a nice gesture, one of many such measures passed each year.
January 23, 2016
By Emmanuel D. Babatunde The comments about historically black colleges being lesser schools that were credited to Justice Antonin Scalia during recent oral arguments on an affirmative action case are supremely disturbing. It is not only minorities who will suffer from an end to affirmative action. The two forces that propel the development of a vigorous nation or institution in a globalizing world are diversity and competition. Therefore, diversity is not an act of largesse to the minority.
January 13, 2016
ISSUE | MAYOR KENNEY Embracing diversity Congratulations to Mayor Kenney ("Kenney takes charge," Jan. 5). I was happy to hear a theme throughout his inauguration speech - his commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a Latina living in the city, and as a diversity and inclusion leader at Comcast, I am passionate about this topic. I couldn't help but smile as I watched Nolan Atkinson Jr. being sworn in as the city's first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The mayor's commitment to increase participation of minority- , women-, and disabled-owned businesses in city contracts hit home, since I work every day to ensure that Comcast celebrates and supports diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the business.
December 31, 2015
THE ST. PATRICK'S Day Parade is overwhelmingly white - and Christian. Same for the Columbus Day Parade, the Von Steuben Day Parade, and the Pulaski Day Parade. The Puerto Rican Day Parade is mostly Hispanic. The Odunde celebration is mostly black. I don't recall complaints that they were not "diverse" enough. But mostly white, mostly male, Mummers, who trace their roots to ancient Rome and Greece (in the modern era, Sweden and Britain): Wow, what a bunch of racists! It's enough to make a wench retch.
December 30, 2015 |
Just in time for 2016, fans of community, coffee, and comic books will have a new place to visit. Although Philadelphia has a rich tradition of quality comic-book shops - and could brag that Showcase Comics on South Street was the largest black-owned comic shop in the United States for quite some time - Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse will be the first black female-owned comic book shop to open its doors on the East Coast. This "geeky" hybrid hopes to contribute to the burgeoning Kensington section of Philadelphia.
December 28, 2015 |
The 2015 Mummers Parade had ended just hours earlier when Rue Landau read an account in the next day's newspaper and decided enough was enough. ". . . a Wench Brigade performer standing in front of City Hall in what appeared to be blackface, while other performers were shown toting signs that read, 'Wench Lives Matter,' " the Philadelphia Daily News reported. "Another, dressed as President Obama, carried an 'Illegal Aliens Allowed' sign. " The controversial displays were exceptions in a sea of thousands of comics, string bands, and feathered fancies strutting proudly in the city's century-old extravaganza.
December 15, 2015 |
When Antoinette Ford attended Chestnut Hill College in the early 1960s, she didn't have one African American professor. Fifty-plus years later, not much has changed. Only two of the college's full-time professors - 2.2 percent - are black, despite a student body that is nearly one-third black. All 29 members of the college's board of directors are white. No deans or vice presidents are black. "Institutions that are what they have always been are missing something," said Ford, an oceanographer with a Harvard MBA, and the first African American woman picked as a White House Fellow.