May 22, 2013 |
THERE'S a well-documented lack of diversity in Hollywood, but Councilman David Oh's Black Film Advisory Committee (BFAC) aims to shine a spotlight on black filmmakers in Philadelphia. The Committee strives to create a cultural and creative hub for anyone interested in working in the movie business, especially minorities. Kimberley Richards, special assistant to the councilman and coordinator of the committee, is in the process of planning the BFAC's second event - "The Return of 'The Set,' " a networking affair that brings together people from all aspects of film production - from producers to on-set caterers.
May 22, 2013 |
A US Airways executive told the Independence Business Alliance on Monday that Philadelphia's largest airline was pursuing and seriously committed to diversity in its workforce. Suzanne Boda, one of the three highest-ranking women at US Airways and the executive overseeing the airline's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee group - called Spectrum - said that from chief executive officer Doug Parker down, US Airways was "proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
May 22, 2013 |
Urban Outfitters Inc. is the high-profile local company that shareholder activists are targeting once again over a lack of diversity on its board of directors. Specifically, the sponsors of a proposal listed in the Philadelphia retailer's 2013 proxy statement want Urban Outfitters to broaden the pool of candidates it considers in order to change a seven-person board that includes no women or minorities. The proposal, on the ballot for next Tuesday's annual meeting, is being sponsored by pension funds for New York City and Connecticut, retirement plans for Catholic and Lutheran ministries, and Bethesda, Md.-based Calvert Investment Management Inc. , which practices a socially responsible investing strategy.
May 18, 2013 |
Student enrollment at the nation's 105 historically black colleges and universities has become increasingly diverse, while the institutions continue to face challenges in graduation rates, fund-raising, and other areas, according to a report by a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. The report includes elite institutions such as Morehouse and Spelman Colleges and Howard University, and local universities including Cheyney and Lincoln. It was prepared by higher education professor Marybeth Gasman, who studies historically black universities, and her research team.
April 9, 2013 |
The topics ranged from love and sex to history and time, but it was all poetry in motion Sunday at the Arts Bank in Center City. Among the recitals was a graphic short poem by Lamont B. Steptoe, "New Orleans," that described having nonviolent, sexual fun with women in the Big Easy. "Most people can't pull that off," Sean Lynch, 20, said. "It's so hard to pull off being vulgar in poetry. " Lynch, a student at Rutgers University's Camden campus, said he had been writing poetry for a decade but performed for the first time in a public forum during Sunday's 17th annual Poetry Ink. Lynch said Steptoe inspired him to go public.
April 8, 2013 |
We know Johns Hopkins University is devoted to diversity, because it says so. Its "Diversity and Inclusion Statement," a classic of the genre, says the university is "committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion . . . by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students. " Hopkins has an Office of Institutional Equity and a "Diversity Leadership Council" that defines "inclusion" as "active, thoughtful, and ongoing engagement with each other. " Unless you are a member of Voice for Life, an antiabortion group.
April 3, 2013
Quibilla Divine Age: She won't reveal, coyly saying "I'm in my 50s. " Where she's from: Divine is a Philly native who grew up in Allegheny West. She now lives in Tioga. What she does: She received her undergraduate and master's degree from Lincoln University and heads the education department at the Women's Christian Alliance. Divine also volunteers at the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP. What do you like about Philadelphia? "I love the culture, I love the diversity.
March 4, 2013 |
Twenty years ago, after waiting for a newspaper job that never materialized, Colombian émigré Hernan Guaracao, a trained journalist, created Al Día, an eight-page newsletter published from his home in North Philadelphia. It began as a "hobby," Guaracao said in a recent interview, but it had a serious purpose: to present news of interest to Spanish-speaking readers in a format that challenged media stereotypes about Latinos. Today Al Día flourishes as the leading Spanish-English weekly of Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware, a region of a half-million foreign-born Hispanics and their descendants.
February 13, 2013 |
The Great White Way is still white. Although minimally less white. The Asian American Performers Action Coalition this week released its second annual look at ethnic representation on New York stages. The study found that minority actors overall saw a 2 percent increase from the previous season and now stand at 23 percent. The report found that African-American actors were cast in 16 percent of all roles, Hispanics in 3 percent and Asian-Americans in 3 percent. Caucasians filled 77 percent of all roles, far outweighing their respective population size in the metro and tristate areas.
February 4, 2013 |
It's an odd moment in American race relations. Recently, minority coaching and general manager hires in the NFL went a stunning 0 for 15, despite the league's efforts to make its coaching ranks and front offices as diverse as its faces on the field. Our first black president has thus far assembled a second-term cabinet of all white males. And, locally, African American professors at the University of Pennsylvania, in a letter to the school newspaper last week, criticized president Amy Gutmann - who has boldly stood for diversity in her speeches and scholarly writings - for yet another appointment of a white male dean.