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.
February 2, 2013 |
A battle over University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann's commitment to diversity has been playing out on the pages of the student newspaper this week. In a letter to the Daily Pennsylvanian, a group of senior faculty in the Africana studies department blasted Gutmann as failing to add leaders of color to her administration while touting diversity as an initiative. Their letter was prompted by Gutmann's decision last month to appoint Steven J. Fluharty, who is white and had been senior vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology, psychology, and neuroscience, as the new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
February 1, 2013 |
A battle over University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann's commitment to diversity has been playing out on the pages of the student newspaper this week. In a letter to The Daily Pennsylvanian published Wednesday, a group of senior faculty in the Africana Studies department blasted Gutmann for failing to add leaders of color to her administration, while she has touted diversity as an initiative. Their letter was prompted by Gutmann's decision earlier this month to appoint Steven J. Fluharty, who is white and had been senior vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology, psychology and neuroscience, as the new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
January 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The composition of President Obama's second-term Cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president's team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in Obama's inner circle. Solis, a former California congresswoman and one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the Cabinet, said she was departing after leading the department during the economic storms of the first term. She was the nation's first Hispanic labor secretary.
January 4, 2013 |
A LOT of people in this city understand that embracing diversity isn't just about sensitivity. It's about survival. In a conversation I had with Mayor Nutter in May, he said that if Philadelphia wants to thrive, it needs to embrace its changing demographics. That includes an increasing number of new immigrants who are buying homes, opening businesses and in 2010 were a huge part of Philadelphia's first population increase in decades. The city gets it. So why don't the Mummers?
January 3, 2013 |
New Jersey Democrats have long argued that they would approve only "diverse" nominees to the state Supreme Court. But now, as liberal opposition builds against Gov. Christie's most recent picks, the definition of diverse appears to be changing. One of the two nominees, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and would be the first Asian American on the high court. Yet the Legislature's black caucus, the state Latino Action Network, and a broad coalition of more than 50 groups, including teachers' unions and Planned Parenthood, are opposing Bauman and the other nominee, Robert Hanna, who is white, primarily because they would not make the court more diverse - and specifically, because they're not African American or Latino.
December 16, 2012 |
Magic realism has never gone out of fashion in literature, but it hasn't had much of a presence in art since the late 1950s, when informed art-world tastes turned to bolder, bigger, less-allusive art. Over the last decade, though, the psychologically complex, dreamy paintings of Paul Cadmus, Jared French, George Tooker, Dorothea Tanning, Ivan Albright, and others have found an appreciative audience in artists who've grown up with books and movies (and...
November 29, 2012 |
One is a Colombian-born lawyer and judge, another the first Latina named to Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, and the third a veteran municipal lawyer who is now president judge of Berks County Court. This diverse trio of jurists - U.S. Magistrate Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, Common Pleas Court Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, and Berks President Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl - were nominated Tuesday by President Obama to three federal judgeships in Philadelphia. All three, if confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate, will hold lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.