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Queen Like Me: new children’s book tells stories of powerful black women

There’s a new book available that seeks to empower young black girls. And it’s doing so by telling the true stories of 15 influential women from the past and present. Queen Like Me: The True Story of Girls Who Changed the World, chronicles the life and times of powerful women of color, and the legacy […]

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Actor Rob Brown settles racial profiling lawsuit with Macy’s

Actor Rob Brown will settle his “shop-and-frisk” racial profiling lawsuit against retailer Macy’s and New York City. Brown, 30, claimed he was handcuffed, paraded through the chain’s flagship store and questioned for hours on June 8, 2013 after being accused of using a fake credit card to purchase a $1,300 watch for his mother. 

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Google to offer women and people of color free coding lessons

Ever since Google unveiled its numbers in terms of diversity regarding its work staff, the company has been making an effort to fix the lack of women and people of color in its offices. Just 17% of Google employees are women, but a new initiative is seeking to change that. 

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Report: 90% of employees at Facebook are white

For the first time in the history of the company, Facebook released its diversity report to the public. The results reveal a huge race and gender gap in terms of employment. 

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Report: Violence against Gender non-conforming people

According to a recent report released by Affinity 95, transgender people and people of color are more likely to be victim of hate crimes, especially homicides. The report, “Violence Against Gender Non-Conforming People,” was released Tuesday. 

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Diverse directors program launched by Sony Pictures

A new initiative will provide the opportunity for candidates to shadow well-known TV directors of various half-hour scripted Sony Pictures TV series. The “Diverse Directors Program” is meant to provide access and training to promising future directors of color. 

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Issa Rae launches initiative for writers of color

YouTube sensation Issa Rae has launched a new initiative to help people of color break into the film industry. “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” creator created the Color Creative to give “great writes of color and platform and an audience.”

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Every single lead actor in the ‘Gods of Egypt’ is white

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Last Wednesday, creation of Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt began. The $150 million film centers on the showdown between the evil god Set and Horus. The issue? All of the lead actors are white. Gerard Butler stars as Set and Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldeu plays Horus. 

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Report: More than 29 million people currently living in slavery

According to the first-ever Global Slavery Index 2013, more than 29 million people are living in slavery around the world. The index, released by Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, takes a look at modern slavery: debt bondage, forced marriage, child labour, human trafficking and forced labor. 

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Coding program offers 1 year scholarship, training for people of color

A one-year progressive coding and app development program is now accepting applications. Code for Progress trains people to “build the digital tools they’ll use to communicate, organize, and mobilize in their communities.

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