National Public Radio (NPR) has committed to inclusive hiring practices by releasing its newsroom diversity data each year. Last month, the diversity data for 2017 was released for 377 employees. All data was self-reported. I also compared these numbers to NPR’s 2016 diversity data.
Here’s the race/ethnicity breakdown:
Change Year-Over-Year – White: -.3%
Change Year-Over-Year – Latino: .7%
Change Year-Over-Year – Black: .8%
Change Year-Over-Year – Asian: -6.%
Two or More Reported: 2.1%
Change Year-Over-Year – Two or More Reported: -.5%
American Indian: .3%
Change Year-Over-Year – American Indian: 0%
Here’s the gender split:
Change Year-Over-Year – Male (%): -1.1%
Change Year-Over-Year – Female (%): +1.1%
Obviously, there are some problems here. The first problem is that the data is self-reported, so we can assume that respondents self-selected to participate. The second problem is that there is not nearly enough diversity on staff. The third problem is that progress towards more diversity is proceeding too slowly. More progress needs to be made!
Jordan Peele hit the trifecta of Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay) with his debut feature “Get Out.” (Definitely see it if you haven’t yet!!) Peele achieved this with his debut feature, making him only the third director and the first African-American director to do so.
Here are some stats on African-American nominees for the Best Director Oscar:
Estimated Number of Best Director Oscar Nominees, 1927-2017: 451
This number covers 90 years of the Academy Awards, with an average of 5 directors nominated per year.
Number of African-American Best Director nominees: 5
John Singleton for “Boyz N The Hood” (1991)
Lee Daniels for “Precious” (2009)
Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave” (2013)
Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight” (2016)
Jordan Peele for “Get Out” (2017)
Percentage of African-American Best Director nominees to total Best Director nominees: 1.11%
Decades with the highest number of African-American Best Director nominees:
African-American Best Director winners: 0
I want Peele to win!!
These numbers are terrible! The Academy needs to not only recognize, but reward, inclusive stories and storytellers!!
FILE PHOTO – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
The 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia case is soon approaching. The case struck down bans on interracial marriage, and continues to resonate today. With that in mind, I was curious to see any data on interracial marriages: Has the number gone up? Has societal disapproval gone down?
Let’s take a look:
Who’s Marrying Out?
In 1970, less than 1% of all married couples were interracial.
In 1980, 6%+ of newlyweds were interracial, and only 3% of all marriages were interracial.
In 2013, 12% of newlyweds (a record high) married someone of a different race, and 6.3% of all marriages were interracial.
The Absolute Rise of Intermarriage (Priceonomics)
Who’s Down with Marrying Out?
In 1986, only 30% of survey respondents felt interracial marriage is acceptable for everyone. But that same percentage of respondents did not feel interracial marriage was acceptable for anyone.
In 2009, 83% of survey respondents were accepting of interracial marriage.
In 2012, 93% of people approve of interracial marriage.
And let’s end on one more noteworthy statistic that warms my heart and gives me hope for the future:
“More than four-in-ten Americans (43%) say that more people of different races marrying each other has been a change for the better in our society.”
7 Best Supporting Actress Nominees Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Naomie Harris (The Wrap)
Remember how the last couple of Oscar ceremonies were plagued by a lack of diverse nominees, especially in the major categories? The Academy has appeared to learn from that. The change has become especially clear in the acting categories. This year, each acting category has at least one Black nominee.
Washington is now the most nominated Black actor in Oscar history. He’s had six previous nominations, two for Best Supporting Actor and four for Best Actor. He won Best Supporting Actor in “Glory” in Best Actor for “Training Day” in 2001.
Best Actress: Ruth Negga (“Loving”)
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (“Fences”), Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), Octavia Spender (“Hidden Figures”)
This year is the first time an acting category has had three Black nominees. The last time an acting category had two Black nominees was in 1985, when Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey were both nominated for “The Color Purple.”
This is the second time the Best Supporting Actress category has had three non-white nominees. The first time was in 2007, with Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls,” and Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi for “Babel” nominated.
Davis made history this year by becoming the first Black actress to score three Oscar nominations. Previously, Whoopi Goldberg was the only Black actress to have two Oscar nominations. She won the Oscar for her second nomination for her performance in “Ghost” in 1991.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (also known as…Coachella) runs over two weekends in April. Headliners were announced earlier this month, and music superstar/feminist/legend for our times Beyonce will headline each Saturday’s performance at the main Coachella stage.