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Race and the free-speech diversion

By Jelani Cobb
Of the many concerns unearthed by the protests at two major universities this week, the velocity at which we now move from racial recrimination to self-righteous backlash is possibly the most revealing. The unrest that occurred at the University of Missouri and at Yale University, two outwardly dissimilar institutions, shared themes of racial obtuseness, arthritic institutional responses to it, and the feeling, among students of color, that they are tenants rather than stakeholders in their universities. Read more

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Racial disparities in higher education: An overview

By Beckie Supiano
(Nov. 10, 2015 | Chronicle of Higher Education) - Racism on American campuses is a matter of national concern again this week following protests at the University of Missouri at Columbia that led on Monday to the resignations of both the campus’s chancellor and the system’s president. Read more

Paley Center honors Quincy Jones, Diahann Carroll at black television tribute

By Tre'vell Anderson
(Oct. 27, 2015 | LATimes.Com) - In what seems to be a historic year for diversity on television, increasing the number of people of color in Hollywood continues to be at the center of conversation. Monday night was no different as the Paley Center for Media hosted a Hollywood Tribute to African American Achievements in Television at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Though a celebratory event for the progress the industry has experienced, the event served as a reminder of countless advances still necessary. Read more

Marvel’s Iceman cometh out

Marvel's Iceman

(Nov. 5, 2015 | The New York Times) - “If I knew then, what I know now” is a familiar, wistful refrain. What would we tell our younger selves if we could? In “Uncanny X-Men” No. 600, which was published Wednesday by Marvel Entertainment, readers get to see the mutant hero Iceman have a conversation with his past self thanks to time travel (because, you know, comics). But it is the younger Iceman that forces the older to acknowledge a truth: He, Bobby Drake, is gay. Read more

Are Americans lying to pollsters about same-sex marriage?

(Nov. 9, 2015 | The Atlantic) - Conservatives have lost the war against same-sex marriage on the two most important fronts: American law and American public opinion. Between 2003 and the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, it had become law in all but 15 states. During the same period, American public opinion shifted swiftly from solid opposition of gay marriage to swelling support. Read more

Geena Davis: Kudos to Jennifer Lawrence, But women in Hollywood have a long way to go

By Geena Davis
(Oct. 27, 2015 | TheDailyBeast.Com) - Something’s going on—you can feel it. Sandra Bullock has a movie coming out Friday in a part that was written for George Clooney. Looks like Charlize Theron is going to play a role that’s been gender-switched, too. In 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen (both with strong female leads) each topped $400,000,000. Jennifer Lawrence writes about pay inequality (yay, Jen!) and the Internet breaks. My peers are getting their stories out there in a big way. And articles are coming out fast and furious, proclaiming that “now things have changed.” Read more

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OWN's new series on religions: BELIEF

The Oprah Winfrey Network featured a new project each evening from October 18-24th entitled BELIEF at 8/7c on OWN. This week-long program featured personal stories of believers of different faiths and cultures, providing insight into how beliefs are able to create unity within humanity despite many differentiations.

By hearing the accounts from two evangelical Christians, a young Jewish boy from Hungary, a pastor and an imam in Nigeria, and a Catholic sojourn, viewers will be exposed to impactful encounters with belief/spirituality and how it affects billions globally. Supplementary to this documentary, Oprah and others hosted a conference call on October 12th to further describe and reflect on the series. Those who are motivated to get further involved are invited to join the “Belief Team”, which could involve anything from hosting a watch party to writing a blog about belief and the series.

There are no current plans to stream the event online or create a purchasable DVD. However, the series will be re-airing on OWN on December 25th, and will be airing internationally in 220 countries beginning in December.

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