Author: Sheryl Estrada

Is That Kerry Washington on Cover of InStyle

By Sheryl Estrada Updated on Feb. 5 at 7:17 p.m. ET: InStyle magazine has addressed complaints the March 2015 cover photo of Kerry Washington was edited to lighten her complexion. “While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern,” InStyle magazine…

KKK Recognizes Black History Month by Vandalizing S.C. High School

By Sheryl Estrada A large rock that sits outside the front of South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C., was vandalized with the words “Happy N****r Month” written in spray paint. It was signed, “KKK.” Officials at the high school confirmed to Raw Story it happened on Sunday, Feb….

Mormon Church Announces Drastic Shift in LGBT Support

By Sheryl Estrada Elder Dallin H. Oaks speaks at a news conference on Jan. 27, 2014. New laws protecting the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people now have the support of the Mormon Church, with the condition that religious freedom not be compromised. The church, however, still does…

QVC Hosts Mock Black Model's Natural Hair

By Sheryl Estrada QVC host Sandra Bennett has apologized after video surfaced of her mocking a Black model’s natural hair on live TV. In a segment used to sell Dooney & Bourke products, Bennett made the following comment as a camera panned to a Black model with natural hair showing…

'Friendship Nine' Convictions Vacated After More Than 50 Years

By Sheryl Estrada In 2007, members of the Friendship Nine stand at an historical marker in Rock Hill, S.C. Photo courtesy of FriendshipCollege.org Justice has been served more than a half-century after courageous students were sent to jail for taking a stand. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, almost 54 years to…

Viola Davis Slams Hollywood's Lack of Diversity

By Sheryl Estrada Actress Viola Davis’ acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25 showed both heartwarming appreciation for her family, and also the bluntness of her character Annalise Keating. After winning the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her…

Where Is the Diversity in Police Departments

By Sheryl Estrada Police departments around the country continue to lack diversity. On Thursday, USA TODAY released an analysis of Census estimates from 2000 to 2010. Across the nation almost three-quarters of all police officers, detectives and their supervisors are white, while the U.S. population is only about 64 percent…

Addressing the Perceptions of Law Enforcement Prejudice

Jan. 27, 2015 By Sheryl Estrada The perception of biased policing and mistrust of police officers has been prevalent in many Black and Latino communities in the U.S. The shooting death of Michael Brown, the choking death of Eric Garner, and the protests that followed were the tipping point. To…

Deadline for Disability Employment Tracker Extended, Included in Top 50 Survey

By Sheryl Estrada There is now more time to objectively and confidentially assess your company’s disability and veterans employment practicesat no cost. The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has extended the deadline for its free, corporate self-assessment tool called the Disability Employment Tracker to March 2. Now in its second…

Supreme Court Continues to Scrutinize Civil-Rights Acts

By Sheryl Estrada Civil-rights laws of the 1960s continue to be scrutinized by the Supreme Court under the direction of Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative. On Wednesday, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 will be under a judicial microscope. The high court will consider whether a decision by Dallas…