Diversity And Innovation

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

LA Mayor Proposes New Anti-Poverty Measure That Would Give Free Cash to Poor City Residents

The Public Policy Institute of California has estimated that more than 20% of people residing in Los Angeles live at or below the national poverty line, making less than $25,500 a year. But a new $24-million anti-poverty program proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti would give free cash to some individuals…

judge bans gay panic defense

Virginia Becomes 12th State in Country to Ban LGBTQ ‘Panic’ as a Defense in Assault and Murder Trials

“Gay panic” or “trans panic” is a common legal defense in many trials for violent crimes and murders where the perpetrator claims they were driven into a violent rage and temporarily went “insane” after discovering the sexuality or gender identity of the person they attacked, thereby allowing the assailant to…

Marijuana legal in new York

New York State Legalizes Marijuana Usage; Millions in Tax Revenue Will Be Used to Promote Racial Equity

Possessing up to three ounces of cannabis (or marijuana) is now legal in the state of New York. Luis Ferré-Sadurní of The New York Times has reported that “after years of stalled attempts, New York State has legalized the use of recreational marijuana, enacting a robust program that will reinvest…

Black girl computer coders

Video Game Association Commits $1 Million to Encourage Black Girls to Learn Coding

The Entertainment Software Association — the trade association of America’s video game industry — has announced they will be spending $1 million to help encourage young Black women to learn computer coding. The new initiative is a partnership with Black Girls Code (BGC), a not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing…

‘Equality Can’t Wait’ Challenge

Finalists Announced for $40 Million ‘Equality Can’t Wait’ Challenge

The company Pivotal Ventures, which is funded through donations from Melinda Gates, MacKenzie Scott, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies and others, has announced the finalists for its ”Equality Can’t Wait Challenge” — a project aimed at awarding $40 million to organizations that are helping to expand women’s power and…

Black News Channel BNC

Cable News Expands to Include More Black Voices with Black News Channel

As the world of cable TV news becomes increasingly fragmented, BNC (Black News Channel) is promising to deliver an alternative news source that looks at breaking news stories through the eyes of Black Americans when it relaunches in March 2021. In a Wall Street Journal exclusive, reporter Lillian Rizzo writes…

racial disparities in healthcare

A Look Inside Acclinate, a Techstars Startup Company Working to Fight Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Disparities in healthcare are one of the biggest problems facing America’s Black and Brown population today, from soaring costs to lack of adequate medical coverage. This is especially true within the realm of medical research, where a vast majority of the testing for new pharmaceuticals and experimental therapies is focused…

Rev. Raphael Warnock speaks at an event at Georgia State University

4 Key Takeaways from Democratic Sweep of Georgia Runoffs; Giant Food to Promote Diverse Products on Grocery Store Shelves; and More

4 Key Takeaways from Democrats sweep of the Georgia Runoffs. In keeping with the 2020 Presidential election, the Georgia Senate runoff elections were a nail-biter with just the narrowest of Democratic wins coming through. Democrat Raphael Warnock, a pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where…

Child studying to improve test scores

Test Scores Drop Dramatically for Black, Hispanic and Poor Children Due to COVID-19; Nasdaq Moves to Require Diversity for Listed Companies; and More

Math and reading test scores have dropped dramatically for Black, Hispanic and poor children due to COVID-19, new study warns. Results of lockdowns, home-schooling, and Zoom classrooms as a result of COVID-19 are starting to come in, and the numbers aren’t good. According to a review of more than 4…