Diversity Champion

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton Used Royalties From Whitney Houston’s Cover of ‘I Will Always Love You’ To Support Nashville’s Black Community

As if her efforts to invest in COVID-19 vaccines or help to promote literacy for children weren’t enough, it appears that country music legend Dolly Parton is also a staunch supporter of efforts to help build up the Black community — especially in the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee. …

Raven Saunders

Silver Medalist Raven Saunders Breaks Olympic Protest Rules To Call Attention to Oppressed Communities

As if hurling an 8.8-pound shot put 64 feet and 11 inches to win a silver medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics weren’t impressive enough, Charleston, South Carolina’s Raven Saunders has also become one of the few medalists (so far) to use their time on the podium to call attention…

Chantale Wong Becomes First-Ever LGBTQ Woman Nominated to Ambassador-Level Government Position

The Biden White House continues to be a model of diversity and representation, hiring and nominating an ever-growing pool of inclusive individuals for historic government appointments.  Chantale Wong is the latest individual to join that impressive fold after being nominated as the U.S. director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB),…

Vice President Kamala Harris

VP Kamala Harris and DNC Announce $25-Million Initiative to Help Protect Voting Rights Across America

Following efforts by Republicans in numerous states, including Texas, Georgia and Florida, to restrict voter rights and make it harder for people of color to cast a ballot in upcoming elections, Vice President Kamala Harris has announced a new $25-million initiative from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) designed to help…

Zaila Avant-garde

14-Year-Old Zaila Avant-garde Wins National Spelling Bee; First-Ever African American Winner in Event History

With her successful spelling of the word “murraya,” a type of tropical Asiatic and Australian tree, Zaila Avant-garde from Harvey, Louisana won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming the event’s first-ever African American winner and the second Black winner in the competition’s 96-year history, after Jamaica’s Jody-Anne Maxwell won…

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams Under Fire From Conservatives for Singing ‘Black National Anthem’ on PBS July 4th Celebration

Singer, actress and fashion designer Vanessa Williams has ignited a firestorm of controversy on social media by singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” what is often considered the “Black national anthem” as part of her evening hosting PBS’s annual television special “A Capitol Fourth” to celebrate Independence Day. CNN’s Lisa…

Kataluna Enriquez To Become First-Ever Transgender Contestant Competing in Miss USA

In another historic example of inclusion and representation, newly crowned Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez will become the first-ever transgender pageant winner to compete for the Miss USA title. Dan Avery of NBC News reported on Enriquez’s win at the Miss Nevada pageant on Sunday, June 27, a precursor to the…

President Joe Biden

President Biden Signs Sweeping Executive Order To Promote Improved Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Across Federal Workforce

In a complete one-eighty from the anti-diversity initiative former President Trump issued during his final months in office, President Joe Biden has issued a new executive order tasking the dozens of various departments and agencies within the federal government to each create and submit their own unique plan on how…

Gavin Grimm

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Bathroom Access Within Schools

Pride Month is ending on an even happier note following Monday’s Supreme Court announcement that schools can’t force transgender students to use bathrooms that don’t align with their gender identity. Orion Rummler of nonprofit newsroom The 19th reported that the case of Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm began seven…