Check out our news roundup of diversity and inclusion updates and insights from across the U.S.:
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Calls Out NFL’s Lack of Diversity
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin is one of the few men of color coaching an NFL team. During an interview with NFL Network last week, he called the league’s lack of diversity a “joke,” CBS Sports reports.
In 2019, Tomlin commented on the issue, noting that despite the Rooney Rule, a NFL policy that requires league teams to interview ethnic-minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation positions, the executive and coaching ranks were not diverse.
“It was a disappointing hiring cycle for someone who watches it like I do, knowing some of the deserving men I do who I thought should have gotten an opportunity and didn’t. But we’ll continue to work and fight for equality and opportunity,” Tomlin said in 2019.
Tomlin is on the executive board of Locksley’s National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches, which was formally announced on Thursday. The nonprofit will create a list of diverse coaches who Tomlin and others will vet and advocate for as openings arise in the pro and college ranks in executive and administrative roles, according to CBS Sports.
Zoë Kravitz Criticizes Hulu After Cancellation of “High Fidelity,” Cites Lack of Diversity
Actress Zoë Kravitz took to Instagram to criticize Hulu after the cancellation of her show, High Fidelity, Variety reports.
After sharing an Instagram post in which Kravitz thanked the cast, crew, and viewers alongside a slideshow of photos from her time on the series, actress Tessa Thompson commented on Kravitz’s post, writing, “I will miss you alllllllllllll so much.”
Kravitz replied, “It’s cool,” before she added, “At least Hulu has a ton of other shows starring women of color we can watch. Oh wait.”
The limited series Little Fires Everywhere is the only other original scripted series on Hulu featuring a Black woman (Kerry Washington) in the lead, according to Vogue.
Video of the Death of Inmate Shaheen Mackey Leaked
A video showing the death of Shaheen Mackey in police custody in June 2018 has been leaked recently and outrage is building, according to reports. Mackey, 41, was being held at the Luzerne County Jail in Pennsylvania on June 6 for an alleged violation of a protection-from-abuse order. On June 8, he was pronounced dead in a hospital after being on life support.
The leaked video, which is very graphic, shows Mackey sitting in a chair while several guards restrain him. One corrections officer is holding a cloth around Mackey’s face as he has an epileptic seizure while restrained. Mackey’s family says in a lawsuit that he had frequent seizures and that the guards tased him while he was convulsing.