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Comcast NBCUniversal: Diversity Delivers Box Office Gold

Illumination Entertainment's 2016 summer blockbuster "The Secret Life of Pets," which features the voice of actor/comedian Kevin Hart, was a big success.

(Comcast NBCUniversal is No. 19 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list)


With a strong overall performance in 2016, Universal Pictures and Focus Features' film slates showcased global stories featuring diverse casts, writers, producers, and directors. The year's biggest success was Illumination Entertainment's summer blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, which featured the voice of actor/comedian Kevin Hart. The movie delighted audiences of all ages, boasting the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise, at the domestic box office.

With a worldwide box office of $125 million, Ride Along 2, from producers Ice Cube, Will Packer, and Matt Alvarez, defied the precipitous drop that many comedy sequels experience and dethroned Star Wars: The Force Awakens from its four-week reign at number one. The multicultural cast included Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Sherri Shepard, Carlos Gomez, and Itkarsh Ambudkar.

Producer Arianne Sutner was an Academy Award nominee for Kubo and the Two Strings, an Oscar-nominated Best Animated Feature Film from animation studio LAIKA, distributed by Focus Features. The movie, which included George Takei and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in its voiceover cast, also received an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects, the first animated film to be so honored in 23 years. Kubo and the Two Strings won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Animated Film.

The true story of Mildred and Richard Loving, who paved the way in the 1960s for marriage equality, was told in Focus Features' Loving, produced by Sarah Green and Nancy Buirski. Ruth Negga's portrayal of Mildred Loving earned her Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and NAACP Image Award nominations. Recognizing the Lovings' courage, the Governor of Virginia announced that starting in 2017, June 12th will be known as Loving Day to recognize and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision that ruled in favor of the couple and reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry.

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Learn more about Comcast NBCUniversal in the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Report.

The New Congress Must Change 'Appalling Lack of Diversity Among Top Staff'

"The American public was more likely to elect a person of color to the House than House members were to hire top staff of color," according to a Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report.

As a result of Tuesday's midterm elections, Democrats have won a majority in the House of Representatives, and Republicans will remain in control of the Senate, but Congress, as a whole, needs to make diversity a priority when it comes to hiring top staff members.

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Kavanaugh vs. Ford

A tale of a complete lack of diversity causing bad decisions, and shifting opinions nationwide, as well as a teachable moment for corporate America.

Having zero diversity, and by trying to make it "Kavanaugh vs. Ford," the old, white Republican men lost control of the nomination, and made it about them versus all women, a situation that, at best, will be a Pyrrhic victory.

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Latino Employees Fired in Miami for Being Too Latino

Company leadership says loud, sexy, Hispanic employees with ethnic mannerisms are not allowed.

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Former employees at Swire Properties filed a lawsuit in August against the company claiming they were fired because there was no place for "Hispanic Emotionalism" at work.

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If You Want Alexa to Respond, Sound Like a White Person from California

AI products like Amazon's Alexa and Google Home discriminate against minorities with accents.

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A study done recently by two research groups, Globalme and Pulse Labs, and the Washington Post revealed that certain artificial intelligence (AI) technology only works for people who resemble the demographic of its creators and testers.

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N-word, Swastikas and 'Wite Pride' Painted on BLM Activist's Truck

Racism rears its head in an integrated neighborhood. Where is it safe?

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Symbols of Black Lives Matter and the "Black Panther" movie on Hubert Roberts' truck made it a target for vandals on Juneteenth in Clio, Mich. The N-word was painted in white on one side, "Wite Pride" on the other side, swastikas spread around, tires slashed and red shoelaces hung from his mirrors, an old KKK tactic.

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Rep. to Trump: Consult a ‘Not-white-guy’ on Immigration

"I would encourage @realDonaldTrump & his fellow GOP white guys to consult a not-white-guy in their efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform in less than 24 hours," said Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.).

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Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III (Mass.) has called out President Trump on his all-white cronies.

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AT&T Is All of Us

AT&T releases its 2017 annual diversity and inclusion report.

AT&T is different.

Every single one of us is distinct. Millennial. Boomer. Latina. Asian. Transgender. Techie. Military veteran. Whatever words you choose to describe us, one thing is certain: AT&T would not be the powerful, innovative company we are today without every single one of us.

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Video: Diversity is 'Un-American,' a 'Bunch of Crap,' Says Republican Congressional Candidate

Seth Grossman once said, "I do know of many Africans who wish their ancestors had been taken to America as slaves, and who are now risking their lives on flimsy boats every day to come to America."

In a room of among many of his peers — white, male conservatives — Seth Grossman pleaded his case that diversity threatens the "traditional ways that made America great" and is a "bunch of crap" supported by Democrats and communists.

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