The highly anticipated "Baby-Sitters Club" series premieres on Netflix on July 3; it is fresh, intersectional and inspiring. This new programming is destined to be an instant hit with kids and parents alike. In our exclusive interview with Rachel Shukert, showrunner and executive producer, she explains that the book series was inclusive for the time and they shifted that inclusion forward two decades as opposed to reimagining the series. It is an organic shift and it works. The core girls provide personal insights on how they hope this groundbreaking series will inspire others to be more open to and accepting of diversity of thought, abilities, racial background, sexual identity and more. They are truly excited to be performing on a platform that will make kids feel seen and celebrated. Read more.
Nickelodeon's "Nick News" returned to the airwaves this week with the "Kids, Race and Unity" special hosted by singer Alicia Keys, one of several specials being planned by the network. The program addresses questions and experiences of black youth in America in the wake of protests triggered by the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Netflix is developing a six-part series based on the formative high school years of Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL player who sparked controversy by peacefully protesting police brutality during games. The series will be directed by Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Kaepernick. "Colin's story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience," says DuVernay.
Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett has signed a first-look production partnership with New Republic Pictures for her Dirty Films production company. "While it is well-settled that she is among the greatest screen and stage actresses of our time, Cate also happens to have a fierce entrepreneurial vision and instinct for finding, developing, packaging and producing the kind of poignant and transportive film events that are at the heart of what Brian and I are building at New Republic," says New Republic's Bradley Fischer.
Sunday's telecast of the BET Awards captured the plight of the Black community, writes Daniel Fienberg, and featured emotional performances by artists including Alicia Keys, Public Enemy and Jennifer Hudson. Beyonce was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year award.
Microsoft's Satya Nadella and Amazon's Jeff Bezos recently issued statements about racial inequality and injustice, with Bezos urging employees to "take some time to reflect, learn and support each other" on Juneteenth and Nadella committing his company to diverse hiring, training and investment. Meanwhile, VMWare already mandates that interview pools include a woman or "an underrepresented minority," but CEO Pat Gelsinger is expanding that to require both.
The US is on the verge of radical social change, but the moment may slip by unless foundations get on board, say Jawanza Malone of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and other nonprofit leaders. Foundations can ensure social justice groups receive adequate funding and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts internally by hiring more diverse staff members, says consultant Keecha Harris.
A professional development community known as the Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy has formed to support women of color in the philanthropic sector. The organization will create a support system for women of color where members can mentor and work with one another.
The Equitable Giving Circle is establishing a giving circle-style initiative led by Black women aimed at feeding families of color in the Portland, Ore., area. The organization initially planned to launch this fall but accelerated its timeline in response to the coronavirus, says Director A.J. McCreary.
A pair of Change.org petitions generated $10 million after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the for-profit platform says it will give $6 million of that total to racial justice organizations. The organization also says it plans internal changes, such as increasing diversity and conducting anti-racism training.
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