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Why the fashion industry's commitment to diversity feels like a fad

Brands’ commitment to change the industry ebbs and flows.
Three looks from the Luar show during February 2024 New York Fashion Week.
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Inside Bethann Hardison's fight to progress and diversify the fashion industry

Feb 5, 2024
Model and agent Bethann Hardison has fought to overturn the culture of racism and discrimination that's pervaded much of the fashion world.
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The life and legacy of A.G. Gaston: a man who quietly helped fund the Civil Rights Movement

Feb 1, 2024
A.G. Gaston was a Black entrepreneur who invested millions of dollars into the Civil Rights Movement and Black America.
Entrepreneur A.G. Gaston, right, alongside Birmingham Mayor George G. Seibels Jr., in front of the the Citizens Federal Savings bank.
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For Indigenous artists, pricing is a tricky proposition

Aug 28, 2023
Some Indigenous artists say they've never been able to charge what their work is truly worth. Now, rising material costs are eating into profits.
Above, people enjoy the Santa Fe Indian Market, which draws roughly 1,200 Indigenous artists and craftspeople from across North America, in 2019.
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There's more evidence that subsidized jobs boost racial equity, report finds

Aug 17, 2023
"There are just a lot of positive ripple effects for communities," says Kali Grant of Georgetown, who co-wrote the updated report.
At the 1963 March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. called for a massive federal jobs program for all Americans.
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Regaining Black farmers’ trust is “challenging," says advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture

After the loan repayment assistance program was scrapped, the USDA is having trouble regaining the trust of Black farmers.
"I've heard it said that when other farmers get a cold, Black farmers get pneumonia," said Dewayne Goldmon, senior advisor for racial equity to the Secretary of Agriculture.
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To boost diversity, companies need to rethink recruiting

Jun 30, 2023
Colleges that educate many students of color say they are open to visits.
If companies want to boost racial diversity, they should seek talent at colleges with student bodies underrepresented in hiring, said Wharton's Peter Cappelli.
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"American companies are going to have to work harder": How today's affirmative action ruling puts U.S. companies at a disadvantage

Jun 29, 2023
Peter Blair Henry, Dean Emeritus of NYU's business school, explains how today's ruling will affect corporate performance.
Supporters of affirmative action protest near the U.S. Supreme Court on June 29.
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Businesses are quieter on social justice issues as support for Black Lives Matter dips

Jun 20, 2023
Although companies are more cautious about their initiatives, most U.S .workers support focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Minneapolis protestors in 2020, the day following the murder of George Floyd. Public support of Black Lives Matter has dipped significantly since 2020's racial justice protests.
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Black homeownership climbed early in the pandemic. Is progress stalling?

Jun 19, 2023
Higher mortgage rates could disproportionately hurt Black homebuyers.
Historically low mortgage rates lifted homeownership across racial and ethnic groups. But those rates have more than doubled since 2021.
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