Bethann Hardison on why changes in the modeling industry take so long

We hear how model and activist Bethann Hardison continues to fight for diverse runways.
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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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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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"We've got a lot more progress to go" on fixing racial disparities caused by the tax system

Jan 18, 2024
Dorothy Brown of Georgetown University has spent her career researching race and the tax code. Now, she advises the Treasury Department.
The Internal Revenue Service does not collect or publish statistics by race, but there is more to the story, says Dorothy Brown of Georgetown University.
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His EV trip through the Southeast required a charging station map — and privilege

Adam Mahoney, a reporter for Capital B News, explains how driving an electric vehicle put him in a precarious situation as a Black man.
"I wasn’t necessarily as versed in just the long-distance aspect of EV travel with public charging," says Adam Mahoney, a reporter with Capital B News. "So it ended up taking that initial trip from being a five-hour drive to almost 12 hours."
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Poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram explores money as "a state of lack"

Sep 26, 2023
Read an excerpt from the title poem of Bertram's latest work, "Negative Money," which explores race, gender and indebtedness.
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram's "Negative Money," a book of poems, tackles themes including race, gender and debt.
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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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Why federal government data under-represent Native Americans

Apr 7, 2023
One of the reasons revolves around issues of racial classification on official documents like the Census.
Complexities with racial categorization on official documents like the Census make it difficult to accurately represent the number of people in Native groups.
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As book bans sweep the country, an adaptation for young readers pushes back

Mar 6, 2023
Heather McGhee's new version of "The Sum of Us" urges transcending racial barriers and creating "common solutions to our common problems."
Author Heather McGhee greets a young girl as she buys books for her middle school teachers at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. McGhee adapted her book "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" for a young audience.
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Gig workers pay a human price for being managed by algorithms

Dec 23, 2021
From erroneous terminations to racially biased facial recognition tech, what happens when the robot gets it wrong?
From erroneous terminations to racially biased facial recognition software, a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Worker Info Exchange details the hidden issues with popular gig economy apps.
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