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'Asian Bae' Of 'Insecure' Explains Why His Role Is Groundbreaking For Asian Guys | HuffPost
“I was ashamed of being Chinese as a kid, and would revel anytime I was confused for Polynesian, Hawaiian or Maori, because these other ethnicities had an exotic attraction and appeal that my [being] Chinese didn’t carry in a white society ― the irony being each of those ethnicities were at one time influenced by Chinese.”
insecure-tv  profiles  asian-men  black-women  huffingtonpost.com  diversity-in-hollywood  dating  interracial-relationships  kimberly-yam  alexander-hodge 
8 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, brings diversity to VC
Hamilton’s vision that the Valley’s lack of diversity wasn’t a talent-pipeline problem as much as a resources problem: Diverse entrepreneurs needed money.

Matthews, for her part, cites the unique pressure of raising money as a black female founder: “Whenever you are a black face in a white space, your presence represents all black people. You don’t have the ability to be flawed. Any mistake you make, that will be the one data point to explain an entire people.”

Hamilton knows that feeling well. She recalls the fellow VC who once told her that for Backstage to be taken seriously, it needs to be an “outlier” in terms of its performance. “He said I need to be better than everyone in order to be seen as an equal,” she says. “It’s very unfair. But he can ship it to me; I’m not signing for it. I don’t feel the pressure.”
arlan-hamilton  backstage-capital  vc-funding  profiles  fastcompany.com  jessica-matthews 
12 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
The love doctors of Thirst Aid Kit on why it’s important for women to lust out loud
NP: At our first movie night, which was Magic Mike XXL, this one woman was crying with her friend. She said, “It’s just so beautiful to be in this environment, in this safe space, and hoot and holler at the screen with this community.” I loved that, it was so moving.

BA: I hope that the fact that we’re so clear about our intentions, that we’re not here to get gossip, has meant that people are more open to coming on the show. We’re asking intelligent, insightful questions, and we are looking for them to answer in a similar fashion.

NP: When we first started out, we got a little criticism. “If men were doing this, would it be sexist?” I responded that men would not examine why they find these people attractive. It would just be about a bunch of T&A.
marnie-shure  bim-adewunmi  nichole-perkins  avclub.com  thirst-aid-kit-podcast  profiles  john-cho  ryan-coogler  chris-evans 
12 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
Naomi Osaka’s Breakthrough Game - The New York Times
“Everything about Naomi breaks the mold,” says Kenshi Fukuhara, a producer with Wowow. “Physically, she’s so much more powerful than other Japanese players. She looks more like Serena, but she’s very Japanese inside.” #ugh
brook-larmer  nytimes.com  profiles  athletes  naomi-osaka  tennis  serena-williams 
september 2018 by yolandaenoch
NYLON · Naima Ramos-Chapman Wants Men To Take Responsibility For Themselves
And Nothing Happened details a woman living with an unendingly complex array of emotions following a sexual assault. She tries to leave her home, to relate to her family, to get motivated to be herself again, to love her own body, to sexually excite herself, to just think and be, but her victimhood keeps intruding. It's a powerful few minutes, and it left me speechless after I saw it at the 2016 BlackStar Film Festival. Naturally, I'd be headed to see where this lighting bolt struck next.

Ramos-Chapman is raising money to finish her newest short, the breathtakingly rich and arresting Piu Piu. A spiritual sequel to And Nothing Happened, you can find it on the front page of Kickstarter's website as I write this. [Ed. note: It has since been fully funded] She's involved in the newest sensation on TV, Random Acts of Flyness, created by her longtime associate Terence Nance.
naima-ramos-chapman  nylon.com  profiles  terence-nance  piu-piu-movie  and-nothing-happened-movie 
september 2018 by yolandaenoch
An Interview With a Woman Who Runs a Construction Company
Seyi Falade, the executive director at Cornerstone Barricades, a Maintenance of Traffic service provider specializing in road construction safety.
seyi-falade  construction  manrepeller.com  profiles  cornerstone-barricades 
august 2018 by yolandaenoch
Spike Lee Wants ‘BlacKkKlansman’ to Wake America Up | Time
This is Lee’s way of wondering when black people, liberals and Americans in general will stop falling for what he repeatedly calls the “okey-doke.” By that he means the tricks—which Lee calls the skulduggery, the shenanigans, the subterfuge and the bamboozlement—that straight, white American men masterfully use to stay in control. Lee is a student of history, and so he understands where these tricks are hiding and what form they might take in the future. He’s obsessed with the okey-doke.

When Lee speaks about what happened to Ali, what happened to Martin Luther King Jr. and other radicals, you know he is dealing with the anxiety of what America will do to him, when it’s all said and done. It’s one of the reasons why Lee is so loud, so brash and seems to never take his foot off the Spike gas—Americans haven’t earned the right to be comfortable around him yet. What James Baldwin said in 1968 could apply to Lee in 2018: “It is not for us to cool it.”

These are the moments when the wall Lee has built against the okey-doke shifts enough to be cordial. He entertains what must be a daily conversation with a stranger about the Knicks and the Yankees. Yet in times like this, his guard isn’t down but twice as high, because this is when others get too comfortable as conversations about his work take a backseat to sports. It’s a reminder that much of white America is still terrified to engage with the work of Spike Lee but would love to chat about courtside theatrics. Sticking to sports is one of the easy ways to sprint toward equality without dealing with our history.
profiles  rembert-browne  spike-lee  time.com  blackkklansman-movie  james-baldwin  martin-luther-king-jr  malcom-x  racism 
august 2018 by yolandaenoch
How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night
What they were able to do that night, better than anybody else on the air, was capture how black people really felt about West’s comments. About halfway through, Baker said: “He doesn’t realize we just want music and sneakers from him. That’s it. That’s it. We don’t want you to change the world, none of that [expletive].” He added: “I just want all white people to notice how black people are not trying to stop Kanye. We’re just looking at this like: ‘Word? You’re on your own, my nigga.’ ”

Lena Waithe, the actress and writer on “Master of None,” was a guest on the show earlier this year. She told me that going on “Desus and Mero” feels like how it must have felt for black performers to go on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in the early ’90s. “You could tell there was a level of comfort when they went on ‘Arsenio,’ ” she said. “They would talk about things they wouldn’t talk about if they were on ‘The Tonight Show,’ with Johnny Carson. I have fun on Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden, but I feel like, with [Desus and Mero], it felt like going to your favorite cousin’s crib and talking about the events of the day and what’s going on. It doesn’t feel like it’s a talk show.”
jazmine-hughes  the-new-york-times  profiles  desus-&-mero  daniel-baker  joel-martinez 
june 2018 by yolandaenoch
Ava DuVernay on the importance of images, having a voice — and why she flipped the script in ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ — The Undefeated
She said she has this take on things because she started being a filmmaker when she was in her early 30s. “Ryan Coogler is 31, and he’s made three films. I look at that and I think I started late. My story’s not just race and gender. It’s age. … Beautiful women filmmakers have made films, but it’s been a challenge for them to have certain resources and support. So it just makes me feel like, ask for what you want. … They’re probably going to say no, but you can still ask and you can still push, and if their answer’s no, you say yes to yourself in a different way.”
ava-duvernay  profiles  kelly-l-carter  the-undefeated 
march 2018 by yolandaenoch
Donald Glover Can’t Save You
Zazie Beetz had told me that she’s often cast for her light skin, as “a pop of color” in a role that could go to a white actress, and that she knew some fans of “Atlanta” had wanted Van to be darker-skinned. “I don’t know if I was cast off of talent instead of look,” she said. “That’s my insecurity.” Glover said that it was talent. “But I was also, like, ‘People are going to feel that way about her—and they should.’ We have to show the consequences.” He noted that his own skin color had surely influenced his career, beginning with his first job, as a writer on “30 Rock.” “I wondered, Am I being hired just because I’m black?” Tina Fey, the show’s creator and star, told me that the answer was in large part yes; she admired Glover’s talent but hired him because funds from NBC’s Diversity Initiative “made him free.”
tad-friend  donald-glover  profiles  atlanta-tv  new-yorker 
february 2018 by yolandaenoch
How Joy Reid of MSNBC Became a Heroine of the Resistance - The New York Times
“Our prime directive is to constantly remind people that this is not normal and not to allow it to become mundane,” Ms. Reid said of the Trump presidency.
the-new-york-times  joy-reid  profiles  donald-trump  laura-m-holson  fake-news 
february 2018 by yolandaenoch
Who Designed The Costumes For JAY-Z's "Family Feud?" Ayanna James Is Behind Your Fave 'Insecure' Looks
The Jamaican-born designer who grew up in South Florida got her start in the industry as most do, assisting on small shoots in Los Angeles and blogging about fashion in her spare time. James then moved her way up the ranks by styling celebs like Usher, Carmelo Anthony, and Issa Rae herself. And it's that connection with Rae that gave her a life-changing opportunity.
katie-dupere  bustle  not-the-standout  jay-z  issa-rae  ayanna-james  profiles 
december 2017 by yolandaenoch
Profile of Erica Garner by @Mic's @aaronlmorrison
@Mic's @aaronlmorrison takes a look back at her tireless pursuit of justice following the death of her father at the hands of police in 2014.: http://bit.ly/2BZnQnp
erica-garner  eric-garner  deaths  profiles  mic  Twitter-moments  police-brutality 
december 2017 by yolandaenoch
Bozoma Saint John just might be the most quotable woman on earth
She’s so skilled in the world of marketing, branding and technology that she was heavily sought after for her successful strategies by big names such as record producer and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine, who recruited her to lead marketing for the company.

The Wesleyan University graduate was also head of music and entertainment marketing for PepsiCo before heading over to Beats. Beats Music was later acquired by Apple, and Saint John became head of global and consumer marketing of iTunes and Apple Music.

On doing the work when no one in the room looks like you:

I curse at home first. And then I go in calmly, [wearing] some kind of bright color to distract. ‘If you want a show, I’ll give you a show.’ And then you bring all the receipts and you bring the work. At the end of the day, you have to bring all of the work — the work that you’ve done that’s more in-depth, tighter, more brilliant than anybody else can bring. Because that’s the only way to ensure that you actually get the next shot, and the next chance.
bozoma-saint-john  the-undefeated  kelley-d-evans  profiles 
october 2017 by yolandaenoch
Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire - NYTimes.com
They spent much of their energy one-upping rivals like Lyft. Uber devoted teams to so-called competitive intelligence, purchasing data from an analytics service called Slice Intelligence. Using an email digest service it owns named Unroll.me, Slice collected its customers’ emailed Lyft receipts from their inboxes and sold the anonymized data to Uber. Uber used the data as a proxy for the health of Lyft’s business. (Lyft, too, operates a competitive intelligence team.)
uber  unrollme  travis-kalanick  mike-isaac  the-new-york-times  profiles 
april 2017 by yolandaenoch
A Peek Inside Her Agenda: Aarthi Ramamurthy | HER AGENDA
Aarthi is the Founder and CEO of Lumoid, a Y Combinator-backed startup that provides rentals for drones, photography gear, and home audio systems, as well as try-before-you-buy boxes for wearables, headphones, and bluetooth speakers.
her-agenda  y-combinator-startups  lumoid  profiles  aarthi-ramamurthy 
february 2017 by yolandaenoch
Issa Rae's Long Road From YouTube to HBO | The Daily Dot
“POC [people of color] are always having to think about how they are being perceived, making people feel comfortable while navigating their own insecurities,” says Rae. “That’s something I find interesting and compelling, and that’s something that non-people of color can’t relate to.”
issa-rae  profiles 
august 2016 by yolandaenoch
'Another Round' Hosts on Radio, Race, and What Goes into the Show's Secret Sauce
Harris-Perry echoes Coates: "Toni Morrison has already talked about how the specific story is the universal," she says. "You don't set out to tell a universal story. You set out to tell an individual story in the most detailed and deeply human way that you can. That's a lesson we've learned from African-American women writers. And that's a lesson that they reinforce."
another-round-podcast  profiles  heben-nigatu  tracy-clayton 
may 2016 by yolandaenoch
A ‘Hamilton’ Star’s Story: How Leslie Odom Jr. Became Aaron Burr, Sir
“As a black actor, I can just tell you that I saw the potential to turn what is expected of us so often on its head,” he said. “We’re oftentimes asked to stop the show, or to make ‘em laugh, but we’re very rarely asked for vulnerability, very rarely asked for complication. And here was a role where he got to do ‘Room Where It Happens’ and he gets to do ‘Dear Theodosia.’ You just don’t find parts like that. You don’t.”
hamilton-broadway  leslie-odom-jr  profiles 
may 2016 by yolandaenoch
How Kerry Washington Became A Publicity Magician
Washington’s not ashamed, or shy, about her personal life. She’s happy to flaunt it; she just won’t let you access it. >> Like Olivia Pope, Washington’s savvier than that: If you don’t put the commodity on the market, you don’t look like a control freak when you try to dictate what others do with it.
kerry-washington  profiles 
may 2016 by yolandaenoch
Is this Oakland startup an Etsy for home-cooked food?
Co-founder Charley Wang said that its {Josephine's} missions—labor justice, food justice and tech equity—are contrary to those often found in the startup scene. Its purpose is to serve as a marketplace for community members to make money from cooking, something they’re doing already to feed their families.
food-startups  josephine-app  startups  profiles 
march 2016 by yolandaenoch
Tracy Clayton
“Go first.”

When I was in high school, if I had a presentation or a report to give, I was so terrified—I was a huge introvert, and public speaking made me want to die. My mother said to me, “Go first and just get it over with so you can relax—the worst thing is having to sit and wait to have to do something that scares you.”

From that day on, whenever I had a report to give, I volunteered to go first, as shy and terrified as I was, and it has now become a habit. When I have something tough and uncomfortable to do, I do my best to push through it quickly, keeping my eyes trained on the moment that I cross the finish line, which makes it all worth it.
profiles  tracy-clayton  interviews 
march 2016 by yolandaenoch
Tracy Oliver Essay - I Will Not Defend My Choice to Write Black Characters
"I'm sorry, do you ask white writers that?" // She was clearly uncomfortable, but I wouldn't let it go. What happens when white writers come in here to talk about their material? Do you ask them why they "feel a need" to write about themselves? Their friends? Their families? Why they're inspired to write characters that look and sound like them?
tracy-oliver  profiles  diversity-in-hollywood 
february 2016 by yolandaenoch
PBS NewsHour: Danai Gurira
The stories about Africans always somehow miraculously had a western protagonist, and I was like 'wow.' Do we not merit our own ability to tell our own stories?
danai-gurira  profiles 
february 2016 by yolandaenoch
The Meaning of Serena Williams
There is another, perhaps more important, discussion to be had about what it means to be chosen by global corporations. It has to do with who is worthy, who is desirable, who is associated with the good life. As long as the white imagination markets itself by equating whiteness and blondness with aspirational living, stereotypes will remain fixed in place.
serena-williams  profiles  claudia-rankine 
february 2016 by yolandaenoch
Ramit Sethi Will Piss You Off. And Then He’ll Change Your Life.
Learning about human nature has taught me to be infinitely more compassionate about people. // I also think more of us should learn from uncomfortable sources. I’ve heard people say, OMG, you read THAT site? Whether it’s Fox News, Jezebel, whatever…if you allow yourself to only exist in an echo chamber, how can you be the best?
ramit-sethi  product-hunt  profiles 
february 2016 by yolandaenoch
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