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Race in the Writers’ Room: How Hollywood Whitewashes the Stories that Shape America

The power of the media to shape images and biases about groups of people has long been acknowledged.  The analysis by Darnell Hunt of UCLA of 1,678 first-run episodes from all 234 of the original, scripted comedy and drama series…

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Thanks to Issa Rae and Ava Duvernay, I See Black People

Ellen McGirt gives a brief history of racism in film processing.  The article includes videos discussing the industry’s use of “Shirley Cards” and an interview with director Ava Duvernay.  To read the entire blog, click here.

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Too Smart To Succeed, Too Good To Win — The Plight Of Black Professionals And Students

It is not uncommon for African Americans to be told by family and friends “You have to be twice as good as other people.” Co-authors J. Luke Wood, Frank Harris III, and Joshua Wood point out that when “excellence disrupts…

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Confronting Racism with Technology: One School’s Story

Inspired by a talk by Not in Our Town presenter and supporter Ruha Benjamin about the ways in which technology facilitates oppression, Minnesota teachers Andy Charrier and Rebecca Bauer developed a program for their students to confront and talk about…

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Racial Literacy Panel, December 14, 2016, 6 p.m.

Continue learning.  Come to Labyrinth Books (122 Nassau St, Princeton) on December 14 to hear Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Not in Our Towns lead racial literacy presenter, Superintendent of Schools Steve Cochrane, former Princeton High School English and History  Supervisor John…

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