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This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

Religion in America Changing in a Big Way

For starters, white Christians no longer make up majority of nation

(Newser) - A major new survey on the religious beliefs of Americans is out, and the Public Religion Research Institute sees a "dramatic transformation" taking place across the country. Two big takeaways from the 2016 survey of 101,000 people: White Christians no longer make up a majority of Americans, with... More »

Google Fires Guy Who Wrote Gender Memo

He says he was canned for 'perpetuating stereotypes'

(Newser) - A male Google engineer who authored a controversial memo on why he thinks women aren't suited to tech jobs is now searching for new employment. James Damore confirmed to Bloomberg that he was fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" and that he's "currently exploring all possible legal... More »

Halle Berry Says Oscar Win Was Meaningless

She's still fighting for diversity in Hollywood

(Newser) - In her off-the-cuff acceptance speech, Halle Berry dedicated her 2002 Oscar for best actress to "every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened." But 15 years later, the opportunities are not at all like she imagined they would... More »

The 10 Most and Least Culturally Diverse Cities in US

Take a bow, Jersey City

(Newser) - Experts say that by 2044—if trends continue—the US will have no ethnic majority for the first time in its history. In the meantime, WalletHub has ranked the 501 largest American cities by cultural diversity, looking at three factors: ethnicity and race, language, and birthplace. Here are the 10... More »

Bachelor Franchise Makes 'Historic' Announcement

Rachel Lindsay will be first African-American lead

(Newser) - After 15 years and 33 seasons, The Bachelor franchise has finally cast its first African-American lead. Rachel Lindsay, one of four women left competing for Nick Viall's heart on the current season of The Bachelor, will kick off her own search for love as The Bachelorette on ABC on... More »

Black Model's Campaign Strikes a Chord

Deddeh Howard subs herself in to ads with white models, to make a point

(Newser) - Deddeh Howard was flipping through a magazine looking for ideas for her fashion blog when she noticed "there were simply no black models in there," she tells Mic . It didn't come as much of a surprise given that Howard, 27, had been rejected by modeling agencies claiming... More »

America's 10 Most Diverse Counties

Hawaiian counties dominate the list

(Newser) - Graphiq has compiled a list of the most diverse counties in the US by calculating the probability that two randomly selected residents will be of different races designated in the US census: white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Hispanic Americans weren't included since they’... More »

Like Harry Potter? You May Have Lower Opinion of Trump

'Fictional story may have implications for general election preferences'

(Newser) - The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was believed to help turn the tide of public opinion away from condoning slavery after it was published in 1852, but even the most popular fictional works today aren't shown to impact political leanings on a mass scale. Now researchers at the University... More »

SCOTUS Rules for UT in Affirmative Action Case

University can consider race in limited manner in admissions process

(Newser) - In a move that surprised even affirmative action advocates, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the University of Texas may indeed take into consideration a student's race during the admissions process, albeit in a limited manner, the Washington Post reports. The vote was 4-3, per the New York Times ... More »

Louboutin Just Redefined the 'Nude' Shoe

Collection includes 7 shades from 'porcelain' to 'chocolate'

(Newser) - In fashion, "nude" usually refers to a beige or peachy color. Christian Louboutin is apparently among the first to realize that shade doesn't represent the skin tone of many. After introducing shoes in five nude shades last year, the designer has expanded the collection to include two new... More »

Oscars Kid Unfazed by Asian Joke, Mom Not So Much

'This was not OK and should never have happened'

(Newser) - Little Estie Kung has never seen Chris Rock's work (not even Madagascar) and doesn't quite understand the ins and outs of child labor. So when the 8-year-old child actor and chef (she's competed on FYI's Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown) became the center of a controversy... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Hid in a Toilet to Evade Oscar Bosses

They didn't support his transformation into Ali G

(Newser) - Back in 2012, Sacha Baron Cohen showed up to the Oscars as his Dictator character and dumped an urn —which he claimed contained the ashes of Kim Jong Il—all over Ryan Seacrest. Not only did Seacrest refuse to interview Baron Cohen on the red carpet this year as... More »

Analysis of Oscar Voters: 91% White, 76% Male

Los Angeles Times crunches the numbers

(Newser) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promised to diversify its membership —but making good on that promise is slow-going: A Los Angeles Times analysis of 5,800 of the academy's 6,261 voting members shows that 91% are white and 76% are male, only a... More »

Actor Was Asked: 'Do Black People Kiss Their Kids?'

'NYT' asks about not being straight, white, male in Hollywood, gets telling answers

(Newser) - What's it like to be in Hollywood if you're not straight or white or a man? Not great, as plenty of recent reports have asserted, but perhaps none so effectively as Melena Ryzik's amazingly quotable piece for the New York Times . Ryzik spoke with 27 "industry... More »

Hollywood Gets Diversity 'Report Cards' (They're Not Good)

2 analyses issue dismal grades for including women, minority, LGBT actors and directors

(Newser) - The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has bounced around Twitter since last year, and it doesn't look like Hollywood's lack of diversity will be resolved anytime soon, per a USA Today report. The paper surveyed 14 studios about 184 movies being released in 2016, and the results show "disappointingly few... More »

Meryl Streep: 'We're All Africans, Really'

Actress defends film festival jury's all-white panel

(Newser) - Hot on the heels of her "slave" T-shirt controversy , Meryl Streep is under fire again. She's the jury president at the Berlin International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 11-21, and the seven-member jury is all white. Questioned about its makeup, Streep had an interesting response, the AP reports:... More »

#OscarsSoWhite? Not SAG, Sundance

Big wins for diverse actors, productions Saturday night at 2 ceremonies

(Newser) - In a flurry of wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, diversity made itself forcefully heard, reports the AP . Over a few hours Saturday night, the SAG Awards and Sundance showered honors on performers and films that presented a stark contrast to the crisis that... More »

University Slammed for Controversial Job Ad

White, Asian candidates appeared to be excluded

(Newser) - The University of Louisville is under fire after advertising an opening for a professor—an "African-American, Hispanic-American, or Native American Indian" professor, to be exact. Inside Higher Ed first highlighted the job ad in an article titled, "Whites, Asians Need Not Apply," and noted that the ad... More »

Student Protesters Occupy Occidental's Admin Building

Another diversity-related protest is making headlines

(Newser) - The latest higher education campus to see protests over racial issues: California's Occidental College, where whites make up 50.6% of the student body and minority students say the campus climate is inhospitable. Students have been protesting over diversity issues, with a list of demands including more programming and... More »

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