Women stunt performers are speaking out about racism and sexism in Hollywood
There’s a curious assertion on the IMDb trivia page for the 1994 movie “True Lies” that seemingly takes the action comedy’s title to heart: “Jamie Lee Curtis performed the helicopter rescue scene herself,” it reads. “At her insistence, director James Cameron agreed to let her perform this scary spectacle.”That might come as news to longtime stuntwoman Donna Keegan, who executed the stunt in question.Keegan talks about that scene in the new documentary “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story” and it’s absolutely riveting to hear her describe her thought process as a clip from the movie plays. C...
How to build an anti-racist STEM lab: Tips from a scientist
CHICAGO — Environmental scientist and ecologist Bala Chaudhary is used to her published papers on microbes getting, maybe, 100 clicks.But the DePaul University assistant professor’s latest paper, “Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab,” (co-authored with Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, a University of California at Merced professor of soil biogeochemistry) has been viewed over 13,000 times and downloaded more than 7,000 times.“Asmeret and I have been floored by the response,” Chaudhary said. “So many people have said that they used our paper to guide the first conversations that they organized...
Appeals court rules against Minnesota school district in 'landmark' bias case
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a transgender student at Coon Rapids High School had a right to use the boys’ locker room.Instead, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had directed the student, N.H., to use an “enhanced privacy” bathroom separate from the boys’ locker room in violation of the state’s human rights act, the court said in a decision filed Monday.The state Department of Human Rights called it a landmark ruling.“This decision means that schools are now safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming students across Minnesota,” Human...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In Philadelphia's white suburbs, Black Lives Matter protests both denounced and exposed racism. Will it make a difference?
PHILADELPHIA — For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time that a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of a Black man named George Floyd, hundreds of people dropped to a knee in a Kennett Square intersection.Naomi Simonson, who organized the event, looked around and wept.She had grown up in Kennett, attended high school steps away, and in her 20 years never knew whether her mostly white neighbors and friends cared about the struggles of Black people like her. The sight of the crowd felt like an answer, she said.“I was looking around to see people I grew up with and thei...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Helen Ubinas: If you don't know by now that Puerto Ricans are US citizens, you're not ignorant. You're racist
Puerto Ricans are citizens of the United States.Yup, we’re doing this again.Without fail, my fellow Boricuas and I have to repeatedly remind folks of that 103-year-old fact.For good or bad (very bad when you consider the systemic, second-class treatment of the island), Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Puerto Ricans have been American citizens since 1917. For the love of papa Dios, Google it.I’ve had to remind otherwise “smart people” of that too many times to count.I’ve had to set the record straight in casual conversation, in social media interactions with toxic trolls, and in...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wells Fargo to pay nearly $8 million to resolve hiring discrimination accusations
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wells Fargo will pay $7.8 million in back wages to settle accusations from the federal government that it discriminated against tens of thousands of Black and female job applicants, the U.S. Department of Labor said.The U.S. Department of Labor alleged that the bank discriminated against 34,193 Black applicants for banking, customer sales and service and administrative support roles in the U.S., the agency said in a news release late Monday.The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also alleged that the bank discriminated against 308 female applicants fo...
The Charlotte Observer