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Google struggles to increase workforce diversity

Melinda Gates: We need ‘more diverse teams’ Google hasn’t made much progress on diversity. On Thursday, it released its annual diversity report — and it showed little improvement over last year. The tech giant still overwhelmingly employs white men. About 69% of its total workforce is male, and 56% of all employees are white. Men dominate leadership positions at Google(GOOGL, Tech30), too. Only 25% of women fill these roles, and only 20% of women are in technical jobs like engineering and programming. That’s up 1% from last year. Meanwhile, the ...

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Howard University campus opening at Google in diversity push

Melinda Gates: We need ‘more diverse teams’ Google is trying something new to boost diversity. The tech giant is partnering with Howard University to launch “Howard West,” a three-month summer program open to rising juniors and seniors studying computer science. The 25 to 30 students selected for this summer’s program will be taught by senior Google engineers and Howard faculty on Google’s Mountain View campus and will receive a stipend for housing and other expenses in Silicon Valley. To improve diversity, go outside Silicon Valley Alanna Walton, a junior majoring ...

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Overwatch Lead Writer Discusses Diversity and New Webcomic

Overwatch has one of the most diverse casts ever seen in a video game, with men, women, robots, and gorillas representing many countries from around the world. Lead writer Michael Chu joined in for our Best of 2016 stream, to celebrate Overwatch coming in as GameSpot’s number 1 game for 2016. “I think what we were really inspired by was all the diversity in our world,” Chu said. “Different cultures, history, the different pop-cultures that are in different places, like anime and manga, movies and comic books – we wanted ...

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Russell Simmons aiding digital diversity

Russell Simmons: Donald Trump is a white supremacist Russell Simmons is a pioneer in creating content for and about the underserved — and he sees no reason to stop now. If anything, it’s needed now more than ever, he says. That’s why his All Def Digital (ADD) brand is growing its alliances with Fusion and HBO (which is owned by CNN’s parent company Time Warner). On election night, ADD and Fusion put on an “All Def Comedy Roast” featuring politically themed humor about America. Simmons has more political projects in ...

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Apple's Olympics ad honors diversity with help from Maya Angelou

Apple ad spotlights diversity in time for Olympics The Olympics are a time for the world to briefly come together in the spirit of friendly competition and fellowship. They’re also a time for brands to whip out their most inspirational “We are the world” themed ads. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) on Thursday released its latest commercial, a stirring montage of photos and videos shot on iPhones set to a previously-recorded audio track of Maya Angelou reading her poem “Human Family.” Angelou died in 2014 at age 86 due to heart problems. ...

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DC Talks Diversity in Its Creators and Updates Readers on Milestone's Return

During DC Breakfast hosted on the Thursday of Comic-Con, Co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee spoke to the press about the future of DC comics and their current event, Rebirth. With this newest initiative, the company brought the characters back to their core to reestablish what makes each one of them great. Thus far, it has been a success. “When we look at the numbers of Rebirth, they’re at New 52 levels,” explained Lee. He went on to say that June–when Rebirth started–was the biggest month in all of comics ...

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These tech activists have a plan to improve diversity

Chris Sacca: ‘I have a greed case for diversity’ There’s a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley, but actual improvements are hard to come by. A new non-profit called Project Include wants to help startups take concrete steps toward hiring a more diverse workforce in an industry that remains stubbornly male and white. Led by a group of tech veterans including Ellen Pao, Pinterest’s Tracy Chou and Slack’s Erica Joy, the project is focusing on startups with 50 to 1,000 employees. They’ve launched a website with ...

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Rylance knocks out Stallone, Rock rips into Oscar diversity issue

Britain’s Mark Rylance beat Sylvester Stallone to win the Academy Award for best supporting actor on Sunday while host Chris Rock pulled no punches in taking aim at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy dominating Hollywood. Stallone, 69, who never won an Oscar for his iconic “Rocky” movies in the 1970s and ’80s, was the presumed front-runner for the honor for his performance in boxing movie “Creed.” But instead it was Rylance who won for playing an unflappable Soviet spy in Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies.” Swedish actress Alicia Vikander won the ...

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Variety seeks to shame Hollywood on lack of diversity

Celebrities to boycott Oscars over lack of diversity One of Hollywood’s most influential magazines is putting diversity in the spotlight after no minority actors received Oscar nominations for a second year in a row. The cover of Variety Magazine’s new issue, to be released Tuesday, depicts an Oscar statue cast in white, along with the words “SHAME ON US.” “Tomorrow’s cover on Diversity crisis will be a must read. As the cover line states, we are all to blame,” Claudia Eller, Variety’s co-editor-in-chief, said on Twitter. Diversity has become a ...

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