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Just a few weeks ago 11-year-old Marley Dias of New Jersey made national headlines when she started a campaign to collect 1,000 books that feature girls of color as the main character. Started in November, #1000BlackGirlBooks was born from Dias’ frustration with the fact that her elementary school of West Orange’s St. Cloud lacked reading materials with characters that looked like her. Dias’ mother then challenged her to fuel her frustrations into a positive with change, and she did just that. “I started this because in my fifth-grade class I was only able to read books about white boys and their dogs. I understood that my teacher could connect with those characters, so he asked us to read those books. But I didn’t relate to them, so I didn’t learn lessons from those stories,” Dias explained to The Guardian. The young student visited The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore on Wednesday (Feb. 10) sharing that she had reached her goal and is donating some of the books to her school and a school in her mother’s native country of St. Mary, Jamaica…
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Should Companies Give Out Larger Referral Bonuses For Minority Candidates Who Are Hired?

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… Last week business consulting firm Accenture reported for the first time the demographics of their U.S. workforce for gender, ethnicity, persons with disabilities and veterans which, unsurprisingly revealed much work needs to be done. Only 35% of its 47,000-plus U.S. workforce is made up of women and only 7.4% is African American and 6.3% Latino versus 50% Caucasian and 33% Asian. To fix this problem, Huffington Post reports the company has decided to pay employees bigger referral bonuses if they recommend an African American, Hispanic merican, woman or veteran candidate who is successfully hired. Huff Po points out Accenture isn’t the first company to implement this strategy as Intel already pays double bonuses to employees who refer diverse candidates that are hired, but is this the way to go?…
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Kendrick Lamar & Reebok Bring Compton Students To The Grammys

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Ahead of Kendrick Lamar‘s epic night at the 2016 Grammy Awards, he and Reebok Classic treated a group of students from the rapper’s former high school to a day they’ll never forget. Students from Compton’s Centennial High School were invited to spend the day with K-Dot and also got to attend the awards ceremony to boot. As part of their ongoing collaborative campaign, Lamar and Reebok took the students out for the day which included a bevy of activities. There was also a Q&A session held between Lamar and students, several photo sessions both professional and personal and, of course, a fresh pair of sneakers to rock…
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