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Yesterday, USC’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative released its first ever Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD). As no surprise, film and television remain pretty White and male. And pretty sexist… According to the study’s finding, while women characters made up less than half of all speaking roles. They were also more likely than male characters to be shown in sexy attire (Females were 34.3 percent vs. Males who were 7.6 percent), with some nudity (33.4 percent vs. 10.8 percent) and be referenced by their physical appearance and attractiveness (11.6 percent vs. 3.5 percent)… Even more troubling is what the study had to say about the sexualization of women of color in Hollywood. According to the findings, female characters from “other” racial/ethnic groups, who are often viewed culturally as “exotic,” were more likely to be shown in sexualized attire (41.6 percent), shown partially (39.7 percent) and be referenced as attractive based on appearance (15.3 percent) than their Black and Asian female character counterparts…

The Black Woman Tax: When We’re Charged More (And What You Can Do About It)

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We all know that not all prices are created equal. With that being said, it’s important to know when to accept the sticker price and when to hone your haggling skills. And sometimes that “when” has a lot to do with whether or not you’re a minority or a woman. Under the Obama administration, lots of consumer scientists have been looking into racism and sexism as it pertains to pricing. And what they’ve found in some industries is shocking: Women and minorities can pay up to double the amount that their White and male counterparts do. From insurance premiums to the water that comes out of our taps, some of us are footing a large amount of the bill for the most basic of things. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case if you know more than the average consumer…

Ryan Coogler & Ava DuVernay To Attend Flint Benefit On Oscar Night

While a group of Hollywood’s elite, and non-diverse, figures are preparing up their best outfits for this year’s Academy Awards, Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay will use the night for an important cause… Reports Buzzfeed: On Feb. 28, comedian Hannibal Buress, Creed director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, singer Janelle Monae, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, Selma director Ava DuVernay, and other entertainment notables will be joining forces onstage for a free event in Flint, Michigan, BuzzFeed News can exclusively reveal. The Buress-hosted gathering, dubbed #JUSTICEFORFLINT, is open to the public and presented by Blackout for Human Rights, an activist collective founded by Coogler which is devoted to addressing human rights violations in the U.S. For almost two years, Flint’s residents — many of whom are black and impoverished — have been subjected to massive lead and bacterial contamination in Genesee County’s water supply, and forced to avoid tap water.

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