Move Over ‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Barbie’ Movie Will Also Cast Minority Actors, Mattel CEO Says

Following Disney’s recent decision to cast a black actress in the lead role of its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Mattel will also look to cast actors of color in its forthcoming films such as Barbie. Since launching its movie-making division Mattel Films late last summer, the toymaker announced that Margot Robbie, a Caucasian […]

In The Presidential Debate, Biden and Buttigieg Fall Short on Race: RaceAhead

Here’s your week in review, in haiku.   1. Who deserves a bed? Soap, water, toothbrush? Which child deserves to know love?   2. When I said ‘hasta la victoria,’ I meant it generically   3. Europe is hotter than an Apple analyst’s sentimental tears   4. Please don’t meddle in U.S. elections! Okay? Okay. […]

Inclusion Was The Winner of the Democratic Debate: RaceAhead

The first of two Democratic presidential debates are in the can, with the second one coming at us like a freight train. (Fortune’s got you covered on what to expect tonight here.) Last night’s event brought out the chatty in all social networks, and the memes came early and often. (Mir?ndote, Se?or Beto.) Most observers, […]

Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality: RaceAhead

Bryan Stevenson, the Harvard-trained lawyer who has spent his career working as a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform and the wrongly convicted, is the subject of a new documentary airing tonight on HBO. You will not want to miss it. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality is an unprecedented look at one of […]

Janelle Monáe’s Beautiful Future: RaceAhead

The party was for the vodka and a limited-edition bottle, but it was really about purpose, inclusion, and love. That’s the message behind the “A Beautiful Future” program, an alliance between Belvedere Vodka and Grammy-nominated musician, actor, creative community builder, and activist Janelle Mon?e. Mon?e was in New York City yesterday to promote her new […]

What Are You Prepared To Do Today?: RaceAhead

Last night I attended a Juneteenth celebration hosted by Refinitiv, and participated on a panel with Tamika Mallory, Activist & Co-Chair of the Women’s March, Matthew Washington, Deputy Borough President of Manhattan, and moderated by the great Conway Gittens from Reuters. It was attended by a group of mostly black professionals from Companies You’ve Heard […]

Happy Juneteenth: RaceAhead

I was well into adulthood before I realized that they’d “freed the slaves” but never told most of them. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and officially freed America’s last enslaved people. There is no […]