The Enduring Relevance of Norman Lear

Last night ABC ran a unique special that recreated, word for word, two episodes from two of American television’s most iconic shows. “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear‘s ‘All in the Family‘ and ‘The Jeffersons,’” pressed beloved stars into service to perform key roles, Woody Harrelson as the bigoted Archie Bunker, Marisa […]

Why Your Diversity Initiatives Are Doomed

Nicole Anand, a political economist and multi-disciplinary design strategist, has just published a compelling piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She begins by acknowledging the obvious: There’s a lot of crowd noise about diversity these days, but not much seems to be happening yet. In the past few years, a race to the top […]

Robert Smith Forgives the Student Loan Debt for 400 Morehouse Graduates

Today’s raceAhead holds space for all the extraordinary college commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients who spoke from the heart this past weekend, nailed it, and then checked the news. We know you did your very best. But this this speech, delivered yesterday at Morehouse College by Robert Smith, the billionaire founder of Vista Equity […]

Civil Rights Icons Roberta Kaplan and Tina Tchen Launch a New Inclusion Advisory

Two women who, among many other extraordinary achievements, have helped assist nearly 5,000 survivors of workplace sexual harassment since 2018, are now coming to an office near you. Civil rights attorneys and co-founders of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund Roberta Kaplan and Tina Tchen have teamed up again to co-found HABIT, a new anti-sexual […]

Mastercard’s Chief Inclusion Officer: “Inclusion Can’t Be Built In Silos”

With a thoughtfully woke CEO and consistently high ratings on all the diversity lists, Randall Tucker knew that his new life as Mastercard’s Chief Inclusion Officer would be a different kind of gig. “This was not a turnaround situation,” he laughs. “But my marching orders were to build on the great work and make it […]

An Uptick In Patents From Historically Black Colleges

You can’t leverage what you don’t measure, right? That’s the big takeaway from this recent piece from ThePLUG, an innovative media outlet that brings data and fresh thinking to their reporting on black innovation in tech. They’ve been measuring some interesting things lately. RaceAhead has amplified their stories before, like these two published with Vice’s […]

A Historic, Pre-Civil War Site Is Safe For Now

Over the weekend, a nonprofit of monumental importance to American history was saved by the goodwill of people on Twitter. Weeksville is a unique cultural center and historic site in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn that was once home to a thriving community of free and formerly enslaved black people. It was established in […]