Diversity is Coming to Late-Night TV

Dominated by white male personas for decades, late-night TV may finally be getting a long-deserved dose of diversity.

Read / listen to a recent story on NPR’s Morning Edition explores how female comedians Aisha Tyler, Samantha Bee, Amy Schumer could shake things up in the near future.

Ani DiFranco, White Feminists, and Racism

There have been quite a few good articles about the problem of racism and white centering among White feminists. If you are not familiar with the current conflict, Ani DiFranco has been criticized for planning a songwriting workshop (since cancelled) at a former plantation in Louisiana. In addition to the lack of sensitivity to the issue of slavery, history, and ongoing racism, DiFranco has been criticized for how the situation was handled after the fact. This post is a good one for those of us who are white to read, examining how we can address our own racism, including what to do when we have inadvertently offended someone (with a great comparison with an accidental physical injury).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-milstein/5-ways-white-feminists-can-address-our-own-racism_b_3955065.html

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Teaching about Privilege: Microgressions

Sometimes it is hard for dominant culture students to understand the way that power and privilege are enacted in communication. These examples may be helpful.

http://microaggressions.tumblr.com/

And here’s another format, an article about the tumblr site that also describes more about the concept of microaggression: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/racial-microagressions-you-hear-on-a-daily-basis?bffb

Roxane Gay strives to diversify the literary conversation By Emily Keeler/LATimes

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-roxane-gay-diversify-literary-conversation-20130911,0,2016202.story