University of Missouri-Kansas City: UMKC Libraries “Shining a Light” on underrepresented composers. “With UMKC Libraries’ new online exhibit, ‘Shining a Light,’ you can now discover many 21st century composers from historically underrepresented groups…. ‘Shining a Light’ allows people to listen to a variety of scores and learn more about the composers who come from marginalized communities.” There are over 70 composers here (with the possibility of more coming) with extensive bios and in many cases links to compositions.
Newswise: Expert: Art museums ‘have work to do to represent complete human experience’. “Historically, art museum galleries have lacked diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, abilities, and sexual orientation, and it’s important for museums to begin to address this representation issue in order to show the wide range of human experience, said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director and chief curator of DePaul Art Museum located on the campus of DePaul University.”
Insider: Women in tech are taking to TikTok to roast the male-dominated industry for its diversity issues. “Emily Kager only downloaded TikTok a few months ago. Originally, the 25-year-old software developer only wanted to use the app to relate to her younger sisters. ‘I was just trying to see what the kids were up to,’ she told Insider. However, she soon realized that the platform was an opportunity to open up a discussion she’d begun on Twitter about the realities of being a woman in the tech industry.”
Digital Trends: Barnes & Noble used A.I. to make classic books more diverse. It didn’t go well. “For Black History Month, Barnes & Noble created covers of classic novels with the protagonists re-imagined as people of color. Then it quickly canceled its planned Diverse Editions of 12 books, including Emma, The Secret Garden, and Frankenstein amid criticism that it clumsily altered books by mostly white authors instead of promoting writers of color. The project used artificial intelligence to scan 100 books for descriptions of major characters, and artists created covers depicting Alices, Romeos, and Captain Ahabs of various ethnicities.”
Los Angeles Times: Time’s Up launches a database of diverse film and TV critics and journalists . “Time’s Up has officially launched Critical, a database of underrepresented film and television critics and reporters, in an effort to push for greater diversity and inclusion in entertainment media. The organization celebrated the database’s debut Friday morning with a group of nearly 80 journalists, publicists and executives at the Griffin Club Los Angeles in Cheviot Hills.”
CNET: Google says 2,000 people across the company work on inclusion and diversity in products. “Google on Thursday said it has an ‘inclusion champion group’ of more than 2,000 employees to try to make sure the search giant’s products are not biased when it comes to people’s race, age or other characteristics.”
Mashable: TikTok users of color call for better visibility on the For You Page . “TikTok users are calling for more visibility for creators of color on the platform. The app’s For You Page, a never ending queue of trending content, displays videos based on content the user has already engaged with. Nobody outside of TikTok itself knows how the algorithm works, and TikTok declined to comment on it for Mashable, but some users claim that the app’s most popular faces are overwhelmingly white. Tired of not seeing people who look like them while scrolling through the app, the users are raising awareness for better representation.”