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.”
Museum Hue has created a map of what it describes as Culturally-specific museums created by people of color in the United States.. A clickable map on top and more detailed listings below. When you first look at the listings underneath you might think, “That’s not so many,” but it’s only a few of the over four dozen museums listed here, from the Somali Museum of Minnesota to the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Nice annotation.
My Champlain Valley: Public database of racial info from Vermont traffic stops launched. “Five years after Vermont law enforcement officers first became required to document the race of all drivers they pull over in traffic stops, that information has proven to be difficult to come by. However, a Vermont racial justice group has just made the data significantly easier to find.”
CNET: Facebook apologizes after anonymous post alleges racism at company. “Facebook apologized Friday after an anonymous online document alleged that black, Latino and Asian women continued to face racism at the company a year after a former employee brought the issue into public view. The post, titled ‘Facebook empowers racism against its employees of color’ and published on Medium, outlines incidents that 12 current and former employees experienced while on the job.”
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.”
Londonist: Black Cultural Archives Just Made Over 4,000 Items Available Online. “The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton is one of London’s best resources for exploring the history of African and Caribbean communities in the UK. It’s continually open to the public, but has just become even more accessible, with the digitisation of over 4,000 items from its archives.”
New York Daily News: Google using dubious tactics to target people with ‘darker skin’ in facial recognition project: sources. “… several people who worked for the project spoke to The News in lengthy interviews and said Google’s ravenous appetite for data led to questionable and misleading methods. They said teams were dispatched to target homeless people in Atlanta, unsuspecting students on college campuses around the U.S. and attendees of the BET Awards festivities in Los Angeles, among other places. The workers known as Google TVCs — an acronym to specify temps, vendors or contractors — told The News they were paid through a third-party employment firm called Randstad.”