Diversity Without Inclusion Is Only Skin-deep

Many companies embrace diversity, but fail to build a long lasting inclusive workplace environment because they focus too much effort on representation and not enough on integration. In media, the theory is that an audience is distrustful of storytelling marketed as important to their needs when the messengers aren’t reflective of their community. I generally…

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Stereotypes

Friday is Cinco de Mayo! It’s about this.. NOT this… Well…at least it’s not like this in Mexico. The May day celebration is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day.  5 Things To Know About Cinco de Mayo (VIDEO): It’s also an unfortunate tribute to Mexican stereotypes: wearing of sombreros, beating of piñatas and consumption of mass quantities…

Media Bias and the Negative Narrative 

I was invited to speak at Howard University about the lack of newsroom diversity and its negative impact on audiences at the Legal Digital Innovator Conference hosted by the Minority Counselor TV. Here’s part of my presentation: There’s a direct link between the lack of diversity in newsrooms and how it shapes the biased perceptions…

No Soliciting…Unless

Solicitor: Can I call you? Me: Maybe. I don’t know. What do you want to talk to me about? Like many of you I spend a lot of time working on my personal brand. I’m selective with who I network with at work and in the marketplace. I am an active member of organizations which…

Stop The Mexicanization of U.S. Media

   Diversity and Inclusion challenges and opportunities are not exclusive to English language media. The lack of people of color in news organizations who produce and/or present content is as absent at Spanish language networks as it is at English language networks. But there’s a biased practice which sets Spanish language apart…the Mexicanization of U.S.…

3 Resolutions For Your Career

Like so many of you, I’ve been drafting and redrafting my New Year’s Resolutions. There are the tried and true promises of exercising, eating better, losing weight; overall adopting a healthy lifestyle. There’s the “I want to be a better person” list: a better father, husband, son, brother, etc. And then the idealist list of…