SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Justin Simien is photographed at the Film Independent Spirit Awards for  on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.

‘Dear White People’ Comes to Netflix

On May 5, all Dear White People enthusiasts received some very exciting news about the changes coming to the franchise. The movie is being turned into a show for Netflix.

Netflix has ordered a TV adaptation of the Justin Simien 2014 comedy for a 2017 release date. Similar to the film, the Netflix series will chart the lives of a group of students of color who deal with adult problems associated with race, privilege, and power at a fictional Ivy League university.

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Watch Dorothy Roberts Explain Why Race-Based Medicine Doesn’t Work

TED Talks have emerged as a popular way for non-professionals, interested fans, and social media consumers alike to access the knowledge and advice of experts across various fields. In this particular one, sociologist, legal scholar, and Black feminist Dorothy Roberts discusses her experiences as a Black woman with a White father while dealing with medical professionals. 

The Voting Rights Act at 50: New Study Released on Race and Voting

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A new study from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politicslooks at the impact of race in voting since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

From the Joint Center:

Key findings:

  • The black/white racial gap in voter turnout has decreased dramatically in presidential elections since 1965.  
  • Local election turnout is generally less than half of presidential general election turnout.  As overall turnout declines in local elections, the electorate may become less diverse.
  • Turnout rates among both Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans in presidential elections remain 15 to 20 points below white Americans.
  • Since 1960, the party identification and partisan voting patterns of blacks and whites have become sharply divided.
  • In urban local elections, race is a more decisive factor than income, education, political ideology, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, and political ideology.  
  • Based on available data from 1972 to 2010, blacks were the least advantaged group in America in terms of policy outcomes.    
  • Since 1965, the number of elected officials of color has grown enormously, but people of color remain underrepresented in elected office.  

Read the study in its entirety here.

Photo: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies