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Two CBS execs shelved pending diversity investigation

Jan. 26, 2021 3:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has placed two top executives on administrative leave as it investigates charges of a hostile work environment for women and minorities at news operations in some of its largest individual stations. Peter Dunn, president of the CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, senior vice...

FILE - Actor Sidney Poitier arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014. Arizona State University has named its new film school after Poitier. The university, which is expanding its existing film program into its own school, says it has invested millions of dollars in technology to create one of the largest, most accessible and most diverse film schools. The Sidney Poitier New American Film School will be unveiled at a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

Latest honor for Sidney Poitier: A film school in his name

Jan. 25, 2021 6:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1963, Sidney Poitier made a film in Arizona, “Lilies of the Field.” The performance led to a huge milestone: He became the first Black winner of a lead-acting Oscar. Now, Arizona is the site of another career milestone for the legendary actor and filmmaker — Arizona...

Norman, ex-director of Mississippi Humanities Council, dies

Jan. 23, 2021 11:22 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Humanities Council director Cora Norman, who worked to promote the state's diversity soon after court-ordered school integration in the early 1970s, has died. She was 94. Norman died Jan. 11 in Crossville, Tennessee, according to an obituary from Bilbrey Funeral...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni speaks during a news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Indianapolis. The Philadelphia Eagles are nearing a deal to hire Nick Sirianni to be their head coach, according to two people familiar with the decision. Both people spoke to The Associated Press Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't officially announced the hiring.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Column: NFL continues to pass on hiring new Black coaches

Jan. 21, 2021 4:55 PM EST

Coaches understand before they sign employment contracts that they are hired to be fired, something that’s particularly true in the NFL where the only measure of success is a playoff slot at the end of the season. That’s why there was no real outcry when Anthony Lynn was let go by the Chargers....

A pedestrian uses a tunnel walkway at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

UNC task force develops plan to address racial equity

Jan. 21, 2021 1:21 PM EST

GREENSBORO, NC. (AP) — The 17 schools in North Carolina's university system have been given a blueprint for fighting discrimination and promoting racial equity on their campuses. The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force unveiled its 65-page final report Wednesday at the Board of Governors meeting, the News...

Nurse Brianne Stockman, left, prepares to draw some blood from study participant Lani Muller in a mobile medical unit parked in the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. With more vaccines in the pipeline, scientists worry whether enough volunteers will join and stick with the testing needed to prove if they, too, really work. To help, researchers in more than a dozen spots around the country are rolling out mobile health clinics to better reach minority participants and people in rural areas who might not otherwise volunteer. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mobile labs take vaccine studies to diverse neighborhoods

Jan. 21, 2021 1:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lani Muller doesn’t have to visit a doctor’s office to help test an experimental COVID-19 vaccine — she just climbs into a bloodmobile-like van that parks on a busy street near her New York City neighborhood. The U.S. is rightly fixated on the chaotic rollout of the...

This photo provided by the New Orleans Saints shows Terry Fonetenot in an undated photo. The Atlanta Falcons named Terry Fontenot the team’s general manager, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The 40-year-old Fontenot becomes Atlanta’s first Black general manager after spending 18 seasons with division rival New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Saints via AP)

Falcons name Saints' Terry Fontenot as general manager

Jan. 19, 2021 5:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday named Terry Fontenot the team's first Black general manager, and team owner Arthur Blank said it's the kind of hire that will eventually also create more opportunities for NFL minority coaches. The 40-year-old Fontenot joins Atlanta following 18 seasons with...

FILE - In this May 12, 2015, file photo, driver Simona de Silvestro, of Switzerland, watches during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Beth Paretta and Simona de Silvestro will be teaming up to put another woman on the Indianapolis 500 starting grid this May. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, Paretta Autosport and IndyCar officials announced they would work together to put a predominantly women-run team in the series' biggest race as part of an outreach to create more diversity in motorsports. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Women-led race team gearing up to run in Indianapolis 500

Jan. 19, 2021 4:26 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Beth Paretta has a vision for her new IndyCar team. She wants to send the first female driver to victory lane at the Indianapolis 500 with the support of a predominantly female cast. And then Paretta hopes to turn it into a full-time pipeline for women in racing. On Tuesday, she...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2013 file photo, Jackson State

Jackson State band to perform in Biden inauguration event

Jan. 19, 2021 8:34 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi college marching band is set to participate in an official event celebrating diversity ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South will be a featured...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, then, St. Louis County police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber to the St. Louis County courthouse on the third day of his discrimination case against the county in Clayton, Mo. Lt. Keith Wildhaber, the head of a St. Louis County police diversity unit is asking to be transferred after he was criticized for speaking to the media about a dispatcher's use of a racial slur. Lt. Keith Wildhaber was

Police diversity chief requests transfer in racial slur spat

Jan. 14, 2021 1:14 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The head of a St. Louis County police diversity unit has been admonished for speaking to the media about a county dispatcher who used a racial slur over a police radio, and he plans to resign the post, a union leader said. On Sunday, Lt. Keith Wildhaber told KSDK-TV that department...