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Milan fashion gives small opening to Black Lives Matter

Sep. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — When asked why there aren’t more people of color in the Italian fashion industry, officials have cited a lack of candidates in homogeneous Italy. Five African-born designers in Italy want to put that view to rest with their inclusion on the official Milan Fashion Week calendar Sunday. ...

SC city plans diversity training after social media posts

Sep. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

MAULDIN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city will spend $50,000 on diversity training and programs after one of its city council members drew objections for sharing social media posts defending the Confederate flag and criticizing racial justice protests as “getting out of hand.” The Mauldin...

In this Wednesday, July 22, 2020, photograph, the main street through Lyons, Colo., is shown. A racially-offensive online post by the former fire chief has fractured relations among the 2,000 residents of the town, which is located between Boulder and Estes Park. (Bente Birkeland/Colorado Public Radio via AP)

Racially sensitive Facebook post divides small Colorado town

Sep. 27, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Greg Meyers moved to the town of Lyons shortly before the 2013 flood devastated the community. Living through that disaster meant the Boulder County native got to know people quickly; it brought everyone together and forged a strong bond that still shapes the small foothills community...

Illinois Supreme Court hires diversity and inclusion officer

Sep. 27, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has named a former associate chancellor at University of Illinois Springfield as a chief diversity and inclusion officer. Deanie Brown starts the new job for the state’s judicial branch of government in November. She’ll be responsible for...

Bricklayers Hall was the birthplace where change began

Sep. 27, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Decades of history exist inside the walls of an unsuspecting two-story building along Montgomery’s Union Street. Upstairs are the same chairs the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used when meeting with other pastors during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Out front are roses that are...

Black artist pulls exhibit from HistoryMiami to protest

Sep. 26, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — To the late songstress and civil rights activist Nina Simone, the role of an artist was quite clear: “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times,” she once told an interviewer. Although filmed decades ago, Simone’s words feel...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta answers questions during a news conference in Iowa City, Iowa. Members of the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team sued the school Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta announced last month that men's and women's swimming and diving, men's tennis and men's gymnastics would be cut after this school year. (Joseph Cress//Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP, File)

Bias suit seeks to block Iowa from cutting women's swim team

Sep. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Members of the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team filed a legal complaint against the school Friday, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. The complaint argues that Iowa is not offering equal opportunities for...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, BAFTA Chair of the Film Committee Marc Samuelson poses for photographers next to actor Hayley Squires in London. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts promised to change after nominations for the 2020 awards were announced last January. No women were nominated as best director for the seventh year running, and all 20 nominees in the lead and supporting performer categories were white. “We said on the day, ‘We’re going to review everything,’” BAFTA film committee chairman Marc Samuelson said Thursday, Sept. 24. 2020 as the academy announced a slate of changes.  (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, file)

British Academy Film Awards change rules to boost diversity

Sep. 24, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s film academy is shaking up its membership and its awards voting rules in a review prompted by the glaring lack of diversity in the nominations. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts promised to change after contenders for the 2020 awards were announced last...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020 file photo, Wells Fargo CEO and President Charles Scharf is seated before he testifies during a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Scharf apologized Wednesday, Sept. 23 for comments he made that dismissed concerns that the banking industry, which has a long history of racist behavior, wasn’t doing enough to promote and retain diverse talent. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for comments about diversity

Sep. 23, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf apologized Wednesday for comments he made suggesting it is difficult to find qualified Black executives in the financial industry. Scharf said in a memo to employees “there is a very limited pool of Black talent to recruit from” in corporate...

FILE - In this May 22, 2010, file photo, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan practices waving the green flag before a NASCAR All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Denny Hamlin is starting his own race car team in partnership Jordan and Bubba Wallace as the driver. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

Sep. 22, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level. The partnership was announced Monday night in...