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'Game of Thrones' reigns with record 32 Emmy nominations

Jul. 17, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO's "Game of Thrones" slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap. The bloodthirsty saga's...

Top Senate Democrat gives backing to reparations bill

Jul. 16, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he supports legislation that would create a commission to study reparations for the descendants of enslaved black people in the United States. Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, the New York Democrat on Tuesday called racism "the poison of...

As Dems debate busing, southern schools slowly desegregate

Jul. 11, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — This small Mississippi Delta town serves as a reminder that fierce debates over the integration of black and white students are not a thing of the past. Two rival high schools in Cleveland, one historically black and the other historically white, had to be merged just two years ago...

Schools still struggling with how to teach about slavery

Jul. 6, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

"They made me a slave today." Aneka Burton still remembers the way her then 10-year-old son, Nikko, who is black, recounted his experience to his grandfather after school one day. It was 2011. But Burton believes the classroom exercise in which Nikko's classmates were encouraged to examine and pretend to bid on...

Warren pitches executive orders on race and gender pay gap

Jul. 5, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren says that if elected president she would sign executive orders aimed at addressing the wage and employment leadership gap for women of color, punishing companies and contractors with historically poor records on diversity and equality by denying them contracts with the...

Buttigieg enters biggest stage of career at pivotal moment

Jun. 27, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

Pete Buttigieg has been the early darling of the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, rising in the polls with a media omnipresence that's highlighted his intellect, steady demeanor and vision for a new generation of political leadership. But in recent days the idea of Mayor Pete, a 37-year-old wunderkind some...

Viola Davis determined to go above and beyond on diversity

Jun. 24, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Viola Davis started her production company nearly a decade ago, she was determined to bring about change in Hollywood with a strategic mandate: Normalize people of color on screen. "We're not social statements. We're not mythical creatures all the time ... you can literally put pen to...

Screenwriters can play key role in gender parity, actors say

Jun. 23, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis says achieving gender parity on screen is simple, and it could happen overnight. "Just go through (the script) and cross out a bunch of male first names and put female first names. That's all you have to do," Davis told the audience during a panel...

Study: NBA earns overall A grade in diversity hiring

Jun. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A diversity report shows the NBA still leads men's professional sports leagues in racial and gender hiring practices. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida on Tuesday indicated almost identical scores from last year. The...

Women strike in Switzerland for fairer pay, more equality

Jun. 14, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Thousands of women across Switzerland walked off the job, burned bras and blocked traffic Friday in a day of demonstrations to demand fairer pay, more equality and an end to sexual harassment and violence. It was the first such protests in the Alpine nation in 28 years. Discontent over sexism...