Cute ad for Honey Maid graham crackers featuring diverse “wholesome” families. (h/t Shakesville)
Brittany Cooper on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. “Black women have been their brothers’ biggest and best keepers.”
Women accounted for just 15 percent of lead roles in the major movies of 2013.
Since releasing his Voided Checks mixtape in 2009, Gordon Voidwell – born Will Johnson – has gotten some really positive attention and approximately one million comparisons to Prince. His latest mixtape, Bad Études, has continued to elicit these comparisons, but Voidwell himself would rather describe it as a postmodernist deconstruction of late ’80s R&B and 98.7 KissFM’s midnight mixes, “for the most part.” Call it whatever you will – this mixtape is full of incredibly catchy tunes that I danced to while making giant pots of soup to warm my freezing ass through all of February.
Though you might start listening to Gordon Voidwell because of his infectious jams, you’ll notice pretty quickly just how much depth there is to his art. His latest project is as deeply political as it is danceable, and when we found out he’s a fan of the site, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask him some questions.
If you don’t already, this Bronx-born and raised Minneapolis transplant, Afro-futurist music-maker, and smartypants is an artist that you should definitely get to know.
Well, this is depressing. ThinkProgress flags a new study that shows just how much the gender of the person doing the pitching affects what business proposals are invested in.
Researchers from Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Wharton School examined three entrepreneurial pitch competitions along with two controlled experiments. “[W]e find that investors prefer entrepreneurial pitches presented by male entrepreneurs compared with pitches presented by female entrepreneurs, even when the content of the pitch is the same,” they write. Good looking men were particularly persuasive, although physical appearance didn’t make a difference for women. This leads to what the researchers identify as “a profound and consistent gender gap in entrepreneurship.”
And it’s no joke that the gap is profound. Women-led companies got just 13 percent of all venture capital funding last year, are less likely to get small business loans, and composed a tiny 3 percent of the companies that went public in the last couple decades. Read More »