On Thursday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg assured members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) that the social media company will name a black director to its board "within the foreseeable future." Currently, Facebook's eight-member board of directors is all white and 75 per cent male.
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In CSA: The Confederate States of America, the American empire that emerges after the South wins the Civil War builds the Cotton Curtain, a wall meant to keep a bordering nation out of the CSA's affairs. The twist here is that the wall is on the Canadian border, because the neighbouring country wants the CSA to end slavery.
Director Justin Simien made a name for himself in 2014 with Dear White People, a comedy-drama tackling the often-fraught landscape of race relations on predominantly white university campuses. Simien's since adapted the film into a Netflix series, and now he's working on horror project called Bad Hair.
The team that's bringing Confederate, the just-announced alt-history drama in which the south secedes from the Union after a second Civil War and maintains slavery in present-day America, to HBO have heard the many, many concerns expressed about the series, and have an answer: We understand, but please hold your judgement.
When David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrap up Game of Thrones' upcoming final season, there will still be a number of Westeros-related projects in development at HBO. But the pair's focus will be elsewhere on the network -- specifically on Confederate, a new series about an alternate history where the South successfully seceded, while a new Civil War looms in the present.
When original Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller and executive producer Heather Kadin were developing the series, they were both adamant about making sure that the show stayed true to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's vision of social progressiveness and inclusion. But for a vocal contingent of racist "fans", Discovery's emphasis on diversity is tantamount to "white genocide".
First, it beat Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, for the second weekend since its wide-release debut in the US, Hidden Figures -- the true story of three black female mathematicians at NASA -- is number one at the US box office. It's raked in roughly $US60 million ($79 million) so far, and counting -- and it won't even hit Australia until February 16.
Video: It's like this whole bike race is in fast forward. But it's actually just on an abandoned bobsled track on the mountain Trebevic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The speed that the bikers reach and the angles at which they are riding are totally wild, so it's best for us mere mortals to stay away from the real life equivalent of Star Wars podracing.
Will it be commonplace for people of the future to get their skin colour artificially changed? Not just black or white or brown, but also orange and blue and grey? The 1972 documentary Future Shock, hosted by legendary director Orson Welles, imagined just such a world. "What happens to race?" Welles asks, when people can choose to be different colours?
Hello, dear reader, and welcome to The Kerfuffler! I'm your host, fantasy writer, essayist and mad tweeter, Saladin Ahmed. Every other week I'll be looking at our seemingly endless culture wars playing out online, tracing their fault lines, and wading hip-deep into comment sections so you don't have to.
Video: The Red Bull Harescramble Erzbergrodeo might be the toughest enduro competition on the planet. Five hundred bikers compete in this crazy race that takes place in an old Austrian iron mine. This year's winner, Johnny Walker, attached a camera on his helmet to share his adrenaline-charged ride.
After the recent decision in the Trayvon Martin case, many Americans erupted in anger and disappointment about George Zimmerman's acquittal. Almost immediately following the decision, the NAACP posted an online petition for federal prosecution of Zimmerman. And the site got so much traffic that it crashed and has been in and out ever since. MoveOn.org has been continuing the effort, but their site is also overwhelmed and crashing on and off.