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The beauty of tea diversity.

Let's look at the opinions many industry experts have on how to accelerate the number of women in the technology industry and why doing so is important.

Last week at a workshop organized by the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), we discussed our Utility Supplier Program () and how to do business with regulated companies: .

None of us is as smart as all of us. Keeping your ideas to yourself is detrimental. Diversity of people equals diversity of ideas. — DENISE JACOBS

Had a great time speaking & being a at this AM. Great start to the con weekend. These panelists were fab & the audience was awesome! Thanks for the support and fantastic discussions!

One of the things that I love about working at Martinsburg is the diversity of our students. We embrace every culture but since its Black History Month I wanted to do something special. Had so much fun and the kids love it too 😊 🐾

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Getting together with fellow students from the Field School to mentor & exchange experiences with some of the minority students was an honor & we look forward to continuing the conversation.

The third grade team celebrated African American Cultural Awareness day and Black History month!!

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A New Line Of Barbies With Disabilities Was Unveiled And People Are So Here For It
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<3 diversity! Can’t wait to get me some differently-abled Barbies! <3 <3 <3


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Screw Skintones

Like seriously… trying to get the right skintone for a character who is supposed to look like me sucks. 

Like, I know a lot of people try to make skintones out to be super easy in all of these tutorials floating around tumblr about how to not whitewash a character, and I believe the intention is good. Hell, you guys might be able to see something I just can’t and I applaud you guys for fighting the good fight. 

But personally, speaking out as an American-born Filipino with really crappy eyesight… I just don’t know how you guys do it.

Let me show you guys the character I’m trying to draw.

Here’s a character I’ve been drawing for years… obviously I’ve improved… the one in the upper right is maybe the most recent color version of the character (I think I drew it last year), but she’s never been a part of a decent project. Doom and Sugar Cookies became unpitchable (thanks in no small part to the success of both Despicable Me and Megamind, and also the upcoming Villainous animated series) and End Fatigue went nowhere. 

And so now I’m refitting the character into something else… I’ve mentioned Ghost Story on this blog before… and this change comes with some amount of redesign. Nows my chance to get her skintone right, for once and for all.

For character related context, much like myself, Sam is supposed to represent an American-born Filipino. When I draw her super dark, she looks black, and when I lighten her skin, she looks white. I used to kind of like the idea of her being ethnically ambiguous, but I’ve since changed my mind. I mean, she’s basically become something of my self insert. I draw her hair to look like an exaggerated version of my own. Her skintone shouldn’t be too different.

So, in making the Character Model Sheet, I decided to try out an experiment. I found several characters who in my mind kind of had the skintone I was going for. I sampled the color from their skin and applied it to Sam. (ignore her forehead, this is a work in progress)

Enid from OK KO might be black, but I actually think she was a pretty good start in getting the skintone I actually happen to want. Her skintone’s in the running.

I always remember Janna as being darker than she actually is. Her skintone’s actually pretty close to Marco’s. But when I apply her tone to the skin, Sam looks a little too light… and also a little too pink.

Katara’s in the running. My sister and I have discussed cosplaying as her and Sokka for a convention we never actually went to, and I personally think I have at least a little resemblance to Sokka… except I have poofier hair, but whatever.

Ash is a touch darker than Misty, but still to light and orange for my taste.

Surprisingly… Brock doesn’t have a skintone all that different from Ash. I had to doublecheck and make sure I was sampling my colors correctly, and yeah… that’s Brock’s skintone.

Consider this an Outtake. Moana’s skintone is lit too well for me to comfortable get a flat color from. I think I took the sample from somewhere in her right cheek. Either way, her skin’s a little dark for Sam.

The weird thing here is that Moana takes place in an area to dissimilar to the Phillipines. Maybe if I sample some of her flat concept art…

That’s… still too dark?

I don’t know.

At the moment, I’m pretty sure I’m going to go with Katara’s skintone. I’m gonna be honest… I feel a little weird that the character with the right skintone comes from a character who’s actually meant to be innuit… but at the same time her skin’s the one that matches my own the most. Enid is an ever weird case, because she’s meant to be black… and yet there are a number of non-black characters who are way darker than her. 

But I have some suspicions. There are people on tumblr who make me nervous about coloring characters. There not as bad as the actual Nazi’s on this sight, but they are a bit louder. Their racism isn’t nearly as dangerous as the Nazis, but it is a bit more prevalent on this platform, and is much less likely to be called out.

I’m talking about the people who harass artists for how they draw skin. I’ve seen so many posts on my dash go by where characters are claimed to have been whitewashed by certain artists. Hell, it’s gotten to the point where creators of color are targeted for not getting skin right… like… people realize that OK KO was created by this guy, right?

Something a lot of people don’t seem to understand is that skintones come in a spectrum… I’ve met filipinos lighter than me and I’ve met filipinos darker than me. I shouldn’t have to feel threatened for drawing characters who look the way I look because they aren’t dark enough. And this isn’t coming from some “I don’t see race” kind of white guy… even by Filipino standards I’m pretty dark.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that Diversity in media should also mean a diversity in skintones. There’s more to skin than it’s actual brightness and lightness. 

And more personally, my filipino characters shouldn’t have to look black in order to have dark skin.

But I pass this conversation onto you guys. It’s not like I’m an authority on this stuff or anything, and I genuinely want to hear other people’s opinions, especially from other artists of color.  


#15 28 Days of Black Cosplay we have - WALTER (Dean’s Lyst)
Costume designer who has an eye for detail and top notch quality

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random thought but I don't get people who hate on religious attires, in fact, i don’t get the hate of any sort: racism, homophobia, transphobia etc because i was not raised in a hateful society. In schools and in books, we only learned of love and unity, not hate. I grew up in a pretty homogenous country and in the most conservative district of all. Buddhists make up less than 2% of the country population and in my district, we had the least followers of Buddhism. Which means it was extremely rare to see Buddhist people there let alone Buddhist monks. Yet, we never felt threatened or uncomfortable when the few times we saw a monk in public with their head shaved and wearing a red or orange attire. I simply thought, “oh, this person is Buddhist. I learned about them in school.” my uncle who never went to school and lived his entire life as a farmer in a village, told us he saw a Buddhist monk once he went to another district and he didn’t feel uncomfortable.  When I read about people from Africa or black people in general referred to as “Negroids” in books, the idea of hating them never crossed my mind. They were people who looked different than me and lived differently than me. That’s it.  Just how white people or “Caucasians” were different than me. I never thought it was possible to hate someone or kill someone simply because they’re different than you. 

I say this because I want to point out how NOT normal hate is. Hating people of different religion or race or sexual orientation or sex is not human nature. You have to be TAUGHT to hate, whether by your family, your school, or your society. It doesn’t come automatically. You will not feel threatened or uncomfortable seeing a woman in Niqab UNLESS in some way you were taught that women in Niqab or face covering are harmful in any way. Or if you were never taught about the existence of women in Niqab then you might be weirded out or feel uncomfortable when seeing someone wearing one for the first time. However, in this age of technological advancement, that’s rarely the case. This is why is it so important that textbooks in schools and the mainstream media portray diversity, give an episode or chapter on different religious and traditional holidays, and teach about people of different race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender etc without any bias. 

The Misidentification of Asian Americans

Apparently, we all look the same.

Stereotyping Asians is not a new thing. In fact, it’s extremely common. We’re all bad drivers, eat weird food, are model citizens, and all look the same. That’s just the norm in the American society. 

However, 2018 going on into 2019 has brought upon us a new wave of Asian recognition. With such big accomplishments for Asians as a population such as the success of Crazy Rich Asians, kpop becoming more widespread in America, and the surge of Asian American politicians running for different government systems, it’s not surprising that Asians as a general group have become more proud and outspoken about our achievements. It’s a huge step from being just minority side characters in entertainment, or the living with the titles of so-called “yappies” living within the United States. Although this is very good, our accomplishments are still being washed out by the media and not as pronounced as they should be compared to the accomplishments our other racial counterparts have made.

For example, just recently People magazine published an article featuring a picture the cast of Crazy Rich Asians attending an awards after party. The caption accompanying the image, however, contained false information on the identities of the actors.

Pictured above: Tweet posted from actor Ronny Chieng referring to the misidentification of the cast in the People article.

This occurrence sparked outrage among the Asian community, not being able to believe that such a notable publishing would be able to misidentify such important and relevant people in the entertainment industry.

Actor Remy Hii also goes on to note that this problem rarely, if ever, occurs with actors of caucasian descent.

From this, us as an Asian community would be undeniably put off. If we are going to work hard to see our goals accomplished, but then go unnoticed by the public, why work as hard? Does the media not care enough to even see how different we are as humans? Will we ever get the recognition we deserve, or will we continue to be trampled as a minority group among all others?

Despite the ignorance expressed by the media concerning ethnic groups, we persevere. We must continue this “asian wave” despite the problems we face going through it.

Only then can our names, faces, presences and work be recognized.

Sydney Nguyen | February 14th, 2019 | 11:08 PM

My nursing course has a unit covering culture and diversity, which imo is absolutely necessary for teaching how to deliver health services in the very multicultural country we live in. At the same time, looking at some of the questions in the first assignment does not give me much confidence. I don’t want to judge but I hope it gets better from here…

Q1: “Can you describe a difference from your cultural group?”

Me: Um. So much to unpack here. What do you mean by cultural group? What do you mean by difference? What do you mean by describe? *starts to sweat profusely* Can you repeat the question? I’M SCARED!!!

I don’t have a firm grasp of my own “cultural group” because I guess it’s easier to infer culture onto someone else or to understand and appreciate a group of people through the lens of culture. I feel that choosing and applying one cultural group to myself is overly reductive and I wouldn’t know which one to pick in the first place. I am slightly jealous of people that are comfortable in their belonging to a specific culture while due to my relocation as a child I have trouble identifying within any one particular group. Perhaps a more pragmatic approach to culture, for me, is to view it through the concept of intersectionality, which is a term widely used in areas such as human rights and social justice, for discourses about the amplification of struggles faced by people that belong to more than one minority groups, like people of colour, women and LGBTQ individuals. It can be seen, then, that all people always belong to more than one cultural group, made up of shared characteristics (such as nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, beliefs and arguably even interests, careers and education) and that no one group of people is a wholly homogenised one. To choose one cultural group seems like an unfair predilection of one characteristic or signifier over another. I d-declare your question as i-invalid.

Q2: “Do you have a strong belief system in your cultural group?”

Me: Not really but also please refer to my answer for Q1.

Q3: Can you describe that belief?

Me: *continues to sweat profusely, fingers tremble, heartbeat intensifies and blood pressure spikes*….perhaps my trouble with identifying within a specific cultural group is a deep-routed and selfish denial of the transgressions visible within the communities of people I have lived in. By abstracting myself from these groups I remove myself from having to inherit the deep cultural problems that continue to this day in the institutions that make up the cultures I have had partial belonging to… That said, as a young millennial YouTube viewer, I guess I could say that I belong to a diverse cultural group of Vsauce that have a strong belief in Michael Stevens and thanks for watching?!


Same show but not at all! So I was a huge fan of Charmed as a Young lad so when the reboot of Charmed came out lets just say I was excited and scared. Like how are they going to top the original or even how are they going to keep the story even going. Are they going to do a prequel to the show which would be the life of Melinda Warren! Who knew and I was scared to find out!!

So on the date of Charmed Reboot I didn’t watch thinking it would be a fail and I would hear about it later!! I heard nothing! So as a few episodes go by I decided to check things out myself!! Let me tell you I AM SO GLAD I DID! This show is great!! Not only does it stick to the same ole story plot! 3 sisters that are witches fighting demons that have a white lighter but it changed it up!! 

SPOILER ALERT (tad not much)

So there is 3 sisters Maggie, Macy and Mel. Mel is a lesbian who is a very strong feminist. There is Maggie who loves the college life and just wants to fit in. Then lastly there is Macy the hot virgin scientist who takes everything literal and has to analyze everything. Now there powers are almost identical to the original show. The power to freeze time, the power to move things with there mind, and then the power of reading people thoughts. 

There is so much different with the show to but not to much where you will hate it. I love the show and I hope that they keep the show going. 

“The summer before I began classes at UNC, I was awarded the Reisher scholarship, and I can honestly say that access to education is what saved my life, because without it, I would have struggled to find employment with a criminal record and two young children to support.  Beginning in 2014, it was the Reisher program and UNC faculty who helped me create a space on campus to honor victims and survivors of domestic sex trafficking, and ultimately provided the foundation upon which I was able to start Free Our Girls.  After graduating with my BS in Finance in 2016, I continued to work full time at building this nationally-serving non-profit.  In the fall of 2018, I decided to return to grad school at UNC to pursue a MA in Sociology because one of the greatest weaknesses in domestic anti-trafficking work currently is an utter lack of adequate data to support exit and recovery services that are so desperately needed.  In addition to Free Our Girls, I am excited to announce that Dr. Henderson and I are launching Avery Research & Consulting so that we can continue our work in providing a platform for victim and survivor voices to be heard by the agencies and professionals who need to hear them.   If I had to offer one piece of unsolicited advice, it would be to NEVER give up on yourself and a better future.  For nearly a decade of my life, I heard abusers tell me daily that I was worthless, stupid, and would never succeed without them.  I am living proof that anything is possible when you believe in yourself – and the last 6 years are just the beginning!“ 

- Megan Lundtrom, Free Our Girls Director


#13 - 28 Days of Black Cosplay we have- LATOYA (Royalty Cosplay)
You really need to experience this woman because words just cant do her justice. Multifaceted, Gorgeous, corporate woman who is sweet kind and humble.

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Dutch & Philippino

Leana van der Meijden

How did your parents meet?

I’m the worse, but I actually do not know how my parents met… I know! Shame on me. But they did meet in New Zealand. My mom just moved out there while by dad had already embraced the Maori culture for 10 years. And when they had me, they decided to move back to the Netherlands.

What is it like for you to come form the mixed culture background?

It’s interesting since I grew up hearing different languages, learning about different values our families where thought growing up, and experiencing all the things they do/don’t agree upon. Was it a struggle sometimes? Absolutely. Did it teach me more about the world we live in? Hell yes!

Tell me what is it like to be mixed?

People who think they’re not mixed might still be mixed. They just don’t know it yet. I say I’m 50/50, but maybe I have more nationalities mixed within me! An advantage of being brought up with parents from two different cultures is that you know that there’s so much more in the world than the bubble called home. You’re exposed to this from a very young age and I don’t know any better than that I want to travel and learn as much about different cultures as I can.  

People always - ALWAYS get confused when they see my face. I look Asian, but I’m tall, and I speak with a weird accent, and I look younger than I actually am (someone thought that I was 18 when I am actually 29). Getting into a club still can be very tricky.