Seat at the Table: When A Workplace Conference Room Symbolizes Workplace Hierarchy

This article is about the observed workplace and communication dynamics at an American pharmaceutical research company. To protect the identity of the employees, the company is not named and only first names are used, in some instances pseudonyms. INTRODUCTION It’s 1998, two years before the start of a new century. William Jefferson Clinton is mid-way… Read More Seat at the Table: When A Workplace Conference Room Symbolizes Workplace Hierarchy

Take the ‘Knowledge Road’ Less Traveled For Black History Month 24/7/365

Post updated February 1, 2019 Black History Month is a wonderful time in February (though it shouldn’t be the only time) for people to increase their knowledge and awareness of the significant and ongoing contributions African-Americans have made to American society and its culture. Unfortunately, celebration of the month has become stuck in the mud… Read More Take the ‘Knowledge Road’ Less Traveled For Black History Month 24/7/365

Fighting Gender Inequality In the Tech Industry, Underwear-Style

Updated March 18, 2018 Was it a good idea to have women technology CEOs and coders pose in their underwear as a form of empowerment? Dear Kate, a company that sells “performance underwear for high performing women” has been dealing with this question since pics of its latest advertising campaign (2014) showing women techies in… Read More Fighting Gender Inequality In the Tech Industry, Underwear-Style

Stereotypes and Learning About Black Women From Watching Television

As an African-American woman and television viewer for over thirty years there haven’t been many opportunities to see positive, let alone well-rounded portrayals of Black women on network and/or cable television. As I got older when I would see a black female character on a television show I would keep my fingers crossed and hope… Read More Stereotypes and Learning About Black Women From Watching Television

Dear ‘Old White People’ – No, I don’t “work” here

PSEUDO DISCLAIMER: The following post is about the author’s retail experiences with “old white people” who have mistaken her for being a store employee. For the record, the author isn’t stating that all “old white people” assume – erroneously or otherwise –  that ‘shoppers of color’ are retail store clerks. Furthermore, the author’s blog post… Read More Dear ‘Old White People’ – No, I don’t “work” here