BBC Drama Boss Happy With “Woke” Adaptation Accusations

The head of the BBC's drama department is totally fine with all the "woke" allegations that several of the broadcaster's recent historical adaptations have been subjected to, and says that updating the classics with more women and black and Asian actors is of paramount importance in this day and age. Read More >>

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Chris Chibnall Cast a Black Woman as the Doctor, But It’s Only Just a Start

In this week’s episode, “Fugitive of the Judoon,” the BBC’s Doctor Who made history by casting a Black woman, Jo Martin, as the Doctor for the first time in the series’ 57-year history. Let’s talk about it. Read More >>

We Discuss Todd Phillips’ Polarising Joker, a Movie With Little to Say

What do you get when a multi-million dollar corporation decides to capitalise on one of its most popular characters by centring them in a movie that taps into conversations about white domestic terrorism in the United States, incels, and the ways in which folks with mental illnesses are often abandoned by society? You get films like Todd Phillips’ Joker, apparently. Read More >>

Former Manager Says Facebook Discriminates Against, Excludes Black Users and Staff

A former Facebook strategic partner manager for global influencers, Mark S. Luckie, sent a 2,500 word memo to all of the company’s employees before his departure in November saying the company has “a black people problem,” the Guardian reported. Read More >>

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Characters of Colour Deserve Better

Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a show that wants you to know exactly how progressive and feminist it is. But the show’s messages about female empowerment are severely undercut by the way it mishandles one of its most prominent characters of colour. Read More >>

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Can We Make Non-Racist Face Recognition?

As companies race to employ facial recognition everywhere from major league ballparks to schools , we face tough questions about the technology’s potential to intensify racial bias; Commercial face recognition software has repeatedly been shown to be less accurate on people with darker skin, and civil rights advocates worry about the disturbingly targeted ways face-scanning can be used by police. Read More >>

Snapchat, Instagram Pull Giphy Integration After Users Find Extremely Racist GIF

Facebook subsidiary Instagram and stumbling competitor Snapchat have both disabled GIF-embedding service Giphy after an extremely racist image began spreading on the platform, TechCrunch reported. Read More >>

Impoverished Black Teens Talk About Depression Differently

Depression is an equal opportunity malady. It affects people from all walks of life, be they rich or poor, young or old, or black or white. But it’s apparent there are some groups who more vulnerable to depression than others, such as those living in poverty or who regularly face discrimination. A recent study, published in the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, suggests that different groups of people also talk about depression differently. In particular, poorer black kids discuss their feelings of depression differently than other demographic groups. Read More >>

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of a One Per Cent Black Company, Spoke to Black Students About ‘Diversity’

As part of his trip to all 50 states to show off that he’s just a regular guy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited the historically black North Carolina A&T State University on Monday, where he fielded questions from students about technology, politics, media, and, of course, diversity. Read More >>

A Black Female Astrophysicist Explains Why Hidden Figures Isn’t Just About History

First, it beat Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, for the second weekend since its wide-release debut, 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 $6o million so far, and counting. Read More >>

Passport Website Rejects Asian Man’s Photo for Having ‘Closed’ Eyes

Anyone who’s dealt with the complexities of passport photo requirements would probably jump at the chance to have their pics checked online, but automated systems can have their own complications, as a New Zealand man recently learned. Read More >>

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What Happens When a 850 Horsepower Truck Races a 10,000 Horsepower Car

Well, you know exactly what’s going to happen. When a car has 10 times the horsepower of a truck, the truck is going to get smoked. The question is how bad will the torching be? Hilariously bad. Read More >>

Race Track Invader Man Gets Eight-Month Jail Term

So it wasn't viral marketing for Volkswagen or a Lynx/Pot Noodle campaign gone bad. The man who drove his girlfriend out onto a race track during an event has been jailed, with the 22-year-old driver picking up an eight-month prison sentence for his impromptu Top Gear challenge homage. [Independent] Read More >>

Man Beats Train in London Tube Station Blitz

It's the special secret that only 8.3 million or so people know -- many London tube stations are so close to each other it's quicker to walk between them than suffer the escalators of tourist doom. This runner proves the point by getting off at Mansion House and running to Cannon Street, then getting back on the same train. Read More >>

World’s Dumbest Driver Takes VW Polo on Track During Live Race

Amazing. Or amazingly stupid. This clip shows some youths driving their Volkswagen Polo onto the actual track at Brands Hatch during a race. You wouldn't think it possible, but... they did it, driving down the pit lane and out onto the circuit. The driver planned to tell the marshalls they "got lost" when in fact they merely got stupid. [YouTube] Read More >>