For years the image of who drives change in our democracy has reflected an old narrative of straight white men in smoky rooms. 

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Kendrick Lamar, Kal Penn, Gina Rodríguez, Mindy Kaling, and Others Invited to Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- Most Diverse Class Yet

Kendrick Lamar, Kal Penn, Gina Rodríguez, Mindy Kaling, and Others Invited to Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- Most Diverse Class Yet

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record number of new members, 928 people, in an attempt to further diversify its membership. After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy vowed in 2016 to double the number of women and minorities in its ranks by 2020. According to figures it released on Monday, the new class is 49% female, bringing up the total representation of women in the group from 28% to 31%. Thirty-eight percent of the new class is comprised of people of color, raising their proportion in the Academy from 13% to 16%. Some of the new members include Kendrick LamarDaniel Kaluuya, Mindy KalingGina Rodríguez, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail NanjianiDave Chappelle, Hong Chau, Rashida Jones, former Obama WH staffer Kal Penn,Damon Wayans, and Questlove, among others. More here.

“Warriors’ Circle of Honor” Design Selected to Honor Native American Veterans 

“Warriors’ Circle of Honor” Design Selected to Honor Native American Veterans 

Meet the New HHS Commissioner for Native Americans

Meet the New HHS Commissioner for Native Americans