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“Miss America” Says They’re No Longer a Beauty Pageant, Eliminates the Swimsuit Segment

"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance."

Contestants will now be able to wear "whatever they choose," and the competition wants to be "open, transparent, inclusive to women who may not have felt comfortable participating in our program before." Rather than heels, bikinis, and mandatory sequined gowns, the competition will focus on women's talents, achievements, and goals. They'll discuss advancing social-impact initiatives. "We're interested in makes you you," says Gretchen Carlson.

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Universal FanCon Creator Blames the Fan Community for Con Debacle

"I let my belief in this nonexistent community blind me."

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Bojack Horseman Creator Finally Addresses the Issue of Diversity in Animation Voice Casting

Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator of Netflix's Bojack Horseman, knows that there's a big problem on his show. Namely, that the character of Diane, who is supposed to be Vietnamese, is voiced by Alison Brie, who is white. This issue has been brought up in fan circles plenty of times before, not only in relation to this show, but throughout animation. Yet, according to Bob-Waksberg, no one's brought the conversation directly to him, until now.

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Where Did the Black Action Heroine Go?

Who has inherited the legacy of Pam Grier?

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Can Appearances Be This Misleading? IDW, Aubrey Sitterson, and the Cancellation of Scarlett’s Strike Force

Back in September, we reported on a situation involving comics publisher IDW, comics writer Aubrey Sitterson, and the right-wing harassment campaign responsible for putting Sitterson's work on the G.I. Joe line of comics in jeopardy. That situation seems to have carried over, affecting a female-led G.I. Joe book that is supposed to be coming out soon. One that's already been cancelled thanks to "poor sales."

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DGA Touts TV’s Most Inclusive Season, But Do They Even Understand What Counts as Inclusion?

The best thing about the current "Golden Age of Television" is that there's so much of it. Sure to us fans and consumers of content, it can seem a bit overwhelming, but every new TV show or limited series provides hundreds of jobs to hundreds of working professionals, many of them women, men of color, or members of other marginalized groups who are typically underemployed.

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Castle Rock Trailer Hints at a More Inclusive Version of the “World of Stephen King”

After the awesomeness that was 11/22/63, I've been very excited about Castle Rock, the upcoming collaboration between Hulu, Bad Robot, and horror legend Stephen King. I got even more excited when the news broke that Moonlight's Andre Holland was joining the cast as the series protagonist. Now, this first trailer for the series has me excited for many other reasons. Check it out after the jump!

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Christopher Eccleston Says the Arts Are the “Tip of an Iceberg” When It Comes to Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion go beyond race and even gender. Class is an important indicator of the advantages (or lack thereof) a person will have, and this can be compounded by race and gender to make things even worse for someone. In a recent interview, Christopher Eccleston talks about why it's important to think about this when it comes to diversity in the arts, and why the arts should only be a first step.

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Review: Detroit a Powerful Depiction of Racism That Manages to Erase Black Women

4 out of 5 stars.

They say that art imitates life, and at times of sociopolitical turmoil, art tends to take on a more dour, intense tone. Right now, there's Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, a film that takes place in 1960s Michigan, but feels all-too-relevant to the present moment.

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Niecy Nash Reminds Chelsea Handler That Diversity Goes Beyond “Black and White Women”

We've written about TNT's Claws, which stars the incomparable Niecy Nash at the head of a diverse cast of nuanced female characters, has a black female showrunner, and was created, in part, by a woman of color. It's certainly an example of progress. But, as Nash points out in a recent appearance on Netflix's Chelsea, diversity goes beyond "black and white."

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Former GeekGirlCon Volunteers Resign Over … “Reverse Racism”?

GeekGirlCon, a Seattle-based convention devoted to honoring "the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; game play and game design; and beyond," began in 2011. Six years later, it has positioned itself as a bastion of inclusion in the geek community. This weekend, five volunteer staffers resigned and sent out a mass email to say otherwise.

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Former GitHub Employee Writes About Company’s Failure to Uphold Its Own Values

In "Antisocial Coding: My Year At Github," Coraline Ada Ehmke recalls her time of employment at the company's Community & Safety team.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood’s More Than Ready to Bring Superheroes to the Big Screen in a Post-Wonder Woman World

We were thrilled to learn that Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees director Gina Prince-Bythewood was taking the helm of the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off film, Silver & Black, becoming the first black woman to direct a big-budget superhero movie. With Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman kicking ass at the box office the way it is, Prince-Bythewood is more than ready to bring superheroes to the big screen.

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5 Ways Netflix’s Master of None Is Saving the World—Or, At Least Saving Television

I've been a huge fan of Aziz Ansari's Netflix comedy, Master of None, since its first season. However, if you've inhaled Season 2 like I have, you already know that this installment of Dev Shah's story takes things up to a whole new level. What's more, it's exactly the kind of show that can contribute to saving the world. Or, at least saving television. **SPOILERS AHOY IF YOU'VE NOT YOU'VE NOT YET WATCHED MASTER OF NONE S2**

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Mark Zuckerberg Whitesplains Diversity to Black College Students in North Carolina

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has been on a tour of all 50 U.S. states to reach out to folks outside of Silicon Valley and learn a little more about what their lives are like —and how they feel about things like community and tech, presumably to make Facebook better at serving them. However, at a recent stop at a university in North Carolina, a discussion about diversity became uncomfortable to watch.

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Female-Led Crowdfunding/Distribution Platform Seed&Spark Kicks Off #100DaysOfDiversity to Spotlight Marginalized Voices in Film

[UPDATED 1/21/17 - 2:45AM ET With Trump's inauguration, Seed&Spark is kicking off #100DaysOfDiversity. Because they're tired of think pieces and studies on gender and race disparity in Hollywood.

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We Need More Than Female Protagonists: Women Only Spoke 27% of the Dialogue in 2016’s Top Grossing Films

You would think that with female-led films like Rogue One making bank and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call generating backlash that we must be making huge amounts of progress when it comes to gender parity in film. You'd be wrong.

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The UK’s BAFTA Awards Show Up the Oscars In Working Toward Making the Film Industry More Inclusive

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced new guidelines that should substantially move the needle as far as underrepresented communities within the film industry. If only the Oscars would follow their lead.

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