“The discrimination has done “long-term” damage to her career and left her “humiliated,” reports The New York Post.
The widely read New York City paper detailed Dr. Hayes’ discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against The New School. The legal action also targets as individuals some of the highest ranking officials at the university including: President David Van Zandt, Labor Relations VP Keila Tennent-DeCouteau, Provost Tim Marshall, Deputy Provost Bryna Sanger, and Executive Dean Mary Watson. Hayes, producer and director of the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba, is African American and openly lesbian.
“The New School only hired her as a token of diversity to stem complaints about its mostly white staff,” the article states.
Progressive Pupil announces its slate of prize-winning programming that promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion for the 2018-2019 academic year. Tackling timely issues ranging from mass incarceration to microaggressions, gender identity to first generation college grads, these cutting-edge workshops, trainings, screenings, and performances help campuses and organizations constructively engage in a variety of difficult dialogues. Each program has been curated by Dr. Robin J. Hayes, an Ivy League trained and internationally recognized scholar, and can be tailored to your organization’s needs.
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The international Black and Cuba roadshow continues at Princeton University. Professor Naomi Murakawa of the university’s African American studies Department included the film and talkback with director Dr. Robin J. Hayes in the graduate seminar, African American Intellectual Traditions. The film is also part of the Princeton library’s permanent collection. To screen Black and Cuba in your college classroom, see BlackandCuba.org.
At West Chester University in Pennsylvania, the department of psychology, ethnic studies program and the Dean’s office co-sponsors Progressive Pupil’s Coping with Microaggressions workshop and a screening of the film Black and Cuba featuring a Q&A with Dr. Robin J. Hayes. The programs were spearheaded by Dr. Janet Chang. For more information about how you can bring Progressive Pupil programs to your campus, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of us women, people of color, and members of the LGBT+ community dread these first few days of the new year. The prospect of returning to campuses, nonprofits or companies where we are isolated, harassed, and blocked from success can be disheartening. In my own life, discrimination fanned the flames of doubt and shame I internalized through living in a society where I rarely saw anyone who looked like me-or loved like me-enjoy professional success.
If you’re steeling yourself against microaggressions, mansplaining, or other inappropriate discriminatory behavior, remember two things.
1. It’s Not You.
Discrimination is not something you can prevent with professional excellence, code switching expertise, or fitting into racial or gendered norms of behavior. It is driven solely by perpetrators’ allegiance to White supremacist, sexist and/or homophobic beliefs. (Whether that allegiance is subconscious is not your concern). Discrimination is illegal precisely because it has nothing to do with your actions.
2. You Are Not Alone.
Chances are you are not the only person at your campus or organization that desires a more inclusive atmosphere. To the extent that your feedback is solicited or you have decision-making authority about diversity-related programs, suggesting more trainings and cultural events might jumpstart the constructive conversations about equality and inclusion your organization needs.
I am hopeful for progress. The more we speak up, the swifter change will come. Happy New Year.
Awrite! Black and Cuba has been selected to be part of the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. It’s the largest film festival about the African diaspora in the United Kingdom. This is the award-winning documentary’s second public screening in the UK, the first being near Electric Avenue in London’s diverse Brixton neighborhood at the Ritzy Cinema.
See the film November 1st, 2017 7:30pm at The Rum Shack in South Glasgow. The film goes great with Cuba Libres and Mojitos!
Photo above courtesy of Getty Images. A member of Cartha’s Queen Park Rugby team during an exhibition match in Havana, Cuba.
Enjoy music from and connected to the award-winning film Black and Cuba on Spotify. Featuring iconic musicians from throughout the Diaspora, including Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, Abbey Lincoln, and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Happy Black Music Month!
The Black and Cuba roadshow continues Sunday June 4, 2017 in Baltimore at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum 2pm 803 Pratt Street. Join this caring and vibrant community for what’s sure to be a lively dialogue after the film. If you can’t make it Sunday, Black and Cuba is also available on DVD and on demand at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
Between screening Black and Cuba andworking on my new multi-platform project 9 GRAMS, I’ve spent some time this summer thinking about the Black woman’s image.Of course in one way or another I’ve been thinking about it my entire life by looking in the mirror and beholding the relentless glamour of my mother and grandmother while I was growing up. In creating films that center Black women’s perspectives and – frankly- a lifetime of struggling to valorize my own, I’ve come to realize the most empowering and aesthetically beautiful representations of Black women are the ones we create ourselves.
Does true selflessness exist? Is the non-profit sector doing more harm than good in communities of color? Black and Cuba director Dr. Robin J. Hayes sits with human rights activist Chitra Ayar – director of the Sadie Nash Project in Queens – to discuss how to fundraise with integrity this holiday season.