Chris Paul opens up about how change still makes him anxious even after the fame. Here’s how he deals with it.
This week the world has been honouring the memory of Martin Luther King Junior. King had a dream. It was to live in a society where people were judged by their character rather than the color of their skin. But that dream was shattered by an assassin’s bullet on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. The Civil Rights champion was just 39 years old. Five decades later, on the anniversary of his death, people across the US, and the world, paused, to remember what happened and what King stood for. How much progress have Black Americans made in the struggle to achieve racial and economic equality? Presenter: Dareen AbuGhaida Guests: Reverend Bernard Lafayette, a lifelong civil rights activist who was appointed by Martin Luther King to direct the Alabama voter registration project in 1962. Vincent Warren, the executive director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights. Tami Sawyer, a social justice activist and director of diversity and cultural competence at Teach For America.
As African heads of state sign the first continent wide free trade deal, what will it mean for the people that live there? The BBC’s Nancy Kacungira explains.
An extreme drought could make South Africa’s Cape Town the first major city in the world to run out of water. The crisis has already hurt the city’s tourism and agriculture industries and once again highlighted the gap between rich and poor. About 30,000 seasonal farm workers have lost their jobs because of the drought, and more layoffs are likely if rain doesn’t come soon. A city-run campaign – known as “Day Zero” – that counted the days until the taps would be turned off had such a negative impact on tourism that officials were force to abandon it. It did, though, have a positive impact on conservation efforts. But many say that only the wealthy are truly able to conserve or find a solution without government help, which can have a negative impact on those most in need. “The social contract breaks down, if the rich find their own solution and leave the rest to fend for themselves,” Giulio Boccaletti, global managing director for water with the Nature Conservancy, told The Washington Post.
Big Will Robertson is a personal trainer and coach in Newport Beach, CA. Growing up in the South, he struggled with obesity. To turn his life around, he started exercising. And the rest is a story about how he turned his passion for working out into a business. Big Will established Wardance Training Center, a fitness center that offers individual training as well as small group sessions, in 2005. Connect with Wardance and Big Will at: https://www.wardancetraining.com https://www.instagram.com/wardancelife/
The Gender Shades Project pilots an intersectional approach to inclusive product testing for AI. Gender Shades is a preliminary excavation of inadvertent negligence that will cripple the age of automation and further exacerbate inequality if left to fester. The deeper we dig, the more remnants of bias we will find in our technology. We cannot afford to look away this time, because the stakes are simply too high. We risk losing the gains made with the civil rights movement and women’s movement under the false assumption of machine neutrality. Automated systems are not inherently neutral. They reflect the priorities, preferences, and prejudices—the coded gaze—of those who have the power to mold artificial intelligence. Video produced by Joy Buolamwini and Jimmy Day
rsula Burns made history when she became the first African-American woman to run a Fortune 500 company – Xerox. In the second FT series of Leaders Under Pressure, Andrew Hill asks her how she dealt with a challenge from activist investor Carl Icahn. Executive Producer and Editor: Vanessa Kortekaas. Video editor: Richard Topping. Camera Operators: Richard Topping and James Sandy. Still images: Getty, Bloomberg and Xerox Corporation.
Aged eight, Nice Leng’ete was destined to undergo female genital mutilation, leave school and be married off to an older man, according to Maasai tradition. She not only fought against FGM for herself but, through her bravery and persistence, helped overturn this centuries-old practice for thousands of Maasai girls across Kenya and Tanzania. This is her story. Video produced by Ellen Tsang and Andrea Kennedy. Footage by Ken Mungai.