Racialicious! When Race and Pop Culture Collide

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I’m excited to announce that New Demographic’s seminar, Racialicious! When Race and Pop Culture Collide, is now available in both audio seminar and e-book formats!

From the neo-minstrelsy of Flavor of Love to the racial segregation on Survivor, from the race-swapping families on Black.White. to the fascination with interracial sex, from Gwen Stefani’s use of Harajuku girls as mute human props to Angelina Jolie’s obsession with international adoption, from Michael Richards’ lynching tirade to Rosie O’Donnell’s “ching chong” remarks, race and pop culture are colliding more now than ever before.

What does pop culture reveal about our attitudes toward race and racism? Does pop culture’s treatment of race help or harm discussions about race? As consumers of pop culture, what kinds of stereotypes and assumptions should we look out for?


Format: MP3 file that you can download, keep and play as many times as you like
42 minutes


Format: Adobe Acrobat PDF file that you can either print out or read on the screen. You can also download the file and keep it forever.
14 pages

Please note:

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Introducing RIW special correspondent, Erica

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I’m excited to announce that starting next week, Erica will be a special correspondent for Race in the Workplace! She will write one post per week, linking to some of our favorite recent blog posts and articles on workplace issues, and will also be helping me with some odds and ends behind the scenes. If you would like to suggest a link to her, please email tips@raceintheworkplace.com. Here’s more about her:

Erica has been writing at swirlspice since 2002 and at Metroblogging Minneapolis since 2005. That’s “swirl” as in mixed and “spice” as in… well, you know. She’s an engineer at a drug company by day. When she’s not otherwise occupied with the internet she’s running, biking or performing with the Twin Cities Women’s Choir.

Please join me in welcoming her to the Race in the Workplace team!

Introducing RIW special correspondent, Adina

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I’m excited to announce that Adina Ba will be a special correspondent for Race in the Workplace! Here’s more about her:

Adina Ba graduated from Bard College in Literature and Creative Writing. She has experience working in non-profit and corporate marketing. Over the past few years, Adina has become dedicated to raising awareness in African/global affairs as well as race relations in the U.S. Adina currently volunteers for the Darfur Coalition and is an advocate for corporate volunteerism.

Please join me in welcoming her to the Race in the Workplace team!

Welcome to Race in the Workplace!

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Thanks for visiting our new blog, Race in the Workplace! This is a blog that explores how race and racism influence our working lives. You’ll find a mix of practical advice, personal stories, interviews with experts and authors, recommended resources, and much, much more. But perhaps most importantly, you’ll find a space in which you can discuss these issues with like-minded people.

If you’re anything like me, you’re tired of the robotic diversity-speak and uncritical celebrations of multiculturalism that dominate our workplaces. That’s why I started New Demographic, an anti-racism training company that goes beyond diversity buzzwords to tackle the real issues behind race and racism.

I hope you’ll enjoy this blog and that you’ll participate in the conversations that will take place here. If there’s ever anything I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me personally at carmen@newdemographic.com. Thanks for stopping by!

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