MCDONALD’S WORKERS ACROSS 15 DIFFERENT CITIES HAVE GONE ON STRIKE TO FIGHT FOR LIVING WAGES
Minimum wages have been increasing in many states in the past several years, and one of the world’s largest restaurant franchisors is still paying it’s workers very low wages. In response, workers have recently gone on strike in select locations in an effort to obtain more adequate living wages.
These McDonald’s employees in 15 different U.S cities arranged to go on strike the day before the company’s annual shareholders meeting in an effort to be given higher wages. Specifically, the employees are asking to be paid a wage of $15 per hour.
The employees are reportedly receiving large support from a few politicians who are fighting to implement more livable wages. Both Bernie Sanders as well as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have said they will join McDonald’s employees in their strikes which are planned throughout the U.S.
Senator Bernie Saunders also released a statement saying he was proud to join the workers who are fighting against corporate greed. The Senator also made a statement encouraging McDonald’s employees, saying that when working people unite, they can’t be beaten.
There have also been several reports that many fast-food chains around the country are having trouble hiring enough workers to keep their restaurants fully staffed.
A McDonald’s spokesperson has responded to complaints of workers being underpaid by saying that it is the federal and local government’s responsibility to set the minimum wage, and they are open to any changes that need to be made for the benefit of the hardworking McDonald’s employees.
Letta J and Keshia Walker are improving diversity, safety, and career opportunities in gaming
Two African American women Letta J and Keshia Walker, have created a niche in esports.
Playing video games like Warzone and NBA 2K isn’t just a hobby anymore. Playing video games could potentially be a full-time job. However, some issues have arisen, such as online hate speech and the access minorities have to game careers. Even ESPN has discussed race and diversity relating to esports.
Letta J and Keshia Walker indicated that hate speech has become more frequent as video game streaming has become more popular. Letta J runs Soho Gaming House in New York, and she has created a space specifically intended for women involved in esports. Letta also founded COEXIST Gaming which supports all gamers that are interested in opportunity and growth.
Keshia Walker is a gaming champion who has experienced different levels of racism and discrimination throughout her career. Keshia Walker has gone on the be the founder of Women Got Game, a popular gaming tournament intended for women.
The gaming industry is exploding with millions of fans and billions up for grabs. Walker is also tapping into the career aspects of esports and gaming. Keshia Walker also owns a collegiate gaming company known as the Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA). On the BCGA website, the company says that its main goal is to create opportunities for Black college students, which will ideally lead to corporate roles with gaming or other tech industries.
Keshia Walker has also been recognized as the first African American woman to own both a gaming and collegiate esports company in the United States. Letta J and Keshia Walker have both created opportunities for African American gamers that were unavailable to them previously. According to studies, African Americans between ages 13 and 24 account for 67% – 74% of recreational gaming, although they only represent about 3% of gamers in esports leagues. For the first time, students of color have the ability to participate in fun gaming competitions with scholarships in prizes while also learning about a variety of exciting career opportunities.
Disney to launch a new brand called Onyx Collective which will cater to underrepresented creators
The Walt Disney Company is launching a brand new platform that will offer opportunities to creators of color and other creatives that have been underrepresented in the entertainment industry.
Disney’s new brand Onyx Collective will be lead by Tara Duncan, president of Freeform. Onyx Collective will showcase works from underrepresented creators primarily on Hulu, but other Disney platforms may be used to host certain projects.
Duncan released a statement stating that Onyx Collective is building a home for creators of color to feel empowered, inspired, and have access to audiences throughout the world. Chairman of entertainment at Disney Dan Walden also released a statement regarding Onyx Collective where she said that the entertainment industry is immensely enriched by the contributions of talented emerging creators of color, and Onyx Collective allows Disney the best opportunity to partner with these creators. Walden also offered her praise to Duncan saying that Tara is extremely talented and possesses fantastic instincts.
The first project that will reportedly debut on the platform is the feature documentary summer of soul. This film tells the story of the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1959, often referred to as the Black Woodstock. The film will be available to stream July, 2nd on Hulu.The second project is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate. Titled the 1619 Project, this docuseries is based on material from the New York Times as well as Nikole Hannah-Jones’s work. Disney continues to innovate and expand in 2021.