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  Cinder Block Comedy Festival isn't slotted to run until September 15, but it has already garnered attention because of its aim and somewhat controversial "wage gap pricing" application submission fee. Female comics, LGBTQIA comics, comics with disabilities of all types, and comedians of color who submit their act before March 31 will pay only 77 cents to the dollar of general admission fee, a riff on the gender wage disparity. "It came out of complaining,...
For many in the book world, the release of publisher Lee & Low’s first ever diversity in publishing survey in January 2016 offered no surprises. Publishing is overwhelmingly white (79 percent), straight (88 percent), able bodied (92 percent), and female (78 percent). In high school my friend Herbert would call these women, of whose ranks I am now a member, the white girl mafia. It was not a compliment. Unmeasured in the survey is class, but...

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