racism

Australia settles lawsuit over welfare scheme criticised as racist

The "work for the dole" scheme required people in remote outback communities to work up to 25 hours a week to receive income benefits.

But its strict requirements meant that many vulnerable people were pushed further into poverty, critics said.

The government settled a lawsuit but did not admit it was at fault.

Several people had struggled to survive after having their payments cut off, advocates said.

Australia controversially requires welfare recipients to record job searches and other tasks in order to receive payments.

Parminder Nagra: TV show turned me down for being of Indian descent

She told a podcast she had also heard producers on an unnamed production say "too many brown people" would not sell.

Nagra made her name in the 2002 UK film Bend It Like Beckham before appearing the American medical drama series ER.

While noting how on-screen diversity had improved, she said she hoped it was not just a quota-filling exercise.

"We're having the conversations happening more and more and things have moved on," she told the Celebrity Catch Up podcast.

Neighbours: Actress Sharon Johal also alleges racism on soap

The Australian actress, who has Indian heritage, left the show in March after four years as character Dipi Rebecchi.

Johal said she had faced racist taunts from white castmates, and felt further targeted when she asked for help.

She said she felt "morally compelled" to voice her trauma after two Aboriginal stars did so last week.

The former lawyer and Melbourne-based actress described it as a "human rights issue".

Aboriginal actors allege racist incidents on set

Shareena Clanton alleged "multiple racist traumas" during her time on the show in an Instagram post on Monday.

A day later, former Neighbours actor Meyne Wyatt said he too had experienced racism on set in a tweet.

The actors, both Australians of indigenous descent, said they heard other cast members use racist slurs.

"It's been lonely, triggering and traumatising to work in such a culturally unsafe space," wrote Ms Clanton, who has guest starred in yet-to-be-aired episodes of Neighbours.

Music stars including Lewis Capaldi and Rita Ora call for end to racism

Little Mix, Nile Rodgers, Lewis Capaldi and Rita Ora are among the stars calling for an end to racism.

"We are at our worst when we attack one another," the letter said.

It cited recent "anti-Jewish racism", after grime artist Wiley shared anti-Semitic posts. Wiley later apologised.

Hundreds of representatives from the music industry co-signed the letter, which says they want to show "that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause".

Cricket Australia: Chief executive Kevin Roberts resigns

The 47-year-old was criticised for his cost-cutting measures, including asking 80% of staff to take a pay cut.

He was appointed in October 2018 following James Sutherland's 17-year tenure.

Englishman Nick Hockley, the chief executive of the T20 World Cup, has replaced Roberts on an interim basis.

Cricket Australia said a wider "operational reset" at the governing body will be announced this week.

James speaks out against racism

James has been outspoken in opposition of United States president Donald Trump in the past, and continued that on Monday.

He also took time to honour King and the efforts he took to help fight racism and oppression.

"The state of racism will never die, but what we cannot do is allow it to conquer us as people," James said Monday, via ESPN. "We can't allow it to divide us... The guy in control has given people and racism, and negative racism, an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear.

Chloe Bennet on name change: 'Hollywood is racist'

The "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star clapped back on social media this week when she was questioned about changing her last name.

"Changing my last name doesn't change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese," she wrote. "It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn't cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable."

Jimmy Fallon gets serious about racism

Instead Fallon, at times appearing to fight back tears, spoke from the heart about Saturday's deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

While acknowledging that "The Tonight Show" is not political, Fallon opened up about the clashes in Charlottesville between white nationalists and counterprotesters.

He said it was his "responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism."

Make-up artist accused of 'blackface'

The original post, which has now been deleted, came with a disclaimer warning the image was "not about race change".

However another post, using both the image of the model and the original disclaimer, has been uploaded.

The new caption says: "I can't offer an apology for my artwork, and for what I find to be beautiful."

The make-up artist, whose given name is not revealed on his Instagram account, offered an explanation for his decision to use a white model.