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Lack of media diversity an ‘effect of slavery’, BuzzFeed beauty director

As the beauty director of digital media giant BuzzFeed, Essence Gant makes sure its content is inclusive and sensitive – helping to balance representation and reflect diversity.

Growing up in the southern US state of Georgia, she recalls that she was surrounded by people who were “always validating her as a black woman”.

It was only later, she said in an interview with UN News, that she realized how under-represented people of colour were in the media.

Details from the permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
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UN chief honours those who suffered shameful Transatlantic slave trade, urges respect for dignity of every human being

Honouring those who suffered the brutalities of the Transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the International Day set aside to remember this “epically shameful” chapter of human history is an opportunity raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.