Recognizing Diversity at AdColor Awards

The Bottom Line: New black judge, black tech entrepreneurs, Hootie's and Badu's career changes and more.

U.S. District Judge Bernice Donald (Mike Brown/the Commercial Appeal)

The AdColor Industry Coalition, a nonprofit group that supports and inspires professionals of color and champions diversity in the advertising, marketing and media sectors, announced its 2011 award winners.

Among those honored were Rising Star Award winner Kenji Summers, community manager, BBH ZAG; Lifetime Achievement Award winner Earl G. Graves Sr., chairman, founder and publisher of Black Enterprise; One Club/AdColor Creative Award winner Keith Cartwright, creative chairman, managing director, West Studios; Donna Lamar, creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day-Los Angeles; and Steve Stoute, founder and CEO of Translation LLC.

Read what Stoute has to say about his new book, The Tanning of America, and how hip-hop has given young Americans a shared cultural experience. Watch him talk about this with Jay-Z, Pharrell and Lady Gaga.

Check out The Root's gallery of past and present leaders in advertising, branding and marketing.

First Black Woman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit

Bernice Donald has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate, with a vote of 96-2, as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. The 6th Circuit, one of 13 circuits on the U.S. Court of Appeals (COA), includes the states of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, which have a total of 32 million inhabitants.

Donald was the first black female judge elected in Tennessee. She also served on the federal bankruptcy court and presided over a U.S. district court for 16 years. There are 179 judges on the COA. Their positions have lifetime tenure and an annual salary of $184,500.

As the nation's second-highest judicial body, the COA is influential in case law because its circuits set legal precedent. They are also the final arbiters in most federal cases, since the U.S. Supreme Court, which sits above them, hears fewer than 100 of the about 10,000 cases filed with it annually.

Which Group Has the Lowest Educational Achievement?

A report from the National Conference of State Legislatures states that only 19 percent of Hispanic adults have a college degree, compared with 26 percent of blacks and 42 percent of whites. There's no cause for anyone to celebrate: College-graduation rates in the United States are woefully low for such a wealthy nation. For a country mired in an economic malaise, these percentages should be a sharp stick in the sides of elected officials to urge them to attain the true prizes: economic and job growth.