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Time Warner Cable TV streaming app comes to Kindle Fire HD and HDX
The Verge
Timer Warner Cable has slowly been giving its customers more and more ways to watch TV, and recently it's announcing two more: its streaming app has come to all Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The TWC TV app for Kindle Fire will allow its customers to access 300 channels of live TV as well as 5,000 on-demand videos when they're at home.
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Robin Robert's coming out party
The Daily Beast
As co-host of America's top-rated network morning show, Robin Roberts is certainly the highest-profile television news personality to come out as gay. But the 53-year-old cohost of ABC's 'Good Morning America' — whose recovery last year from a rare bone marrow disease was, unlike her sexual orientation, regularly featured on the program — is by no means the first.
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The future of television, as imagined by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
Maclean's
After a local video store slapped him with a $40 late fee for 'Apollo 13' in 1997, Reed Hastings got to thinking about a DVD-by-mail rental service. The Netflix CEO later tossed aside the rental model in favor of a more customer-friendly subscription service and, in 2007, embraced online video streaming. Fast-forward to today, and Netflix is one of the hottest companies on the planet, leading the charge into a new era of TV that's on-demand and available on everything from a smartphone to a flat screen. But the price of acquiring all that content is rising fast, raising questions about Netflix's business model and soaring stock price, including a few from Hastings himself.
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LATEST DIVERSITY NEWS


Latinos most underrepresented in top grossing films, study finds
BeyondChron
The Media Diversity & Social Change Initiative University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism report, 'Race/Ethnicity in 500 Popular Films' by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti and Dr. Katherine Pieper, examines race/ethnicity on screen and behind the camera across 500 popular films theatrically released in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012.
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Number of black-owned TV stations plummets
Atlanta Daily World
There are now zero Black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in the U.S. This sorry state of affairs is the culmination of a trend that started in the late 1990's when Congress and the Federal Communications Commission allowed massive consolidation in the broadcasting industry. This policy shift crowded out existing owners of color and ensured that it would be nearly impossible for new owners to access the public airwaves. Recent FCC actions (and in some cases, inaction) have only hastened this decline in opportunities for diverse broadcasters.
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MundoFox notches slow but steady ratings gains
Variety
Spanish-language broadcast network MundoFox is starting to show signs of life in primetime, despite its distribution challenges. The joint venture of Fox Intl. Channels and Colombia's RCN has more than tripled its primetime viewership in recent weeks, from under 50,000 viewers in the adults 18-49 demo in the summer to 80,000 in November.
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Whitewashed TV isn't just racist. It's boring!
Salon
Daniel José Older writes, "When I was 7 I asked my mom if I could dye my hair blond and get blue contact lenses. It’s probably the first serious conversation I ever had about my appearance and all I wanted to do was look like Luke Skywalker. I wanted it so badly. She was appalled and I couldn’t understand why. 'Star Wars' was Everything. There were no Latinos running through the halls of the Death Star, blasting storm troopers. Of course I was caught up."
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Jay Pharoah: One stand up guy
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'Saturday Night Live's' funny man, Jay Pharoah, does more than just deliver side-splitting comedy to millions of viewers each week. In addition to using his many voices to keep people laughing, he wants to use his real voice to speak out on the recent controversy surrounding the 40 year-old program. Pharoah, a 26 year-old master impersonator, who has been leading many of SNL's skits, has also been publicly making a stance due to the lack of diversity on the hit TV show, especially when it comes to hiring women of color.
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Garcelle Beauvais: 'Diversity should be celebrated'
The Voice
Too dark to be white, too light to be black. It's just one of the negative cliché's history has leveled at mixed race people, reminding them they don't "belong" to either side. On the other hand, with the well-known "one drop" rule causing many to determine that those with one drop of black blood is black.
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A call for model diversity
Paste
As a Project Runway judge and the creative director of US Marie Claire, Nina Garcia's life revolves around the world of fashion. Recently in an interview with Huffington Post Style, Garcia mused "It's interesting because we live in a country where the obesity is so enormous. And then the reflection on the runways is girls that are so thin. So there's two extremes that are almost like a reflection of themselves, and it's very hard to be in the middle with girls that are just healthy."
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'Top Shot' Chris Cheng gay for guns. Also, gay for gays
EDGE
On Dec. 17, the History Channel's 'Top Shot' shooting champ Chris Cheng revealed that he is gay, saying that the producers knew, and that he wanted to show that gays and geeks could "shoot guns as good as anyone else."
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'X Factor': Kelly Rowland says she has the winner
Orlando Sentinel
Simon Cowell recently proclaimed that his act, duo Alex & Sierra of Central Florida, will win 'The X Factor.' "Simon is supposed to say that," Kelly Rowland said recently in a conference call with reporters. "I definitely have the winner."
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'Orphan Black' TV star up for Best Actress
The Huffington Post
Finally. After being snubbed by nearly every other TV award group, Tatiana Maslany has been nominated for a Golden Globe. She's nominated for her numerous roles on 'Orphan Black,' the sci-fi clone show shot in Toronto.
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'Marketing now is instant, global and on steroids'
exchange4media
Born in an era of digital technologies, digital natives are adept at interacting with and using technology from a very young age. Going further, these digital natives are on course to influencing changes in digital media as never before. But how much have brands and marketers been able to know the digital natives, who they are and what makes them tick?
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


The multicultural marketing divide: Who is the real mainstream consumer?
The Huffington Post
Most years are evolutionary, but few are revolutionary, and honestly, 2013 was hardly transformational. In many ways, a stagnant business landscape was affected by a deadlocked political atmosphere and highly divergent perceptions of critical national issues, such as health care and immigration reform. In other words, some embrace change; some embrace legacy, even to the detriment of their own businesses' vital signs.
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Top 'cross-cultural' brands named
warc
Subway, McDonald's and Chase are among the leading "cross-cultural" brands in the U.S., according to a study. With the U.S. Census predicting that 80 percent of population growth over the next five years will come from what have traditionally been known as minority groups, the analysis identified which brands are nurturing connections with non-Hispanic White, Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American consumers.
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