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Non-black minority actors face even larger challenges
The Associated Press via ABC News
While minority actors have made on-again, off-again progress through the years, advances on TV aren't the same among all groups seeking greater representation. ABC, Fox and NBC can claim a higher percentage of blacks on scripted primetime shows than there are in the general population, an analysis of television diversity by The Associated Press has found. But black characters outnumber Latinos on those networks as well as on CBS — despite there being more Latinos (17.1 percent, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau figures) than blacks (13.2 percent) in the United States.
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Jan. 28 NAMIC-Atlanta 2015 Kick Off Meeting Details
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NAMIC Leadership Seminar scholarship opportunities announced
PRNewswire
NAMIC has announced scholarship opportunities for the NAMIC Leadership Seminars scheduled for 2015. Three full scholarships covering tuition, program materials, travel, lodging and meals are being awarded through a generous gift from the Walter Kaitz Foundation. The first scholarship is being offered for participation in the Leadership Seminar scheduled for April 8-10 in Atlanta.
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LATEST DIVERSITY NEWS


Beyond black and white: Asian-American memories of Selma
NBC News
Even fifty years later, Todd Endo remembers clearly what he heard yelled from the sidelines as he marched in the mostly-black crowd in Selma, Alabama. "It was the only time I heard something [like that] there," said Endo, 74. "'Oh wow, even the Japs are here.'" To a Japanese American, it was as derogatory as the "N" word. To Endo, who says he's always seen himself as "non-white in white America," hearing the epithet was an affirmation of his choice to join the march.
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Jennifer Lopez: Latino leads on 'The Boy Next Door' would not have happened if I wasn't producer
Fox News Latino
Jennifer Lopez is proud of her latest big-screen thriller film "The Boy Next Door" and says that having to Latino leads probably wouldn't have happened if she wasn't its producer. The film, out in theaters on Friday, follows a conflicted woman who gets romantically involved with her much younger neighbor, played by Ryan Guzman.
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Telemundo partners with Excelencia in Education
HispanicAd.com
As part of the yearlong national pro-social campaign Aprender es Triunfar (Learning is Succeeding), Telemundo announced a partnership with Excelencia in Education, America's premier organization focused on accelerating Latino success in higher education, together with Comcast NBCUniversal, to expand the organization's commitment to the Hispanic community.
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How Asian actors are finally breaking the sidekick stereotype
Refinery29
In 2014, Hollywood has made landmark strides in bringing more diversity to their programming. And, we're not just talking about women showrunners dominating at the Golden Globes, or the first transgender woman getting an Emmy nomination. A slew of Asian American actors are finally breaking into important roles in both film and television. When there are roles for Asian-American guys, they're usually given parts that are stereotyped, emasculated or both.
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TV networks make unequal progress toward diversity
The Detroit News
Kenya Barris, creator of ABC's "black-ish," was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family's efforts to honor its heritage in part by the inaccuracy of what he grew up watching on television. His show comes 15 years after civil rights groups, galvanized by a lineup of new network series almost entirely devoid of minority characters, sought and ultimately won agreements from major broadcasters to put programs on the air that better reflect the nation's population.
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A long march toward fair representation on TV for blacks
San Francisco Chronicle (Subscription required)
Since TV's infancy, the march toward fair representation for various races and ethnicities has been circuitous and rocky. Most minorities remain underrepresented, while African-Americans found their place in TV's version of the world routinely shortchanged or disparaged by producers, networks and sponsors.
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Scholarship seeks to raise up Asian-American undocumented
NBC News
The first scholarship ever offered exclusively for undocumented Asian-American youth is now accepting its first round of applications until the end of January. Approximately 1.3 million Asian Americans are undocumented, and many of the youth struggle to finance their higher education because they are unable to apply for financial aid and student loans.
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Hispanics to benefit from Obama's community college plan
Pew Research Center
A proposal by President Barack Obama to offer free tuition for students attending community college could have a significant impact on Hispanics. More Hispanics are already enrolled in college than ever before and, among those who are, nearly half — 46 percent — attend a public two-year school, the highest share of any race or ethnicity, according to U.S. Department of Education data.
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Study links diverse leadership with firms' financial gains
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription required)
Is there such a thing as a diversity dividend? A new study of 366 public companies in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Brazil, Mexico and Chile by McKinsey & Co., a major management consultancy, found a statistically significant relationship between companies with women and minorities in their upper ranks and better financial performance as measured by earnings before interest and tax, or EBIT.
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NAMIC MEMBER MOVERS AND SHAKERS
NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic member Sylvia Bugg was promoted to Vice President, Diversity & Innovation for Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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PROGRAMMING


Diverse shows finding flavor with viewers
Multichannel News
Strong ratings performances from a number of multicultural-themed shows during the 2014-15 television season are proving that an audience exists for quality programming featuring people of color.
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CBS Diversity Showcase gets laughs and jobs for talent
Variety
If laughter is the best medicine, then for an industry still ailing from a lack of diversity onscreen, the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase might be the perfect prescription. Now in its 10th year, the showcase is designed to introduce industry folks, especially casting agents and directors, to the talents of women and minority actors looking to break into the world of network comedy. While other nets put on similar comedy events, the CBS effort is unique in its sketch format. Alumni of the showcase have gone on to gigs on such shows as "Saturday Night Live" (Kate McKinnon), "The Daily Show" and "Heroes" (Masi Oka).
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'Fresh off the Boat' repackages the Asian-American story for TV
NPR
AudioBrief Eddie Huang is a is a renaissance man with a string of careers — lawyer, TV host, restaurateur and author. His raw, funny and sometimes extremely profane memoir, "Fresh Off the Boat," came out two years ago. It's a brutally honest story about his life as an Asian-American kid, reconciling two cultures. That book is now an ABC sitcom, also called "Fresh off the Boat." The show has retained at least some of that raw sensibility but getting a story so nuanced and intense onto network television was very difficult for Huang.
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


Barbie has some royal competition in Nigeria
NPR
In Nigeria, Barbie has some fierce — some brown — competition: Taofick Okoya, a 43-year-old entrepreneur, has created Queens of Africa dolls and Naija Princess dolls that are outselling Mattel's classics. Okoya tells Reuters that he sells about 6,000 to 9,000 dolls a month and that he has "about 10-15 percent of a small but fast-growing market."
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USC Annenberg launches initiative that will rate and reward media companies based on how diverse they are
Indiewire.com
USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has announced that it is also launching a new initiative that it says will help enhance diversity across the entertainment industry. This comes on the heels of criticism the 2015 Academy Award nominations were on the receiving end of, for their lack of diversity. According to a press release, the project, titled the "Comprehensive Analysis and Report on Diversity (CARD)," will rate and reward media companies based on how inclusive they are. The ratings will study the content media companies produce — and also the diversity within their internal ranks.
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