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Michelle L. Rice to chair NAMIC Board Of Directors
PRNewswire
Michelle L. Rice, executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing at TV One, has been named chair of the NAMIC Board of Directors. Rice succeeds outgoing board chair, Michael D. Armstrong, executive vice president and general manager of the international brand development for Viacom International Media Networks. Concluding a two-year term, Armstrong will continue his affiliation with the NAMIC board in his new role as immediate past chair.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Details
Feb. 27 USC Marshall Business of Entertainment Association 7th Annual Evolution of Entertainment Conference Details
March 3 NAMIC-Carolinas Membership Network Mixer Details
March 12 NAMIC-Chicago, Winter Networking Mixer Details
March 12 NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic Membership Mixer Details
March 25 15th Annual Horowitz Cultural Insights Forum Details
May 7 NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast Save the Date
Sept. 29 29th Annual NAMIC Conference Save the Date

NAMIC NEWS


NAMIC Next Generation Leaders Awards call for nominations announced
NAMIC
NAMIC has launched its call for nominations for the 2015 Next Generation Leaders Awards, honoring emerging executives of color for their outstanding contributions to the success of their respective organizations. The Next Generation Leaders Awards will be presented during the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast, scheduled for Thursday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, in conjunction with INTX: The Internet & Television Expo (formerly, the Cable Show).
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NAMIC offering 35 percent off membership join or renewal
NAMIC
NAMIC is celebrating 35 years of advocating diversity and inclusion, and in recognition, we'd like to offer you a special 35 percent off your membership join or renewal.

Please take advantage of this offer now by clicking here and entering code 35years at the payment screen to receive the discount. This offer expires on March 10.

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NAMIC, WICT set to launch joint workforce diversity survey
NAMIC
NAMIC and WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) have announced plans to partner once again on a joint survey for the next editions of the NAMIC AIM (Advancement Investment Measurement) and the WICT PAR Initiative (Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities and Resources for Work/Life Integration). Mercer, a global leader in talent, has once again been engaged by NAMIC and WICT to conduct the joint survey.
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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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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


2015 NAMIC Educational Course Offerings

2015 NAMIC Leadership Seminar
Atlanta: April 8-10 (Application deadline: Feb. 27)
Chicago: July 29-31 (Application deadline: June 5)
Los Angeles: Nov. 4-6 (Application deadline: Sept. 18)

NAMIC ELDP Class XV
(Application deadline: July 21)

Session 1: Oct. 13-16
Session 2: Dec. 9-11
Session 3: February 2016
Session 4: April 2016

Visit here for more information

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LATEST DIVERSITY NEWS


Lou Gossett: Nets need courage to bring more African-American
stories to TV

Multichannel News
Many TV critics say we are in a "golden age of television," given the incredible amount of quality, original programming that's available on traditional TV and digital media. The same can be said of the strong lineup of programming featuring predominantly African-American actors and actresses. Veteran Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning actor Lou Gossett believes the entertainment industry is at the cusp of a major explosion in the production and dissemination of African-American-themed content. Gossett, who is starring in BET's inaugural miniseries, "The Book of Negroes," recently spoke about the opportunities now available for African-Americans to tell their stories on the small screen.
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A new era for Asian-Americans in starring roles
The Huffington Post
February 2015 will go down in history as a great month for Asian-Americans in entertainment. For the first time in 20 years, U.S. network television has a sitcom led by an Asian-American cast as ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat" premiered to strong ratings and good reviews. Days later, news came that George Takei's "Allegiance" musical about Japanese American interment during World War II is making it to Broadway; it will become the first Asian-led Broadway musical in over a decade. And for a proverbial cherry on top, ABC also greenlit a pilot for "Dr. Ken" — starring Ken Jeong from "The Hangover" movies and sitcom "Community."
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Reality TV show follows black-Jewish couple to the chuppah
The Times of Israel
Lifetime's new series, "Kosher Soul," plays fast and loose with cultural stereotypes. Miriam Sternoff is a cheery, warm, under-40 New York Jewess transplanted to Los Angeles. She is engaged to an African-American comic from South Carolina named O'Neal McKnight.
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'Focus' tries to prove Will Smith is still 1 of Hollywood's biggest stars
Variety
Will Smith will try to prove he's still one of the brightest lights in the entertainment industry when "Focus," his new heist romance with Margot Robbie, hits theaters. Early tracking suggests that reports of the "Men in Black" star's demise as a bankable leading man appear to be premature.
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Ricky Martin joins Univision music competition as executive
producer and judge

The Hollywood Reporter
Ricky Martin has been named executive producer and the first judge to be revealed for Univision Network's highly anticipated music-based reality entertainment competition "La Banda," set to premiere in September. Martin, together with the entire "La Banda" team, will focus on finding the ultimate Latino boy band through the largest talent search in U.S. Hispanic television history.
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6 facts about black Americans for Black History Month
Pew Research Center
Since 1976, Black History Month has been celebrated every February to commemorate the accomplishments of black Americans throughout history. In 2013, there were more than 38 million black Americans, a 74 percent increase since 1970, and the population is projected to grow to more than 55 million by 2060. Over the past nearly 40 years, blacks have made progress on several fronts, including educational attainment and voting rates, but large gaps by race persist in areas such as wealth and poverty measures. Here are some facts about black Americans
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Meet Silk, Marvel's newest female Asian-American superhero
The Mary Sue
Crime-fighting superhero, female and Asian American. What more could you ask for from Cindy Moon — also known as Silk? Moon comes to our comic book stores one year after Kamala Khan, the first-ever Muslim superhero to lead her own series.
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Cafe Mocha airs '#CelebrateHer' radio vignettes for Black History Month
Target Market News
The Cafe Mocha radio show celebrates Black History Month with an innovative series honoring women titled "#CelebrateHer." The radio vignettes recognize African American women from the Civil Rights movement to today's female trailblazers who are making a difference in their respective fields of entertainment to technology. Featured in the series are Debbie Allen, Eunice Johnson, Janelle Monae and others.
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Diversity: Tech companies need new strategies
USA Today
The lack of diversity in the tech industry isn't new, but the frank discussion about the nature and severity of the problem is. Growing transparency around workforce demographics and high-profile harassment and discrimination lawsuits have made "diversity in tech" a topic that's impossible to ignore. The question now is whether tech companies will actually do what it takes to become more diverse.
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African emoji CEO: Apple 'missed the whole point' with its diverse emojis
NPR
Alpesh Patel, the CEO of African-based emoji company Oju Africa, thinks Apple missed the mark with its new set of iPhone emoji options, which offers more skin-tone options than before. Patel, who grew up in Uganda and now lives on the island nation of Mauritius, released a set of Afro emoticons for Android devices in April 2014 after Miley Cyrus, MTV and hordes of people on Twitter complained that Apple's existing emoji set was woefully lacking in racial diversity.
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Carol H. Williams agency unveils campaign for ComEd effort on
STEM awareness

Target Market News
ComEd is partnering with The Remix Project Chicago to launch its "Power of Possibilities" campaign. This campaign will help Chicago-area youth discover how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can unlock the possibilities of achieving a career in any industry.
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NAMIC MEMBER MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Michelle L. Rice, executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing at TV One has been named chair of NAMIC Board of Directors

NAMIC congratulates its 2015 chapter leaders: Alex Anderson, Keith Anderson, Angel A. Arocho, Richard Belizaire, Paul Biava, Felisha Bosby, Freddie Bracero, Alfred Brown Jr., Zurelys Cardenas, Charlotte Coffer, Marcus Daniel, Kellee Evans, Nichelle Evans, Todd Gatzke, Mitzi Givens-Russell, Nicole Granston, Sean Gupta, Tisha Harris, TJ Imam, Kash Kabaria, Monique Kelley, Alana Leverette, Vivian A. Lowe, Ken Maxey, Dina Mitchell, Monica Moore, Joelle Patience, Carleesha Porter, Danine Prakash, Jason Rademacher, Aisha Riley, Tselane Robertson, Anthony Robinson, Holly Robinson, Larry Rodrigue, Ray Roundtree, Ryan Rowland, Greg Salvatore, Amanee Scott-Stephan, Jessica Seitz, Joshua Simes, Joyclan Sumpter, Malena Talley, David Vang, Tunza Wallace, Esther Weinberg, Raquel Williams, Byron Williamson and Billy Wright. Click here for more information.

Are you a NAMIC Member who was recently promoted? Have you and your team won an award for your efforts in the industry? We want to highlight your achievements! Click here to let us know how you're becoming a mover and shaker.


NAMIC JOB BANK

In an effort to provide a robust listing of job opportunities to NAMIC members, it is now FREE to post jobs on the NAMIC Job Bank. Please click on the link below to post a job today!

Here are just a few of the job postings listed. Click below to view all job postings.

Position Company
Communications Associate, Religion & Global and U.S. Politics Pew Research Center
Bilingual Paralegal Goldstein & Bashner
National Communications Director Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA)
Managing Editor — WFXT TV Cox Media Group
Account Executive, Digital & Travel Cox Media Group — AJC
Account Executive Cox Media Group Radio — Athens

Click here to view these postings or to post a job.


PROGRAMMING


The Bible to premiere on Telemundo
HispanicAd.com
Telemundo announced the premiere of the first-ever Spanish version of the Emmy-nominated, epic miniseries, "The Bible" ("La Biblia"), on March 25. From executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and starring Diogo Morgado as Jesus, "The Bible" is a ground-breaking scripted docudrama that retells the stories that we all know from the point of view of the heroes and villains whose decisions shaped both Old and New Testaments.
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


Hispanic consumers are the 'foundation' for beauty category sales
Nielsen
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder as the saying goes, but for many, it doesn't hurt to have a little help from the beauty aisle. Still, while 94 percent of U.S. households buy products from this category, consumers consider many beauty products discretionary expenditures.

Sales have declined across several beauty categories, including cosmetics, hair care, personal care appliances and shaving needs. However, sales in these same categories grew within Hispanic households. In fact, Hispanic spending in seven key beauty categories grew year over year. As a result, Latinos, who represent about 17 percent of U.S. population, are becoming more important to health care and beauty.

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Report: Audiences demand more diversity in film and TV
Variety
Hollywood needs diversity in its movies and TV to stay attractive to the increasingly diverse U.S. audience, according to a new "Flipping the Script" by UCLA's Ralph Bunche Center. It covers theatrical film releases in 2012 and 2013 and all broadcast, cable and digital platform television programs from the 2012-13 season in order to document the degree to which women and minorities are present in front of and behind the camera.
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#TotalMarketTalk — Marla Skiko, EVP director digital innovation,
SMG Multicultural

HispanicAd.com
VideoBrief In this installment of #TotalMarketTalk, David Chitel, CEO of NGL Media and founder of NGLC, speaks with Marla Skiko, EVP director digital innovation at SMG Multicultural about all things digital. Hear Marla's take on everything from "Total Market" to big data to the role that burgeoning platforms like Vine are playing in the world of reaching and engaging today's digitally connected multicultural audience.
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