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Simon Pegg confirms Idris Elba will play a new character in
'Star Trek 3'

Comic Book Resources
Even as a new rumor surfaces that the next installment of the "Star Trek" will be titled "Star Trek Beyond," star and co-writer Simon Pegg has revealed more about the approach to the film, as well as the nature of Idris Elba's role.
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NAMIC NEWS


NAMIC announces BET Networks, Suddenlink, Turner Broadcasting and Univision Communications executives as recipients of the 2015 Next Generation Leaders Awards
PRNewswire
NAMIC on April 16 announced the winners of the 2015 Next Generation Leaders Awards. Honoring emerging executives for their professional achievements, as well as their efforts in fostering multiethnic diversity and inclusion, the Next Generation Leaders Awards will be presented during the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast.
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NAMIC to honor Stuart Scott at INTX
Multichannel News
NAMIC will honor late ESPN sports personality Stuart Scott with its 2015 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award, the network said Monday. Scott, who passed away in January after long bout with cancer, will receive the award posthumously during NAMIC's May 7 breakfast at the INTX show, the diversity organization said.
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2015 NAMIC Educational Course Offerings

2015 NAMIC Leadership Seminar
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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Voices Remember taking place May 11 in New York
Society of Voice Arts and Sciences
Prepare to be inspired! The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ is proud to bring you Voices Remember™, in honor legendary restauranteur, TV host and fashion model, B. Smith, with her husband and business partner, Dan Gasby. It's a show-stopping musical cabaret with Broadway stars and top voice actors lending their amazing voices to millions who have lost their voices to Alzheimer's Disease.

Did you know African-Americans are twice as likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer's disease than whites? The good news: We can bring this number down — way down. Join us for this very special celebrity fundraiser. View the Facebook page for additional information.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Details
May 7 NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast Details
May 11 Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences™ (SOVAS™) Presents
"Voices Remember"
Details
Sept. 29 29th Annual NAMIC Conference Details


NAMIC MEMBER MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Linda Calin, Programming Chair for NAMIC-Carolinas, has accepted a new position as a Sales Facilitator with Time Warner Cable in the Ohio Market.

Yasmine Ndassa, Senior Director, Business Process Analytics, Comcast; NAMIC Board Member; and NAMIC-Philadelphia Immediate Past President was awarded the NAMIC Chapter Leadership Award for 2013 & 2014 and The Philadelphia Tribune named her one of this year’s Women Achieving.

William Slofer, Senior Engineering Project Manager, Comcast and NAMIC-Philadelphia Events Committee Chair was awarded the NAMIC-Philadelphia April "You Rock" Award for outstanding chapter achievements.

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.


LATEST DIVERSITY NEWS


Broadcast networks touting diversity, at least in fall pilots
Los Angeles Times
If TV pilots are any indication, the four major networks are planning fall lineups that could make prime-time television more diverse than ever. Several factors are driving the trend, including the unexpected success this season of attention-grabbing programs such as Fox's hip-hop soap "Empire" and ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" and "Black-ish."
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Vidyadhar Karmarkar oldest actor on television
The Times of India
At 90, actor Vidyadhar Karmarkar, who plays a grandfather in "Dosti ... Yaariyaan ... Manmarzian," is said to be the oldest actor on Indian television. Vidyadhar shot in Rishikesh, Indian, for two months with the cast and crew, and the production house had to take extra precautions regarding his health.
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No sticker shock for Mayweather-Pacquiao
Multichannel News
Today's consumers often complain about the rising cost of a pay TV package, costing an average $75 for roughly 300 channels. Yet two weeks before the blockbuster May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view event, sports fans don't seem too upset about dropping $100 to watch the most anticipated boxing match in decades.
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5 ways Obama's TechHire initiative will drive diversity in the industry
Re/code
President Barack Obama has been vocal about the role that technology will play in creating greater opportunities for all Americans. Private companies like LaunchCode have already been helping people achieve the American Dream by offering upward mobility through technology. The president's latest initiative on this front, TechHire, dedicates $100 million to train people without technical skills for in-demand, well-paying technical jobs, and match them with employers that have "urgent" needs in fields like cybersecurity, software development and coding.
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Explaining Black Twitter: What it is and what it isn't
Target Market News
A feature story in The Atlantic magazine tackles the growing influence of how blacks use Twitter for communications, engagement and enacting change. Titled "The Truth About Black Twitter," writer Donovan Ramsey talks with journalism professor Meredith Clark at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas, about her study of the social media phenomenon.
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10 Indian TV actresses not visible on screen yet but with a huge
fan following

Pinkvilla
In the world of television, actresses come and go. But, there are a few unforgettable faces that leave an indelible imprint in the mind of viewers. Here are such fascinating Indian actresses that will be remembered for years whether they continue to work or not.
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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 Coordinator Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Director of Affiliate Marketing TV One
Program Director/On-Air Radio Training Network
Integrated Marketing Manager Universal Studios Hollywood
Assistant Program Director ESPN
Manager of Knowledge Management and Research Rebuilding Together

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


Lexus' Verses and Flow Scholarship is accepting applications from
HBCU students

Target Market News
Lexus is proud to announce the 2015 Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is now accepting applications through Sept. 4. Presented in partnership with 10 of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, two students per institution will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence.
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2015/2016 CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program:
Application deadline is May 1

CBS Corporation
There are many different paths writers can follow to get their first foothold in being hired in television. As part of its ongoing commitment to create additional access for writers of diverse backgrounds CBS' Diversity Institute has launched a different kind of writers program which highlights one of those paths.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015/2016 CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 1.

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CBS Corporation: Directing Initiative accepting new applications through May 30
CBS Corporation
The Directing Initiative will select directing candidates for episodic network television and match them with directors of CBS Television Network drama and comedy series. The goal is to bridge the gap for those talented directors attempting to break into network television.

The Directing Initiative will accept new applications through May 30. The primary focus of CBS' Diversity Institute and the Directing Initiative is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse directors with a focus on directors of color.

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PROGRAMMING


Azteca America announces the premiere of 'Baila si Puedes'
HispanicAd.com
Azteca America announced the premiere of "Baila si Puedes" ("Dance if You Can"), a new show hosted by Tania Rincón that brings together 16 celebrities and 16 professional dancers to face different dance challenges. Evaluating their performances will be a panel of judges composed of Ema Pulido, Kalimba and Aylín Mujica. Baila si Puedes premieres Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Azteca America.
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Celestial Tiger Entertainment to launch Mandarin children's channel
Marketing
Celestial Tiger Entertainment, the operator of the largest bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, is set to launch a 24-hour Mandarin children's channel created specifically to cater to international audiences. The new channel, called Miao Mi, is scheduled to roll out in selected territories in Asia Pacific in the fourth quarter of 2015.
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Empire State Building ford red for Telemundo 47 New York's
50th anniversary

HispanicAd.com
The Empire State Building will shine red on Sunday, April 26, in honor of Telemundo 47 New York's semi-centennial anniversary. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 47 New York/WNJU is Telemundo's local television that serves Spanish-language viewers in the New York Tri-State area. Launched in 1965, Telemundo 47 was the first local television station to air Spanish-language programming in the New York market.
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Japan's Nippon TV, Sony launch southeast Asia TV venture
Variety
Nippon Television Network, one of Japan's top five commercial networks, and Sony Pictures Television are joining forces to launch GEM, a channel for viewers in southeast Asia. This May, the partners will set up a joint venture in Singapore to operate the channel. It will broadcast NTV's variety, drama and other shows, subbed in local languages, to viewers in southeast Asia, including Hong Kong.
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback
The Associated Press via ABC News
Things are finally looking up for Barbie. Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin tones, eye colors and nose shapes to better relate to multicultural girls and their mothers.
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How diversity and inclusion are driving the bottom line at American Express
Forbes
At many corporations, diversity is viewed as "nice to have." But according to Valerie Grillo, chief diversity officer at American Express, their commitment to diversity is "not just because it's the right thing to do, but frankly, because our business leaders believe that a focus on diversity is actually going to help us with the bottom line." Diversity isn't about ticking off boxes, however.
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Is it easier to communicate in a multicultural society? People who live in diverse areas are better at reading facial expressions
Daily Mail
If you live in an established multicultural society, you are probably better at reading facial expressions and emotions than people who live in more insular countries, scientists claim. This is because people who live in countries built by immigrants do not always share a common language or culture, so they rely more on nonverbal expressions of emotion to show others what they are thinking. The phenomenon doesn't apply to new multicultural countries though, because people's skills in interpretation need to develop over time.
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