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Flash Gordon could be the next superhero to be a movie, but do we really need another?
Bustle
Are you tired of the Superhero movie trend? Too bad, because another one is on the way. Flash Gordon is just another strong, white, male entering a movie world filled with the same type of superhero movies. Call it Captain America, Superman, Batman or Thor — they all look about the same. We still can’t get a Black Widow film to happen, but we guarantee Flash Gordon will make a speedy arrival to the box office and will make a ton of money.
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LATEST DIVERSITY NEWS


'Home': First 3-D animated film to feature black leading character hits theaters soon
The Grio
TV shows and films are increasingly embracing diversity – and now, animated feature films are following their lead. The film company DreamWorks is releasing a new animated film in November and it is the first of its kind to feature a black character in a leading role. Home is the name of the upcoming film and it tells the story of a young, black girl named Tip who manages to escape the invasion of a purple, pint-sized alien race called Boov.
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Hamilton mom gives Barbies a multicultural makeover
CBC News
It was about a year ago that Queen Cee Robinson tried to find a doll that resembled her daughter and had a revelation – there weren’t any. Robinson had seen black Barbie dolls before. Most of them wore bikinis, and they all had long, straight hair. And they all looked the same — sidekicks to the white dolls, or as Robinson describes them, “Barbie’s token black friend.”
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TV actress Mindy Kaling is feeling the heat on diversity
The Star
When The Mindy Project premiered in the U.S. in fall 2012, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in the diversity of mainstream television. Its star, Mindy Kaling, who plays a romantically challenged obstetrician in a New York hospital, became the first woman of color to create, helm and star in a successful sitcom on a major network. But even as the broadcast networks overall are showcasing more minority actors in scripted programming than ever, Kaling is facing mounting criticism that her own sitcom isn’t diverse enough.
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May 1 2014 NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast Details
May 12 NAMIC-New York Power Players: Market, Manage and Broadcast Sports Entertainment Details
May 14 NAMIC-Atlanta Membership Mixer Details
May 28 NAMIC-Chicago Membership Mixer Details
Sept. 16-17 28th Annual NAMIC Conference Details


PROGRAMMING


BET Networks set to debut Keke Palmer in daily talk show this summer
Target Market News
BET Networks and Telepictures have announced that they are partnering on a new daily talk show targeting millennials. The Keke Palmer Project — the working title of the program — is set to premiere on the network this July hosted by singer, actress and activist Keke Palmer and will air Mondays - Fridays during its initial four-week run.
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Myx TV premieres Asian American 'docu-series'
Inquirer
Myx TV, the only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network in the U.S., premiered its newest original series, “I’m Asian American and…” on April 23. “I’m Asian American and…” is the first documentary series on U.S. television to focus on the diverse Asian American diaspora, featuring unique and sometimes controversial individuals who do not fit the “model minority” stereotype of the United States’ fastest growing minority group.
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Netflix to create its first Spanish-language original series
Variety
Netflix has announced its first Spanish-language original series, a soccer comedy from director Gaz Alazraki that reunites the team that made Mexican box office hit “We Are the Nobles.” The 13-episode series from Alazraki Entertainment is set to premiere in 2015 and centers on a family feud among heirs of a soccer club after the owner’s death.
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Univision launches TheFlama.com over-the-top English-language network for Hispanic millenials
Latin Post
One of the top media companies for the Hispanic market in the U.S. launched a new premium English-language network for today's "young generation." Univision Communications, Inc. and digital programming service Bedrocket launched TheFlama.com, an over-the-top video programming network from 15- to 30-year-olds in the Latin culture. TheFlama.com includes new and original programming such as a documentary series featuring hip-hop artist Becky G, a weekly show with music expert D-story, and a short clip series featuring comedian Johnny Sanchez.
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Hollywood, black police officers, and stereotyped roles: Social implications
Decoded Science
In 2001, an African American actor, Denzel Washington, won an Academy award for playing a police officer. The major downside for this accomplishment is that he won the award for playing a corrupt police officer. To many this is an insignificant and probably an irrelevant fact. To others, however, this is a reoccurring problem.
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


The growing case for diversity as a profit source
CNBC
What does the Bay of Pigs have to do with lack of diversity in boardrooms — a situation in corporate America that Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat recently described as an "embarrassment"? More than you might think. Part of what makes good decisions is a diversity of opinions. "When you're doing strategy for a corporation, you want a diverse group of people making decisions, not people from all the same schools and in all the same disciplines," said Brooke Harrington, a professor at the Copenhagen Business School.
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New industry alliance to accelerate effectiveness of marketing to Hispanics
BusinessWire via MarketWatch
A consortium of six companies announced a cross-industry study to drive thought leadership in marketing to Hispanics. The consortium members include IRI, Latinum Network, Univision, Telemundo Media, UM and Rentrak. The consortium will enable marketers to maximize the multi-platform impact of advertising to Hispanics by developing best practices around strategy and performance measurement.
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Marketing community is 'petrified' of portraying diversity — Boots, Asda, Merlin and Saatchi & Saatchi discuss alternative families
The Drum
With same-sex marriages legal in England and Wales as well as certain parts of the U.S., the issue of how to represent alternative families in marketing campaigns is creeping up the agenda for many big brands. Brands including Honey Maid and Coca-Cola have already made steps towards representing a diverse family, but for Saatchi & Saatchi director of strategy, Richard Huntington, the marketing community still has a long way to go.
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NAMIC Diversity Digest
The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors cited in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of NAMIC.

NAMIC's mission is to educate, advocate, and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry.

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