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Do minority actors have a duty to reject stereotypical roles?
Complex
Stereotypes have long been part of film-and-television history. From early portrayals of Italians as mafiosos, which was one of the criticisms of The Sopranos, to current depictions of African Americans as petty criminals, the entertainment industry has been saturated with characters who exaggerate behavior attributed to certain races. Yet the problem is particularly magnified in Asian American and Latino communities, which are among the least represented in the media.
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LATEST DIVERSITY NEWS


Sadly not shocking: Fashion still bad at diversity
Yahoo Style
In news that will surprise no one who's seen a fashion show this season, The Fashion Spot reports that designers still have a long way to go in bringing racial diversity to the runway. TFS analyzed 151 shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, and found that overall, a whopping 82 percent of models cast were white. Black and Asian models made up 6.8 percent of the castings each, while Latinas comprised a mere 1.8 percent.
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Leslie Jones joins SNL cast after show criticized for lack of diversity
The Associated Press via CBC News
"Saturday Night Live" is giving its on-screen diversity another boost. NBC says the comic institution is adding Leslie Jones to its cast. The African-American comedian won her on-camera role after serving as a writer on the show last season.
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Cristela part of ABC's diverse fall lineup
The Monitor
Cristela Alonzo's Cristela has won her TV time slot for the second straight week, attracting about six million viewers the last two Fridays. The San Juan native may have made history becoming the first Latina to create, write and star on her own network TV show, but that doesn't guarantee Cristela is safe from cancellation.
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Eddie Murphy teams up with 'Driving Miss Daisy' director for New Orleans-set drama 'Cook'
IndieWire
It feels like it's been a long time since we last saw Eddie Murphy on the big screen, doesn't it? The actor/comedian/musician has taken over for Samuel L. Jackson in a dramedy titled "Cook," which tells the story of the friendship between a young white girl and her dying mother, and their African American cook, in New Orleans
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Sumi Haru dies at 75; SAG official sought better roles for Asian Americans
Los Angeles Times
Sumi Haru dreamed of becoming an actress, but found her true calling when she joined a 1970 picket line at the Music Center in Los Angeles, protesting the musical "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen," which was set in Japan but had white actors playing Asian roles. Through her activism, including years as a board member and officeholder with the Screen Actors Guild, Haru helped pave the way for Asian American actors to get more representation on film and television.
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Inside Hollywood's shocking blackface problem
BuzzFeed
It felt like 1964 all over again. The news spread quickly earlier this month in the small, tight-knit stuntperson community. As first reported by Deadline, a white body double was going to be painted down — the process of literally painting someone with darker skin — to appear as a black woman to do work for a black female actor who was guest-starring in the Fox drama "Gotham," instead of hiring a black stuntperson in the first place.
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Test yourself! Our final Hispanic Heritage Month quiz
NBC News
Hispanic Heritage Month is coming to a close. Just to make sure you don't end this celebration without an extra fact or two, here is our final quiz before the "despedida." Click on the link for answers or find them at the bottom. Thank you for playing and one more time, buena suerte!
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Saldana, Luna talk Day of the Dead, 'Book of Life'
The Associated Press
The Mexican holiday that honors the dead is the backdrop for the new animated film "The Book of Life." Stars Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna say Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with its grand celebrations and colorful altars, is perfect fodder for a PG-rated film aimed at families. Saldana knows the tradition from her Dominican roots, and Luna has celebrated the holiday since he was a child in his native Mexico. Alternately chatting in Spanish and English, Saldana and Luna sat down recently to talk about Day of the Dead, cultural traditions and finding the courage to sing on camera.
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Japanese TV executives share social media strategies at Tokyo Content Market
The Hollywood Reporter
Japan has long been called one of the world's most Twitter-savvy nations. After all, Japanese is the second most tweeted language behind English, and some 30 percent of the country's Internet users are said to be on Twitter. On day two of the Tokyo International Film Festival's content market, TIFFCOM, TV executives gathered for a panel discussion to share strategies and case studies on how local networks are leveraging the platform to reach, engage and retain audiences.
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PROGRAMMING


Black Enterprise, Central City Productions launch show highlighting black women leaders
Target Market News
Beginning Oct. 25, 2014, a new, weekly half-hour national network syndicated show, "Women of Power," will air every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on the TV One cable network. Produced by Black Enterprise and Central City Productions, the series will showcase accomplished black women entrepreneurs, CEOs, moguls and political leaders.
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France's CanalPlus to launch pan-African entertainment channel
The Hollywood Reporter
French pay TV giant CanalPlus hopes to make the grade with the upcoming launch of A+, a new pan-African entertainment channel. The Vivendi unit called the channel's programming lineup "vast and varied, like the continent of Africa," and said the channel will be "made by Africans, for Africans." It will be available in 20 countries across West and Central Africa starting Oct. 24.
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


Tecate & Tecate Light launch regional 'Taste of Triumph' program surrounding Pacquiao & Algieri boxing event
HispanicAd.com
Tecate and Tecate Light announced details behind their retail activation surrounding the highly-anticipated match between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri, promoted by Top Rank and scheduled to be broadcast live on Nov. 22 on HBO Pay-Per-View from the Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena in China. The three-month retail campaign is anchored on the brand's "Taste of Triumph" communication platform, which encourages men of character to seize and conquer everyday victories, and includes a variety of promotions and VIP experiences.
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Google seeks to reach Hispanic market with new Web domain, .SOY
Fox News Latino
Google has launched a new Web domain — .soy — that is intended for members of the Hispanic community, touting it as the "place for Latinos online." The Mountain View, California-based tech giant says .soy, Spanish for "I am," offers Hispanic consumers, brands and publishers "a place to build, create and share culturally relevant Web content."
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Drive For Diversity program looking toward bright future of NASCAR
Fox Sports
A group of young drivers recently gathered at Langley Speedway in Virginia to showcase their talents behind the wheel, hone their skills off the track and try to impress some top brass within NASCAR. The Drive For Diversity combine is an event in which minority and women drivers are given the opportunity to advance their careers in the hopes of making it to one of NASCAR's top three national touring series.
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General Mills CMO: More brands should cast interracial families in ads
The Wall Street Journal
These days many advertisements are designed to spur the kind of online conversation that — whether positive or negative — keeps a brand;s name on the lips of American consumers. But for General Mills; chief marketing officer Mark Addicks, one of his company;s most talked-about ads inspired a firestorm he never saw coming. The ad, a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family, sparked hateful online comments when it first ran last year.
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