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HERE'S TO A NEW YEAR!

With 2014 coming to a close, NAMIC Diversity Digest would like to wish its subscribers, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.


As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday, Jan. 8.



BET founder launches UMC — the Urban Movie Channel
Indiewire
From Nov. 6: Robert L. Johnson's RLJ Entertainment Inc. has announced the launch of UMC — Urban Movie Channel, a digital channel that will feature "urban-themed" movies. Johnson is the founder of Black Entertainment Television, which he sold to Viacom many years ago, making him one of a tiny handful of black billionaires in the U.S.
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OWN announces cast for new drama series 'If Loving You is Wrong' from Tyler Perry
TV By the Numbers
From June 12: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced the principal cast of the previously announced television drama "If Loving You is Wrong" (former working title: "Single Mom's Club") from prolific writer, director and producer Tyler Perry. The new series, premiering in September, follows the relationships of a group of husbands and wives that live and love on the same street. While the neighbors come from very different backgrounds, their lives are similar — raising children, dealing with exes, worrying about money and keeping romance in their relationships. But just below the surface — secrets, lies and deception threaten to destroy what they have built.
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NAMIC announces winners of the 2014 Excellence In Multicultural
Marketing Awards

PRNewswire
From Aug. 21: The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications announced the winners of its Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards. Presented in conjunction with the Annual NAMIC Conference, the awards competition recognizes outstanding marketing efforts designed to attract and retain ethnically and culturally diverse audiences and customers including African-American, Asian, Hispanic and LGBT market segments. Held as part of the cable industry's Diversity Week, the 28th Annual NAMIC Conference is scheduled for Sept. 16-17 at the New York Marriott Marquis. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 2014 EMMA winners will be honored at the Annual NAMIC Conference during a special luncheon ceremony.
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Apple pledges to make emoji more ethnically diverse
TIME
From April 3: When you scroll through Apple's emoji, there are 12 different flags, 13 different hearts, 58 different smileys and 63 different animals. There are even two homosexual couples. When it comes to ethnic diversification, however, the choices are limited, so the tech giant has pledged to issue a new set of more diverse emoji.
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Michael Powell: Keep diversity pipeline filled
Multichannel News
From Sept. 18: The cable industry has to maintain a steady pipeline of qualified people of color to ensure increased diversity within the employment ranks of cable companies, according to NCTA CEO Michael Powell. Speaking at the opening panel at the NAMIC Conference, Powell said overall, the industry is outperforming most other industries when it comes to its diversity efforts. He added to remain vigilant, the industry needs to keep an eye on its diversity employment numbers and be prepared to react to any dips that may occur within those numbers, particularly among middle and upper management positions.
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Asian-Americans growing faster than any other group in the US
NBC News
From July 3: Since 2010, Asian-Americans have been the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. New Census Bureau data confirms that trend continues, with the total Asian-American population in the U.S. at 19.4 million, reflecting a growth rate of 2.9 percent between 2012 and 2013. That's faster than Hispanics (2.1 percent), African-Americans (1.2 percent) and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (2.3 percent).
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Asian-American business now have a national voice
Asian Fortune
From Feb. 20: Ethnic minorities such as Hispanics and Blacks have had national organizations advocating for them – the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Black Chamber of Commerce respectively. But until this past year, there were few such organizing bodies for Asian-American businesses in the United States.
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More Hispanics declaring themselves white
The New York Times
From May 22: Hispanics are often described as driving up the nonwhite share of the population. But a new study of census forms finds that more Hispanics are identifying as white. An estimated net 1.2 million Americans of the 35 million Americans identified in 2000 as of “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin,” as the census form puts it, changed their race from “some other race” to “white” between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, according to research presented at an annual meeting of the Population Association of America and reported by Pew Research.
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Latinos most underrepresented in top grossing films, study finds
BeyondChron
From Jan. 2: The Media Diversity & Social Change Initiative University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism report, 'Race/Ethnicity in 500 Popular Films' by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti and Dr. Katherine Pieper, examines race/ethnicity on screen and behind the camera across 500 popular films theatrically released in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012.
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How women and minorities get penalized for promoting diversity
Fast Company
From July 24: Many women and minorities who have worked hard to get in a position to make hiring and management decisions might feel the responsibility to pay it forward by promoting the efforts of others like them. But a new and discouraging study from the University of Colorado found that women and non-white executives who push for other minority candidates to be hired and promoted suffer when it comes to their own performance reviews.
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