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CBS details diversity efforts at UCLA event
Representatives of CBS recently made the case for how the network deals with issues relating to racial diversity on television in a panel discussion at the UCLA School of Law. "There's a disconnect between what America looks like and the stories that we're telling, for the most part, in the Hollywood entertainment industry," said Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Hunt noted a report the center released in February for the 2011-12 season found only 5.1 percent of the leads on broadcast television were played by a minority, shows like "Scandal" and The CW's "Nikita."
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Rita Moreno to lend her voice to new animated TV show
Fox News Latino
Veteran, multitalented actress Rita Moreno is heading to TV in a new animated show next year. The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner will lend her voice to "Nina's World," a new children's show slated to debut in 2015 on NBC Universal's Sprout network, according to Variety. Moreno, who was the first Hispanic woman to ever win an Academy Award for her performance as Anita on "West Side Story," will voice Abuelita, the grandmother of the show's title character that will help her grandchild navigate childhood and learn about her culture.
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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2014
U.S. Census Bureau
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state governments, to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994. This Facts for Features presents statistics for American Indians and Alaska Natives, as this is 1 of the 6 major Office of Management and Budget race categories.
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Tech star wants to make diversity plug-and-play for Silicon Valley
Tristan Walker is successful by anyone's standards: He went to a top-notch prep school, graduated as valedictorian at college, went on to become a trader on Wall Street, earned an MBA at Stanford and then helped to launch the location app Foursquare. But what makes Walker so remarkable is that he is one of the few African-Americans to rise up the ranks in Silicon Valley. Recently, the valley's biggest names revealed appalling workplace demographics, including dismal statistics on the number of African-Americans and Hispanics working in the higher levels of the industry.
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Hollywood finally got the memo: On-screen diversity is good for business
This year might just go down in history as the moment network executives finally realized that people of color watch TV too. While shows such as "The Mindy Project" and "Scandal" have proved that programming centered on characters of color can be successful, in 2014 networks took an even bigger chance, offering entire shows with casts of color. From ABC's new hit comedy "Black-ish" and the network's top-rated drama "How to Get Away With Murder" to the CW's "Jane the Virgin" and NBC's "Marry Me," people of color seem to have been promoted from quirky sidekicks who get to deliver a few sassy zingers to the stars of the show.
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Kenji Yoshino: Diversity does not mean having to choose between identity and inclusion
Big Think
Although pushes for diversity inclusion have picked up in recent years, the movement to diversify workplaces is decades old and thus there exists a large enough sample of data to analyze whether efforts to boost inclusion have or have not been successful. NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino, co-author of a new paper titled "Uncovering Talent: A new model of inclusion," argues that there's enough evidence to suggest that many companies' definition of diversity comes with strings attached.
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John Cho comedy 'Selfie' cancelled by ABC
NBC News
The sitcom starred John Cho as a marketing executive charged with transforming a self-centered young woman who is determined to become a star. The show was loosely based on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion." When the show debuted in September, it was hailed by the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition as having the potential to open doors for Asian-American actors in Hollywood. "By showing an Asian man as a relatable American in both the corporate and social media worlds, 'Selfie' has the potential to shatter stereotypes," the group noted in a press release.
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Mexican actor Demian Bichir to star in Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'
Latin Post
"Pulp Fiction" and "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino is bringing his signature touch to a post-Civil War western called "The Hateful Eight" — and the story will unfold with the help of Oscar-nominated Mexican actor Demian Bichir, who he recently cast. Bichir, who was nominated for an Oscar for "A Better Life," reportedly was recommended to Tarantino by renegade filmmaker and founder of El Rey Network Robert Rodriguez, who is also his longtime friend and collaborator. Also known his role as Detective Marco Ruiz in the FX drama, "The Bridge," Bichir also starred in Rodriguez's "Machete Kills."
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Univision calls 'For Love of the Game' nominations
To recognize those who make athletics happen in their communities, Univision Communications, as part of its inaugural sports awards show, is initiating a nationwide search for nominations for these every day stars. The U.S. Spanish-language media leader is encouraging nominations for its "For the Love of the Game" award honoring those who deploy the power of sports to serve their communities and enhance lives. The search is part of the recently announced Premios Univision Deportes (Univision Sports Awards), which will be simulcast on broadcast network UniMás and cable channel Univision Deportes Network on Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. EST.
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Discovery Familia brings new programming to TV and digital
Discovery Familia and MiTú announced that it has signed a cross-platform programming deal to bring Latino talent to Discovery Familia's TV and digital audiences. This fall, Discovery Familia will premiere the long-format version of two new series "Casa Linda," featuring home design expert and professional Art Director, Linda Ruiz and "Gurús de Belleza," starring beauty and fashion influencers Marisol Gomez, Cris Ordaz and Gaby Motomochi. Both shows were originally produced in-house and incubated on MiTú's owned and operated YouTube channel MiTú Life.
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Hispanics are more digitally engaged
Hispanic consumers are more engaged with digital advertising than the U.S. population as a whole, with millennials leading this trend, according to a new survey. The 2014 State of the Hispanic Digital Consumer study by Terra, a digital content producer, polled more than 3,000 Americans on their engagement with advertising, the Internet and digital technology.
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Report: 1 in 5 US residents speaks a foreign language at home
The Census Bureau recently released data from the 2013 American Community Survey, including languages spoken for those five years of age and older. The new data show that the number of people who speak a language other than English at home reached an all-time high of 61.8 million, up 2.2 million since 2010. The largest increases from 2010 to 2013 were for speakers of Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. One in five U.S. residents now speaks a foreign language at home.
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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.

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