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When Hollywood movies get 'race-themed' into the same box
'The Best Man Holiday,' the much-anticipated follow-up to the 1999 romantic comedy 'The Best Man,' made $30 million and nearly nabbed the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office. That wouldn't have surprised anyone on social media or who heard the peals of delight that greeted the trailers for 'Holiday' over the summer.
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Discovery moves toward 'TV everywhere' with Time Warner Cable deal
Discovery Communications may be ready for its content to be distributed in broader fashion by cable partners, judging by an agreement the Silver Spring, Md., programmer unveiled recently with Time Warner Cable. The two companies announced an early renewal of a distribution deal, which will give Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks the ability to continue delivering Discovery's networks to their subscribers.
With JFK's death, television came of age
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a watershed event for television as much as it was for the nation, providing the medium with an epiphany of its potential. "This was a coming of age for TV," said Ron Simon, curator at New York's Paley Center for Media. "It was the gold standard for what TV could do."
Gray Television to buy 15 television stations for $335 million
Gray Television Inc and Excalibur Broadcasting LLC will buy 15 television stations from Hoak Media LLC and Parker Broadcasting Inc for $335 million. The transaction will add to Gray's portfolio of television stations throughout the Central United States, the company said.
Jeremy Lin, again
Recently, Jeremy Lin stood in the visitor's locker room of a familiar building surrounded by a throng of New York City reporters whom he must have vaguely recognized. The reporters asked Lin how it felt being back in the city and all the usual revenge-narrative questions, and Lin did what Lin always does — he was polite and noncommittal and thanked everyone and talked about how he was happy that the Rockets had beaten the Knicks.
'Hawaii Five-0's' Daniel Dae Kim dials up diversity
It's not easy for a Korean-born, Asian-American actor to land a regular starring role in a popular, long-running prime-time entertainment series, let alone two — but that's exactly what Daniel Dae Kim has done. Philosophical concepts like diversity in casting, racial harmony and respect for different cultures get bandied about in network executives' discussions, but rarely acted on.
Armstrong Williams makes inroads into media ownership
New Pittsburgh Courier
If you weren’t paying attention, veteran conservative commentator Armstrong Williams is becoming a “media mogul” having purchased a trio of TV stations in transactions that were part of a number of larger TV acquisition deals brokered by Sinclair Broadcasting Inc.
Meet the people making 'made in China' a fashion force to be reckoned with
China's new rich have rushed to show off their wealth by spending on luxury status symbols, with the country now the world's second biggest market for designer goods. It has meant boom times for European brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Now, a small but growing group of taste-makers say China's fashion landscape is changing.
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Latinos presence in science fiction and fantasy film and television
Born in the year 2349 on the Federation colony Kessik, half-human and half-Klingon, B'Elanna Torres acted as the provisional lieutenant/chief engineer on the USS Voyager, acting under Capt. Kathryn Janeway. Roxann Dawson, biracial (African American/Anglo) actress and director, portrayed the brave and brilliant Latina Torres, perfecting the role of the quietly self-loathing, perpetually rebellious and passionately loyal character. Torres is the only major character in "Star Trek" to have Hispanic hritage, which speaks to the present state of Latinos in science fiction.
Fox is changing the landscape for black men on TV
“I can honestly say I hate being a black male,” wrote Orville Lloyd Douglas in The Guardian recently. “There is nothing special or wonderful about being a black male — it is a life of misery and shame.” He discusses the roots of his “self-hatred” — a stigma that stems from how black men are denied three-dimensionality by the world around them, which then transfers to their own self-perception.
PBS renews 'Tavis Smiley' talk show for 2 seasons
The Post and Courier
Tavis Smiley, who has brought rare diversity to late-night TV for a decade on PBS, will add another two years to his run. The 'Tavis Smiley' show has been renewed through 2015, PBS said recently. “The highlight for me is surviving,” Smiley said, noting the growing competitiveness in the late-night talk show realm.
As Jamba Juice taps LatinWorks for its total-market agency, multicultural marketing goes mainstream
The term "multicultural advertising" traditionally means something closer to the opposite, advertising targeted at one racial or cultural group, placed in minority-specific media. But LatinWorks, founded as a Hispanic agency in 1998, has long believed that multiculturalism is mainstream, and brand messaging should reflect this. Their work, including a Carlos Mencia-led Bud Light spot for the 2007 Super Bowl and a range of clever multicultural campaigns for Lowe's, Domino's, Starburst, and others, has been convincing.
Coke to communicate 'more pointed' diversity messages
Coca-Cola is to make the messages around the brand's equality and diversity values “more pointed” in its marketing over the coming months, a shift that comes as the company faces increasing pressure from gay rights campaigners over its sponsorship of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
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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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