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Finally, a show that ditches lame stereotypes for an authentic portrayal of a Latino family

By Rebecca Raber
(Nov. 17, 2014 | TakePart.Com) - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 17 percent of the American population is Hispanic or Latino. That’s roughly 54 million people. But if network television was your only guide to the culture of this country, you wouldn’t know it. You might think that the few people of Latin American or Spanish origin in America exist only on the nation’s margins: as cartel leaders on Breaking Bad, sexpot stepmoms on Modern Family, cops on police procedurals, or maids on soap operas. Generally speaking, if you’re looking for a Latin leading man on TV, you’ll have to switch to Telemundo or Univision, one of the American Spanish-language broadcast channels. Read more

South Texas students, lawmakers take issue with UT-RGV mascot

(Nov. 10, 2014 | Texas Public Radio) - The new president for the University of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley campus approved “Vaquero” as the university’s mascot despite a backlash from students, alumni and South Texas lawmakers. Read more

Survey: Few Blacks, Hispanics among top tech executives

By Jessica Guynn
(Nov. 14, 2014 | USA Today) - Missing on the management teams of major technology companies: Blacks and Hispanics. That's according to a new survey from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Read more


Can White teachers be taught how to teach our children?

By Melinda Anderson
(Nov. 12, 2014 | Root.Com) - A North Carolina teacher tells students that killing all black people is on her bucket list if she only has 10 days to live. The principal of a middle school in Brooklyn, N.Y., promotes learning a foreign language to prospective students and their parents with a reminder that “if you don’t speak Spanish, you’re going to clean your own house.” And third-grade teachers at an Atlanta-area elementary school assign homework math problems about slavery, beatings and picking cotton. Read more

MTV World offers an unprecedented look at modern Native America in “Rebel Music: Native America”

By Native News Online Staff
(Nov. 12, 2014 | Native News Online ) - According to United States and Canadian censuses, there are over 6.2 million people who identify as Native American or First Nation Canadian. In spite of the fact that they make up only 2 percent of the population, Native North Americans experience alarming rates of suicide (over 4 times the national average), are 2.5 times more likely to be the victims of sexual violence and often suffer adverse health effects from environmental disasters. Read more


The Cosby Show:
Declining to seriously reckon with the rape allegations against him is reckless. And I was once reckless.

(Nov. 19, 2014 | The Atlantic) - On Monday, 66-year old Joan Tarshis accused Bill Cosby of raping her. Tarshis says the attack took place in 1969, when she was 19 and working as comedy writer: . . .

Tarshis is the fifth woman to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of raping her. There is now a sixth: model Janice Dickinson. In a civil suit brought by Andrea Constand, some 13 women were set to testify that Cosby had raped them too. They ultimately did not testify because Constand settled with Cosby. Tarshis says she was not among those 13, and so the total number of accusers appears to now stand at 15 including Dickinson. Read more

CNN's Don Lemon criticised for 'insensitive' advice to Bill Cosby rape accuser

By Ed Pilkington
(Nov. 19, 2014 | The Guardian) It was the question that Don Lemon, the CNN anchor, said “I had to ask”. Judging from the derision it provoked on Twitter, the consensus of his flabbergasted viewers was: “Oh no you didn’t.” Read more

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GLAAD media study: 'We've made incredible gains over the past decade'

(Nov. 12, 2014 | The Frame) - This fall’s new batch of TV shows saw an increase in recurring or regular characters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But as the quantity of these characters increased, has the quality of how they are depicted improved as well? Read more




Kellogg gets criticism, support for gay pride ad

By Frank Utsil
(Nov. 12, 2014 | Batte Creek Enquirer) - Conservative groups are taking to social media to criticize a Kellogg ad featuring Frosted Flakes character Tony the Tiger that says, "Wear your stripes with pride," and sponsorship of a gay pride march in Atlanta. Read More

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