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African Americans and the Media | Gender
SNL adds black woman to cast from writers room
Black woman in SNL
Photo Credit: ABC News via AP

(Oct. 21, 2014 | ABC Newsvia AP) - "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 wins her on-camera role after serving as a writer on the show last season. Read more

This isn’t new: Venus and Serena have endured nasty insults throughout their careers

By Danielle Belton
(Oct. 20, 2014 | The Root) - Over the weekend, Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev apologized for calling Venus and Serena Williams “the Williams brothers”—the least-funny insult in what for the Williamses has been a career filled with unfunny, sexist and racist insults for the sisterly titans of professional women’s tennis. Read more

Diversity in General
CNN sued for race and age discrimination

CNN's logo (Oct. 7, 2014 | NewsOne) - A former CNN employee is blowing the whistle on CNN, claiming that he was sought out because of his race but routinely passed over for promotions. Stanley Wilson, a LA-based producer says he was wrongfully terminated, accusing the company of race and age discrimination. Read more

Ebola-related discrimination on Texas College campus

By Julissa Catalan
(Oct. 20, 2014 | DiversityInc.) - A Texas community college will not admit international applicants if their country of origin has “confirmed Ebola cases,” even if the individuals are not at risk of being infected with the disease. Read more


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