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NAJA and UNITY respond to recent Washington NFL team name poll

(May 20, 2016 | NAJA.Com) - The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) expresses concern and disappointment about the May 19, 2016, Washington Post story “New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by R******* name.”

Not only does the reporting fail to pass the test of accurate and ethical reporting, it also attempts to legitimize a defined racial slur and is an egregious example of creating the news rather than simply reporting it. Read rest of the response of NAJA and UNITY.

Shaundra Selvaggi: Pattern of racism in media continues as Black NY Times employees file discrimination lawsuit

By Shaundra Selvaggi
(May 2, 2016 | Atlanta Black Star) - Two Black women filed a class action lawsuit against the New York Times on April 28, alleging the newspaper discriminates on the basis of race, sex and age.

The Guardian reports Ernestine Grant, 62, and Marjorie Walker, 61, accused CEO Mark Thompson of instating a policy of “deplorable discrimination” in the suit, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Read more

Prince always sought ties with Black media

By Richard Prince
(April 27, 2016 | The Root) - The outpouring of pixels, print and video memorializing Prince continued unabated on Monday with testimony about the superstar’s allegiance to the black community and especially to black media.

In an interview published Sunday with Shenequa Golding of Vibe magazine, publicist Terrie Williams described how she met Prince, who died at 57 on Thursday, through the late jazz legend Miles Davis. Read more

"Black Lives Matter is not a ‘Get Out the Vote’ campaign"

By Reniqua Allen
(May 20, 2016 | The Nation) - Last week The Washington Post published a piece about black millennials and voting, the headline of which boldly declared: “Despite Black Lives Matter, young black Americans aren’t voting in higher numbers.” The headline and the story were both unsurprising and frustrating, a disturbing affirmation that, for all of the talk about young black America in the media, we’re still far from understood. Read more

Asian American Public Relations practitioners' perspectives on diversity

By Jing Qiu & Nancy Muturi
(May 4, 2016 | Howard Journal of Communications) - Shifting demographics in the United States imply growing diversity in the marketplace and create unprecedented demand for professionals capable of communicating strategically with diverse publics. In spite of diversity efforts in mass communication, public relations faces difficulties in attracting ethnic minorities. This study explores this lack of diversity through the lens of Asian American public relations practitioners in the United States, a population that is underrepresented in the field of public relations despite being the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. Click here to access this article. Click here to read the article.

Move over JLo, there's a Puerto Rican superhero and she can fly

By Sandra Guzman
(May 11, 2016 | NBCNews.Com) - With a crushing debt and a health care and humanitarian crisis in the making, the beautiful island of Puerto Rico could use a superhero right now. And thanks to Brooklyn-based Marvel Comics writer and comic book nerd, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, it got one. Her name is La Borinqueña, a New York-born superhero who discovers her superpowers when she visits the island. Click here to read rest of the article.

Eva Longoria’s ‘Telenovela’ and family comedy ‘Crowded’ cancelled at NBC

By Elizabeth Wagmeister
(May 13, 2016 | Variety.Com) - NBC has cancelled Eva Longoria’s “Telenovela” after one season, plus freshman comedy “Crowded,” Variety has learned.

“Telenovela” gave a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional telenovela and its star who does not speak Spanish, played by Longoria.

“Telenovela” was the vehicle set to bring Longoria back to TV, following her stardom on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” The Latino-themed sitcom was one of the hottest projects last development season, entering a bidding war between a couple of networks, before landing at NBC with a straight-to-series 13-episode order — the only way Longoria would commit to the project. Read more

"Completely racist" ad for washing detergent that was aired on Chinese TV and at cinemas

By Christopher Ivan
(May 26, 2016 | Shanghaiist) - As any foreigner who has ever lived in China can attest, attitudes regarding race and skin color are often quite different here from back home. Still even with prior experience, sometimes this country can leave you completely and utterly dumbfounded. Read more

Related Story
Chinese company behind incredibly racist ad calls foreign media 'too sensitive' (May 28, 2016 | Shanghaiist.Com)

China and India have a huge problem with racism toward black people

By Ishaan Tharoor
(May 27, 2016 | The Washington Post) - Just minutes before his birthday, Masonda Ketanda Olivier was beaten to death. The Congolese national was confronted by a mob of men late at night last Friday in New Delhi and killed. Police said the incident was a dispute over the hiring of an autorickshaw; Olivier's friend, an Ivorian national, said it was a clear hate crime, with racial epithets repeatedly invoked. Read more

Minority-owned media firms lend support to FCC’s Set-Top box proposal

By Amir Nasr
(May 19, 2016 | Morning Consult) - Leaders of African American-owned media companies wrote to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. G.K. Butterfield in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to open up the cable set-top box market for third party manufacturers. Read more


Segregated schools nearly doubled from 2000

By By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio
(May 23, 2016 | DiversityInc.) - The repeated practice of racially segregating schools in the U.S. has increased in recent years. And a new report concluded that segregating schools has negative effects on the education minority students receive. Read more

Women behind the camera: A collection of films from WMM

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House approves LGBT anti-discrimination measure

By Kelsey Snell
(May 25, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The House voted late Wednesday night to approve a measure to bar the government from paying federal contractors that discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Members erupted into cheers Wednesday night after the measure, sponsored by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), was approved 223-195. Read more

Related Story:
- Paul Ryan is in another fight he doesn’t want — this time over LGBT rights (The Washington Post | May 26, 2016)

Pew survey: Gender gap in religious service attendance has narrowed in U.S.

Contributed by Debra Mason (Originally reported by David McClendon, Pew Research Center on May 13, 2016)

U.S. gender gap in religious service attendance narrowed as smaller share of women attend at least once a week

Gender gaps are declining globally with regard to the attendance of Christian worship services (McClendon, 2016). 36% of women and 26% of men were attending religious services in 1972; however, while men and women have both dropped in their attendance of worship services, women have made a more notable decline to 28% as of 2012 versus 22% of men, thus decreasing the gap from 10% to 6%. One proposed theory for this narrowing gap is the adjustment in “women’s labor force participation” (McClendon, 2016); overall, it appears those women who are involved in the labor force attend services less frequently as compared to those outside of the labor force (McClendon, 2016). Read more in our religion section.


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