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A journalist’s solo mission to cover native peoples across the globe

By Judith Matloff
(Nov. 17, 2016 | Columbia Journalism Review) - Tristan Ahtone is an award-winning journalist whose pieces have appeared on Frontline, Wyoming Public Radio, NPR, and the Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He is also a member of the Kiowa tribe, and he has often found himself cringing when white journalists parachuted into reservations to write sensationalized stories about crime or poverty.

“Indian Country is often just an afterthought” when it comes to news coverage, he says. He quotes a colleague’s “WD4 rule”: Native Americans only make news as warriors, or when they drum, dance, drink, or die. Read more

‘Hamilton’ actor on the cast’s speech for Pence: ‘There’s nothing to apologize for’

By Amy wang
(Nov. 21, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The “Hamilton” actor who delivered the Broadway show’s viral message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a performance Friday said there is “nothing to apologize for” in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s many tweets demanding one from what he deemed a “very rude” cast of an “overrated” show.

Speaking on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, Brandon Victor Dixon — who plays Aaron Burr in the musical — said he felt that the popular show was a platform through which the cast could deliver a plea for understanding and inclusion after a divisive presidential election. Read more.

Gwen Ifill: 1955 to 2016
A note from the Maynard Institute

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Photo credit: PBS.org via Maynard Institute

MIJE Staff
(Nov. 14, 2016 | Maynard Institute) - Gwen Ifill, a pioneering African-American journalist whose career evolved from an internship in a newspaper city room to the pinnacle of national political journalism, died Monday from endometrial cancer in Washington at age 61.

We at the Maynard Institute mourn her loss. She was a generous mentor, particularly to young people, and a great friend of the Institute.

Ms. Ifill was co-anchor of “The PBS NewsHour” and moderator of the PBS “Washington Week” program. She moderated a Democratic primary debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in February, before illness forced her to take a leave of absence from PBS. Read more

Eight actions to reduce racism in college classrooms
When professors are part of the problem.

By Shaun R. Harper and Charles H. F. Davis III
(Academe | November-December 2016) - Last year, at dozens of colleges and universities across the United States, students protested institutional unresponsiveness to pervasive issues of racial inequity. Most media attention disproportionately focused on the popularity of the protests as opposed to the actual issues underlying campus unrest. Read more

Campus activism and competing racial narratives

(Academe | November - December 2016) - Large student protests against racist incidents, closely watched by national media, roiled the University of Missouri and Yale University campuses. At the University of Missouri and Ithaca College, protests resulted in the resignation of university presidents. Yale and Princeton Universities, among others, were forced to consider renaming buildings and programs that bear the names of historical figures associated with racism and white supremacy and were pushed to increase racial diversity among students and faculty. Read more

New series on 'The Secret Life of Muslims' aims to subvert stereotypes

By Debra Mason
When Egyptian-American actor Ahmed Ahmed decided to tell his agent to stop bringing him in for parts of terrorists and villains, he found his acting career come to a halt. However, instead of maintaining complacency, he discovered how he could use his words to fight stereotyping through stand-up. Ahmed stated that it “allowed him ‘to have a voice to talk about being Muslim in a funny way’” (Blumberg, 2016). Now, he has taken his efforts a step further by combatting this view through his new web series, “The Secret Life of Muslims,” which recently premiered on Vox (Blumberg, 2016). In altering negative or fearful perceptions that plague over half of the nation, partially as a result of Hollywood’s portrayal, Ahmed hopes to show a new perspective regarding the truth about American Muslims and all they do and accomplish in the nation (Blumberg, 2016). To watch the first episode, click here.

Blumberg. (2016, November 4). New Series on 'The Secret Life of Muslims' Aims to Subvert Stereotypes. Retrieved from Huffington Post Religion: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-series-on-the-secret-life-of-muslims-aims-to-subvert-stereotypes_us_581b9c9ee4b0d9ce6fbab859?section=us_religion

Televised redemption: Black religious media and racial empowerment

By Debra Mason
Televised RedemptionTelevised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment discusses religious media’s role in empowering black people in the face of “institutional structures of white supremacy” (Rouse, Jackson, and Frederick, 2016). Through the use of anthropological theory and ethnographic research, the authors explore how this medium has served a role in changing the perception of black people by humanizing and adjusting attitudes toward the race, defending blacks’ “goodness and reason” as compared to whites, and arming African Americans with the necessary knowledge and skills to handle an often discouraging world with a new self-perception (Rouse, Jackson, and Frederick, 2016). The book elaborates on the history of African American religious media’s role in legitimizing blacks’ existence as moral citizens and promoting racial justice (Rouse, Jackson, and Frederick, 2016). “Ultimately, our goal has been to make visible the extraordinary labor and conceptual brilliance that has gone into trying to articulate a postcolonial blackness that effectively counters racism” (Rouse, Jackson, and Frederick, 2016). The book is separated into several parts, including “Black Christian Redemption,” “Racial Redemption,” “Divine Redemption,” “Reimagined Possibilities,” “Race, Islam, and Longings for Inclusion” and “Citizens as Stewards. Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment can be purchased here.

Bibliography: Rouse, C. J., Jackson, Jr., J.L., & Frederick, M.F. (2016). Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment. New York: New York University Press.

One-in-five U.S. adults were raised in interfaith homes

By Debra Mason
Even though mixed religious backgrounds in American families is still rare with 80% of U.S. adults raised within households of a single religion, interfaith homes are slowly becoming more common (Pew Research Center, 2016). Roughly 1 out of every five adults were brought up in interfaith homes, 10% of whom had parents of differing religious and 12% of whom had one religiously affiliated parent and one religiously unaffiliated (2016). Read more

Pew Research Center. (2016, October 26). One-in-Five U.S. Adults Were Raised in Interfaith Homes. Retrieved from Pew Research Center: http://www.pewforum.org/2016/10/26/one-in-five-u-s-adults-were-raised-in-interfaith-homes/

Women's Media Center: Where voters saw most sexist treatment of women candidates in media

A pie chart of sexist attitude towards women candidates in media

Source: Women's Media Center

(Nov. 18, 2016 | Women's Media Center) - There is agreement among voters that social media followed by cable news and broadcast news are the top places that they see the most sexist treatment of women candidates and elected officials, according to research conducted during the final days of the U.S. presidential election. Read more

Study: "More American women than ever before are living without religion"

By Marcie Bianco
(Nov. 17, 2016 | Women's Media Center) - More American women than ever before are living without religion. And, if history is a guide, this bodes well for the future of a feminism that seeks to end the systemic oppression of women—beginning with the very language that moralizes the subjugation of women. Read more


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