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Johnson Publishing sells Ebony to Texas-based private-equity firm

By Breanna Edwards
(June 15, 2016 | The Root) - Johnson Publishing announced Tuesday that it has sold Ebony and Jet magazines to an Austin, Texas-based private-equity firm, bringing to an end more than seven decades of ownership by Johnson Publishing, the Chicago Tribune reports. Read more


Sale of 1st and only Black-owned public TV station a wake-up call on media diversity

By Wade Henderson
(June 14, 2016 | The Root) - The possible loss of Howard University’s PBS affiliate could be a tipping point toward the extinction of black-owned broadcast media, but the Federal Communications Commission has no sense of urgency to fix the problem. Read more


W. Kamau Bell explains how White Media ownership hinders discussions on racism

By Ken Meyer
(May 30, 2016 | Mediaite) - Brian Stelter had W. Kamau Bell on Reliable Sources yesterday, where the CNN host/comedian gave a thorough perspective on how and why much of the media is too hesitant when it comes to addressing racism in America. Read more


CBC members worry proposed FCC rule could hurt Black media companies

(May 29, 2016 | New Pittsburgh Courier Online) - In an unpredictable, disruptive media environment featuring new ways for consumers to receive video content over Wi-Fi, apps and live streaming, established media companies are bracing for a future driven by big tech and consumer choice with new profit models. Read more

After Orlando, Gay rights moves off diplomatic back burner

Members of the gay community and other groups in Bangalore, India, held a demonstration Tuesday to condemn the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
Photo Credit: Jagadeesh Nv/European Pressphoto Agency.

By Somini Sengupta
(June 14, 2016 | The New York Times) - For years, diplomats were more comfortable talking about nuclear warheads than sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation was one of those subjects burdened with too many cultural sensitivities. American officials, even if they wanted to advance it on the diplomatic agenda, were wary of offending their allies, not least in the Islamic world. Read more

The attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., moved the needle. Read more



Gay Mullah flees Iran over secret same-sex weddings

(June 8, 2016 | BBC) - In Iran, homosexuality is banned and punishable by execution under its strict code of sharia, or Islamic law.

In a country dominated by the religious class, being gay is taboo, and especially among the establishment. One Iranian gay cleric, who conducted gay weddings in secret, was forced to flee the country, and has been threatened with death. Visit BBC website to watch the video version of this story.

10 facts about atheists

(June 1, 2016 | Michael Lipka, The Atlantic) - The Pew Research Forum has compiled a list of ten facts that allow for better understanding of atheists and their beliefs in the midst of a time when the United States’ number of individuals who describe themselves as nonbelievers has substantially increased.

1. The number of Americans who identify as atheists has nearly doubled from the 1.6% reported in 2007 to 3.1%; simultaneously, the number of Americans describe themselves as agnostic has also increased from 2.4% in 2007 to 4% (Lipka, 2016).

2. Demographically, atheists are more likely to be young and males as compared to the general population, as well as highly educated and Caucasian (Lipka, 2016). . . .

Read more in religion section.


Rainbow Mormon Initiative

(May 24, 2016 | Mette I. Harrison, HuffPost Religion) - Beginning on June 5, “…exactly 7 months from the leaked policy change which labels same-sex married Mormons ‘apostates’ and will be threatened with excommunication,” the Rainbow Mormon Initiative, a group led by Kristy Money, will begin their efforts to show support of their LGBT+ brothers and sisters (Harrison, 2016). This encouragement will be realized in the form of rainbow ribbons worn to church, in addition to the knitting or crocheting of “…scarves, hats, or blankets to donate to Ogden Youth Futures, a shelter for homeless LGBT teens in northern Utah” (Harrison, 2016). Money, inspired by “…her dissertation on suicide prevention in Utah,” saw this as an opportunity to help “gain visibility for LGBT+ Mormon issues…” (Harrison, 2016). The beginning of their efforts start on the day of Salt Lake City’s Pride Parade, a day that is also a “Fast Sunday” for Mormons (Harrison, 2016). To read more, click here.

 

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