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5 diverse April 2016 releases starring African American actors

Black performers in latest Hollywood films

By Christopher McKittrick

(April 12, 2016 | About Entertainment) - Diversity in film casting has been a topic of discussion in recent years, and in particular the debate over the lack of opportunities for African American actors and filmmakers in Hollywood films especially escalated after the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced and very few of the nominees were minorities. However, in April 2016 – just a few weeks after the controversial 2016 Oscars – five films starring African American actors in lead roles are being released to theaters, and several of them are also written and directed by African American filmmakers. Read more

Hollywood hiring programs aren’t enough to solve diversity problem, says SMPTE panel

By David Cohen
With no women scientist heroes onscreen or minorities running studios, industry has a long way to go.

Hollywood’s lack of diversity is hot topic, and that has prompted some companies to set up programs to expand minority hiring. Read more

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U.S. suicide rate has risen sharply in the 21st century

By Dan Keating and Lenny Bernstein
(April 22, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The U.S. suicide rate has increased sharply since the turn of the century, led by an even greater rise among middle-aged white people, particularly women, according to federal data released Friday. Read more

Diversity: The college admissions buzzword

By Ryan Fan
(April 20, 2016 | The Emory Wheel) - In the 21st century, diversity has become one of the most valued traits of any workplace or college campus. It represents the pinnacle of any developed, progressive society; it is the barometer of acceptance and fairness. Like any other core value of organizations and institutions, however, diversity has become overused and exploited.

#OwnVoices representation: Native American authors

By Sarah Strange
(April 20, 2016 | YA Interrobang) - If you’ve been keeping up with the young adult world recently, you may have heard the rumble caused by J.K. Rowling’s newest addition to the Harry Potter universe, History of Magic in North America. Many have decried it as trivializing and appropriative. Debbie Reese, a founding member of the Native American House and publisher of American Indians in Children’s Literature has put together a phenomenal list of Native writers and their reactions to Rowling. Read more

How do Americans talk about religion?

A picture of how Americans talk about religion
Photo Source: Library of Congress (via The Atlantic)

Contributed by Debra Mason
(April 12, 2016 | Source: Emma Green, The Atlantic) - A recent Pew Research Center study indicates that the faux pas of the impoliteness of talking about religion and faith in public continues to hold true for those who are both religious and nonreligious. In fact, of the those sampled, only approximately a third of Americans who claim to be religious choose to talk about the subject with others even once or twice a month (Green, 2016). In general, evangelical Protestants and individuals attending historically black churches were more likely than Jews, Catholics, and mainline Protestants to discuss religion with others. However, this tendency to talk about faith is increased when confined to immediate families (Green, 2016).

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