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Diversity at the Emmys

Image of Emmy Award Winners from 'Master of None' series

Diversity was on display and celebrated Sunday night at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The award show was decidedly more colorful than many of the other award shows that have attracted criticism for a lack of diversity. In fact, it even sparked the hashtag #EmmysSoBlack. Which is the complete opposite of the widely known #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. From people of color to women, the night's biggest winners continued to strengthen the argument often made that the small screen is more inclusive.

"Master of None" star Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing. Riz Ahmed became the first Muslim and South-Asian man to win an acting Emmy. He took home the honor of outstanding lead actor in a limited series for his role as a Pakistani-American jailed for murder in "The Night Of."

"Atlanta" executive producer and star Donald Glover became the first African American to win the Emmy for outstanding directing for a comedy series. He also won for lead actor in a comedy series. Sterling K. Brown of "This Is Us" won for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, the first black actor to take the trophy since Andre Braugher won for "Homicide: Life on the Streets" in 1998.

- Diversity took center stage at Emmys (CNN)
- Diversity Makes History At The Emmys With Wins By Sterling K. Brown, Riz Ahmed, Donald Glover & More (Deadline)

Related story:
- Shonda Rhimes is not impressed with all the fuss being made over the diversity of winners

Elaine Welteroth is making major changes to Teen Vouge

Teen Vogue was recently taken over by a new editor-in-chief committed to making the publication more inclusive and aware of the world we live in. The new E.I.C, Elaine Welteroth, has created an editorial vision that’s expanded and prioritized its coverage of politics, feminism, identity, and activism as it relates to Teen Vogue’s audience. This has caused a huge shift for the publication. Teen Vogue’s website has increased by 6.5 million unique visitors since last year when the magazine’s leadership pivoted. Welteroth is just the second person of color at a Conde Nasté subsidiary to hold a E.I.C position, and has more than risen to the challenge.

- Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue’s Refashionista (The New York Times)
- Teen Vogue Is Evolving Thanks To Elaine Welteroth (HuffPost)

Nikon accused of sexism for campaign that features 32 Men and zero Women

Image of Nikon's campaign

(Sept. 28, 2017 | DiversityInc.) - Like the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words” — and Nikon’s recent campaign debacle has managed to say a lot with very little. The Japan-based company recently came under fire for promoting their new D850 camera in a campaign that lacked female representation. Read more.

In Nepal’s towns without men, women take on newfound responsibility

By Abby Seiff
(Aug. 21, 2017 | International Reporting Project) - Two-and-a-half-year-old Ansuman Thatal wakes up from his nap with a start. He scans the room, and before anyone can comfort him, begins bawling: “Baba, baba, baba.”

By this point, the baba, or daddy, in question – Ashok Thatal – has been away for a week. For his wife, Shova, and 7-year-old daughter, such a state of affairs is normal. Read more

Serena Williams talks body image in open letter to her mom

By Sheryl Estrada
(Sept. 20, 2017 | DiversityInc.) - Tennis star Serena Williams said in an open letter that she is taking a nod from her mother, Oracene Price, on how to raise newborn daughter, Alexis Olympia, to have a positive body image despite negativity from critics. Read more

How two lesbians fought the Nazis with a typewriter

By Fiona Zublin
(Sept. 18, 2017 | Ozy.Com) - The jig was up. On July 25, 1944, two women were stopped by German secret police on a bus. When their home was ransacked, the Nazis found what they were looking for: a suitcase filled with leaflets — a surrealist art project — that had plagued the German army for months. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe were sent to prison for their use of war’s most insidious weapon in the least likely place. Read more

Jemele Hill: Racism, politics, and the media

ESPN found itself in another political controversy earlier this week, this time becoming the latest news organization forced to grapple with where the line is on politics and racism after SportsCenter host Jemele Hill called President Trump a white supremacist in a series of tweets. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Hill's comments "outrageous" and "a fireable offense." The incident has sparked much conversation and controversy on the topic of journalist objectivity.

- Did Jemele Hill ‘cross the line?’ ESPN controversy reveals the news media’s enduring struggle with race. (The Washington Post)
- Trump attacks ESPN after anchor calls him a white supremacist

Can Netflix crash the Oscars with Dee Rees’ Mudbound?

A scene from Mudbound

Photo Credit: Alexia Silvagni for Variety

It’s the story of white farmers and the black sharecroppers who work for them in the Jim Crow South. Premiering on Netflix, who spent millions to acquire the film, and in select theatres Nov. 17, “Mudbound” is predicted to be a huge success. It’s directed by Dee Rees, who made the powerful HBO biopic “Bessie,” starring Queen Latifah. “Mudbound” stars stars Jason Mitchell, Garret Hedlund, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Jonathan Banks.

- Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’? (Variety)
- Powerful ‘Mudbound’ Trailer Portrays Racial Turmoil In The Jim Crow South (HuffPost)

When the media treat White suspects and killers better than Black victims

The Huffington Post republished this story, which first ran in August 2014, in light of a New York Post headline earlier this week that described a white murder suspect as a “clean-cut American kid.” Police have identified 23-year-old Kenneth Gleason as a person of interest in the September slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which authorities believe may have been racially motivated.

-When The Media Treat White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims (HuffPost)

Shonda Rhimes launches digital publishing platform with Hearst

(Sept. 19, 2017 | The Grio) - Sonda Rhimes is teaming up with Hearst Magazines Digital Media to create Shondaland.com.

The site will collect essays, videos, articles, and other media from Rhimes’ production team, using Hearst’s resources to push its platform to build its brand and offer publishing services. Read more

Black buying power to hit $1.5 trillion, thanks to Black women

(Sept. 21, 2017 | The Grio) -According to a new Nielson report called African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic, the businesses run by and the brand loyalty of Black women is driving part of the economy, so much so that total Black spending power is expected to hit a record $1.5 trillion by 2021. Read more

Report: Asians are still tokenized or just missing from TV shows

Picture of a cartoon depicting tokenism of Asian artists on TV shows

By Kimberly Yam
(Sept. 15, 2017 | HuffPost) - While it’s well-known that Hollywood doesn’t excel at putting Asian talent on the big screen, a study shows that the industry hasn’t done much to advance the group on the small screen, either. Read more.

Daniel Dae Kim in talks to take over Ed Skrein’s ‘Hellboy’ role

picture of Daniel Dae Kim By Doha Madani
(Sept. 11, 2017 | HuffPost) - Daniel Dae Kim might be giving “Hellboy” the authenticity it’s been looking for. The Korean-American actor is reportedly in talks to take over the role of Ben Daimio in the new “Hellboy” reboot. Ed Skrein, known for his work in “Game of Thrones” and “Deadpool,” opened up the opportunity after he learned of the character’s Asian roots. Read more

University of Saskatchewan's indigenization approach raising questions

By Jason Warick
(Sept. 23, 2017 | CBC News) - Some University of Saskatchewan members are raising questions about the school's efforts to "indigenize," especially how it will tackle its goal of making Indigenous content mandatory of all students.

"It's not just 'add Indigenous and stir,'" said longtime U of S Indigenous studies professor Priscilla Settee. Read more


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