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Dr. Elizabeth Hoover — Food Sovereignty

(March 16, 2017 | Toasted Sister Podcast) - Dr. Elizabeth Hoover (Mohawk and Mi’kmaq) travels around asking Native people what their definition of food sovereignty is. It’s actually a great many things to different tribes. Native communities lost certain parts, or all of their food sovereignty, but the people are starting to take steps to revitalize their own definitions of food sovereignty.

How the FBI is hobbled by religious illiteracy

By Debra Mason

(Feb. 27, 2017 | The Atlantic) - In the interview between The Atlantic reporter Emma Green and University of Pennsylvania professor, Steven Weitzman, the history of the FBI and religion and its relevance in today’s political climate is discussed (Green, 2017).

With a relatively contentious past of negative interactions with various religious groups, often in efforts to protect Christianity, “…the Bureau has shaped American religious history through targeted investigations and religiously tinged rhetoric about national security” (2017). This was done through its support of religious leaders, introduction of “religious rhetoric into the broader culture,” and by “delegitimizing religious actors” who were believed to be of a significant threat to the nation (2017).

With 9/11 changing the role of the FBI from an investigative role to one of “preempting crime,” the pressures soared to an entirely new level (2017). To read more on the FBI’s relationship with various religious groups explained in this interview, click here.

Green, E. (2017, February 26). How the FBI is Hobbled by Religious Illiteracy. Retrieved from The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/the-fbi-and-religion/517746/

The new atheists of the Philippines

By Debra Mason
(March 5, 2017 | The Atlantic) - Jahziel Tayco Ferrer, like many in the Philippines, is involved in educational aid projects to assist the more than 26 million living in poverty; however, she’s different in that she is an atheist in the midst of several Christian-run groups (French, 2017).

Volunteering on behalf of the Humanist Alliance Philippines, International, or HAPI, she is involved in one of only three secular groups in the Filipino society (2017). Less than 0.1 percent in the Philippines claim to have “no religion,” while 80% of the population identifies as Catholic (2017). Adapting their approach from Baptist missionary work, HAPI volunteers believe their perspective of not relying on a deity is needed to end the Filipino economic disparity (2017).

Ferrer, having been brought up in a Christian educational setting, states that the fear of going to hell is what caused her such discomforrt and is a key reason why she believes people remain involved in religion (2017). This belief is not well-met or respected in the Christian society of the Philippines (2017). To read the rest of the article, click here.

French, M. (2017, March 5). The New Atheists of the Philippines. Retrieved from The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/03/new-atheists-philippines/518175/

‘American Bandstand’ kept secret that teen stars were gay

By Jerry Oppenheimer

(March 12, 2017 | New York Post) - When cute young teenagers Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi slow danced together on “American Bandstand” back in the late ’50s and early ’60s, kids across the country swooned.

They wrote thousands of letters. They joined Arlene’s and Kenny’s fan clubs. The big teenybopper magazines of the era — Sixteen and Teen — plastered “Bandstand” dancers on their covers and wrote glowing, gossipy stories about their lives in Philadelphia, where Dick Clark produced the show. Read more

‘Get Out’: Jordan Peele’s film on race relations exceeds $100M at box office

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Director Jordan Peel

By Sheryl Estrada

(March 14, 2017 | DiversityInc.) - Jordan Peele, who is best known for his work on the TV series “Key & Peele,” has become the first Black director and writer to earn $100 million in ticket sales for a debut film.

According to studio estimates on Sunday, Peele’s satirical horror film, “Get Out,” made with a budget of $4 million, earned $21.1 million in its third weekend, bringing its total to $111 million. It made $30 million when it debuted on February 24. Read more

Diverse film casts keep Hollywood executives making money at Box Office

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A scene from Hidden Figures

By Sheryl Estrada

(Feb. 24, 2017 | DiversityInc.) - Ahead of the 89th Academy Awards show on Sunday, UCLA has released its annual Hollywood Diversity report, which highlights that diversity means higher financial returns on productions.

The report, generated through the university’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, examined the 200 top-grossing theatrical film releases in 2015, as well as 1,206 television, cable and digital platform shows from the 2014–15 season. Read more


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