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How to be an ‘Upstander’

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An “UpStander” training workshop. (Photo courtesy of the Center for Anti-Violence Education)

By Karen Pennar
(Nov. 10, 2017 | Voice of NY) - What would you do if you witnessed someone receive a tongue-lashing for not speaking English well, complete with an admonition to “go back where you came from”? If you saw someone berate a young woman wearing hijab? If you heard someone being called ugly, racist names? Read more

'We Want To Stay': Haitian Immigrants In U.S. Fear End Of Temporary Protected Status

By Carrie Kahn
(Nov. 5, 2017 | NPR) - For decades, the United States has provided immigrants from 10 countries, mostly in Central America, what's known as Temporary Protected Status. Under this status, temporary visas allow them to stay and work in the U.S. and prevent them from being forced to return to home countries at war or devastated by natural disasters. Read more

Journalists need to understand rape culture to report on sexual abuse

By Tracy Everbach

(November 12, 2017) - “It was 40 years ago.”

“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

“There’s nothing wrong with a 30-year-old single male asking a 19-year-old, a 17-year-old, or a 16-year-old out on a date."

These are actual quotes from public officials defending Roy Moore, Republican Senate candidate in Alabama. Moore is accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and of pursuing several other teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Moore called these allegations “fake news.” Read more

Related story:
- Sean Hannity’s Roy Moore coverage causes advertisers to flee (DiversityInc. | Nov. 13, 2017)

LGBTQ characters on U.S. TV at record highs

LGBT TV Teen Choice Awards

(Nov. 13, 2017 | Reuters/DiversityInc.) - The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs, and campaign group GLAAD said on Thursday that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance.

In it annual report on diversity on the small screen, GLAAD found 329 regular and recurring LGBTQ characters across all broadcast, cable and streaming TV platforms, including the first asexual and non-binary characters.

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said TV was a critical place for the portrayal of LGBTQ characters and their lives. Read more

How should High Schools define sexes for transgender athletes?

By Malika Andrews
(Nov. 8, 2017 | The New York Times) - The calls to high school sports officials from athletic directors and administrators began several years ago and have only become more frequent and difficult: How are you handling transgender students who want to play sports? Read more

More stories:
- Australians decisively support same-sex marriage (BBC News | November 14, 2017)
- Germany Must Allow Third Gender Category, Court Rules (The New York Times | November 8, 2017)

"Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘SNL’ monologue somehow hilariously skewers Islamophobia"

By David Moey
(Oct. 16, 2017 | HuffPost) - Islamophobia is no joke, so it was amazing that actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani was able to wring some laughs from it during his “Saturday Night Live” monologue.

Nanjiani, a Pakistani Muslim, started by pointing to some viewers’ racist reactions to his recent movie, “The Big Sick,” which tells the story of how Nanjiani fell for his wife, writer Emily Gordon. After making fun of people who told him to “go back to India” (Nanjiani says he’s never been there), he noted that Islamophobia “is really having a moment right now.” Read more

Racist flyer paints Sikh Mayoral candidate as a terrorist

By Doha Madani
(Nov. 4, 2017 | HuffPost) - Racist flyers began to circulate on Friday night falsely linking a New Jersey mayoral candidate with terrorism.

Ravi Bhalla, who is running for mayor of Hoboken, posted a photo of the flyer on Facebook. It has a picture of Bhalla, a Sikh who wears the traditional turban, with the words “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our Town!” directly above him. Read more

Lupita Nyong’o slams magazine for editing out her natural hair

Lupita Nyong's natural hair

By Sheryl Estrada
(Nov. 14, 2017 | DiversityInc.) - Lupita Nyong’o took a stand against her natural hair being digitally altered for the cover of Grazia UK magazine. The Oscar-winning actress refused to allow “unconscious prejudice” and set standards of beauty negate her “beautiful, kinky, coily hair.” Read more

Michael B. Jordan sets feature directorial debut with film adaptation of 'The Stars Beneath Our Feet'

(Nov. 9, 2017 | Shadow and Act) - Michael B. Jordan is super busy both in front of — and behind the camera.

Now, the actor has set his feature directorial debut.

Endeavor Content has acquired the rights to David Barclay Moore's novel The Stars Beneath Our Feet, and according to Deadline, it will be "developed as a vehicle" for Jordan's feature debut. Read more

NAJA releases Responsible Reporting Guide for November-related coverage

By NAJA Ethics Committee
(Nov. 14, 2017 | NAJA) - In its ongoing push for media professionalism, the Native American Journalists Association urges reporters to be responsible, and accurate, in their coverage of Indigenous communities during Thanksgiving. This advisory includes best practices when covering Native Americans, providing proper historical context, phrasing and sourcing. Read more

Three Latinas seek to lead Belleville Board of Education

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Candidates Olga Setteducato (left) and Erika V. Jacho (right) are running for seats on the Belleville Board of Education, to join board trustee Liza M. Lopez (center).

By Gery Vereau
(Nov. 6, 2017 | Voices of NY) - For the first time in the city’s history, a group of Latina women – formed by Belleville Board of Education trustee Liza M. López (LL), from Puerto Rico, Olga Torres (OT), from Peru and Erika Jacho (EJ), from Ecuador – are coming together to do something about education in an area where 70 percent of students are also Latino. Here are their proposals for the Belleville Board of Education, offered before the election scheduled for Nov. 7. Read more.

Zoe Saldana launching Latino-focused digital media brand

By Rebecca Ford
(July 27, 2017 | The Hollywoold Reporter) - The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star's BeSe will create content targeting millennial and Gen Z audiences for distribution across social and digital platforms. Read more


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