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Black Miss Japan fights for race revolution

Image of Miss Japan
Source: AFP Photo/Toru Yamanaka

By Alastair Himmer
(May 12, 2015 | Yahoo! News via AFP) - Ariana Miyamoto entered the Miss Universe Japan beauty contest after a mixed-race friend committed suicide. And she endured abuse after winning the crown because of her skin colour.

Far from being put off by the backlash, Miyamoto resolved to use her new-found fame to help fight racial prejudice -- in much the same way British supermodel Naomi Campbell broke down cultural barriers in the fashion industry a generation ago. Read more

A special journal issue on "Minority Media Context"

A Sweden-based schoalrly journal -- Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies -- has published a special issue on "Minority Media Context" in January this year. Click this link to access the article information included in the special issue.

From 'Cleopatra' to 'Exodus': 10 Hollywood casting decisions that are totally racist

By Rebecca Raber
(December 9, 2014 | TakePart.Com) - By now you’ve probably heard about the whitewashed casting of Ridley Scott’s upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which stars pale Brit Christian Bale as Moses and pasty Aussie Joel Edgerton—in an awful lot of bronzer—as pharaoh-to-be Ramses II. Some defenders have argued that the decision to cast non-Egyptian/Arab/Semitic/African actors in these roles is less about race than about money. Read more

Higher Ed institutions that conferred most degrees to minority students

Source: Diverse Issues in Higher Education
For several years now, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has produced the Top 100 Degree Producers rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. Using the links included in this report, you will be able to generate rankings according to the total number of degrees awarded to minority students across all disciplines as well as in specific disciplines.

Race, class and neglect

By Paul Krugman
(May 4, 2015 | The New York Times) - Every time you’re tempted to say that America is moving forward on race — that prejudice is no longer as important as it used to be — along comes an atrocity to puncture your complacency. Almost everyone realizes, I hope, that the Freddie Gray affair wasn’t an isolated incident, that it’s unique only to the extent that for once there seems to be a real possibility that justice may be done. Read more

Mind the racial gap: On the NRA and Standing Your Ground

By Latoya Peterson
(May 12, 2015 | Fusion) - On Monday, May 11, 26-year-old Byrant Heyward called the police for assistance as two men forced their way inside his Hollywood, South Carolina home. After the men fled and police arrived, Heyward exited the house, still holding the firearm he had to defend himself from the intruders. According the The Guardian, two seconds after deputy sheriff Keith Tyner — working from 911 call information that described the suspects as “black males” — barked an order for the African-American Heyward to drop his weapon, Tyner shot him in the neck. Heyward was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries; one of the thieves was found and arrested later that day. Read more

CNN: After Baltimore riots, some leaders slam 'thug' as the new n-word

By Josh Levs
(April 29, 2015 | CNN) - A term used by President Barack Obama and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to characterize rioters has given new life to a debate over the word "thug." "Of course it's not the right word, to call our children 'thugs,'" Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." Read more

From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of government-sponsored segregation

By Richard Rothstein
(April 29, 2015 | Economic Policy Institute) - In Baltimore in 1910, a black Yale law school graduate purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood. The Baltimore city government reacted by adopting a residential segregation ordinance, restricting African Americans to designated blocks. Read more

Independent production company launched in UK to tackle TV diversity deficit

Image of Sugar Films entrepreneurs
Source: The Guardian

By Haroon Siddique
(April 9, 2015 | The Guardian) - A new independent television production company is to put race, gender and sexual diversity at the top of its agenda in a bid to challenge the lack of diversity in Britain’s creative industries.

Sugar Films has been formed by three senior TV executives following a campaign led by Lenny Henry highlighting the fact that only 5% of employees in the creative industries are black and minority ethnic (BME), despite BMEs making up 12.5% of the total UK population. Read more

The misery that is Black Baltimore

Image of an abandoned building in Baltimore

By Michael Nam
(April 28, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - Baltimore’s current dire situation can find its roots in a history of crushing poverty, a segregated populace, and long-running police brutality. The Black population of the city has suffered considerably through booms and busts of the U.S. economy, with little in the way of relief. Read more

Alva James-Johnson: Consumers to blame for media stereotypes

(April 16, 2015 | Ledger Enquirer) - Last week, I sat in a workshop about stereotypes in the media. It was held at Columbus State University as part of an annual diversity conference.

The walls were decorated with sheets of paper with labels based on race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Read more

"Yidl in the Middle" trailer: Growing up Jewish in Iowa

Source: YouTube Channel of New Day Films

Leading journalists talk tech, transformation and diversity: Highlights from the Shorenstein Center, 2015

(April 17, 2015 | Journalist's Resource) - Throughout the academic year, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy hosts a weekly speaker series. Over the spring 2015 semester, these events have featured a variety of journalists and media thinkers, from David Skok of the Boston Globe to Anna Holmes of Fusion. A common topic addressed during this semester’s events was the role of journalists and editors in a rapidly evolving digital media industry. The following are highlights from this spring’s discussions, with a focus on advice and tips for journalists and reflections on the media landscape.

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The numbers behind the broadband ‘homework gap’ [April 20, 2015 | Pew Research Center]

George Takei and Company to Hollywood gatekeepers: Fix your diversity problem

By Kat Chow
(April 20, 2015 | NPR) - Remember that Deadline article from a few weeks back? In which the writer pointed out that Hollywood is diversifying — and claimed that's a bad thing?

At least one good thing may come of it:

A media coalition of multi-ethnic Hollywood watchdogs — including the American Indians in Film and Television, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, NAACP Hollywood Bureau and National Hispanic Media Coalition — is calling on the industry's talent agencies to meet with the coalition and talk about how to inject more color into their lineups, not less. Read more

Related Article:
2015 State of on-screen diversity [National Urban League | April 15, 2015]

Clorox ‘Apologizes’ for tweet about diverse emojis

By CEO of DiversityInc Luke Visconti and Sheryl Estrada
(April 16, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - The Clorox Company recently had a social media clean up to do.

Responding to criticism that emojis were not diverse, Apple released racially diverse emojis with its new iOS 8.3 on April 8. By tapping and holding down on emoji symbols that look like humans, users and choose from up to six skin tones that can be used in text messages and emails. Read more

Racially divided communities, voting patterns and new research on threat perceptions

(April 15, 2015 | Journalist's Resource) - For more than a half-century, social scientists have been exploring and debating the idea of “racial threat,” in which white citizens adopt more racist attitudes, and support more racially biased policies, as their perceived dominance becomes “threatened” by the growth of African-American or other minority populations in or near white communities. Read more

Class and age: Growing older and getting poorer

(April 21, 2015 | New America Media) - This special section focuses on issues that can help ethnic elders live with dignity and security with the essential income seniors need to maintain their homes, health and peace of mind as they age. The Atlantic Philanthropies supported the New America Media (NAM) in creating this website. This section is edited by NAM Ethnic Elders Newsbeat Director Paul Kleyman. Read more

Image repair campaign strategies addressing race: Paula Deen, social media, and defiance

María E. Len-Ríosa, Teri Finnemana, Kyung Jung Hana, Manu Bhandaria & Earnest L. Perrya

This multi-method study examines how the use of social media in a crisis campaign involving race-related issues may affect a public figure’s credibility and perceived response appropriateness. First, image repair theory is used to analyze Paula Deen’s image repair campaign in the wake of the National Enquirer’s revelation that she admitted to using the “N-word” during a lawsuit deposition. Our analysis shows her response strategies were unsuccessful because her apology did not center on the allegations, and she was contradictory in her bolstering, minimization, and mortification strategies. We build on the Deen case study results by exploring the effectiveness of tweeted message strategies in a race-related crisis via Twitter. We use a mixed-design experiment examining how public figure type (politician v. TV celebrity) and response strategy (moral defense, performance defense, defiance defense, no defense) affect perceptions of a female public figure’s credibility and perceptions of the appropriateness of the response. Results show that any of the three responses are better than no response when addressing charges of racial insensitivity. A defiance defense, as newly tested strategy, and moral defense worked better for the TV celebrity condition than the politician condition. Implications are discussed.

Source: International Journal of Strategic Communication, 9(2)

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