Archive for July, 2008

Minorities Go Missing (Multichannel News)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Beverly Hills, Calif.— During its recent Television Critics Association Press Tour presentation, The Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC Family announced that it will return scripted police drama Lincoln Heights for a third season.

The announcement was noteworthy because the series, which features a predominately African-American cast, was the only series among the numerous new and returning scripted shows presented during the three-week TCA Tour in which minorities represent the majority of leading roles.

While numerous reality series highlighted during the tour — such as Bravo’s Housewives of Atlanta, TV Land’s Family Foreman and MTV’s The Cho Show — feature predominately minority casts, none of the scripted shows expected to debut during the 2008-09 television season feature such casts.

This year’s crop of shows featuring minorities in the majority of lead roles was made leaner with the cancellations earlier this year of UPN’s African-American led comedy series Girlfriends and CBS’s Hispanic actor-driven series Cane.

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Debunking myth about Asian-Americans (The Star)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

A belief that Asian-Americans are taking over American universities, out-performing other groups and grabbing the bulk of mathematics, science and engineering degrees has been debunked in a landmark study.

American popular culture is full of claims that Asian-Americans are “over-running college campuses with high enrolment” but “such impressions exaggerate” their presence in American education, the study said.

Entitled ‘Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders — Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight’, the study was conducted by New York University, a group of mostly Asian-American educators, and the College Board, a group that holds standardised tests for mostly high school students.

The study showed that the number of Asian-American students at institutions of higher learning was inflated by foreign students from Asian nations and that not all were top students gaining easy entry to the best colleges and universities to become doctors and engineers.

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Networks Find Asian-Language TV Values (Multichannel News)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Despite AZN’s demise and iaTV’s (formerly ImaginAsian TV) moves to broaden its audience, operators and programmers remain confident there is a real demand for networks targeting Asian-Americans, especially those offering foreign-language content.

English-language networks aimed at the children and grandchildren of immigrants are “nice-to-have channels,” but it’s the “in-language channels that have the most value,” said Rob Thun, senior vice president of programming for AT&T’s U-Verse TV, an AZN affiliate.

While Comcast-owned AZN, which targeted Asians born or raised in the U.S., reported 13.9 million subscribers, most of the current crop of Asian-language channels count viewership in the tens and hundreds of thousands. But viewer loyalty is high.

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HIV/AIDS Rate Increasing in U.S. Latino Population (Dulcinea)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The “face” of the AIDS epidemic in the United States has changed, according to Marilyn Swyers, manager of AIDS Outreach for the East Alabama Medical Center.

AIDS was once viewed as a disease found primarily in gay, white men in big cities. “Twenty-seven years later,” however, Swyers says “it is disproportionately affecting the African-American and Latino populations.”

Hispanics have gone rather unnoticed in terms of HIV infection rates. They account for 14 percent of the United States population, yet represented 22 percent of new HIV and AIDS diagnoses in 2006.

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The Racial Gap (Tampa Tribune)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A black professor at Columbia University tells Soledad O’Brien that he instructs his 11-year-old son to fear the police.

“When you are stopped, whether you have done something or not, you cower. I want you to cower because I want you to live,” he says.

The CNN special-projects anchor says black parents from all social and economic classes told her the same thing.

“It was stunning and disturbing,” she said in an interview last week. “What is the impact of that on the psyche of these young children? What does it say about our society?

“And what’s interesting to me about that is white people do not have those conversations with their children, but every black person does,” she adds. “And the gap between those two things is where our story lies. What is happening in America? Why is that difference there?”

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Princess Tiana: Disney’s 1st African American Princess Stereotyped? (Post Chronicle)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Princess Tiana represents Disney’s first African American Princess. It was originally to be set in 1920s New Orleans and depicted a black maid named Maddy.

With the help of Maddy’s voodoo practicing fairy godmother, she would win the affection of a white prince after being rescued from another voodoo practictioner.This original story was allegedly sacked after criticism and complaints of racism and Maddy has now become Tiana, reports the Daily Voice. The movie’s title also reportedly changed, from The Frog Princess, the title of a classic fairytale, to the current The Princess and The Frog.

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Kate Scannell: The AMA’s apology to African American physicians (Contra Costa Times)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

THIS WEEK, THE NATION’S largest organization of physicians — the American Medical Association, or AMA, — formally apologized for its history of racial transgressions against African-American physicians.

In its related publication in the July 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the AMA acknowledged its discrimination against black physicians well into the era of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. The association hopes that by “confronting the past we can embrace the future.”

The association’s transgressions against African-American doctors were severe. For example, the AMA had allowed its state and local subsidiaries to exclude black physicians from membership, effectively banning them from its politically powerful national group. As recently as 1954, it refused membership to a local medical society made up of black physicians in North Carolina.

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Iraq No. 1 issue to voting Hispanic youth (Politico)

Monday, July 21st, 2008

If Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama want to snag the young Hispanic vote, they might have to talk more about the Iraq war.

More than half of young Latinos registered to vote said the war was the most important issue, showed a poll taken by Democracia U.S.A., a nonpartisan group. The survey did not ask whether they supported or opposed the war.

The economy came in second as 42 percent of the 18-to-29-year-olds polled said that was the central issue for them.

The war is most important to a majority because there is a growing population of Hispanics serving in Iraq.

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NAACP head: Obama win won’t solve racial injustice (AP)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Racial disparity will remain an issue in America, regardless of whether Barack Obama is elected as the nation’s first black president, the chairman of the NAACP told the organization’s national convention Sunday night.Julian Bond, a veteran civil rights leader, said Obama’s candidacy doesn’t “herald a post-civil rights America, any more than his victory in November will mean that race as an issue has been vanquished in America.”

But he drew loud applause when he said the country, and “all of us here,” are taking pride in the success in this year’s campaign by a candidate who couldn’t have stayed in some cities’ hotels a few decades ago.

“We know that Obama’s electoral success — even if he should win the ultimate prize — won’t signal an end to racial discrimination, but it does mark the high point of an interracial movement that dates back to the Underground Railroad,” Bond said, referring to Cincinnati’s historical role in helping fleeing slaves reach freedom.

Obama plans to address the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s convention Monday night, and Republican presidential candidate John McCain plans to speak Wednesday.

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Analysis: Obama winning the Hispanic vote (UPI)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain both courted America’s 40 million-strong Hispanic community this week in their struggle for the White House, but Obama is clearly winning.Obama and McCain this week both addressed the 79th convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Last week McCain, R-Ariz., took a high-profile trip to Mexico and Colombia to boost his credentials with Latin voters. He also is trying to woo middle-class Hispanics with a commitment to maintaining President George W. Bush‘s tax cuts.

However, Obama, D-Ill., is succeeding where the Rev. Jesse Jackson failed 24 years ago in forging a genuine “Rainbow Coalition” of black, white and Hispanic voters that could carry him into the White House. Even in his long primary contest with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., he showed unexpected strength among younger Hispanic voters, and now he is winning over older ones as well.

In a hard-fought presidential race where polls show the two crucial swing states of Ohio and Missouri are still too close to call, the Hispanic vote looks to be crucial. They will be the crucial factor in determining the outcome in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and, most of all, Florida, whose Electoral College votes put Bush in for the first of his two terms in 2000.

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