Archive for April, 2012

Lessons from Marion Barry’s anti-Asian comments

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012


(Washington Post) The latest Marion Barrycontroversy burned bright Thursday, but it’s now mostly burnt out.

In case you missed it: Barry (D-Ward 8) made comments late Tuesday at his primary night victory party suggesting that the Asian-American owners of businesses in his ward run “dirty shops” that “ought to go.” After the comments were reported late Wednesday, the rebuke was swift, and by Thursday evening, Barry hadtendered an apology of sorts.

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Diversity lacking — but improving — among Calif. judges

Monday, April 9th, 2012


(Scripps News) In California, a state with a large ethnic population, the vast majority of judges are white men, although women and minorities have been making gains, according to a recent state report.

There were 1,677 judges in California last year, according to the sixth annual report from the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts. The report, released in March, shows that of those judges, 1,212 are white, 137 are Hispanic, 96 are African-American, and 94 are Asian. The rest are other races, listed more than one race or didn't provide information.

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Are Multi-Brand Programs an Effective Way to Engage Hispanics Digitally?

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

(Think Multicultural) Did you hear about Nestle’s recent launch of Construye el Mejor Nido (“Create the Best Nest”), a new communications platform to reach the U.S. Hispanic market? Maybe you’ve seen or visited Unilever’s Vive Mejor program, a similar cross-platform effort to engage Hispanics around various Unilever brands. If you haven’t noticed, there has been a growing trend over the last 5 years among consumer goods companies to launch Hispanic multi-brand programs. Here is a brief summary of some of the larger Hispanic multi-brand platforms currently in market.

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The Single Mistake Holding African American Workers Back From Retirement

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

(Business Insider) After the dust settles over the recession, it's becoming increasingly clear that African Americans will have the most lost ground to cover–especially in retirement planning. 

new report by Aon Hewitt and Ariel Investments shows just how much damage deteriorating finances and a weak job market has done to their nest eggs.

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Ethnic Labels Not Embraced by Latino Community, Study Finds Source: Ethnic Labels Not Embraced by Latino Community, Study Finds

Friday, April 6th, 2012


(NBC – San Diego) A majority of Americans with origins in Spanish-speaking countries do not embrace terms such as "Latino" or "Hispanic" in describing themselves, a new Pew survey found.

More than half of the Pew Hispanic Center's respondents say they prefer to just say which country their family is from.

About 40 years ago, the U.S. government mandated the use of the terms "Hispanic" or "Latino" to categorize Americans with roots in Spanish-speaking countries for census data.

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No More Drama: Burger King pull Mary J. Blige ad after race backlash

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

(Daily Online) A Burger King commercial featuring Mary J. Blige singing about fried chicken has been pulled after it was branded racist.

In the ad – which premiered this week – the Grammy winner sings soulfully about chicken snack wraps, leading some in the African American community branding it as stereotypical. 

But the fast-food chain is blaming music licensing issues for the decision and not criticism of the ad.

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Kids Choice Awards 2012: Meet The 22 Coolest Latino Kids In Hollywood

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

(Huffington Post) Selena Gomez, Victoria Justice and "Big Time Rush" singer Carlos Pena are just a few of the young Latino stars getting slimed at tonight's annual Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

And since there are more Latino stars this year than ever before, we decided to take a look at the 25 Coolest Latinos in Young Hollywood. These talented youngsters have their own shows, movies, albums, clothing lines – you name it! Some of them are gay rights activists and some make a difference by volunteering to help The American Cancer Society, or by visiting Guatemala with the "Girl Up" Foundation." In short, they're all the total package: beauty, brains, intelligence, and public service.

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George Takei finds new success in activism, social media

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

(McClatchy) Once only a lieutenant on the fabled Starship Enterprise, George Takei has become a captain in pop culture and the most visible alum of that 1960s sci-fi television show, “Star Trek.”

Takei will appear at 5 p.m. Saturday at Emerald City Comicon. Some of Takei’s young fans have never seen an episode of “Star Trek” or the six subsequent motion pictures based on it. But they’ve gotten to know the 74-year-old Takei as he continues to act, works as an activist and, until recently, was a contestant on Donald Trump’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and has become a titan of social media.

Takei has 1.3 million followers on Facebook where he posts humorous captioned photos and the occasional shoutout to his two favorite issues: the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) equality.

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Tyler Perry: ‘We are still being racially profiled’

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012


(CNN) – Racial profiling "should be a hate crime investigated by the FBI," filmmaker Tyler Perry wrote in a Facebook posting Sunday in which he described his own tense encounter with police.

"It was so hostile," Perry, who is African-American, wrote. "I was so confused. It was happening so fast that I could easily see how this situation could get out of hand very quickly. I didn't feel safe at all."

Perry, one of America's most successful film and television producers, said "although we have made significant strides with racial profiling in this country, the world needs to know that we are still being racially profiled."

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Trayvon Martin Case: Voice Calling For Help Isn’t Zimmerman’s, Experts Say

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

(NPR) Over the weekend, The Orlando Sentinel reported that two experts it consulted believe the voice heard calling for help in the background during a 911 call to police is not that of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he acted in self defense when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.

And one of those experts, Tom Owen of Owen Forensic Services — who is chair emeritus at the American Board of Record Evidence — has told MSNBC that he believes the tests indicating it isn't Zimmerman's voice would stand up in court.

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