Archive for May, 2013

Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Women’ List Has Strong Latina Presence

Friday, May 31st, 2013

(Huffington Post) It’s always important to have role models. And for the young Latinas of the world, Forbes gave them about a dozen to choose from. That’s right, this year’s “Most Powerful Women” list has arrived and it has a very strong Hispanic presence.

Coming in on top was Dilma Rousseff. The 65-year-old Brazilian President earned a #2 slot on the list, right behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Dilma was credited for pulling her country out of an economic slump and inspiring entrepreneurship among her citizens. And we imagine her “Power” will only increase after Brazil hosts the World Cup and Olympic Games.

The next highest–ranking Latina also hails from Brazil. #18 Maria das Gracas Silva Foster is a highly educated chemical engineer and changing the way her country handles oil exports. She also helped her Petrobas company earn a cool $144 billion last year.

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Teacher fired for word ‘negro’ use in Spanish class

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

( An African American teacher was fired for using the word "negro" in a Spanish Class in the Bronx in March. Petrona Smith filed a lawsuit in a New York court and claimed that she was wrongfully dismissed from her job over the alleged racial slur, according to a May 24 Daily Caller report.

The junior high school teacher at P.S. 211 says she was terminated for using a word some students took offense to. However, Smith insists she was teaching students colors in Spanish.

According to SpanishDict, the word "negro" has many meanings such as black, brown, awful, rotten and gloomy to name a few.

"They haven't even accounted for how absurd it is for someone who's black to be using a racial slur to a student," said Shaun Reid, Smith's attorney.

According to court documents, the teacher at the New York school was fired for the word "negro" used during a session with a group of seventh-graders.

Allegedly, the student thought the word was being directed at him. As a result, he filed an official complaint with school officials. After an investigation, the teacher was fired.

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Racially Profiled Latinos, Federal Judge Rules

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

(Reuters) – Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration, a federal judge found on Friday, and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.

The ruling against the Maricopa County sheriff came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers that tested whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling U.S. citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ruled that the sheriff's policies violated the drivers' constitutional rights and ordered Arpaio's office to cease using race or ancestry as a grounds to stop, detain or hold occupants of vehicles – some of them in crime sweeps dubbed "saturation patrols."

"The great weight of the evidence is that all types of saturation patrols at issue in this case incorporated race as a consideration into their operations," Snow said in a written ruling.

He added that race had factored into which vehicles the deputies decided to stop, and into who they decided to investigate for immigration violations.

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The Top Ten Tech Companies for Diversity

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

(Baseline) As enterprises continue to expand globally, the significance of diversity hiring and promoting practices cannot be undervalued. Businesses that fail to grasp this will find themselves at a significant competitive disadvantage as they attempt to win over new international markets. With this in mind, DiversityInc has come out with its annual"Top 50 Companies for Diversity" list. More than 890 organizations took part in the survey, from which DiversityInc compiled its rankings. At the top of the list is Sodexo, the high-profile provider of integrated food and facilities management services. However, as an exclusive for Baseline, DiversityInc has also produced the following list of the top 10 technology companies for diverse hiring and leadership representation practices. (Important note: DiversityInc uses the term "black" in its reporting rather than "African American" because of the wealth of professionals from international nations who benefit from the included companies' diversity initiatives.)

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Asian-Americans: Smart, High-Incomes And … Poor?

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

(NPR) Asian-Americans have the highest income and education levels of any racial group in the country. So it might be surprising that they have a higher poverty rate than non-Hispanic whites. Michel Martin discusses the issue with Algernon Austin of the Economic Policy Institute and Rosalind Chou, co-author of The Myth of the Model Minority.


Now, we have another perspective on poverty in a place you might not expect to find it or, rather, among a group of people. May is Asian-American Heritage Month and, over the course of the month, you might have heard it said that Asian-Americans enjoy the highest income and level of educational attainment of any racial group in this country.

So it might surprise you to know that Asian-Americans also experience a higher rate of poverty than non-Hispanic whites. According to a National Academy of Science's analysis of census data, Asian-Americans have a 12.3 percent poverty rate. That compares to 9.8 percent for non-Hispanic whites.

We wanted to talk more about this, so we've called Algernon Austin. He is the director of the Race, Ethnicity and the Economy Program at the Economic Policy Institute. That's here in Washington, D.C. He's written about the issue for the institute.

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Latinos head to college at a record rate, now on par with white students

Friday, May 24th, 2013

(Christian Science Monitor) Latino high school graduates are enrolling in college at an all-time high and, for the first time, at a rate comparable to that of their white peers.

A record 69 percent of Latino students enrolled in college after their 2012 high school graduation, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center. Overall, 66 percent of all 2012 high school graduates immediately enrolled in college, but Latinos did so at higher rates than whites (67 percent) and blacks (63 percent), according to preliminary data.

Latinos are the fastest-growing minority population in the US, but the increased rate of Latino students enrolling in college is more than just a demographic trend, says Pew senior research associate Richard Fry. It’s a sign that the education gap is narrowing,

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First Lady Sees Culture as an Obstacle to Higher Education for African American Youth

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013


(Game Politics) First Lady Michelle Obama recently gave a commencement address at Bowie State University encouraging more young African Americans to continue their education. She does so by throwing culture like videogames, television, and music under the bus.

"Be an example of excellence to the next generation," she said Friday at commencement ceremonies held at the nearby University of Maryland. "Today, more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 50 years after the end of 'separate but equal,' when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered."

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This year’s Indianapolis 500 ‘princesses’ become the target of criticism over the fact that they are all white

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


(Mail Online) The all-white makeup of the 33 women chosen to be ambassadors of this year's Indianapolis 500 Festival has sparked a vitriolic debate over diversity within the racing culture.

Columnist Erika D. Smith highlighted the homogeneity of the Indy 500 'princesses' - a group that is selected from hundreds of applicants every year – in a piece for the Indianapolis Star, in which she suggests that their lack of diversity stems from an broader minority deficit among racing fans.

'As a non-native Hoosier, I couldn’t begin to hazard a guess as to why minorities seem to avoid the Indianapolis Motor Speedway like the plague,' Smith writes. 'Whatever the reason, though, it’s likely at the core of why all 33 of this year’s 500 Festival princesses are white. And it’s the reason that they are almost all white every year.'

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Jennifer Lopez Takes On Executive Role For Latin Tv Network

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013


(Contact Music) The On the Floor hitmaker became a minority shareholder in the English-language NuvoTvchannel last year (12), and now she's been promoted to take charge of programming and marketing as the company prepares to be re-launched in July (13).

She tells, "A network that reflects the modern Latino experience, but in English, must have the quality that everybody has."

Lopez will feature on-camera in two upcoming shows for NuvoTv - a special 90-minute Tvbiography and a new behind-the-scenes series, titled Gotta Dance, focusing on the dancers who recently accompanied the superstar on her world tour.

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Why Angelina’s Announcement Matters for Black Women

Monday, May 20th, 2013


(Ebony) Earlier this week, many of us were surprised to learn that Angelina Jolie made the brave choice to have a double mastectomy and then chose to share her story with the entire world via The New York Times. Her announcement ignited a flurry of conversations that have crossed racial and gender lines. Social media network communities were engaged in a dialogue and people were sharing experiences, knowledge, and words of support. The buzz helped many realize that it is a big deal for a 37 year old, high profile celebrity disclose why she made the difficult choice of removing not only one but two of her breasts. This exchange is important for all, but especially for the African-American community.

African-American women are two times more likely to die from breast cancer even though we are diagnosed less than White women.  African-American women are also more likely to get aggressive, fast growing, hard-to-treat breast cancers known as triple-negative cancers. This is different than the BRCA-related cancer that Jolie sought to avoid. However, despite the more aggressive cancers seen in African-American women, recent studies have shown that for all types of breast cancer, aggressive or not, survival rates among African-American women are lower.

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