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How Hispanics Became Hollywood’s Most Important Audience

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

(thewrap.com) Hollywood experts love to fret about the future of the movie business, but the industry has begun to embrace one group that is indisputably on the rise: the Hispanic audience.

Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, and their passion for movies is unsurpassed. The group bought 25 percent of the tickets sold in 2013 though they comprise just 17 percent of the population, according to the Motion Picture Association of America's year-end study.

According to figures from the U.S. Census and a Nielsen report on movie audiences, Hispanics make up 15 percent of the population over the age of 12, and 19 percent of tickets sold for teens and older.

The group, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as people of “Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race,” is making its presence felt at the summer box office. The group has accounted for more than 20 percent of the audience for hits as disparate as “Maleficent” and “Godzilla,” according to data compiled by Nielsen and Univision.

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Joe Walsh kicked off his own radio show for racial slur

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

(Examiner.com) Joe Walsh, the former Republican Illinois representative in Congress, was taken off his radio program on WIND-AM radio in Chicago for using racial slurs on the radio waves, according to the Huffington Post on Friday. Walsh has hosted “The Joe Walsh Show on the conservative radio station for about a year-and-a-half. Walsh turned to a radio talk-show career shortly after being ousted from politics when he was defeated by Tammy Duckworth in a contentious political contest.

Taking to social media’s Twitter, Walsh complained about being taken off the air by the station’s management. Walsh claims that he used several epithets during a talk about the Redskins’ controversial name. During that segment, he used the “n-word.” On Twitter, Walsh’s response was that WIND-AM radio keeps cutting him off. He wrote: “The station keeps cutting me off. I don’t know why.”

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The Shocking Lack Of Diversity On This Week’s Sunday Shows

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

(ThinkProgress) The Sunday political talk shows have drawn repeated criticism for filling their lineups with disproportionately white, male guests. But if this week’s lineup is any indication, the shows aren’t working too hard to fix the disparity.

Between CNN, Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC this Sunday, there were no women or people of color featured as the main, solo interviews of the show. Even in the roundtable discussions that follow the featured interviews, the participants were unrepresentative: Eight women joined the roundtables, while 15 men were part of the conversation.

Of the 38 total guests between the one-on-one interviews and the roundtables, there were five people of color. None of the shows had on more than two women, or more than two non-white guests.

The lack of diversity is simultaneously most and least surprising on a week in which foreign policy has dominated the news cycle. All of the shows featured discussion of the ongoing unrest in Iraq. And while international news may seem like an area ripe for diverse perspectives, the U.S. foreign policy establishment is overwhelmingly male.

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TMZ Under Fire for Asian Driver Comments

Friday, June 13th, 2014

(thewrap.com) TMZ is being slammed by an Asian American organization that's demanding an apology from the show for comments made about Asian drivers.

The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) is taking aim at the celebrity gossip show for a segment featuring “Step Up 3D” actor Joe Slaughter. During the segment, a TMZ reporter asked Slaughter about Korea creating larger parking stalls to make it easier for Korean women to park.

Quoth Slaughter, “I think America should do that for Asian people in general. Stereotypes aren't stereotypes because they're unfalse [sic].  They're stereotypes because we know for a fact that things like that happen.”

Cut to the TMZ set, where a staffer chimed in, “But you know what?  My roommate is Asian. She is full blown Chinese. And she openly talks about how she is a bad driver.  And she does blame it on her genetics because of her eyes. It's not something that's a bad thing if you — you know, maybe someone can be born with a big nose and you can't turn all the way…”

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

(Foxnews) Right-wing political figures have often defended the content of Fox News and other right-leaning media. A common ploy is the insinuation that the “mainstream” news establishment is in fact biased in favor of liberal ideological framings of issues or that it is actually antiwhite. For example, Sarah Palin famously blamed the “leftist lamestream media” for allegedly pressuring Newt Gingrich to soften his critique of Republican congressman Paul Ryan (while in fact the disapproval came from Fox News), and Palin again insinuated charges of political targeting when she decried the media as attacking right-wing figures with their brand of unfair “gotcha journalism.” Rush Limbaugh also compared the mainstream press to a “drive by shooter except the microphones are guns.” Limbaugh further asserted that the anti-right, mainstream media attempts to “destroy people’s careers. Then they get in the convertible, head on down the road and do it all over again, while people like you and me are left to clean up the mess with the truth. So I call them the drive-by media.”

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CNBC Anchor: Apple Wants Beats for Its ‘Hip Hop, African-American Cool’ Factor

Monday, May 12th, 2014

(Mediaite) On Thursday night, news broke that Apple is in talks to acquire the Beats Electronics brand for $3.2 million. Beats is perhaps best known for its Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, but also recently launched a streaming Beats Music subscription service. But why does Apple, which has historically stayed away from major acquisitions like this one, want to buy the company for such a large sum?

This was the question CNBC’s Squawk on the Street panel was attempting to answer Friday morning when host Simon Hobbs threw out a surprisingly frank hypothesis.

But first, corespondent Jon Fortt argued that Apple was making a mistake in buying Beats because a competing hardware company has the potential to “dilute” their own solid brand. “There’s actually potentially negative value here,” Fortt said. “Apple should buy either the biggest or the smartest in the space. Beats is neither.”

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Donald Sterling controversy swirls around NAACP

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

(AP) — The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP offered the same thing for Clippers owner Donald Sterling and civil rights advocate Leon Jenkins – an opportunity for image rehabilitation.

Sterling, a big-name donor, made contributions that helped earn him NAACP awards as he tried to recover from a damaging discrimination lawsuit. Jenkins, the LA chapter's president, sought to use his volunteer work to show he was ready to return to practicing law after having been disbarred.

But in the days since racist comments from the NBA team owner became public, both men have fallen further and tarnished the organization that brought them together.

"We do have this society that gives people an out by allowing them to redeem themselves through charity," Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, said. "And that's something that can be worth it – if it doesn't destroy the integrity of the organization."

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Bill O’Reilly Blames Beyoncé for African-American Babies Born Out of Wedlock

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

(Radio.com) While far more famously known for his criticisms of rappers and hip-hop, FOX News political pundit Bill O’Reilly has developed a recent fascination with Beyoncé.

First, O’Reilly took the singer to task for the sexy music video for recent single “Partition”, filmed at famous French burlesque club Crazy Horse, calling it “exploitative garbage.” The O’Reilly Factorhost went at the singer again during a visit with David Letterman on The Late Show, where he first cited the “Drunk in Love” star as a reason African-American babies are born out of wedlock.

Now that Time has featured Beyoncé on the cover of it’s “100 Most Influential People” issue, O’Reilly has again lashed out at the singer and her “libertine” values, engaging Penny Nance from Concerned Women for America and political commentator Eboni Williams in the debate.

Related: Beyonce and Jay Z Officially Announce Joint Stadium Tour 

“This woman knows that young girls getting pregnant in the African-American community and now it’s about 70 percent out of wedlock. She knows and doesn’t seem to care,” O’Reilly stated during the show aired on April 25. “That’s my problem with her… the empowering stuff is just so much garbage. I mean I can’t even believe it. Empowering, what? She sings songs.”

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Sponsors pulling support of Los Angeles Clippers

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

(USA Today) Sponsors are pulling a fast break away from the Los Angeles Clippers and their embattled owner, Donald Sterling.

As the condemnation of Sterling and his racially insensitive comments spread Monday, major financial supporters of the NBA franchise announced they were severing ties with the Clippers.

In rapid succession, the mass exodus included used car seller CarMax, State Farm Insurance, Kia Motors America, airline Virgin America, P. Diddy's water brand, AQUAHydrate, Red Bull, Yokohama tires and Mercedes-Benz.

As AQUAHydrate said in a statement:

"In the wake of Donald Sterling's alleged defamatory and intolerable comments we have decided to suspend our sponsorship with the L.A. Clippers until the NBA completes its investigation. We fully support the players and fans of the L.A. Clippers and wish them the best in the remainder of the playoffs."

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ABC News Diversifies Its Decision-Makers

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

(The Root) ABC News, responding to the need to diversify its executive ranks, has completed the first year of a fellowship program in which three journalists of color learned producer skills. Three more are in the program for its second year, and it is preparing for a third, according to a spokeswoman for the program.

The network is satisfied that the on-air ranks are diverse but believes that the executive ranks need work, Sarah J. Hodd, a producer in the network's talent and development operation, told Journal-isms on Wednesday. "Ultimately, these are the people who are green-lighting," Hodd said. "We definitely aim to expand it. We can only see bright things for the future."

Jim Avila, senior national correspondent at ABC News and White House correspondent for Fusion, the ABC/Univision joint venture, noted the network's progress in a forum Monday night at International House in New York, "What's Not Being Covered by the Media . . . and Why?"

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