Posts Tagged ‘diversity’

From Min Chang to Jeremy Lin, China lives the US dream, what Indian-Americans can learn from them

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

(Economic Times) In one of the most high-profile sports signings of the year, NBA's Houston Rockets last week signed Chinese American basketball star Jeremy Lin for $25 million over four years. Part of the reason the Rockets signed Lin, who has starred in only a handful of NBA games until now, was his marketing potential, especially among the Chinese Americans in the Houston area.


Since his departure, the Forbes magazine reported that the share value of Madison Square Garden, the home games venue of Lin's former team New York Knicks, plummeted by more than $93 million.

Lin's meteoric rise earlier this year as the first big league star athlete from the Chinese American community — the largest Asian American group — had become a global media story. Yet, the Harvard graduate is not the first bona fide celebrity from the community.

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George Jefferson, African American Sit-com Star Dies, Age 74

Friday, July 27th, 2012

(Moderate Voice) Sherman Hemsley, known to many for his starring role on The Jeffersons has died at 74, and is remembered by many as the peevish, nervous, reactive funny man playing George Jefferson, a ‘movin’ on up’ patriarch of a newly affluent black family who also, much like Ralph Cramden of The Honeymooners, was a sometimes schemer. In the sit-com, George owned a dry cleaning business, lived in a highrise New York luxury apartment with his wife, Louise (Wheezy)… and an assortment of lovably weird neighbors. They had a son named Lionel. The Jeffersons (irnonically named now that we know more about Thomas Jefferson’s actual love interest) ran from 1975 to 1985, a good long run for a comedy show. Later the Philly born Helmsley guest starred in other series.

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Training Black Women to Have It All

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


(The Root) According to theExecutive Leadership Council, an organization focused on increasing the number of African Americans at the senior level in Fortune 500 companies and on corporate boards, the numbers are grave: Of the more than 35,000 senior-executive positions either at the CEO level or those one or two levels below CEO within Fortune 500 companies, it is estimated that only 3.2 percent – or fewer than 800 – are black.

And when it comes to CEOs themselves, just six in the country are African American — and only one of those, Ursula Burns of Xerox, is a woman.

Laysha Ward, board chair of Executive Leadership Foundation, says that the statistics "definitely can change, they must change and they will change." The Root caught up with her after the ELC's ninth annual Women's Leadership Forum and Black Women on Power discussion series, an event that offers leadership-development opportunities to its 200 high-potential African-American female members with the explicit goal of increasing their ranks in high-level positions in corporate America.

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‘Nightingale’ Casting Controversy: Asian American Actors Criticize Lack Of Asian Actors

Monday, July 23rd, 2012


(Huffington Post) A new workshop production of "The Nightingale" by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater at the historic La Jolla Playhouse in California is striking nerves in the Asian American community.

The show, which was adapted from a short story by Hans Christian Anderson and is set in ancient China, has amassed critics vocal about the lack of actual Asian actors present on stage. The lead role of a Chinese monarch is being played by a white actor, and the rest of the cast is multiethnic.

Most of the grievances have been aired on the theater company's Facebook page. "Would you cast non African American people in the roles of 'The Color Purple' or an August Wilson play or 'Topdog/Underdog'???" wrote one commenter. "I am eagerly anticipating your multiracial, non-traditionally cast production of Glengarry Glen Ross! Should be outstanding!" wrote another.

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Los Angeles Film Festival puts diversity on the screen

Monday, June 18th, 2012

(Los Angeles Times) The Los Angeles Film Festival has long catered to all kinds of movie lovers: This year, the event will open with art-house staple Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy and close with Channing Tatum writhing around in his skivvies in Steven Soderbergh’s stripper picture “Magic Mike.”

But the 18th annual festival, which begins with Allen’s “To Rome With Love” on Thursday night at downtown’s L.A. Live and runs through June 24, has embraced diversity in other ways. The Los Angeles Times-sponsored event will feature more than half a dozen movies dealing with African American themes, two of which — “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Middle of Nowhere” — will be spotlighted as gala screenings with the full red carpet treatment.

The selections were culled from more than 5,000 submissions and come from 30 countries, eight of which are in Latin America. The lineup includes 19 feature films directed by women, and the festival also will convene a special panel discussion among women in the animation business.

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Asian Americans held back by ‘bamboo ceiling’

Thursday, June 14th, 2012


(Business Times) Asian American families churn out doctors, engineers and graduate students, but their high-achieving image hides a "bamboo ceiling" that marginalises the fastest growing US minority, experts say.

Jonathan Saw, Asia Society's senior advisor for Asian Pacific American Research, said on Monday that a new survey demonstrates an odd mixture of success and disenchantment, with 83 per cent of Asian Americans feeling loyal to their company but only 49 per cent feeling they belong.

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High Cost of Ignoring Minority Students

Monday, June 4th, 2012


(The Root) Recent census data reveal that, for the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half of all children born in the United States, with 50.4 percent of children under age 1 identified as Hispanic, black, Asian American or members of another ethnic minority group.

In terms of the overall population, African Americans are the second-largest minority group in the nation (after Hispanics), with a 1.6 percent increase between 2010 and 2011. Minorities now make up nearly 37 percent of the overall U.S. population, and it's predicted that by 2042, a minority of Americans will be non-Hispanic whites.

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The Hollywood Reporter: Emmy Roundtable Cover Lacks Diversity, Only Features White Actresses

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012


(Huffington Post) With Emmy nominations on the horizon (July 19th)The Hollywood Reporter(THR) hosted an Emmy roundtable panel with six talented actresses: Claire Danes (star of Showtime's "Homeland"), Mireille Enos (AMC's "The Killing"), January Jones (AMC's "Mad Men"), Julianna Margulies, (CBS' "The Good Wife"), Emmy Rossum (Showtime's "Shameless"), and Kyra Sedgwick (TNT's "The Closer"). All six are drama actresses, they’re all serious Emmy contenders for Best Actress in A Drama Series, and, all six grace the cover of this month’s THR.

Few would argue that these actresses don't deserve to be featured on the cover (who doesn’t love Claire Danes’ explosive performance in “Homeland” or January Jones’ understated performance on “Mad Men?”), but many will wonder why there isn’t more diversity (or any diversity for that matter) on this cover.

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Census data shows minorities now a majority of U.S. births

Sunday, May 20th, 2012


(USA Today) More than half of all babies born last year were members of minority groups, the first time in U.S. history. It's a sign of how swiftly the USA is becoming a nation of younger minorities and older whites.

Hispanics, blacks, Asians and other minorities in 2011 accounted for 50.4% of births, 49.7% of all children under 5 and slightly more than half of the 4 million kids under 1, the Census Bureau reports today.


The nation's growing diversity has huge implications for education, economics and politics. "Children are in the vanguard of this transition," says Kenneth Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute.

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‘Modern Family’ Sofia Vergara star launches Kmart home collection

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012


( Sofia Vergara, star of the highly-acclaimed television seriesModern Family, is expanding her Kmart product line with the launch of a home collection. It is part of the retail chain’s attempt to offer a diversity-based approach to attracting customers.

Vergara was recruited by Kmart to introduce a line of apparel with a Latin flavor last year. The successful launch last fall led to this new product line to be in stores later this year.

"The expansion of the Sofia by Sofia Vergara collection into Home provides our customers with yet another beautiful design option when decorating," said Nick Grayston, SVP and president footwear and home for Sears Holdings.

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