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Don’t fall for the ‘deception’: Lack of Blacks on TV still a ‘scandal’

Network shows with African American female leads don’t come close to true diversity, experts say
 
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Meagan Good (Deception) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are two Black women who are starring in their respective prime-time dramas. LL Cool J co-stars in another network series. And Jada Pinkett Smith was executive producer and star of her own series on cable for three seasons. “They are few and far between when it comes to Black voices or the Black perspective” on television, declares Southern Illinois University Media Professor Beverley Love. “It’s sad that we don’t have more, and I am not sure why it is.”

The characters Good and Washington play on their shows recently were debated on The Root.com. Continue Reading →

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Striving for diversity in communications industry — Diversity: an overused word, or still useful?

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Diversity is an overused word, said Greater Twin Cities Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) President and CEO Gloria Lewis at the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Minnesota Spring LeadershipForum. She was the keynote speaker at the June 4 event in St. Paul. “Let’s [instead] say ‘everybody,’” Lewis suggested as she spoke to a dinner audience of local communications industry members. “I think one of the things that we have done is that we try to cover up racism. Continue Reading →

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Striving for diversity in communications industry — Local NAMIC advances national agenda

 

 

By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer

 

The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) was founded in 1980. As its mission, NAMIC “educates, advocates and empowers” for diversity in the communications industry. The group also helps develop the skills of Blacks and other persons of color in such areas as mentoring and leadership, as well as maintaining an online job bank to create “a pipeline of diverse talent” for the industry. Diversity is also the main focus for the local NAMIC Minnesota chapter, says Comcast Regional Sales Manager Tommy McNeal. “I think it is important to bring like-type businesses in the communications industry to events like this,” he told the MSR prior to his group’s June 4 leadership forum and dinner in St. Continue Reading →

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