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Viacom Signs Historic Legal Petition Defending LGBT Rights

Viacom Proud

Credit: Lisa Di Venuta for Viacom

No one deserves to be fired for their sexual orientation.

This is the logic behind Viacom and 49 other companies’ decision to sign a formal legal petition asking the U.S. 2nd Court of Appeals to extend a federal law prohibiting employers from firing workers for being gay. This is the first time businesses have explicitly taken this position, according to Freedom for All Americans, a bipartisan campaign group that Viacom consulted with on this issue. Excerpt courtesy of Viacom.

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Latino, Black And Middle-Eastern Immigrants Portrayed As Criminals On TV

The study “Power of Pop: Analyzing Portrayals of Immigrants in Popular Television,” indicates that an analysis of 40

Credit: Veronica Villafañe for Forbes

As the issue of immigration continues to dominate the current U.S. political discourse, how immigrants are portrayed on television is painting a picture that some viewers are accepting as fact. Excerpt courtesy of Forbes.

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Crazy Rich Asians Author Kevin Kwan on Finishing His Trilogy and the Movie Adaptation to Come

Kevin KwanWhy releasing the last book in his wildly popular series this month
won't slow the writer down at all.
Credit: Julia Vitale for Vanity Fair

In 2013, Kevin Kwan wrote Crazy Rich Asians, the satirical saga of three super-rich Asian families behaving (and spending) badly. The novel—based, in part, on Kwan’s own childhood—received critical acclaim and became the basis for both an upcoming film starring Constance Wu and an absurdist, luxury-laden trilogy: China Rich Girlfriend, published in 2015, and now, Rich People Problems, published by Doubleday this month. Excerpt courtesy of Vanity Fair.

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Sesame Street Teaches Kids about Diversity

Meet Julia

Sesame Street's New Muppet Has Autism
and 3 Other Times the Show Taught Kids about Diversity
Credit: Katie Reilly for TIME

Sesame Street's newest muppet Julia, a 4-year-old girl with autism, will appear in an episode of the show for the first time next month, becoming the latest character to teach young viewers about diversity. Excerpt courtesy of TIME.

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What Does a Diverse Hollywood Look Like?

A class in film directing at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Credit: Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Amanda Reyes was auditioning for her umpteenth acting role in New York City recently when the casting director asked her to “be more ghetto.” It was nothing new. She had worked for several years in Los Angeles, and the acting parts for Latinas were for teenage moms, gang bangers and hustlers — never the protagonist — and more often than not, an offensive stereotype.

“I go through this almost every audition,” Ms. Reyes, 27, said. “It beats you down.” So a few years ago, before the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, she decided to take action and study screenwriting close to home, at the University of North Texas in Denton. “I had to see if I could write genuine Latina roles,” she said.

She developed a short film, which made it into some small festivals. Then she applied to the new Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, which opened its doors a year and a half ago. Excerpt courtesy of The New York Times.

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