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March 16, 2017
Dear NAMIC Supporter:

Please join us in congratulating Michael D. Armstrong on his well-deserved promotion to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Revenue and Emerging Brands at Viacom International Media Networks. An alumnus of ELDP Class VIII, Michael has been a longtime NAMIC supporter, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2013-2015, and other important leadership roles.

Be on the lookout next week when NAMIC announces the opening of online registration for the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference. Scheduled for September 26-27, 2017, as part of Diversity Week, the NAMIC Conference will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Sandra Girado, NAMIC's Vice President, Events and Partner Relations at or 212-594-5985 for more information. Also, as we plan this year's Annual NAMIC Conference, we want to hear from you. Please send your ideas or suggestions for compelling and dynamic session topics or speakers to 

NAMIC continues to deliver its mission to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the media and communications industry via leadership and professional development programs and initiatives:

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Susan Waldman 
Senior Manager, Membership and Publications
In This Issue


Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed veteran sales exec Michael D Armstrong to the role of executive VP and general manager, revenue and emerging brands.


The new film, Get Out, defies easy classification. Though it has funny moments, it's primarily a horror film, with racial anxiety at its center. Writer-director Jordan Peele tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he thinks of Get Out as a "social thriller."
Speaking a different language-whether it's your grandparents' tongue or high-school Spanish-fundamentally changes the structure of your brain. Put a bunch of these malleable minds together in a company, and you create the potential for some truly original thinking.

Although the new 115th Congress is the most racially diverse on record, its staff remains overwhelmingly white.1 As The Washington Post recently reported, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is trying to change that - and he's using the NFL's "Rooney Rule" as a model for addressing the imbalance.
11-year-old Sidney Keys III has started a book club to celebrate Black boys, and it looks like it is much needed. Keys started a reading club for boys his age to band together in their love for reading. Books N Bros not only has an emphasis on making reading fun, but uplifting young African-American males.
Forbes India
"Welcome to Ramgarh," said the blonde security guard outside Ramgarh Station, the entrance to 'Sholay', saluting smartly. 'Sholay-The Hunt for Gabbar Singh' is a 3D interactive ride, based on Ramesh Sippy's landmark film, where you fight Gabbar Singh and his dacoits amid ravines, with "sound-injected infrared guns".
While some may see it only as "corporate responsibility," the vast majority with whom I've done business believe in the large and powerful body of research on the bottom-line value of inclusive economies: b oards with more women return greater shareholder value , hiring bias doubles the likelihood of going out of business, LGBT entrepreneurs create millions of jobs (that's mine!), and so much more. 

"Andi Mack" is the first Disney show to star a majority Asian-American family. While the series is set to premiere a month from now, Disney made the first episode available on the Disney Channel App, Video on-Demand, Disney Channel YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.  
Broadway World
Telemundo continues to innovate and bring the best stories to U.S. Hispanic television with two cutting-edge biopic series based on internationally bigger-than-life Hispanic figures, including Puerto Rican urban music star Nicky Jam and Mexican singer-songwriter José José. 

The change will let the US' more than 40 million native Spanish speakers and over 10 million bilingual Spanish speakers toggle between English and Spanish on the site. 
A recent comScore and Shareablee study revealed that Latin America saw an average of 12 million interactions between users and content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in 2016, resulting in a 67 percent growth in branded video on social media and a 39 percent growth in interactions between brands and users compared to the previous year.


Congratulations again to NAMIC immediate past board chair and ELDP Class VIII alumnus, Michael Armstrong for being promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Revenue and Emerging Brands, Viacom International Media Networks.

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