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March 30, 2017
Dear NAMIC Supporter:

As Women's History Month comes to a close, NAMIC salutes film and television Director, Ava Duvernay for being named to Fortune's latest list of the World's Greatest Leaders. Ms. DuVernay is a diversity champion and advocate for greater representation of women and minorities in the media and entertainment industry. Congratulations to Ms. DuVernay on this well-deserved honor.

Online registration is now open for the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference. Take advantage of early-bird promotional rates until June 1. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Sandra Girado, NAMIC's Vice President, Events and Partner Relations at or 212-594-5985. 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


Less than a decade into her directing career, Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to helm a film nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award (2014's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma). Her own Oscars snub in the directing category that year-and the zero Oscar nods for non-white actors in successive years-stirred up controversy over Hollywood's lack of diversity.
In the past, Johar has been criticized by India's gay community for not formally "coming out." But given how famous he is (he's currently one of India's top filmmakers), Johar has arguably also had a wider impact than anyone else in the country on challenging India's heteronormativity and homophobia--and his decision to be a father could be viewed as another step forward in this endeavor.
Two separate high-profile incidents broadcast this week highlighted the criticism black women regularly face in the workplace and spurred many to share their own experiences on social media.

The Hollywood Reporter
The director's foundation earlier gifted the School of Cinematic Arts with $10 million in 2016 to offer priority financial aid to African-American and Hispanic students.
Boone Isaacs, who is in her fourth and final year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was honored by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. She is the first African-American and third woman to hold the office of Academy president and has represented the public relations branch of the Academy as a Governor for 24 years.

Hulu has set new multiyear agreements with Telemundo and Sony Pictures Television that will add several hundred episodes of popular telenovelas, as well as nine Pedro Almodóvar films and other Spanish-language programming from Telemundo to the subscription video-streaming service.
New digital platform Hollywood's Black Renaissance (HBR) focuses on news, stories, interviews, and features about African-American women in film and television and provides exclusive, coverage of this group of pioneers and power players.

Gay Star Support, a new part of the Gay Star News site, will share stories from people who have overcome adversity and provide resources for those who are still struggling. The candy bar company is underwriting the section, and has created custom advertising for it.

The NAMIC Job Bank provides access to the best employers and most diverse candidates in the communications industry.


NAMIC-Denver, along with the Colorado Black Health Collaborative partnered to address healthy lifestyles, eating habits and other attributes that can affect different people in professional industries. Speakers presented helpful advice and a Q&A session. In addition to the health expert panel, free blood pressure screenings and other beneficial information were presented.

NAMIC-Atlanta's past vice president and ELDP class XIII alumna, Joyclan Sumpter accepted a position as Billing Analyst at The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

NAMIC-New England president, Kamilah A'Vant has been named to a community advisory board affiliated with Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership called Reflection in Action: building healthy communitiesTM (RIA)

NAMIC-New England member, Helen Baskerville Dukes was featured in the March Community section of a leading Rhode Island publication, the Rhode Island Monthly. The article also included information on her upcoming play, in which NAMIC-New England is a sponsor, on April 22 nd 

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