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February 2, 2017
Dear NAMIC Supporter:

February marks the celebration of Black History Month. Check out the articles below for upcoming programming championing the stories and lives of extraordinary Blacks and African Americans. From Oscar nominated films and network premieres to campaigns recognizing outstanding achievements, don't miss out on rich learning content available across all platforms.

We also commemorate the Lunar New Year, the year of the Fire Rooster. Each year of the Chinese zodiac is associated with both an animal and one of five elements. 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster, which according to lore is "trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility." 

As we continue to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry, remember these upcoming leadership and professional development program dates:
  • February 17: Application Deadline for the NAMIC Leadership Seminar, April 10-12, Los Angeles, CA
  • February 21-22: Register now for the Walter Kaitz Foundation's Hollywood Creative Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  • July 12-14: Save the Date for the NAMIC Leadership Seminar, Philadelphia, PA
  • September 26-27: Save the Date for the Annual NAMIC Conference, New York, NY
  • October 25-27: Save the Date for the NAMIC Leadership SeminarDallas, TX

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Susan Waldman 
Senior Manager, Membership and Publications
Apply by February 17!
In This Issue

The GLAAD Media Awards nominations include plentiful amounts of praise for television but the same cannot be said for film.
The Undefeated
Kevin Warren didn't plan on becoming the NFL's highest-ranking African-American in business operations. He merely heeded the sound, yet simple, advice of his late parents: Focus on being at your best each day. If Warren did that, they assured their youngest child, he would wind up in the right place.

The Guardian
With Oscar nominated films such as Fences and Hidden Figures, and a new three-part series on Nelson Mandela, this month has plenty to offer.
Chinese New Year, a celebration that goes by many names across Asia - Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal and Tibetan Losar - kicked off Saturday around the world.

Shadow And Act
Kicking-off during Black History Month, TV One will recognize African American contributions to the world with a "Creators of Cool" campaign throughout February, featuring commentary from the cast of TV One's original movie, "Media."
Madiba, BET's three-part rendering of the life of Nelson Mandela, is a cornerstone of BET's Black History Month programming, and stars Laurence Fishburne in the title role. It's based on two autobiographies, Conversations With Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself.
Latin American Herald Tribune
The gentrification of a Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles is the basis for "Gente-fied," the new television series starring America Ferrera that, as the actress emphasized in an interview with EFE, deals with the humor of identity and generational conflicts among US Hispanics.
In February, the network is launching a series of interstitials including a "Be Inspired" segment called "True Heroes are Timeless," which tells the story of African-American pilot Charles Alfred "Chief" Anderson Sr., known as the "Father of Black Aviation." Anderson is praised for his bravery and leadership as Chief Civilian Flight Instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen.
Broadway World
To honor Black History Month, and as part of its commitment to celebrate the diversity of America year-round, PBS kicks off a new year with documentaries and specials that highlight the African-American experience through content on-air on PBS member stations and online through the PBS Black Culture Connection

In print magazines for gay and HIV-positive readers, ads feature seven varied HIV-positive, real Walgreens customers like Gregg with the headline, "Three decades positive, one positive outlook."
Judging from its social media pages, through a series of nine different video clips posted in succession, Gucci is auditioning for what very well may become the first all-Black campaign in the company's 96-year history.

Convenience Store News
Now through February, Tiger Beer's campaign will feature custom-designed point-of-sale materials like price cards, posters, banners, table tent coasters, mugs and Chinese lanterns to encourage legal-drinking age (LDA) shoppers and on-premise patrons to choose the lager.


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