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July 5, 2018
Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,

"NAMIC membership is almost 4,000 members-that's an 82% increase in five years. Even more impressive it's coming at a time of nonstop consolidation." Read more in this Cablefax article.

Nominate a high potential executive of color to participate in the
NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) 2018-2019 Class XVIII by August 3rd!

It's EMMA Time! 
The EMMA is designed to showcase the media and entertainment industry's best practices in developing and creating strategic and innovative multicultural marketing approaches.  Submit your best multicultural marketing efforts for a chance to win!

Empower Leaders, Create Superheroes at this year's 32nd Annual NAMIC Conference October 16-17th at the New York Marriott Marquis. This year's annual NAMIC conference illuminates multiculturalism by inviting professionals to POWER UP their skills, BLAST THROUGH barriers to creativity, and SOAR to new heights of knowledge and courage. Don't miss your chance to EXPERIENCE THE EXTRAORDINARY. 

In This Issue

Kamilah A'Vant, president of  NAMIC-New England participated on a brunch and learn panel held by To O btain Anything, Start Thinking ( TOAST) The Empowered Black Women's Collaborative in Providence RI. 
(photocredit @jamal&lashanaphotography)

NAMIC-Denver held a panel discussion at SeriesFest on June 24 called "The Diversity Pendulum: What's Happening in TV and Media". They also co-sponsored a screening of the children's film "Craig of the Creek."
Hugo Balta, NAMIC ELDP Class XIV alumnus, NAMIC-New England board member and senior director, multicultural initiatives, ESPN, is taking on a temporary assignment nurturing relationships between ESPN, ABC News and journalism organizations that champion diversity and inclusion in newsrooms.  

Long time NAMIC supporters, members and EMMA judges participated in a half hour long discussion about multicultural marketing, how the rules have changed and what it takes to win a NAMIC EMMA. You can view the discussion here on NAMIC's Facebook page

Special thank you to: Joe Schramm, managing partner and president, Schramm Marketing Group;  Denise Bennett , director, Content Partnerships, Turner;  Adrian Jordan , director, Multicultural Marketing, Charter Communications;  Detavio Samuels , president, iONE Digital and One Solution/OneX; and  Adriana Waterston , SVP, Insights and Strategy, Horowitz Research.

Are you a NAMIC Member who was recently promoted? Have you and your team won an award for your efforts in the industry? We want to highlight your achievements. Click here to let us know how you're becoming a mover and shaker.


Whether it was through his work as The Cable Center's ambassador, his many years with the Cable Television Pioneers, or his decades at HBO and TelePrompTer, there's a good chance that most everyone in the industry encountered Les Read at some point. 

In many cases, cable companies already have fiber networks in place alongside school buildings and campuses. In cases where buildings are located off-network, cable companies can extend their existing networks or, in some cases, partner with other providers to ensure the buildings are connected.

The launch of Instagram's IGTV has brought out the early adopter marketers. Companies like Chipotle, Nike, Netflix, Warby Parker, Trader Joe's, Everlane and Gucci are testing IGTV with content ranging from silly one-offs to interviews with influencers.

The agency just unveiled plans to launch a searchable database of television writers of color to help in the hiring of diverse voices. 
The New Yorker
"Before 'Coco' hit theaters, it was easy to doubt that the movie would present Mexican culture as expansively and gorgeously as it does, with such natural familiarity and respect." 

Huffington Post
Filmmaker Patrick G. Lee wasn't expecting to come across any references to queerness while walking through New York's Museum of Chinese in America. But there it was: the cover of a 1980 issue of Gay Insurgent, on which a group of Asian-Americans held a banner reading, "We're Asians, gay & proud."

Black Enterprise
Attorney Jaia Thomas decided that there needed to be one central location to find diverse talent when it came to staffing up behind-the-scene teams in the entertainment industry. Up until this point, one was left to put staffs together piecemeal, which for the most part, came by way of recommendations from industry peers.

National Geographic
Since 1888, National Geographic has been sharing the world with its readers, but stories are shaped by those doing the telling-and historically those perspectives have been white and male.


Rapid TV News
Malaysian production house Astro Shaw has begun filming for the forthcoming HBO Asia adaptation of Tan Twan Eng's novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

Houston Chronicle
What if Tinder and LinkedIn got into the hair game? Chances are they wouldn't, but if they did it might look something like Bonnti, a new mobile app designed to be a resource for women of color and the hair stylists who service them.

Fast Company
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez waged a wholly different political campaign-one that entailed a wholly different kind of visual identity.

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