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January 26, 2017
Dear NAMIC Supporter:

Today, Google Doodle honors the first African-American and Native American woman in flight, Bessie Coleman. She took to the skies and shattered racial and gender barriers. And she didn't stop there, using her fame to inspire others. Her achievements inspired a generation of African-American men and women. Lt. William J. Powell dedicated his 1934 book "Black Wings" to Coleman, saying that because of Coleman, "we have overcome that which was worse than racial barriers. We have overcome the barriers within ourselves and dared to dream."

The story of Bessie Coleman along with Katherine G. Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, the three Africa-American heroes from the Oscar nominated film, "Hidden Figures" prove that breaking barriers is key to achieving your dreams. Check out the story below about how this movie provides important leadership lessons about diversity and inclusion in your own workplace. 

Upcoming Important 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
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In This Issue

The Wrap
This year marks the first time ever that three black actresses have been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in the same year.
iTech Post
One Chinese developer has noticed the opportunity to expand the market of LGBT video games through the "pink dollar." Similarly, more titles in the gaming industry continue to add gay characters to create a more diverse cast.

There is a reason Hidden Figures has been the top-grossing film for the last two weeks: beyond great performances, this is a story of empowerment, of black women overcoming the double barriers of race and gender. They not only succeed, but in their journey they become heroes in America's race to space against Russia.

This week, Alt.Latino invited the show's host and co-founder, Daniel Alarcón, to come in and give us a glimpse into how Radio Ambulante covers Latin America. From personalizing the Puerto Rican debt crisis to contemplating what defines beauty, these are deeper dives into issues that affect our lives.
One of the bastions of Hollywood glamour, the annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue is getting a major transformation courtesy of BuzzFeed. After noticing that the covers, which celebrate the year's best performances and some of the biggest stars and directors, didn't represent Asian-Americans, the site decided to recreate them with its own staff.

Sofia Vergara, media entrepreneur and star of ABC's "Modern Family," together with her longtime business partner Luis Balaguer and Emiliano Calemzuk, former president of Fox Television Studios, have formed Raze: a digital media company dedicated to producing "Latin-centered" content spanning scripted and unscripted formats on multiple platforms.
ESPN and Golden Boy Promotions today announced a multi-year, international agreement for a series of fights to be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The first fight, from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, is March 23. Fighters on the card will be announced soon.
Samiyah Defreitas was a college student in the middle of finals, but that didn't deter her from traveling two hours in December to attend a pop-up event for DramaFever, one of her favorite sites to stream Korean dramas.

ThinkNow Research announced the results of its fourth annual ThinkNow Pulse Consumer Sentiment Study across a representative sample of Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians and non-Hispanic whites in the U.S.


NAMIC-Atlanta membership committee co-chair,  Lydia Todman, Manager Credit and Account Services, Comcast was named Member of the Month. Congratulations, Lydia!

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