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March 2, 2017
Dear NAMIC Supporter:

This year's Oscars delivered a very important message that diverse stories are being produced and recognized. As NAMIC recently announced the 2017 Vision Award nominees for their achievements in green lighting and producing original television programming that is ethnically and culturally diverse and inclusive, the Oscars honored diversity on the big screen. 

The BBC article featured in this week's newsletter notes that a 2017 Oscar should be awarded to... Diversity. Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. Best Supporting actress Viola Davis, star of "Fences," made history as the first black woman to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony award. Also, "Moonlight," is the first LGBT-themed film to win Best Picture.

As we tip our hats to on-screen diversity and inclusion, 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


Broadcasting & Cable
María Elena Salinas, the award-winning journalist who co-anchors Univision's nightly newscast, will be inducted into the NAB's Broadcasting Hall of Fame in April at the organization's annual Las Vegas convention.
You might have missed it amid all the hubbub, but a film about a gay black man just won the best picture Oscar.
Huffington Post
Something extraordinary happened at the Oscar's this year and many will not even realize its importance. I am talking about the quiet validation of alternative Black, male masculinity portrayed, with endearing complexity, in the big winner of the night for best film, Moonlight.
The energetic combination of song and dance in La La Land reminds us all of the crowd-pleasing power of Bollywood.
The New York Times
Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, part of the City University of New York, costs a third of most other film schools and part of its mission is to admit women and minorities whose stories aren't usually told.
Among the spring season catalogues are a number of gems, all from independent and university presses, which aim to find a wide readership and that will appeal particularly to a Latino audience.
Eleven female and minority writers have been named this year's honorees of the WGA West's TV Writer Access Program. Now in its eighth year, the goal of the program is to "promote diversity and foster inclusiveness in the entertainment industry."
Movie Pilot
Below are 7 other powerful movies you should watch after Moonlight - all explore queer black experiences, and all are certainly worth your time.

The fight for transgender rights has never been more front and center on the national stage than it has been in recent months. This critical moment in history for transgender Americans coincides with the debut of ABC's new miniseries, "When We Rise," which chronicles 40 years of the LGBT community's struggle. The show's cast includes Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg and David Hyde Pierce.
In this web series by comedy duo SJ & Ginny, SJ teaches her niece about all the questions and comments she will be expected to field when Existing While Asian. SJ touches on the many assumptions people have about Asian women, from how they look and speak to who they are dating and related to.

In an official partnership with The National Baseball Hall of Fame, La Vida Baseball will focus on Latinos' -- both players and fans -- connection to baseball, and bring them the Hall of Fame's sights, sounds and stories.
With this rise in population, African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic consumers collectively are influencing a variety of product categories and industries, including grocery. At the same time, palates that favor multicultural flavors are influencing the taste preferences of non-Hispanic whites and society at-large.


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