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Model Diversity At New York Fashion Week Is On The Rise!

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Not only has NYFW increased in the number of shows, boasting 143 this year, but it’s also becoming more diverse.

Yay!

Back in 2008, 87% of the models were white, but this year it decreased by a little over 7%, meaning 1/5 of the models were racially diverse!

The breakdown went like this

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Grey's Anatomy Creator Shonda Rhimes Chastises Bunheads!

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If you tuned into the premiere of ABC Family’s Bunheads this past Monday, you might’ve noticed something was missing…and no, not Sutton Foster’s clothes!

The lack of diversity within the cast is clearly noticeable, especially with its all-white group of dancers!

One TV bigwig has taken note of this and is now speaking, er, tweeting out!

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes took to her Twitter after the show’s debut earlier this week, saying:

“Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn't cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?”

Rhimes then went on to clarify that she didn’t mean white performers make her feel bad and that she also wasn’t picking on Bunheads and Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Shonda tweeted some more about the issue, stating:

“did love seeing girls of all shapes and sizes. That was great. Am a huge Gilmore Girls fan. Just pointing out one issue…”

Rhimes does make a good point, though. We DO need more diverse casts in TV AND film!!

Though if anyone’s going to complain about anything regarding the show's premiere, can we please bring up that ending?! Come ON!

Talk about cutting right to the chase! Ha!

We're definitely interested to see more of this show…and if any new characters get added into the mix!

[Images via ABC Family & WENN.]

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Houston Schools Use New Program To Boost Diversity In AP Classes

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Houston schools have implemented a new program called AVID, which targets minorities and other students who will be the first in their families to attend college.

Students sit in circles and engage in debates over many current issues, including online piracy.

They receive intensive tutorials, academic support and counseling and are placed with the same specially trained teacher for all four years of high school. This ensures that they receive the coaching and attention that they deserve to have.

When many of the students started in the program, many were afraid to speak in public and struggled with writing complete sentences.

Now, all of the students are enrolled in AP classes (Advanced Placement) and are in the school's top 10% and the National Honor Society.

Wow. That's incredible.

Teacher Ayasha Greene says:

"I cry at home some days when I look at their growth over four years. Before, they didn't believe they could succeed in AP."

Meanwhile, Principal Pat Crittendon says:

"We have got to tap into the ability of all students. We're having these conversations with students and letting them know that it is OK to be one of the smart kids on campus.

Early identification is key. When you look at nonminority students, their parents are on the front line to get their kids into AP. With Latinos and African-Americans, it's incumbent on the school to identify students and say 'you have this ability.'"

What a fantastic program. It seems like AVID should definitely be implemented into other schools around the country. It gives a confidence boost to kids who otherwise are afraid to try something new.

Loves it!

[Image via J. Patric Schneider / Houston Chronicle ]

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Thandie Newton Slams Vogue For Lack Of Cover Model Diversity

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Thandie Newton has a bone to pick with Vogue and Anna Wintour!

In an interview with Pride magazine, the actress slammed the fashion mag for not featuring more black celebrities and models on the cover:

"Don't get me started on black people being on the cover of big magazines. It's so preposterous. I mean, I've been on the cover of Harper's Bazaar four times; I've been on the cover of InStyle four times, but Vogue, not once…And people say to me, I mean literally, people have said to me, 'What have you got against Vogue that you don't want to be on their cover?' And I just laugh.

They [Vogue] don't feel the need to represent because it doesn't make any sense to them. It's just baffling to me, but as usual America will dictate the ways things go and a magazine like Vogue will just follow America, but it's like, don't you want to trail blaze?"

She has a point. But the question still remains if Vogue will actually listen and take action.

[Image via Lia Toby/WENN.]

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The Muppets Have Latino Pride!

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Yay!!!

The Muppets give a shout-out to National Hispanic Heritage Month!!!

The month is Sept 15 - Oct 15, by the way so we're well in it!

Way to go, Muppets! Jim Henson was always celebrating a diverse range of cultures, and it's so nice to see his legacy continues!

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Lakers Release Diversity PSA

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In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s homophobic outburst, the NBA and Lakers have acted quicklyto try to get the public back on Kobe’s side.

Kobe, along with other Lakers, released a PSA encouraging the acceptance and celebration of diversity.

We can tell Kobe’s not too happy doing this, but we’re glad he’s doing it!

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Dear ABC, NBC, CBS, And Fox…This SUCKS!

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Boo! We do NOT like this one bit!

The National Latino Media Council announced today during a press conference that according to the Annual Television Network diversity report card, there has been a decline in Latino diversity on FOUR television networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox!

This means that not only are there less Latino characters in scripted and reality television, but also less writers, producers, and directors in the 2009-2010 season!

Alex Nogales, the President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, says:

"This was a terrible year for Latinos at the networks. African Americans and Asian Pacific Americans posted impressive gains in most categories, but when it came to Latinos, the networks failed us. Don't misunderstand, we don't want what African Americans and Asian Pacific Americans received, the pie is much larger than that, we only want what we deserve as the largest minority consumer population in the nation."

Well said!

This is truly unacceptable!

We sincerely hope that the aforementioned networks take this report very seriously, and make the proper changes necessary to improve for the 2010-2011 year!

Thoughts??

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