Celebrity Items and Media Diversity Study Underscore Distorted Reality

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Jean Marie Brown
April 29, 2012

Celebrity coverage  dominates the depiction of people of color on the mainstream sites today. Little of it is substantive or representative, as sagging pants, drug addiction and reality shows rule. Beyond that, there’s an interesting report on what the lack of diversity in media does to our outlook.

Salon’s sole offering isn’t about diversity, but the lack of it, as the site reports on a new study focusing on the dominance of whites in media images.

. . . Over at The Huffington Post, there’s a link to a Miami Herald article on Democrats’ plans to target Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) . . . “Thrisna” star Freida Pinto looks so great in red, there’s a link to Stylelist’s post about her outfit  . . . Kanye needs to “pull ‘em up” . . . A baby of color illustrates a post on the benefits of pacifiers and breastfeeding (insert pacifier) . . . 

The Daily Beast reports on RuPaul’s elaborate steps to conceal this season’s reality show winner . . . There’s a link to a Newsweek piece on Whitney Houston’s struggles with drug addiction . . . Jose Rodriguez, a former CIA official, defends waterboarding in his new book . . . Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte are among those who were bilked by a con man now facing 30 years for his crimes . . . And, two gang members reminisce about the L.A. riots.

Another point of view . . . 

Teen pregnancy, “The Cosby Show” and black women CEOs are just a few of the topics found on the ethnic sites.  There’s also discussion of an alternative to the Dream ACT, a debate on race and racism and mention of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees. 

The Root marks the 20th anniversary of the end of “The Cosby Show” . . . There’s an opinion piece about a group of teens showing off their baby bumps on Facebook . . . 20 black women who became CEOs are recognized . . . Loop21 reports that Whitney Houston broke Michael Jackson’s heart

. . . Roland Martin and Rush Limbaugh debate race and racism . . .  Mario Wire has the latest on the debate about the Dream ACT; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa isn’t buying Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposal.

. . . Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers of America, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

. . . The Grio notes that George Zimmerman’s attorney has started a website on Zimmerman’s behalf and that the site is taking donations  . . . Beyoncé calls the rumors that her baby was carried by a surrogate “crazy”  . . . Toni Morrison will also receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom; The Grio’s post includes the full list of recipients  . . .  “Think Like a Man” was  first at the box office for the second consecutive week  . . . Ice Cube talks about the L.A. riots and rap.


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