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University Study Finds a Continuing Racial Gap in Hollywood Productions

University Study Finds a Continuing Racial Gap in Hollywood Productions

The University of Southern California study found that of the 100 top-grossing films in 2015, people of color were 26 percent of all the actors who held speaking roles. Seventeen of the 100 top-grossing films had no Black characters whatsoever. Only three of the 100 top-grossing films had a woman of color in a leading role.

Sports Journalism Program at Northwestern Hires a Celebrity Leader

Sports Journalism Program at Northwestern Hires a Celebrity Leader

J.A. Adande, a sports journalist who is a regular on the ESPN networks, is the new director of the sports journalism program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

In Memoriam: Edwin Smith, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Edwin Smith, 1950-2016

Edwin Smith was the Leon Benwell Professor of Law, International Relations, and Political Science at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern, California. He was the first African American tenured faculty member at the law school.

Angela Flournoy to Receive the 2016 Cabell First Novelist Award

Angela Flournoy to Receive the 2016 Cabell First Novelist Award

The Cabell First Novelist Award is presented by Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School, and Columbia University.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

New Higher Education Administrative Appointments for Five African Americans

New Higher Education Administrative Appointments for Five African Americans

The appointees are Stan Wilcox at Florida State University, Ulanda Adair-Simpson at Lone Star College in Texas, Earl C. Paysinger at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Joseph Jones at Drake University in Iowa, and Tracy Foster at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Four Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Four Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Maya Wiley was appointed to a named chair at the New School. Rhea Ballard-Thrower was named director of University Libraries at Howard University. Rick Lowe and Anindo Marshall are joining the faculties at the University of Houston and the University of Southern California, respectively.

In Memoriam: Verna B. Dauterive, 1922-2016

In Memoriam: Verna B. Dauterive, 1922-2016

Verna Dauterive was a former trustee, benefactor, and adjunct professor of education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She spent 60 years as a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

The data shows a total of 3,614 faculty members at the university. Of these, 108, or 3 percent are Black. There are only two tenured Black faculty members in the life and natural sciences and three at the university’s medical school.

New Opportunities for Minority Graduate Students at the University of Southern California

New Opportunities for Minority Graduate Students at the University of Southern California

The Graduate Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion and Access aims to increase the diversity of the student body in the graduate school at the university and to broaden academic support for underrepresented minority students.

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Terry Lindsay at Paul Smith College, Shawna Young at Duke University, Lynette Clemetson at the University of Michigan, Rick W. Smith Jr. at Kentucky State University, Lynn Swann at the University of Southern California, and Pamela Nolan Young at the University of Notre Dame.

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission. Some of the nation’s most selective institutions provided acceptance data broken down by race and ethnic group.

University of Southern California Study Shows Extent of Black Invisibility in Entertainment

University of Southern California Study Shows Extent of Black Invisibility in Entertainment

The report examines 109 major films and 305 television programs in 2014 that included more than 11,000 speaking characters. Some 22 percent of all these films or TV shows had no African American characters.

Walden University Names Its School of Social Work in Honor of Barbara Solomon

Walden University Names Its School of Social Work in Honor of Barbara Solomon

Dr. Solomon played a major role in the development of the social work program at Walden University. Earlier in her career, she was professor, vice provost, and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

One African American Among Finalists for Key Post at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

One African American Among Finalists for Key Post at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Richie Hunter, vice chancellor and vice president of university marketing, communication, and media relations for the University of Houston, is a finalist for vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fielding Graduate University Names New Center for Marie Fielder

Fielding Graduate University Names New Center for Marie Fielder

Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, has announced the establishment of the Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education, a multidisciplinary research and advocacy center aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion throughout society.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Two Black Scholars Win National Book Awards

Two Black Scholars Win National Book Awards

Ta-Nehisi Coates won the National Book Award in the nonfiction category. He has taught at MIT and the City University of New York. Robin Coste Lewis, a Provost’s Fellow in the creative writing and literature doctoral program at the University of Southern California, won the National Book Award in the poetry category.

Safiya Sinclair Receives $25,800 Fellowship Award From The Poetry Foundation

Safiya Sinclair Receives $25,800 Fellowship Award From The Poetry Foundation

Safiya Sinclair is currently a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. She is a graduate of Bennington College in southwestern Vermont and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Virginia.

Racial Views of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Come to Resemble the Opinions of Whites

Racial Views of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Come to Resemble the Opinions of Whites

According to a new study by researchers at three leading universities, explanations for inequality among members of multiracial church congregations become more similar across groups, coming to resemble the views of the Whites.

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Hollywood's Top-Grossing Films

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Hollywood’s Top-Grossing Films

Only 17 percent of the films had a lead actor from an underrepresented minority group. In 2014, 17 of the top-grossing films did not feature one Black or African American speaking character. Less than 5 percent of the directors were Black.

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

Nicole Hodges Persley is the first African American woman to be granted tenure in the department of theatre at the University of Kansas. She is also the first Black scholar to serve as director of the graduate studies in the theatre department.

Claudia Rankine to Join the Faculty at the University of Southern California

Claudia Rankine to Join the Faculty at the University of Southern California

Claudia Rankine was appointed to the Aerol Arnold Chair of English in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Professor Rankin will begin teaching at the University of Southern California in the fall of 2016.

Safiya Sinclair Wins the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry

Safiya Sinclair Wins the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry

Sinclair, a native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, is a graduate of Bennington College in southwestern Vermont and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Virginia. She is currently a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California.

The New President of Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota

The New President of Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota

Merrill Irving Jr. recently became president of the largest technical college in Minnesota serving 10,000 students at campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. African Americans make up 21 percent of the student body.

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the University of Southern California finds that people in churches with congregations of more than 2,000 tend to believe that racial inequality is not due to discrimination.

Black Students Admitted to a Select Group of Colleges and Universities

Black Students Admitted to a Select Group of Colleges and Universities

Some of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities have released data on the number of Black students accepted for admission into the Class or 2019.

Studying the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

Studying the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

The authors compared U.S. infant mortality rates to those in two European countries. They found that the reason infant mortality is lower in Europe is simply because these countries take better care of their low-income citizens than is the case in the United States.

University of Southern California Creates a Diversity Report Card on the Entertainment Industry

University of Southern California Creates a Diversity Report Card on the Entertainment Industry

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California announced that it will conduct an annual survey and grade Hollywood entertainment companies on their diversity efforts.

USC Professor Raphael Bostic Named to the Board of Freddie Mac

USC Professor Raphael Bostic Named to the Board of Freddie Mac

Raphael Bostic, professor at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, has been elected to the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.

Shana Redmonds Named to Professorship Honoring Civil Rights Activist Ella Baker

Shana Redmonds Named to Professorship Honoring Civil Rights Activist Ella Baker

The University of California, Santa Barbara, has established a visiting professorship to honor Ella Baker, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and its network of Freedom Schools. Shana Redmond of the University of Southern California will be the first holder of the post.

John Brooks Slaughter Is Honored by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

John Brooks Slaughter Is Honored by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Dr. Slaughter is professor of education and professor of engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is the former president of NACME and was chancellor of the University of Maryland and president of Occidental College.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

The appointees are Damon L. Williams Jr. at Emory University, Tiffany C. Graham at the University of South Dakota, Timothy E. Sams at Morehouse College, Keith McIntosh at Ithaca College, and Kermit Crawford at the University of Southern California.

 Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Nathaniel Mackey Honored by the Poetry Foundation

Nathaniel Mackey Honored by the Poetry Foundation

Nathaniel Mackey, professor emeritus of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been named the winner of the 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The prize comes with a $100,000 award.

Blacks Are 7 Percent of the University of Southern California's Accepted Students

Blacks Are 7 Percent of the University of Southern California’s Accepted Students

Of the more than 9,200 admitted students, 7 percent are African Americans. In the current academic year, there are 182 Black first-year students, who make up 6.2 percent of the first-year class.