This week NHMC welcomed Randy D. Abreu to Washington, DC as its 2013 summer Google fellow. The Google Policy Fellowship program is a highly selective summer employment program through which Google provides stipends to students to work on Internet and technology issues at non-profit organizations, like NHMC.
Originally from The Bronx, New York, Randy was born to parents from the Dominican Republic. His mother came to the United States with hopes of providing an opportunistic experience to her children in a land where the American Dream reigned true. Randy attended the High School of American Studies in the Bronx, one of New York City’s six specialized high schools.
Eva Longoria seems to be carrying some extra weight on her petite shoulders as the Executive Producer for “Devious Maids.” The Lifetime channel show, scheduled to premiere on June 23, has created some buzz and not necessarily all positive. The cause of the flurry is Hollywood’s eternal obsession with the Latina maid stereotype that Latinos are so tired of seeing on the small and big screens.
As a Latina telecommunications attorney, I know a thing or two about operating in different languages. I speak English, Spanish, legalese and telecom jargon, all with varying degrees of proficiency. And I must say, telecom jargon has been the most difficult to learn – just as I think I have it down, technology evolves and I have a whole new list of vocabulary words and acronyms to study.
For instance, AT&T recently petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to “launch a proceeding concerning the TDM-to-IP transition.” A what concerning the what-to-what what?!? If you did not understand more than half of those words and acronyms, you are not alone.
Many of our nation’s leading Latino activists, journalists, artists and media policy advocates will play a key role in the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver on April 5–7.
The conference will feature several panels that examine news coverage of the Latino community. Aura Bogado of the Nation will moderate a panel exploring how reporting has influenced the immigration debate. Panelists include Democracy Now! co-host and New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez, Tania Soto Valenzuela of the Colorado Progressive Coalition and Tania A. Unzueta of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
NHMC receives many complaints about hate speech that we are not able to address due to limited resources. We do encourage those that contact us to take their complaints to the source.
In November 2012, NHMC received an email complaint about “hate speech” on Yelp. This is the email we received from Melissa:
Recently I was reading some reviews on Yelp and was disgusted to see what I feel is “hate speech” on reviews.
NHMC staff recently met with representatives of Japan’s sole public television broadcaster, NHK. In an increasing global world, NHK is looking to insert itself in the Americas’ market (U.S. and Latin America.) We were so intrigued in how its funding model worked that we invited them to write a post for NHMC’s blog.
One of the largest broadcasters in the world is not well known here in the US. It is NHK, the sole public television broadcaster of Japan. In 2013 NHK celebrates its 60th year of television broadcasting with four channels offering a diverse range of programs. From news to drama, sports, children and educational programs and more, NHK provides a rich array of programs to the Japanese people.
Join the National Hispanic Media Coalition at the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver, Colorado from April 5-7! Thousands of activists, media makers, journalists, policymakers, technologists and artists will be there to focus on how to change the media and build a better democracy. NHMC will be very active at NCMR, including participating in the following events:
What’s Next For Internet Policy?
Fri., April 5, 10:00-11:30 am
Jessica Gonzalez, NHMC’s Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs, will be part of a panel of experts discussing the upcoming policy battles and opportunities that will decide the future of the Internet.