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March 27, 2015

Deadline's Dangerous Take on Hollywood Diversity

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It feels like Hollywood is finally starting to get what so many of us knew all along; audiences want to see diversity. Yet somehow, at this exciting moment of progress for the industry, Deadline Hollywood found it appropriate to publish what can only be described as a call for regression.

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    His nationally-syndicated 'Tom Joyner Morning Show' is heard by over 10 million radio listeners, but this Tuskegee, Alabama native is so proud of his education at Tuskegee Institute that he's using that influence to positively impact the lives of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) all over the country. Through his Tom Joyner Foundation, HBCU students who might otherwise drop out of school due to financial difficulties are awarded scholarships. To date, he's raised over $55 million, a great deal from his annual star-studded Fantastic Voyage cruise with Royal Caribbean. He recently launched a new scholarship program, the Full Ride Scholarship, will be awarded to a high school senior accepted into an HBCU in the fall of 2009.

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    Meet Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr.
    At just 33 years old, he became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In 1987, Carson made medical history with an operation to separate a pair of conjoined twins, becoming the first surgeon to successfully save both twins. He has done two additional operations since then, including one that lasted 28 hours. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush for his work as a surgeon and for improving the lives of America's youth. Just like Carson, there are other Black people demonstrating true acts of heroism in their kind acts to others. Take a look.

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    Bill & Camille Cosby
    Even on his hit sitcom, 'The Cosby Show,' iconic comedian/actor, Bill Cosby stressed the importance of education and stayed true to his beliefs by incorporating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) into the series. Though he's been critical, as of late, of what he sees as misguided priorities where education in the African American community is concerned, both Bill and his wife Camille are avid supporters and financial backers of black colleges. Bill, an alum of Temple University, and Camille, an alum of Amherst College, have given back to their alma maters, as well as donating millions of dollars to Fisk, Central State University, Florida A&M, Shaw, Meharry Medical College and Bethune-Cookman College. The couple made history by donating $20 million to Spelman College, making it the largest gift in the history of black institutions. Those funds allowed for the creation of the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center, which houses the school's fine arts, social sciences and humanities departments, as well as a library and archival program of international African Women's Research & Resource Center.

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    Desmond Tutu
    South African cleric Desmond Tutu was the second South African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-apartheid efforts and for speaking out against the 1976 Soweto riots. He was the first black person appointed Bishop of Johannesburg, and in that position, led the Anglican Church in South Africa. He subsequently was Bishop of Lesotho and the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He vigorously defended human rights, laying out a four-point objective for equal civil rights for all, the abolition of South Africa's passport laws, a common system of education and the cessation of forced deportation from South Africa to the so-called "homelands."

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    Denzel Washington
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Joyner, who aired pre-taped "Best Of" shows last week while on vacation, was stunned by the sudden chain of events.

"We always say that when we come back from vacation something big has either happened or is about to happen. Well, this one topped them all," he said in a statement."After 16 years, the Tom Joyner Morning Show won't be broadcast on a local Chicago radio station, at this time."

"Our relationship with the Chicago radio listeners goes back more than 20 years and believe me it has not ended by any stretch of the imagination," he added, inviting his loyal "friends and family" to listen to the show, which streams live on his website: www.BlackAmericaWeb.com.

"This world is changing but the doing the right thing never does, and we will continue to do what we've always done for the African American Community," the statement concluded.

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