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Links 1 through 10 of 22 by Amy Gahran tagged race

"Many of Twitter’s trending topics have been fueled by black tweets. Coley has been responsible for several (hash)youcantbeuglyand and (hash)dumbthingspeoplesay also sprang from his iPhone. He has a desktop computer at home, which he used to apply for his supermarket job. But he uses his phone for 80 percent of his online activity, which is usually watching hip-hop and comedy videos or looking for sneakers on eBay.
This trend is alarming to Anjuan Simmons, a black engineer and technology consultant who blogs, tweets and uses Facebook “more than my wife would like.” He hopes that blacks and Latinos will use their increased Web access to create content, not just consume it.:"

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"Just as the video brought justice to King and Grant, it brought exposure, ridicule, and, ultimately, death to Clementi.

Cephus Johnson will speak, as well as educators and social activist like Bobby Seale and blues musician Taj Mahal. We will hear from young scholars like George Hayes, a master’s degree candidate in the UC Berkeley School of Information, who will discuss what minorities can expect from mobile cell phones in the future.

Our panelists will discuss some social and cultural complexities of the fastest-growing of all new media, the cell phone. In having the event in the heart of Fruitvale, we seek to do what UC Berkeley and othe institution have not done: integrate our education to include people of color."

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"What's your strategy for reaching an audience that leans heavily on mobile devices (non-Apple mobile devices) and is thirsty for deep and meaningful interaction via social media? If you think you can do it the same way you're doing it for your larger customer base, you're wrong."

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I think the bigger issue here is: Does Patch focus on race/privilege in choosing the communities it enters? Judging by what they've done so far, I'd say the answer is mostly yes, appear to.

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"According to Pew spokesman Aaron W. Smith, increased mobile web usage is driven by two key factors: age and economics. A younger demo with an annual income of $30,000 or less a year has jumped in usage, and African-Americans and Hispanics are younger and have less money than the general white population.

"Mobile is thus bridging the digital gap between the traditional distinction of haves and have-nots, and while it’s a positive trend, it’s still a gap between those with cellphone-only access and those with computers as well.

"About 18% of African-Americans use a cellphone as their sole device for Internet access compared to about 10% of whites. That said, laptop ownership has risen from 34% in 2009 to a current 51% among African-Americans.

"Overall, 59% of Americans now access the Internet through mobile devices as opposed to 51% a year ago. So mobile may prove to be the ultimate equalizer, at least on the digital playing field.

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"Shireen Mitchell, the founder of Digital Sisters and a consultant on social media campaigns focused on women and minorities, said that the way in which people access the Internet should remain a part of the conversation about the digital divide.

“The quality of what is available through cell only is limited access,” she said. “We are moving in a positive direction about true cellphone usage and it’s relevant to online access, but there are still some challenges ahead.”

"Ms. Mitchell said organizations or government agencies that are eager to move everything online should consider that some cellphones might not be able to take full advantage of the Web."

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"It is time for the "mainstream" media to mirror that model and incorporate coverage of the white population into the race beat. That beat emerged during the 1960's civil rights and black power movements. Prior to that time, people of color were largely ignored by white-owned media.

"While purposely covering communities of color was meant to make up for the sins of the past, in many instances it has meant that those media have often looked at people of color solely through the prism of race."

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"Only 25 percent of online-only news organizations responded to a request by the American Society of News Editors to disclose their diversity figures, the ASNE said on Sunday. The association announced that the loss of newspaper newsroom jobs had slowed but that African American and Native journalists were hardest hit by the cutbacks."

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"A little-explored aspect of black history is the presence of gay and lesbian African-Americans. For example, George Washington Carver has a story right out of high school history books. Born into slavery, Carver went on to graduate from high school, earn a master’s degree, and revive sustainable farming in the South. He invented peanut butter. Unfortunately, most history books continue to forget that Carver was gay.

"Nonviolent activist Bayard Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The History of Black Economic Empowerment is this year’s Black History Month theme. Before the 1963 march, Rustin championed the Freedom Rides, in which blacks and whites rode buses into the South to test and challenge the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to desegregate public transportation. Rustin also happened to be gay. In his later years, he spoke openly about LGBT rights. Rustin died in 1987, the dream of equality not yet fulfilled, but inching closer."

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"It takes some work to find opportunities for intercultural encounter and xenophilia in kung fu films, but it’s clear that RZA was looking for something beyond the intellectual influences he was encountering in his own community. RZA and many of the Wu Tang were involved with The Nation of Gods and Earths, an offshoot of the Nation of Islam sometimes referred to as “the Five Percenters”, which offers a complex, syncretic worldview with emphasis on numerology and other esoterica. He’s subsequently found inspiration in Islam, Christianity, Taoism and in chess. While I found that the snippets of philosophy RZA offered in an hour-long interview alternated between profound and goofy, I’ve got nothing but respect for a mind that found a path from kung fu flicks to religious study via hiphop."

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