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The Next America - Diversity in Brief 2012 / What You Missed

NBC Launches Website Targeted to Latinos

Six diversity items for July 3: Armed with muscular pecs and kittens, booze-maker targets women; Anderson Cooper publicly outs himself and more.

July 3, 2012

Five diversity items for July 3: NBC launches website targeted to Latinos; Anderson Cooper publicly outs himself and more.

NBC Launches Website Targeted to Latinos

In a nod toward the growing population of Latino consumers in the U.S., NBC News launched Monday a news site geared toward its Latino readers. NBCLatino.com is an English-language website that will feature a mix of original reporting and content from the company’s existing channels, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Anderson Cooper: “I'm Gay”

In an e-mail to Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, television host Anderson Cooper publicly announced that he was gay. Cooper’s sexual orientation has long been an “open secret,” but this is the first time that  he has explicitly said he was gay, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Poll: 51 Percent of U.S. Hispanics Identify as Independent

More than half of Latino in the U.S. identified themselves as independents, with the majority of them born outside of the country, according to a new poll from USA Today/Gallup. Among registered Latino voters, 36 percent identified as independents, 45 percent as Democrats and 16 percent as Republicans.

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American and Russian Birth Rates Converge

America, considered a demographic leader among developed western countries, and Russia, which has long been seen as a demographic nightmare, now have similar birth rates, Forbes reported on Sunday.
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Armed With Muscular Pecs and Kittens, Booze-Maker Targets Women

Sauza Tequila’s new ad is making waves--not for its ad featuring a well-muscled fireman speaking French with a kitten--but for the fact that this ad targets women, the Chicago Daily Herald reported on Sunday.

Read more here. Watch muscles/kitten/tequila ad here.

Report: Probation Fees Hit Poor the Hardest

As counties across the U.S. face budgetary shortfalls, many are turning to collection agencies to help them collect fines for missed court appearances and late traffic tickets. The end result, according to an article by the New York Times, is that poor people end up with large fines or get jail time for minor infractions.

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Note: In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, Diversity in Brief will not publish for the remainder of the week. They will resume Monday, July 9.

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