Policy & Advocacy
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4/25/2019

The Defense Department's inspector general has cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of allegations that he had violated his ethics agreement by favoring his former employer while in his government position. The inspector general's finding may clear the way for President Donald Trump to nominate Shanahan to the permanent Defense Secretary post.

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The Hill, Fox News
4/25/2019

Sylvia Rhone was promoted to chairman and CEO of Epic Records after holding the position of president at the record company for the last five years. Rhone will oversee the company's creative direction and management and will report to Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer.

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Variety online
4/25/2019

Jamie Brewer of "American Horror Story" fame will be awarded the "See It, Be It" Aaward for championing intellectual disabilities on and off screen next month at the Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Ark. "We are thrilled to honor Jamie this year. She is the embodiment of fearless courage and the power of what representation can do to elevate a community of people around the world," said Academy Award-winner Geena Davis, BFF co-founder and chair.

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Deadline Hollywood
4/25/2019

Anne del Castillo was named New York City's commissioner of media and entertainment by Mayor Bill de Blasio. She will oversee shooting locations and tax incentives for the city, as well as oversee the growth of diversity and inclusion programs.

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Variety online
4/25/2019

The Horizons Foundation collected nearly 14,000 donations and generated more than $1.1 million for over 475 LGBTQ nonprofits during Give OUT Day on April 18.

4/25/2019

TED successfully raised millions for eight nonprofits through an endeavor known as The Audacious Project. Other organizations can follow suit by using a beautiful setting, strategically choosing celebrities who can connect with an audience and delivering well-crafted pitches, Anne Quito writes. 

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Quartz
4/25/2019

Nonprofit organization Girls Build holds camps in Oregon and Washington state to encourage girls to consider careers in male-dominated trades such as construction, welding and plumbing. "If you want to help women get into the trades at an earlier age and start taking advantage of being in a career that they love--and working in a living-wage career--then you need to start engaging them at a younger age," said Katie Hughes, founder and executive director of Girls Build.

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CityLab
4/25/2019

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation gathered feedback from people across the country to discover how it could improve programming through its Children, Families and Communities Program, program Director Meera Mani says. The feedback made the organization realize its health and education programs could be more effective by breaking down silos.

4/25/2019

"Half Life," which is the first project created under New York City's #GreenlightHer competition, will premiere May 10 and focuses on an NYC location scout while she attempts to balance her family and aspirations of becoming a screenwriter. The project was one of more than 300 submissions to the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment's screenwriting competition created to focus on the representation of women in film and TV.

4/25/2019

Screen Rant has created a list of what it believes are the top 10 most-inclusive kids' films. The list ranks "Lilo & Stitch" at the top and rounds out the top three with "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and "Zootopia."

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ScreenRant