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Multicultural Media & Correspondents Association (MMCA) Honors Dick Parsons on Nov. 11

Richard Parsons
Richard Parsons

*WASHINGTON, DC – The Multicultural Media & Correspondents Association (MMCA), an advocacy organization leading a national call to action to increase media diversity, announced today that media and corporate giant Richard “Dick” Parsons will be among the honorees for the 5th Annual Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner (MMCDTM), which this year will be held as a virtual media diversity awards ceremony on November 11, 2020.

Other honorees will include Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Jacky Rosen, Lisa Ling, Maria Hinojosa, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Detavio Samuels.

“The importance of diversity and culture in the media cannot be overstated,” said MMCA Honoree Dick Parsons.  “While we’ve made some progress, there is still more to be done.  In this time of civil unrest and a call for equal representation, there is a great need for the MMCA to continue its boots-on-the ground work to lobby for change and help create pathways to ownership of media platforms and opportunities in front and behind the camera for people of color.”

The MMCDTM is an exclusive, invitation only event that will be emceed by actresses and comedians Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley. Aida Rodriguez will return to provide comedic relief.

“In the wake of the current social justice movement, this event will underscore our ongoing efforts, along with the work of those we honor, to achieve more representation in media, particularly in ownership,” said Olga Lucia Torres, MMCA Board Chair.

Though more than 40 percent of the population, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have no significant ownership in an industry that represents 20 percent of the economy and where barriers to a sustainable business model remain insurmountable. According to the Federal Communications Commission, ownership of full-power commercial television stations and commercial FM radio stations by women and people of color was around 10 percent.

The event will also feature a VIP Cocktail reception complete with cocktail kits and celebrity bartender in a virtual event room.

MMCA’s event partners include: DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), National Newspaper Publishers Associations (NNPA), Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA), National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Multicultural Media Telecom and Internet Coalition (MMTC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and ALLvanza.

MMCA is a nonpartisan/nonprofit organization leading a call to action to increase media diversity.  In just its fifth year, MMCA has become a trusted convener and facilitator of thought leadership, resource and information sharing and strategic engagement between multicultural media stakeholders, tech and media decision-makers, policymakers and private entities committed to increasing the percentage of diverse media stakeholders and content. www.mmcadc.org; @mmcadc on all platforms. 

 

 

 

 

source:
Martine Charles
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