links for 2010-01-21

  • "The NFL is gearing up to launch a series of Latino-targeted marketing efforts around Feb. 7's Super Bowl XLIV with music and sports events featuring Latin[@] celebrities, and educational and informative programs at the grass-roots level. CBS will televise this year's game from Miami's Dolphin Stadium.

    At stake is a growing viewership and a potential gold mine derived from Hispanic-targeted events, sponsorships and advertising.

  • "But since Yemen is the latest Muslim-majority country to grace the headlines of nearly every recent newspaper article and television broadcast, it was almost inevitable that the world would soon be privy to an article like the one published in Canada’s daily Globe and Mail newspaper, by Yemen-born, Toronto-based professor and writer Kamal Al-Solaylee.

    "I’m sure you’re familiar with the formula already. Find a Western-based intellectual who is disillusioned with his or her childhood upbringing in the big bad Muslim country du jour, encourage him or her to write a tell-all exclusive on how backwards and primitive said upbringing was, add a sensational headline pitting the 'Western world' against the 'Muslim world', and voila – you’re on your way to a crowd-pleasing piece in which a lucrative book deal can’t be too far behind."

  • "So even though AI Season 9 is still in the audition rounds, any glimpses of talented Asian American singers brings us hope. Even more so if they’re smoking hot, tall Korean and making Shania Twain feel like a woman.

    Behold, John Park."

  • "I've always believed that if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all. So I'll start by saying that the interest in Aboriginal culture by the two talented Russian figure skaters, Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, is both welcome and flattering.

    From an Aboriginal perspective, this performance is offensive. It was clearly not meant to mock Aboriginal culture, but that does not make it acceptable to Aboriginal people. There are a number of problems with the performance, not least of all the fact both skaters are wearing brown body suits to make their skin appear darker. That alone puts them on a very slippery slope."