In the News: Comcast-NBCU Falls Short of Diversity Promise; Biracial Spider-Man Unveiled and More

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Is Comcast living up to its end of the bargain? (Image: Thinkstock)

  • Comcast-NBCU Falls Short of Diversity Promise

When Comcast was angling to take over NBCU, the cable giant promised prominently to increase the profile of minorities at the company and launch eight independent cable networks, including four under African-American control.

But a Who’s Who of African American media figures and civil rights leaders are frustrated that Comcast doesn’t seem to be moving fast enough, if at all.

Read more at Reuters…

  • Author Leslie Esdaile Banks Dies at 51

Leslie Esdaile Banks, the prolific author of a best-selling series of vampire novels, romance books, paranormal thrillers, and works of nonfiction, has died today at age 51. She had adrenal cancer.

Read more at The Root…

  • Biracial Spider-Man Unveiled

We have an African-American president, so why not an African-American Spider-Man, too?

Revealed in Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, out Wednesday, the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales. He takes over the gig held by Peter Parker, who was killed in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June.

Read more at USA Today…

  • New HIV Cases Steady Despite Better Treatment

Despite years of great progress in treating AIDS, the number of new infections with the virus that causes it has remained stubbornly around 50,000 a year for a decade in the United States, according to new figures released on Wednesday by federal officials.

The American epidemic is still concentrated primarily in gay men, and is growing rapidly worse among young black gay men.

Read more at the New York Times

  • FlyDuo

    Love the idea of a Biracial Spider Man.

    I definitely enjoy bein’ able to support comics that make an effort to reach out to a more diverse and more urban audience. I figure if they’re gonna take a chance on an idea like this I’m supportin’ it.

    I fell on this comic a few months back when at the comic shop and the store owner was tellin’ me about the premise for this new series, I took a quick look trough it and was really pleasantly surprised. I’ve actually already purchased the 1st 4 issues and we’re excited for more.

    Oh, in case any other comic fans are reading this – the artwork is awesome too. Hopefully this’ll be something that other comic creators will consider when adding to their line up of offerings. Finally!