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A long march toward fair representation on TV for blacks

More than 60 years ago, a new comedy boasted an all-black cast populating a Harlem community with characters that included an attorney, a small businessman and a civic-club president. “Amos ‘n' Andy” was an instant hit in June 1951, when it made the leap to television after decades on radio. But not everyone loved it. It was blasted by the NAACP for perpetuating black stereotypes.

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Non-black minority actors face even larger challenges

While minority actors have made on-again, off-again progress through the years, advances on TV aren’t the same among all groups seeking greater representation. ABC, Fox and NBC can claim a higher percentage of blacks on scripted prime-time shows than there are in the general population, an Associated Press analysis of television diversity has found. But black characters outnumber Latinos on those networks as well as on CBS – despite there being more Latinos (17.1 percent, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau figures) than blacks (13.2 percent) in the United States.

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