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Marvel Continues Its Diversity Push With a Black Captain America

the falconComic book fans have had a lot to talk about this week. The latest news from Marvel is we’re going to be getting a new Captain America. Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, will become Captain America come October. The Falcon is a black character; he was portrayed by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He’s the second black character to portray Captain America and one of the few black characters ever in the comics.

The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Thor will be a goddess. Taken together with the recent introduction of a Pakistani Muslim Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, and the ongoing success of Miles Morales in the Spider-Man comics, you have a diverse cast of characters that reflects a trend we’re also seeing in television entertainment.

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Presentation Writing: Design and Delivery

Presentation Writing: Design and DeliveryLearn how to use storytelling techniques and visual content to create and deliver successful pitches and presentations! Starting August 6, Amanda Pacitti, the manager of learning at Time Inc., will teach you the best practices for presentations, from using software like Prezi and Powerpoint, to writing your script, and using images, audio, and video to drive your points. Register now! 

Marvel Targets Women With Goddess Thor

thorThe Thor that we’ve all come to know — the manly blond man throwing a hammer — has undergone quite the makeover. Marvel has announced that the god Thor is now a goddess.

“While details are scarce, we now know that this new Thor was saved by her predecessor, the former male Thor, who is no longer worthy to wield Mjolnir,” writes iO9. “The only other details we have is that this #1 issue will premiere in October under the supervision of Jason Aaron and Russell Dautermann.”

Thor is one of the “big three” characters for Marvel (the other two are Iron Man and Captain America), so this is huge for the company and for the comic book world.

The move also says a lot about how Marvel is trying to grow its audience.

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Roll Call: Edelman, ‘EW,’ and LightSquared

Edelman has appointed Steven Behm GM of the Atlanta office. He’s been with the firm for five years, building its crisis, risk, and public affairs practice in the Southeast. He’s also served as the firm’s associate director for the national crisis and risk practice.

Beth Jacobson is joining Entertainment Weekly on September 6 as senior director of PR. She was previously the PR lead for Lucky magazine and has served as PR director for Rolling Stone.

Terry Neal has joined wireless broadband company LightSquared as SVP of PR and communications. The company is facing opposition as it tries to launch a 4G wireless network. Previously, Neal was SVP and director of strategic media at Hill & Knowlton’s Washington D.C. office. [via Multichannel News]

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Old Spice Man Wants to Be Luke Cage, Superhero

Isaiah Mustafa doesn’t want to be known as the Old spice guy forever. He’d also like to be known as Luke Cage, the Marvel Comics superhero from Harlem!

A film version of the story is in the works and Mustafa has made it clear he wants to be in it. He filmed the video above to show what he can do. We believe it. But he’s got some stiff competition; Jamie Foxx and Idris Elba (Stringer Bell!) are also said to be in the running.

[via Moviefone]