TV finds the audience for diversity is growing

"Empire." (FOX)

It used to be conventional industry wisdom that having more than one black family on television was risky. But viewers’ tastes and demographics have changed.

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    QUIZ: Is this headline about Congress from The Onion ... or reality?

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    Lindsey Graham jumps into 2016 race for president

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    Americans are still scientifically illiterate — and scientists still need a PR team

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    Does anyone make accurate geopolitical predictions?

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