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01/15/2013 05:50 pm ET Updated Mar 17, 2013

Evening Update, Diversity News And Notes

U.S. Gun control is so poor that our neighbor to the south -- Mexico -- is wagging it's finger, according to Fox News Latino. U.S. guns are believed to play a major role in arming and fueling that country's deadly drug war. Cartels rely on access to easy to purchase and transport American guns. Outgoing Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan has been outspoken about the problem.

Over the Christmas holidays, my sisters and I watched "Roots" on BET. We marveled at the miniseries and, since none of us are regular BET viewers, spent a lot of time talking about all the sheer volume of commercials for prepaid debit cards, for profit colleges and payday loans that ran during what seemed like every commercial break. If there is a high cost loan, a product with the potential to extract higher than customary fees for similar or even inferior service or through which nearly inescapable and unmanageable levels of debt are likely to be accrued, it was advertised on BET. Sadly, there are hours on Telemundo, a Spanish-language network, that aren't much different. Today's New York Times brings us all a painful reminder that when it comes to personal budgets, people often borrow in risky and expensive ways because they are desperate. Then, their desperation grows and their judgement only becomes more compromised by financial strain. It's a nasty cycle but the story is really something that should be read immediately.

A Connecticut school building will soon be named in honor of Victoria Soto, the 27-year-old Latina school teacher who died trying to shield her students during a the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, Fox News Latino reports.

Oprah Winfrey remains the queen of the confessional. Lance Armstrong is said to have admitted years of doping to the ostensibly retired talk show host Monday. The two-part interview will be aired later this week on Winfrey's OWN network. CNN's Howard Kurtz says the interview will be a test of not just Armstrong and whether it is possible to manage the fall out after years of dishonesty are made plain. But, the interview will also prove a test of Oprah's interviewing skill and just how much shine remains on her fading star, Kurtz wrote.

Los Angeles' most prominent black congregation, First AME Church, is suing its former minister and his wife, along with seven trustees and employees of the church's non-profit arm, accusing them of financial mismanagement, The Grio reports.

It seems that Republicans really do have reason to worry about their hold on the Lone Star State. "San Antonio State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a Democrat, was sworn in as the pro tempore of the state senate last week.'I'm only the sixth woman to have ever served in this capacity, and the second Latina,'" Van de Putte told Politic365. Demographic change can be powerful when combined with actual voting.

The life and times of Shawty Low may remain his business and that of the 10 mothers of his 11 children. The Daily Beast/ Newsweek reports that Oxygen has plans to drop the realty show while still in production. Now if only there were this sort of activism and response to issues that have nothing to do with what's on TV.

The folks at Racilicious seem to go easy on Lena Dunham's decision to introduce black people to her version of Brooklyn / "Girls" with a her character having sex with a new guy. He's black. He's Republican. This is Dunham's version of realistic integration of her very white world -- that and a lone black woman at a party that comes later in the episode. Let it be said that some people um, really don't dig it. Is Dunham trying to get us all to think about the way that interracial relationships are sometimes talked about like THE solution to America's race problem? Or, does she think of her body as a revolutionary space for social change? I'm sure she'd like us all to keep watching so that we can "figure that out"/kill time on Sundays with HBO.