Breakfast Briefing: The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 9.22.2016

M&C Saatchi earnings; Diversity Distinction in PR Awards.

Disney said it will no longer sell a costume of Maui (L) after accusations of racism. (Image via the Facbeook page for Disney's Moana).
Disney said it will no longer sell a costume of Maui (L) after accusations of racism. (Image via the Facbeook page for Disney's Moana).

New this morning: M&C Saatchi earnings. The group’s PR firms outpaced the rest of its agencies in the first half of the year, according to numbers released Thursday morning. The network includes M&C Saatchi PR and M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, which saw revenue growth of about 20% combined.

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards. The PR Council and PRWeek handed out the sixth annual Diversity Distinction in PR Awards on Wednesday night. Honorees included Weber Shandwick, Borshoff, Edelman, Pat Ford at Burson-Marsteller, and Tony Allen at Bank of America.

Leading Thursday morning’s news cycle: Second night of violent protests in Charlotte. North Carolina’s governor has declared a state of emergency after a second night of violent demonstrations in the state’s largest city. A CNN reporter was knocked down on-air during the chaos. City officials said a man died after a "civilian-on-civilian" confrontation, but later clarified to say he was on life support. Protesters are demonstrating against the shooting death of 43-year-old Keith Scott by police; officials say he was armed at the time, while his family contends he was holding a book.

Yahoo about to disclose gigantic data breach. The media company, which was bought by Verizon for nearly $5 billion in July, is about to disclose a data breach affecting hundreds of millions of accounts, according to Recode. Yahoo began investigating reports of the breach last month.

Facebook CEO’s huge donation. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are giving $3 billion to "cure, prevent, or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime." His nonprofit is targeting heart disease, cancer, and infectious diseases.

On the campaign trail: Clinton retains wide lead over Trump with Hispanics and in national poll, while other polls show the race tightening or with Trump in the lead in important swing states; Trump embraces stop and frisk, says he dropped birtherism "to get on with the campaign;" Politico: Trump’s bizarre ad strategy.

Disney takes Moana costume off the shelves. The company said it will no longer sell a costume of the legendary Polynesian character Maui from the upcoming film Moana after some critics compared it to blackface. (They used the term "polyface)." The voice of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is starring in the animated film, which is set to hit theaters in two months. 

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