April 16, 2009 |
On the night every player in baseball wore No. 42 to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the major leagues, Orlando Hudson said that Robinson "would probably turn over in his grave" seeing how few African Americans are in the game. Hudson, who is African American, said he has had black kids tell him, "Orlando, I can't play that white man's game."
October 31, 2013 |
When California voters passed Prop. 8 in 2008 outlawing same-sex marriage, Robin Tyler - one-half of Los Angeles' first legally married gay couple - and many others rushed to cast blame on African Americans. That indictment was the catalyst for the documentary "The New Black," a clear-eyed look at both sides of the same-sex marriage debate among blacks leading up to Maryland's historic Question 6 referendum vote in 2012 - the first time same-sex marriage was approved via a statewide ballot.
October 26, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- In the year that the movie "42" dramatized the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier, the number of African Americans playing in the World Series is the same as the number playing in the major leagues when Robinson made his debut in 1947: one. "It's sad to see," said Boston Red Sox outfielder Quintin Berry, the only African American on the roster of either team. The percentage of African Americans in the major leagues has declined from about 19% in 1984 to about 8% today . When the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies met in the World Series five years ago , baseball officials were optimistic about turning the tide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1995
The first day of Kwanzaa, a weeklong African American holiday, was celebrated Tuesday at a candlelighting ceremony at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Dozens of African Americans, including local Christian and Nation of Islam leaders, crowded a conference room for the celebration sponsored by Kwanzaa Fest Inc. Organization. The ceremony featured seven young women (six pictured at right) nominated by the organization as the 1995 Kwanzaa Queens.
February 3, 2010 |
Kathryn Bigelow sounds a wee bit tired of questions about being a "female director," but given that on Tuesday she became only the fourth woman to be nominated for best director by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, she knows it comes with the territory. "I long personally for the day when the modifier is a moot point," said a very happy Bigelow, whose film nabbed nine nominations, including one for best picture. "I anticipate that day will come, but if 'The Hurt Locker' can make the impossible seem possible to somebody, it's pretty overwhelming and gratifying.
February 21, 2007
Re "A sorry spectacle," editorial, and "The locker room closet," Current, Feb. 18 If there was any doubt that the recent comments by actor Isaiah Washington and retired pro basketball player Tim Hardaway reveal that a deep-rooted homophobia exists among some African Americans, one only needs to go back to the 2004 elections, when large numbers of religiously conservative blacks voted against their interests and for "values" issues such as constitutional bans...