September 13, 1998 |
BLACK HERITAGE SITES: THE NORTH; BLACK HERITAGE SITES: THE SOUTH by Nancy C. Curtis (The New Press, $19.95 each, paper). Anyone with an interest in American history knows that Memphis' Lorraine Motel is where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968. Today, the Lorraine has been incorporated into the high-tech National Civil Rights Museum. My family and I blew off Graceland to visit it last summer and found it powerfully affecting.
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.
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August 19, 2012 |
Frank Godden, who played a significant role in the development of Val Verde, a secluded and long-closed local resort community known as "the black Palm Springs," has died. He was 101. Godden, who had cancer, died Aug. 3 at his Los Angeles home, his family announced. Val Verde was founded in 1924 in the Santa Clarita Valley at a time when the region's black citizens were barred from beaches, parks and other attractions because of the color of their skin. There they could escape racism, if only for a weekend.
February 28, 2001
Alvin Hall, a financial consultant and author, headlines a financial planning and investing seminar for African Americans tonight in downtown Los Angeles. Hall, known for his books on the fundamentals of stock and mutual fund investing, joins five other speakers to discuss the basics of financial planning and investing. The event, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles, is presented in part by Black Enterprise magazine and Ethcentric ethnicity-focused Internet services.
February 9, 2010
SERIES Shatner's Raw Nerve: Talk show host Jerry Springer is William Shatner's guest (7 and 11 p.m. Biography). Explorer: The population explosion of Burmese pythons in Florida is examined (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic). The Biggest Loser: Contestants get fitness tips from the U.S. Olympic ski team (8 p.m. NBC). American Idol: The Hollywood round gets underway (8 p.m. Fox). Lost: The off-island version of Kate is on the lam in Los Angeles in this new episode of the fantasy drama (9 p.m. ABC)
February 16, 1997
The "Black World History Wax Museum," with life-size figures of notable African Americans, opened this month in St. Louis. Among the figures are scientist George Washington Carver (1864-1943) and abolitionist Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy (1802-'37). The museum also has a research library and artifacts. Officials say it's the second such site in the U.S.; the other is the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore. The St. Louis museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.
July 27, 1997
Notably absent from the research done by Moira Kenney and the youth of the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library ("Pride of Place," July 15) was the significant African American presence in Boyle Heights since the 1920s. My mother's family came to the Heights in 1923 and she was born there in 1929. My paternal grandmother came to Boyle Heights during World War II, finding work at Union Station. The African American community in Boyle Heights centered on Michigan and Pennsylvania avenues, although African Americans lived throughout the Boyle Heights community.
October 27, 2013 |
- 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.
August 1, 1999
African Americans are getting a stronger focus this year at the Colonial Williamsburg historic park in Virginia, with new programs and interweaving of the slave experience throughout the park. Although the park, with its restored Colonial buildings and costumed actors, has run an African American program for two decades, "it's reaching its peak this year," said spokeswoman Lorraine Brooks. "At every site, visitors will get some aspect of the slave experience."
March 7, 1996 |
Kim Fields ("Living Single") is among the celebrities stumping for children's literature this weekend at the Los Angeles Book Fair, a festival of books by and about African Americans that benefits the Birthing Project, an organization dedicated to decreasing infant deaths. The festival, sponsored by African Pride, offers thousands of books by African American authors and illustrators. (Authors and celebrities will read from the works.