August 1, 2013 |
As a teenager in the 1960s, Cheryl Boone Isaacs would often spend summers visiting her older brother, an advertising and publicity executive at United Artists in New York City. He would leave her in a screening room to watch movies all day long, fueling her love of film - and a career ambition. After graduating from Whittier College, she landed a job at Columbia Pictures as a film publicist. She remembers pinching herself when she first walked onto the studio lot, then in Burbank.
July 31, 2013 |
Veteran Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the film industry's Oscars each year. Isaacs, a longtime academy insider who most recently held the job of first vice president, will serve a one-year term with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years. She was elected Tuesday evening by the academy's 48-member board of governors over Rob Friedman, a board member and Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair.
July 30, 2013 |
Veteran Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the Oscars each year. Isaacs, a longtime academy insider who most recently held the job of first vice president, will serve a one-year term with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years. She was elected Tuesday evening over governor Rob Friedman, Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair, by the academy's 48-member board of governors.
July 27, 2013 |
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, a previously untold story of free African Americans is being told through newly discovered bits of glass, shards of pottery and oyster shells. Piece by piece, archaeologists and historians from two universities and the local community are uncovering the history of The Hill, a part of the town of Easton believed to be the earliest community of free blacks in the United States, dating to 1790. It also could have been the largest community of free blacks in the Chesapeake region.
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July 24, 2013 |
Willie Louis, a witness to the murder of Emmett Till who testified in court in the case that opened the nation's eyes to the dangerous discrimination facing African Americans in the 1950s, died of intestinal bleeding July 18 at a hospital in a Chicago suburb, his family said. He was 76. After the trial, fearing for his life in the South, Louis fled to Chicago, changed his name and slipped out of the public eye for nearly 50 years. Louis was born June 14, 1937, in Greenwood, Miss., and lived with his grandparents, who worked as sharecroppers, said his wife, Juliet.
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July 18, 2013 |
A new poll shows that black Americans have grown more upbeat about their treatment in society after the reelection of President Obama. Earlier this summer, a record 47% said they were satisfied with how blacks were treated in the country - more than at any other time since Gallup started asking the question in 2001. However, Gallup cautioned that the question was asked before George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin - an event that could dim that rising optimism.
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July 6, 2013 |
They captured a postwar Los Angeles of dignified church ladies and fancy society balls, of "Sugar" Ray Robinson at an Ojai training camp and Black Panthers at City Hall. Photographers Harry Adams, Charles Williams and Guy Crowder documented the city in the midst of social, political and cultural change as experienced by African American men and women whose lives were rarely reflected in the wider media. Many of those images are housed in the African American Photography Collection at Cal State Northridge's Institute for Arts & Media.
July 3, 2013 |
Supporters of affirmative action breathed a nervous sigh of relief last week when the Supreme Court essentially punted on a case that some had feared would have led to a gutting of racial preferences in admissions to state universities. But even if the court had declared such preferences unconstitutional, it doesn't follow that enrollment of minorities in higher education would have plummeted. Most colleges aren't highly selective. The political and legal debate about racial preferences is basically about a small sliver of highly competitive institutions.
July 3, 2013 |
The latest insight into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is as dispiriting as it is familiar. For years - decades, even, for those who remember the Kolts Commission in the early 1990s - one outside group after another has concluded that lax discipline, poor supervision and inattentive management have allowed problems within the department to fester, sometimes erupting in violations of civil rights. And here we are again. After a two-year investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded that deputies assigned to the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Station repeatedly violated the civil rights of African Americans and Latinos, especially those in federally subsidized housing.
July 2, 2013 |
The streaming live feeds of the current cast of "Big Brother" can enhance the prime-time viewing experience, but recently those feeds captured some contestants of the CBS reality series uttering racist and homophobic comments. According to Zap2It, "Big Brother" housemates GinaMarie, Kaitlin and Aaryn were recently overheard talking about two black cast members, Candace and Howard. One of the girls was overheard saying, "Blacks stick together. ... They're like tokens. ... They're like black Barbie and Kens.