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 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.
October 26, 2013 |
It took nearly half a century, but an African American driver has reached Victory Lane in a national NASCAR series race for only the second time. Darrell Wallace Jr., 20, won the NASCAR truck race Saturday in Martinsville, Va., the only black driver to do so since the late Wendell Scott won a race in December 1963 in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "I'm speechless right now," Wallace told reporters at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace said Scott, a native of nearby Danville, Va., "was watching over me this race.
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.
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October 25, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a Job Corps student accused of stabbing his advisor to death, after a jury deliberated for nearly four days. The jury deadlocked over whether Freddy Leyva, 24, had committed murder or voluntary manslaughter in the March 2012 slaying of Dwayne Alexander, a respected and well-liked former entertainment industry executive . Prosecutors had argued that Leyva was racist and homophobic, and brutally stabbed a man he disliked.
October 22, 2013 |
Besides its all-inclusive historical sweep - from the first African to set foot in the New World to the first African American to occupy the White House - what distinguishes Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s new series, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," from many previous documentaries on the black experience is … Henry Louis Gates Jr. Gates, a Harvard professor and academic typhoon the world knows as "Skip," is one of the more familiar faces...
October 14, 2013 |
In 2006, Michigan voters banned affirmative action at the state's public universities. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging that ban. If you support affirmative action, you must hope that the court will strike it down, right? Alas, it's not that simple. This case isn't about whether state universities may provide preferential treatment in their admissions policies. Rather, the question is whether the voters of Michigan violated the U.S. Constitution when they amended the state Constitution to say that universities "shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.
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October 2, 2013 |
Hate crimes in Los Angeles County hit their second-lowest point in 23 years last year, but violent attacks based on race and sexual orientation rose from 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. There were 462 hate crimes reported in the county in 2012, a 6% decrease from the previous year. Although cases of vandalism -- which make up close to one-third of reported hate crimes -- and simple assault had decreased, the number of aggravated assaults increased from 63 in 2011 to 88 last year.
September 25, 2013 |
Dismissing comparisons of tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the infamous Joe McCarthy, Jonah Goldberg suggests in his column Tuesday that Cruz instead "might be the conservative Barack Obama. " Goldberg then requests that readers "bear with me. " Those three words should be taken as a warning sign. When a writer asks readers to "bear with me," it often means he is about go out on a limb with an absurd proposition. And that is what Goldberg proceeds to do. After taking his readers out on a limb with him, the branch then comes crashing down under the weight of assumptions and mischaracterizations.
September 12, 2013 |
TORONTO - Watching Steve McQueen's achingly brilliant "12 Years a Slave" at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by many things. The film's artistry - script, performances, imagery - is significant. The movie is beautifully, painfully wrought at every turn. But in a larger sense, it stands as a striking testament to how much the texture and tenor of conversations about race have changed through the prism of film in the years since Barack Obama took office. Quite simply there are more movies that specifically address black-white friction in modern terms - the many shades of human interaction more starkly framed by the color of one's skin.