September 29, 1991 |
In the world of independent film, director Julie Dash is drawing a strong following as a fresh and innovative voice. Her ambitious "Daughters of the Dust"--set on the Sea Islands off the South Carolina coast in the early 1900s--earned top honors for its lush cinematography at this year's Sundance Film Festival. But Dash can't even get a Hollywood agent. In August, friends sponsored a screening of the film on Sony Pictures' Culver City lot--hoping for a turnout of influential insiders.
August 17, 1996
I read with great interest Marco Perez's letter concerning the lack of people of color working in positions of authority at the major networks (Letters, Aug. 10). It must be very difficult for CBS' Anita Addison and NBC's Charisse McGhee-Lazarou being in the unenviable, Jackie Robinson-like position of being the "Only One" and having to deal with colleagues' racial and cultural blind spots on a daily basis. I guess the logos of the Big Three say it all. CBS' and ABC's have no color at all, and obviously the NBC peacock is multicolored merely for chromatic effect.
July 21, 1996 |
In her most serious role since "The Color Purple," Oprah Winfrey (right) plays the real-life, down-but-not-out single mother LaJoe Rivers in this burnished, gritty 1993 TV movie. She's a determined person who wages war on behalf of her kids from a squalid apartment in the Chicago housing project. Director Anita W. Addison doesn't flinch from the requisite violence but she doesn't exploit it either. Maya Angelou (left) plays LaJoe's equally gritty mother (ABC Thursday at 9 p.m.).
August 10, 1996
Re: Kim Fleary's departure from ABC ("ABC Will Take New Risks, New Entertainment President Vows," Calendar, July 27, and "Briefly," Business, Aug. 3.) As a Latino, my family, children and friends still await the day when we can watch prime-time television that looks like America. Where ethnic homogeneity is not the rule of the day. Just when it looks like the networks are about to take one step forward we discover that they are all too often taking two steps back. Kim Fleary, ABC's vice president of comedy for years, and an African American, has been shown the door with the arrival of the Jamie Tarses regime.
May 4, 1991 |
The producers of a drama series scheduled to debut on NBC next Saturday criticized the network Friday for deciding this week to delete the opening scene in order to respond to what the network described as "certain constituencies . . . that would find elements of the opening dialogue offensive." They said that the scene in the "Sisters" pilot had been in NBC's hands for a year and had been approved for broadcast until objections were voiced by advertisers and affiliates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2000 |
For the past few months, the NAACP and Hollywood's television industry have gone eyeball-to-eyeball over the issue of minority representation in television's ethnically sterile wasteland; on Wednesday, Hollywood blinked. NBC president Robert Wright announced that, rather than risk a threatened boycott of his network by minority viewers--something the NAACP's president, Kweisi Mfume, had threatened--the network that made "must-see TV" a household phrase, would diversify.