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March 1, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
Their best player soars over the imagination, their young stars sprint past old stereotypes and, goodness, they were even athletic enough to kick out Baron Davis. If only the Clippers could stop tripping over their owner. When Blake Griffin roars, it is drowned out by Donald Sterling's heckling. When Eric Gordon shoots, it is overshadowed by Donald Sterling being sued. Nowhere is the tug between good and creepy more evident than in this newspaper, where, for every positive Clippers story, there seemingly appears an awkward Sterling advertisement, which brings us to the latest Donald T. Shame.
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February 28, 2014 | By Carla Hall
When my brother and I were growing up in the 1960s, my parents bought the book, “Great Negroes Past and Present.” Perfect for young readers, it was a survey of famous black folks in history. It sat on a shelf in my father's study, and I would take it down and sit there, poring over the pages and the pictures. It was from that book I learned who Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were. Marcus Garvey too. ( Wait - he wants black people to go back to Africa? ) When we sold our family home eight years ago, as I was rummaging through papers and photos, I stumbled across the book and decided to keep it. Part kitsch, part classic, it is an artifact of my childhood.
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February 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
When an all-girls Christian private school in Northern California this week announced over the public address system that a lunch menu in honor of Black History Month would include watermelon and fried chicken, classrooms erupted in nervous laughter "because they knew it wasn't right," one student said. The lunch menu at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, which made headlines nationwide, sparked widespread criticism after it was announced Monday. Sophomore Dom Carpenello said that as the announcement came, "most people were laughing, but they were laughing nervously because they knew it wasn't right,"  according to KTVU-TV . The school's communications director, Christina Ditzel, said school officials were "absolutely very upset that this happened.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
February is widely known as Black History Month, and Stephen Colbert chose to celebrate it in the strangest way possible on Thursday's show: with an animated short for a proposed TV show known as "Laser Klan. " Yes, that spelling is not a mistake. This animated short is about the Ku Klux Klan and uses the real-life news that Klan members were attempting to sell a "workable death ray" to Jewish groups in order to kill Muslims. Last month, another real-life KKK sympathizer was arrested for building a portable X-ray machine he was attempting to sell use with Jewish groups, again to kill Muslims.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Susan King
Film Independent at LACMA kicks off Black History Month on Friday at the Leo S. Bing Theater with a rare screening of Michael Roemer's 1964 drama "Nothing But a Man. " Penned by Roemer and Robert M. Young, the acclaimed drama stars Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln and Yaphet Kotto. Film Independent is presenting the Los Angeles premiere of a new 35mm print of the acclaimed film. On Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Tuesday matinee presents the offbeat 1950 comedy "Harvey," starring Jimmy Stewart in an Oscar-nominated performance as a gentle man whose best friend is a 6-foot tall invisible white rabbit.
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February 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The principal of an all-girls Christian private school in Northern California has apologized over a lunch menu supposedly intended to celebrate Black History Month that included cornbread, fried chicken and watermelon. "I'd like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members," Nancy Libby, principal at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, said in a letter to parents. "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes," Libby added.
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March 12, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis
Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said Thursday that he will reassign three South Los Angeles elementary school teachers who were suspended for having their students display pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul in a Black History Month parade. Cortines said he had no evidence that the teachers' actions were racially motivated. But he said, "I think it was an exercise of very poor judgment." "These were not novice teachers," he said. The teachers, white men who teach first, second and fourth grades at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School, were suspended without pay for three days and will be kept out of the classroom until they are assigned to three other schools.
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February 28, 2014 | By Carla Hall
When my brother and I were growing up in the 1960s, my parents bought the book, “Great Negroes Past and Present.” Perfect for young readers, it was a survey of famous black folks in history. It sat on a shelf in my father's study, and I would take it down and sit there, poring over the pages and the pictures. It was from that book I learned who Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were. Marcus Garvey too. ( Wait - he wants black people to go back to Africa? ) When we sold our family home eight years ago, as I was rummaging through papers and photos, I stumbled across the book and decided to keep it. Part kitsch, part classic, it is an artifact of my childhood.
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February 3, 1994 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
Actress Ellaraino, who has appeared in the film "House Party," the TV show "Beverly Hills, 90210" and in other films and series, will lead two storytelling shows at the annual exhibition of fine art in honor of Black History Month. The event continues today through Sunday at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., with storytelling, children's theater, magic and juggling, mask-making, and arts and crafts. Ellaraino will appear today at 10 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1996
February is Black History Month, an annual observance of the achievements and celebration of the culture of African Americans. Negro History Week was first proposed by African American historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. The observance became known as Black History Week in the early 1970s, and in 1976, Black History Month was established. It is still sponsored by the Assn. for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, an organization that Woodson founded in 1915.
OPINION
February 11, 2014 | By Betty DeRamus
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul - with a chorus or two of the George Washington Carver blues. Now don't get me wrong. This is my kind of history, and my kind of heroes, and I understand why we must tell every generation their stories. I just think that including some fresh tales too would produce a far fuller picture of how blacks enriched America.
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February 8, 2014 | Michelle Maltais
It's February, which means another Black History Month -- and yet another school cafeteria serving up fried chicken and watermelon. But should that lead to finger-licking or finger-wagging?  This week, the principal of a girls Christian private school in Northern California apologized for a lunch menu for Black History Month that included corn bread, fried chicken and watermelon. "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes," Nancy Libby, principal at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, said in a letter to parents.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As the title of this episode of "American Masters" suggests, "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" is a lovely and lyrical tribute to the great American writer and activist who turns 70 on Sunday, two days after the film airs on PBS. February is, of course, Black History Month, which makes the non-birthday aspect of the timing dispiriting. Surely it shouldn't require an African American-themed event to warrant a tribute to Walker. And yet it is also reaffirming as well since it looks like Black History Month remains a very good idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
When an all-girls Christian private school in Northern California this week announced over the public address system that a lunch menu in honor of Black History Month would include watermelon and fried chicken, classrooms erupted in nervous laughter "because they knew it wasn't right," one student said. The lunch menu at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, which made headlines nationwide, sparked widespread criticism after it was announced Monday. Sophomore Dom Carpenello said that as the announcement came, "most people were laughing, but they were laughing nervously because they knew it wasn't right,"  according to KTVU-TV . The school's communications director, Christina Ditzel, said school officials were "absolutely very upset that this happened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The principal of an all-girls Christian private school in Northern California has apologized over a lunch menu supposedly intended to celebrate Black History Month that included cornbread, fried chicken and watermelon. "I'd like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members," Nancy Libby, principal at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, said in a letter to parents. "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes," Libby added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I let Black History Month slide by this year without writing anything about it. I am so over celebrating firsts or reprising triumphal narratives. But news from last month did suggest that we may need a black history lesson - one that goes beyond Rosa Parks on the bus or George Washington Carver's magic with peanuts. The Census Bureau announced last month that the word "Negro" is being dropped from its lexicon. Next year, when the government conducts its Annual American Survey, folks like me will have two options on census forms: black or African American.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Susan King
Film Independent at LACMA kicks off Black History Month on Friday at the Leo S. Bing Theater with a rare screening of Michael Roemer's 1964 drama "Nothing But a Man. " Penned by Roemer and Robert M. Young, the acclaimed drama stars Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln and Yaphet Kotto. Film Independent is presenting the Los Angeles premiere of a new 35mm print of the acclaimed film. On Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Tuesday matinee presents the offbeat 1950 comedy "Harvey," starring Jimmy Stewart in an Oscar-nominated performance as a gentle man whose best friend is a 6-foot tall invisible white rabbit.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Freedom Trail in Boston tells the story of the Revolutionary War, but tours in February highlight the role black Bostonians played in the nation's early struggle. African American Patriots Tours , offered on weekends in February in honor of Black History Month , follows the same 2½-mile route as the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston. Guides in period costumes talk about the contributions made by Crispus Attucks, the former slave who in 1770 was the first man killed by the British at the Boston Massacre, and others.
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