June 12, 1994 |
It is a rare quiet day at the Santa Monica villa of computer software king Peter Norton and his wife, Eileen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has recently come and gone, as have William Gray, head of the United Negro College Fund, a group of 800 looky-loos on a garden tour and the guests at a preschool fund raiser. The Nortons are hanging out at the kitchen table. Their butler, who used to work for Malcolm Forbes, hovers discreetly. "We're ordinary.
October 18, 1993 |
The legacy of the civil rights movement and the laws that came in its wake is a complicated mosaic of triumphs--an explosion of black prosperity--and miseries--the welfare system and a solidified underclass. But one element of that mosaic--black communities sticking together--is surely not cause for either hand-clapping or hand-wringing.
June 13, 2010 |
I've always known that race and geography are intimately connected in L.A., a city practically built with segregation in mind. Though I deplore the effects of segregation, I always felt a nativist pride in the place I was born and raised, South Central. I felt the same about Inglewood, just across the border from South Central, where I moved as a teenager and where my husband and I bought a house six years ago. I imagine lots of people, whatever their color, have the same affection for their own stomping grounds.
August 15, 2007 |
Everybody figured it would come to this. After years of losing life a bit at a time, King-Drew Medical Center is all but gone (its final name, King-Harbor, was a capitulation, a bold-sounding hybrid that suggested change but signified defeat). Many groups share the blame for its oblivion, a fact that's been repeated so many times now, it almost sounds like a cop-out. So let's review. As operator of the hospital, Los Angeles County has the lion's share of accountability.
April 12, 1997 |
A man who knew he was infected with the AIDS virus had sex with at least 61 women and girls before he was gunned down in a possible revenge killing earlier this year, authorities said Friday. At least 12 of the women are infected with HIV, some are pregnant, and at least one has delivered a baby that carries the virus, health officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1990 |
(White) America doesn't want to do anything about the violence because they could give less than a ----, as long as we keep it in South-Central (Los Angeles) or stay south of Pico (Boulevard). Don't bring it to Westwood. The black middle-class is numb to it because they are busy trying to cross over to the white middle-class. You've got a brother who has spent all of his life trying to get out of the ghetto, and when he does, he doesn't look back. He tries to rub elbows.
July 5, 1997
In the article "ReDiggin' the Scene" (June 30), Elaine Dutka fails to mention several noteworthy blaxploitation films of the '70s. How about "Cleopatra Jones" and its sequel, "Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold," both featuring the beautiful Amazon-looking Tamara Dobson? I saw both of those films as an adolescent and have forgotten neither. Here, you had a black single woman playing a government agent and helping her own people in the balance. Is there such a great role for a black woman today?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1994
Why doesn't Karen Grigsby Bates ("Why I Envy South Africa," Commentary, May 18) simply move to South Africa? Why does The Times continue to print race-baiting whiners like her and never print anything from African Americans who actually have something good to say about America? She indicts, by inference, the white middle class for the poor state of hospitals, schools, recreation facilities and markets in black neighborhoods. Where is the responsibility of the black middle class in all this?
December 26, 2007 |
It's almost a cliche that L.A.'s diversity is its strength. But another cliche (one, like most, grounded in a certain truth) is that L.A. lives like a small town, or a bunch of small towns, divvied up by color and class. Fact is, we've always preferred our diversity geographically contained and climate-controlled; a white friend of mine once confessed that to most of her friends, "Diversity means having good restaurants." So let's mix it up.