June 5, 2012 |
The gap in life expectancy between black and white Americans is smaller than it has ever been, thanks largely to a decline in the number of deaths resulting from heart disease and HIV infection, a new analysis has found. That's the good news. The bad news is that the gap is still large: A black baby boy born today can expect to live 5.4 fewer years, on average, than his white counterpart, and a black baby girl will die 3.7 years earlier, on average, than her white counterpart. What's more, the narrowing of the gap between 2003 and 2008 is due in part to a troubling development among whites: They are more likely than in the past to die from overdoses of powerful prescription medications like OxyContin and Vicodin, along with other unintentional poisonings.
December 28, 2012 |
Tracey White's initial impression of "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's new slave-era shoot-'em-up extravaganza, could be summed up in three words: smart, funny and ugly. Sitting through a recent screening in Beverly Hills, the L.A. costume designer was mostly absorbed and found herself laughing aloud at particularly outrageous moments. But White, who is black, said her feelings evolved significantly. Two days after reflecting on the matter of slavery and Tarantino's treatment, she pronounced the movie mostly ugly.
July 11, 2012 |
And now, a lesson in political-speak: being specific vs. being silly. Republican presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney told the NAACP that he has the "best interest" of Americans at heart and that blacks in particular should vote for him. "I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you...
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August 25, 1988
We all have our cultural idiosyncrasies, but in regard to the much written Japanese feelings towards blacks, I believe that there is a direct correlation to their feelings and the media, particularly newspapers, radio and television here in America. When blacks are depicted in the newspapers, for the most part it's crime related. In commercials on television, we can't just be regular consumers, we have to wear ridiculous clothes, moonwalk or do some strange facial or body gesticulation.
April 23, 1989
Patrick Goldstein's "Hollywood Burning" (April 16), on the plight of blacks in Hollywood, asks whether it is racism or economics that keeps blacks out of the industry. I don't see how it could be economics when the majority of films with unknown black casts released in recent years have been quite successful, i.e., "The Color Purple," "A Soldier's Story," "Hollywood Shuffle" and "She's Gotta Have It." (Were there any films with black casts that weren't successful?) And when you consider "Coming to America," earning $100 million, in which the cast was mostly unknown except for Eddie Murphy, I don't know how economics can be blamed.
August 20, 2011 |
Black researchers are far less likely to receive grant funding than white researchers, according to a new report published this week in the journal Science. The report, based on a survey of 80,000 grant applications to the National Institutes of Health made by 40,000 researchers, found that 29% of grants from white applicants were accepted while only 16% from black applicants made it through. Even after accounting for factors that do not have directly to do with race, such as education, country of origin and publication record, whites still led blacks by 10 percentage points.