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December 22, 1988 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
In his short life, former ABC television anchorman Max Robinson admitted having many problems: alcohol abuse, racial struggles, career disaster and three failed marriages. But he never publicly acknowledged having the disease that would end his life. Yet in his death at 49, Robinson had his family reveal that he had AIDS so that others in the black community would be alerted to the dangers of the disease and the need for treatment and education.
April 25, 2014 | Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Is there something more to be said about the snafu at Pasadena City College that resulted in the snubbing of an Oscar-winning screenwriter who was invited to be the school's commencement speaker then crudely disinvited ? Absolutely. The school has tried to explain it all away as an unfortunate misunderstanding and has apologized, sort of, to Dustin Lance Black, class of '92. Black, who wrote "Milk," was told his services would not be needed at the school's May 9 graduation after administrators discovered he was involved in a five-year-old sex tape “scandal” that might give the school a “bad name.” They even seemed to realize that Black, an LGBT activist, was the victim in that case.
Welland Rudd isn't a typical American. He's never eaten Thanksgiving turkey or watched fireworks on the Fourth of July. At 52, he has yet to set foot on U.S. soil. Rudd isn't a typical Russian, either. Although he speaks the language fluently and has lived his whole life in Moscow, he cuts an unusual figure here. What sets him apart is the cafe-au-lait color of his skin.
April 24, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's battle against the federal government over land rights took an unexpected detour after a newspaper quoted the 67-year-old grandfather suggesting African Americans were "better off as slaves" because slavery taught work skills and enhanced family life. Bundy, who has waged a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, insisting he has a right to graze hundreds of head of cattle on public lands without paying fees, has been surrounded by citizen militias that have converged on his ranch in rural Bunkerville after armed federal officials moved in to remove Bundy's cattle.
December 28, 2012 | By Erin Aubry Kaplan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
March 23, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said Friday that he's grateful the rest of the country has sat up and taken notice of the tragic slaying of Trayvon Martin. But he can't help but wonder: Why has it taken so long for everyone else to recognize the chronic injustices that African Americans face? "We're surprised that everyone else is surprised," Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. African Americans have tried for decades to get the rest of America to understand their plight, he said, particularly their beliefs that justice is still elusive in many parts of America, especially the Deep South.
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.
February 6, 1989
Congratulations to Frank del Olmo on his articulate essay about the combined efforts of both blacks and Latinos in their court battle with Los County and its Board of Supervisors ("Partners, Not Rivals, in County Suit," Op-Ed Page, Jan. 27). Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960s, I always thought that had Latinos and blacks merged together in their fight for civil rights many more successes and accomplishments would have followed for both groups. I also suspect that the transition and accessibility for future minority immigrants would have been made somewhat easier.
October 7, 1987
This letter is in response to the article by Penelope McMillan, "Black Flight From L.A. Reverses Trend," (Metro, Sept. 22). Black migration fortunately is not a matter of moving out: For the first time in American history, the census is showing that blacks are moving up and out . Researcher James H. Johnson came to a loss in explaining the almost random migration of blacks from Los Angeles because, based on previous census findings, blacks...
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
"House" meets "Homeland" and goes dancing with "Grey's Anatomy" on the new ABC "medical" drama, "Black Box," a show so deeply flawed and absurdly derivative you will wonder if you, like the main character, are experiencing a manic episode. Kelly Reilly stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a predictably brilliant and beautiful neurosurgeon who is also bipolar and prone to go off her meds. Like "Homeland's" Carrie Mathison and Dr. Gregory House, Black believes there is a direct relationship between her abilities and her disorder.
April 21, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
There is something so odd about the way that Pasadena City College handled a commencement speaker invitation to Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black that the controversy seemed at first like a belated April Fool's joke. According to the school's newspaper, the PCC Courier, the college's Board of Trustees had put Black's name on a list of eight possible commencement speakers. As a PCC graduate, Black is one of its most illustrious alumni. But something in his past seems to have knocked him out of consideration.
April 21, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
"Orphan Black," BBC America's surprise sci-fi hit, returned for its second season on Saturday night, and it's bigger, bolder and better than ever. Tatiana Maslany's coterie of clones is battling for survival, sanity and answers, with Sarah desperately seeking daughter Kira, Cosima digging deeper into the neolutionists' labs, Alison vacillating between craft-room-neatening super mom and gun-toting vigilante -- and Rachael, apparently, running the whole she-bang. Oh and that wacky Ukrainian Helena is still alive!
April 11, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY An all-day salute to the late Mickey Rooney includes the 1938 classic "Boys Town. " 5 p.m. TCM Quien es mas macho: Channing Tatum or Mark Wahlberg? No matter, as both gents will be getting honors at the "2014 MTV Movie Awards. " 9 p.m. MTV and VH1 "Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers" revisits the chaotic aftermath of last year's attack on the Boston Marathon.
April 11, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Talk about flying in the face of convention. Whereas many planes use a white or light color scheme, a newly painted Air New Zealand 787-9 is a study in black--a stunning study at that. The Dreamliner, whose paint job was completed Saturday at Seattle's Boeing facility, will be part of Air New Zealand 's group of 10 such aircraft but is so far the only one with the black scheme. Starting Oct. 15, the craft will carry passengers on a route from Auckland, New Zealand, to Perth, Australia, and also will fly from Auckland to Shanghai and from Auckland to Tokyo.  It's adorned with the fern, a New Zealand symbol that has its roots in Maori culture.
April 8, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - An Australian ship hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has picked up two more transmissions similar to those of the jet's "black boxes," and the coordinator of the search said Wednesday the "pings" were helping to narrow the search area significantly. The vessel Ocean Shield, towing an acoustic detection device lent by the U.S. Navy, recorded pings of five and seven minutes' duration Tuesday afternoon and evening, said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search efforts from Perth, Australia.
August 20, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
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.
July 11, 2012 | By David Lazarus
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...
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
April 7, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
By the time they have reached the fourth grade, African American boys who have run a childhood gantlet of poverty, shifting family structure, harsh parenting and a mother's low mood and educational attainment will have signs of premature genetic aging that can deepen their vulnerability to mental and physical illness, says a new study. And the toll of environmental stresses on a child's cells is even more pronounced when that child has inherited a constellation of genetic variations that make him more sensitive to privation or privilege, the authors of this new research have found.
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