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August 28, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Organizers say they expect a huge crowd of black women in Philadelphia Oct. 25 for a rally designed to recapture the spirit of the "Million Man March" in Washington two years ago. Starting a network of black independent schools, helping black women released from prisons and encouraging black female entrepreneurs are among the goals, Zola Aminata, national spokeswoman for the march, said at a news conference in Washington.
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February 28, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, presented by the Lincoln Motor Co. The honorees were Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Academy Award-nominated actress Lupita Nyong'o of “12 Years a Slave”; Sundance Film Festival winner Ava DuVernay for directing “Middle of Nowhere”; and Stefani Saintonge, winner of the magazine's short film competition.    Given that 2014 marks the 50 th anniversary of the landmark civil rights act of 1964, the Feb. 27 affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel also recognized prominent figures involved in the civil rights movement: actors Diahann Carroll of “Julia,” Nichelle Nichols of “Star Trek,” Clarence Williams III of “The Mod Squad,” and Denise Nicholas of “Room 222”; sports legend Jim Brown; and author/poet Maya Angelou.
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NEWS
October 26, 1997 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under overcast skies, hundreds of thousands of black women gathered here Saturday to tell each other and the world, in the words of one participant: "We are unified, we are standing."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before pretending to do important things today. The Skinny: Caught a classic episode of "The Sopranos" last night. I think everyone anointing "Breaking Bad" the greatest drama ever needs to revisit Season 1 "The Sopranos. " Friday's headlines include the box -office preview and the push by "Saturday Night Live" to add black women to its cast. Also, Aereo wants to duke it out with broadcasters in the Supreme Court. Daily Dose: At an investor conference Thursday, DirecTV CEO Mike White suggested the satellite broadcaster is exploring the concept of launching its online video service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
The fourth annual Black Women's Conference, called "The Ideal Black Woman: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond," will be held at Cal State Northridge on Saturday. The all-day event, sponsored by the university's Black Student Union and the Black Women's Conference Committee, aims to enhance the lives of black women, said LeiLani Lemle, director of programming for the conference.
NEWS
August 25, 1994 | STEPHANIA H. DAVIS, THE HARTFORD COURANT
Jeans that fit in the waist but not in the butt. Sleeves that aren't long enough. Suits that bunch up in the back. These are some of the fashion misfitting problems black women have dealt with for years when buying clothes. Lori Scott was tired of spending a small fortune on alterations, and she knew many other black women were too. So Scott went to her employer, Spiegel, and pitched an idea: a clothing catalogue geared to the fit and fashion needs of black women.
NEWS
May 26, 1994 | CYNDI Y. NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're cutting it close. Following the lead of celebrities such as actress Halle Berry and pop singers Toni Braxton and Zhane, black women are cropping their mops. Short 'dos are definitely a lock for the summer. "Everyone coming in (to the shop) wants the Toni Braxton look or the Zhane look," said Brendolyn Davis, a hair designer at Moods International in Oceanside. "They're really cutting it down, above the ears, and going with a bob, short waves and pin curls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a revival-style celebration Sunday, more than 200 people honored five African American women of the San Fernando Valley for their years of involvement in their churches, local charities and schools. Dorothy Caldwell, Ida Kinney, Dessa Robinson, Dorothy Bradford and Rosa Broadous--ages 71 to 89--were named "queen mothers" by the San Fernando Valley chapter of the National Council of Negro Women during the group's fifth annual Black History Celebration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leslie Small immediately considered his own romantic life when organizers of the fourth Black Women's Conference at Cal State Northridge asked him to host a workshop called "How to Love a Black Man (Without Compromising Yourself)." "I thought, 'How do you love someone like me?' " said Small, a doctoral candidate in urban economic development at USC. "And the best answer I could come up with was: from a distance." Small got a big laugh from the 50 or so women in attendance.
NEWS
April 7, 1994 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Belting out songs in a popular downtown jazz club, Regina McCrary-Bond is the embodiment of sassy confidence and glamour. No one would guess the depths from which she had climbed to get there. Seven years ago McCrary-Bond, the daughter of a Baptist preacher, a former backup singer to Bob Dylan, a woman of early bright musical promise, had hit rock bottom. After five years of touring with a music legend, she couldn't find work when she came home to Nashville to care for her young son.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Under fire for its historic lack for black female cast members, "Saturday Night Live" is holding auditions to add an African American woman to the cast. But will it be enough? The veteran series sponsored a showcase exclusively for black women last week at the Groundlings Theatre and held another showcase in New York, although sources declined to say whether that it was also for black women exclusively. At least one additional showcase will be held. The search has commenced after cast member Jay Pharoah complained in October that the show was too white.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Whoopi Goldberg thinks it took America an awfully long time to realize that "Saturday Night Live" has a diversity problem.  NBC's comedy-variety show has been afflicted this season with a debate over the lack of black women in its cast. The show even lampooned the issue last week, with Kerry Washington as host.  Goldberg, currently a panelist on "The View," can't believe people have waited until now to examine the subject.  PHOTOS: 13 memorable stars from 'Saturday Night Live' "These folks are 15 years late on this question," Goldberg told Showbiz411.
SCIENCE
August 26, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
News flash: Some overweight and obese women work harder to get healthy when they're not ordered to lose weight, but told their current body shape is fine and that maintaining it is an acceptable goal. The women on whom this approach has most recently shown promise are younger African American women whose body mass index falls between 25 and 35, placing them in the overweight-to-moderately obese category. In a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, these women tended to stay at their weight or even lose a few pounds when they were assigned to a "shape-maintenance" program.
SCIENCE
July 23, 2013 | By Titania Kumeh
A diagnosis of breast cancer is more likely to lead to early death for black women than for white women, a disparity that's mainly the result of having more health problems before cancer develops, new research shows. Of the black women on Medicare who were told they had breast cancer, 55.9% were still alive five years later. That compared with 68.8% of white women who were the same age, lived in the same area and were diagnosed in the same year, according to a study published in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
On occasion, my wife and I have taken out-of-town visitors on Sunday outings to the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles to expose the uninitiated to the joy of a live gospel choir. I sometimes wonder how I stand with that power greater than myself while intruding on a house of worship solely to observe a spectacle. But we're always received so warmly that I quickly lose myself in the music and forget where I am. In that state, I've paid little notice to hats and shoes and dresses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
The comments started before Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas made history. Haters turned to social media, but not to criticize her performance - that was golden. It was to trash her hair. Slicked back in a high ponytail with half her mane tucked into an elastic band, her style seem to blend in with her teammates'. Hair clips pinned the stray hairs in place as she vaulted into the history books as the first African American to win the women's all-around in gymnastics. Still, that simple style threatened to overshadow her golden moment.
NEWS
October 10, 1991 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oklahoma law professor Anita Faye Hill's public allegations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas may be having a profound effect on one group that historically has shied away from confronting the emotion-charged issue--the nation's black women. Fearful of disrupting the appearance of racial solidarity, black women for the most part have left it to their white counterparts to combat sexual harassment and other gender-related issues.
NEWS
July 24, 1998 | DARRYL FEARS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One winter long ago, Lynn Chamberlain, then a robust 21-year-old, suddenly felt faint with exhaustion. Puzzled but not terribly concerned, she walked into her doctor's office and said, "I don't know what's wrong. Test me for everything." A blood test for the AIDS virus came back positive. Overcome by fear and heaving with sobs, Chamberlain shouted over and over: "Oh my God. I'm going to die." But her doctor stayed calm. He had seen this before. "Tell me about your boyfriend," he said.
NEWS
July 4, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots blog
Higher levels of childhood physical or sexual abuse are associated with an increased risk for obesity among adult African American women, researchers said. It was the first study to look at a large group of African American women for this association, which has been found among women in previous studies, the researchers from Boston University said in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics. The association was “modest, statistically significant” for women who reported severe abuse early in life.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2012 | By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun
African American women in six U.S. cities are becoming infected with HIV at a rate five times the national average for black women, and closer to the rates of some African countries, according to a new study. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and around the country who made the findings suspected the rates were relatively high in these "hot spots" that have battled the epidemic for decades, but the numbers still came as a surprise in a field that tends to focus more on black and gay men. The researchers found that in Baltimore; Atlanta; Newark, N.J.; New York City; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Washington, the annual rate of infection was 24 per 10,000 black women.
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