December 12, 2013 |
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.
November 8, 2013 |
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.
August 26, 2013 |
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.
July 23, 2013 |
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.
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May 8, 2013 |
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.
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August 23, 2012 |
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.