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ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1990
I'm fit to be tied over Ray Loynd's Sept. 17 review of the LAAT's "almost flawless" production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." The flaw as Loynd squints to see it is the "beautifully played" performances by Neva Ruschell and Lance Nichols as the upstairs neighbors, which (to him) represent "tinkering" with the untinkerable author because "blacks wouldn't be running in and out of the Kowalskis' flat in 1947 New Orleans." This is outright racist hogwash. Williams says nothing about the racial composition of Stanley's friends and neighbors who live "at the end of the trolley line."
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
The number of minorities bitten by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department canines has increased in the last few years, according to a study released Monday. The annual number of dog bites of whites, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans remained low from 2004 through 2012, but similar incidents involving African Americans and Latinos increased in the same period, according to the report. Researchers noted that the vast majority of canine deployments occurred in high-crime areas.
NATIONAL
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.
SCIENCE
December 4, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
In a new study based on surveys of more than 1,300 government workers in Tennessee, black workers were less likely than white workers to say they felt supported by their coworkers. They also reported having fewer friends at work. And black workers in the study were more likely to report facing routine tasks and getting less autonomy on the job. Yet the black workers surveyed were more likely than white workers to say they felt happiness and other positive emotions at work, the study said.
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.
NEWS
July 25, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
He is arguably the nation's most influential African American televangelist, but for many years, says Pastor Frederick K.C. Price of Crenshaw Christian Center, a lot of blacks "thought I was white." Price, whose Vermont Avenue church is the nation's biggest religious sanctuary, with more than 10,000 seats, eschews the traditional black church's "emotionalism." He prefers opera to gospel music.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Nearly half a century after Martin Luther King Jr. described his dream that someday people would be judged not by their race but by their character, whites think a colorblind society is much closer to reality than blacks, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. The findings underscore the enduring chasm between the way white and black Americans perceive racism and its continued effects, as glaring gaps in wealth and education persist between the races. In a telephone survey of more than 2,200 adults this month, 44% of white respondents said the U.S. had a long way to go before achieving racial equality, compared with 79% of black respondents.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1990
I agree in part with Jim Brown's comments ("Blacks in Hollywood: We Need to Help One Another . . . ," Counterpunch, July 16). Blacks should help each other not only in Hollywood but in all phases of life. In his criticism of certain black entertainers, Brown failed to mention two women who are in the process of making great strides in providing jobs for blacks in Hollywood--Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions ("Brewster Place") and Marla Gibbs' Crossroads Academy, in the South-Central L.A. community, which is providing a training vehicle for blacks who otherwise might not be seen by producers and directors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1998
Re the Rev. Madison T. Shockley II's July 30 commentary, "Chinese Get the Wrong Message About Blacks": When I read in the article that Shockley was "sure" that there were few blacks at Boeing, Unocal, Xerox or in Palos Verdes, Beverly Hills or the homes in the Valley, I did not know whether to laugh or cry. If the good reverend would go to those places, he would, I know, find that he couldn't be more wrong. As an insurance agent, I see African Americans in all walks of life and living in the places the reverend said there were few. CHRISTOPHER T. HICKS Long Beach Shockley bemoans what he sees as the image of black people painted when Chinese industrialists were taken on a tour of L.A.'s skid row. I think it's Shockley who needs the tour, because all homeless people and those in need of public assistance are not black!
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