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.
July 25, 1999 |
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.
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!
September 13, 2010
Life expectancy is lower for blacks compared with whites in the United states by about five years, mostly because of more heart disease among blacks. But researchers reported Monday on a shocking disparity in death rates among blacks with muscular dystrophy that is likely due to inequality in healthcare. Muscular dystrophy is an incurable muscle disease that often leads to death in early adulthood due to respiratory or cardiac failure. The study reported Monday in the journal Neurology examined 18,315 deaths associated with muscular dystrophy in the United States over a 20-year period and found that African Americans with the disease die 10 to 12 years before their white counterparts -- a healthcare disparity gap "that is among the largest ever demonstrated," said the authors of an editorial accompanying the study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1991
Yeaaah, Janet Clayton! I loved the interview with Steele. She asked all the right questions and made all the right points. Go on, girl! She made my Sunday! ELEANOR BROWN Santa Monica
August 14, 1986 |
The Soweto-inspired boycott of black schools spread to other townships today, accompanied by sporadic student violence that was the most widespread of the 2-month-old state of emergency.
February 14, 1993
I admire Mario Van Peebles for taking the next step with "Posse." I am tired of films like "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Basic Instinct." I want to see more movies directed by blacks--starring blacks. I hope that other African-Americans realize that we must change the status quo by supporting black films--or run the risk of spending the rest of our viewing lives watching white people live. ROSEMARY C. WATSON Los Angeles
October 25, 1992
Your letters were strongly worded statements clearly blaming racism. One stated that "the more Hollywood presents anyone black as dumb clowns and anyone white as perfect, there will be race wars." I feel compelled to point out that Al Bundy, Homer Simpson and Roseanne are the white clowns. While much can be done to better portray everyone's race, ethnic group or point of view, please realize that blacks do not have a monopoly on being misrepresented or looking stupid. Besides, maybe the first step toward healing is the ability to laugh at ourselves.
June 30, 1991
How many films about poor, struggling white families have been mainstream commercial successes? Somehow, the "politically correct" image of blacks in films has become the street-ghetto stereotype, and if white audiences aren't interested in the plight of poor whites, why would they be interested in poor blacks or poor Latinos or poor Asians? Racial problems are minimized by class and interest similarities. Perhaps a more varied view of black life will result in multiracial audiences for all types of black films.