December 7, 1998
The Academy Award nominations won't be announced until Feb. 9, but Oscar season is in full swing this week in Hollywood. From major studios to small independents, marketing departments have launched aggressive advertising campaigns touting their films in the two major Hollywood trade papers. Whether the films deserve an Oscar nod is another question. "This is the time of year when everyone wants to look like they're in the game," said Lynne Segall, the Hollywood Reporter's associate publisher.
February 21, 1998
Someone once asked me what was the necessity of the NAACP Image Awards (" 'Soul Food' and 'Angel' Are Tops in Image Awards," by Yvette C. Doss, Feb. 16). Well, the motion picture academy answered that question when the nominations were announced. JOHN OLIVER Hollywood
February 16, 1998 |
At the 29th NAACP Image Awards, a glittering salute to the biggest names in black entertainment and the promotion of positive images of people of color, the standout winners were the movie "Soul Food," with five awards, and CBS' "Touched by an Angel," with four wins in the television categories.
December 12, 1997 |
NAACP President Kweisi Mfume said Thursday that the organization would establish a Los Angeles branch by next spring that would help monitor and improve the hiring and portrayals of African Americans in the entertainment industry. While saying he was pleased with increases in the number of blacks performing on television and film, he maintained that the directing and writing ranks are still "woefully inadequate" when it comes to African Americans.
October 14, 1997
International Remote Imaging Systems Inc. has been awarded a $485,000 two-year research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The Chatsworth-based business will take part in a project to help develop more accurate computerized analysis of chromosomes for the study of inherited diseases. The company is a maker of urinalysis devices and imaging systems used in hospitals and clinical and genetic labs.
February 22, 1997 |
A rift between the Beverly Hills/Hollywood chapter of the NAACP and the organization's national leaders has put a hold on the local branch's protest against eight TV comedies that it claims portray African Americans in a buffoonish manner.
February 17, 1997 |
Remember how you felt about Darth Vader the first time you encountered him? Scared and awed by his all-encompassing power? That's probably how folks at rival studios feel about 20th Century Fox right about now. Since Fox re-released "Star Wars" on Jan. 31, George Lucas' 1977 space epic has vaporized the competition and passed "E.T." to become the highest-grossing film of all time ($400 million-plus in North America alone). And the juggernaut rolls on.
February 10, 1997 |
At Saturday night's NAACP Image Awards, speakers and winners on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium stage carefully skirted dissension among the ranks sparked by a local chapter's outcry against some sitcoms featuring primarily black casts. The award presentations focused instead on lengthy nods to award winners such as the comedy series "Cosby" and feature films "A Time to Kill" and "The Preacher's Wife."
February 9, 1997 |
A day after the Beverly Hills/Hollywood chapter of the NAACP slammed a list of black sitcoms for airing buffoonish racial stereotypes, little trace of the flap surfaced at the NAACP's annual Image Awards ceremony. The local chapter Friday led three African American groups in attacking shows such as "Martin," "Homeboys in Outer Space" and "The Wayans Bros." for furthering negative images of blacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1996 |
Civil rights groups have been breathing down the necks of corporations for decades, demanding accountability in minority hiring and promotion practices. While we were busy counting heads and advocating more representation, Hollywood escaped scrutiny. But its time has come. And the National Assn.