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July 8, 2009 |
In the end, they brought Michael Jackson to the one place where his life always made sense -- beneath a spotlight and in front of his adoring fans. The superstar, in a gleaming gold coffin, was celebrated in a Staples Center memorial service that was beamed around the world and, like the icon himself, strove mightily to be all things to all people.
August 24, 2009 |
The kernel of Betsy Carter's third novel, "The Puzzle King," is a powerful bit of family lore that takes up no more than a paragraph of her 2002 memoir, "Nothing to Fall Back On": the story of the time, in 1936, that her mother's German-born American aunt, Flora, traveled back to her native country to get dozens of her relatives out. The gift she brought for the American consul was a copy of that year's hottest book in the States, "Gone With the...
May 22, 2008
Re "Troubled dream," Opinion, May 18 Those who insist that only an African American should sculpt the bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. forget what the great civil rights leader said about the importance of being judged by "the content of (one's) character." I'm a white American, born 12 years after a sniper's bullet cut down King in Memphis, but I suspect that if King heard the suggestion that a Chinese artist was incapable of portraying an African American, he'd roll over in his grave.
May 2, 1993
There are worthwhile things to be said both for and against President Clinton, and such an article would be welcome. However, a list of unsubstantiated insults, as penned by King, is bigotry in action. The Times should be more responsible than to publish this kind of invective. FEROL H. GOOD Laguna Hills
October 19, 2008
Thank you for the article on Rodney King ["For Rodney King, it's AA to VH1," by Greg Braxton, Oct. 12]. Having had a spiritual awakening he is now going to be on a "reality" show. I guess if you can't be in reality you can at least act on TV in a reality show. My point is that the AA sponsor who suggested he break his anonymity and go public is not within the traditions of AA. But I guess it's OK for Rodney to blame anybody else rather than take responsibility. Just please don't make him out to be a hero for getting sober.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2009 |
Wearing one glove, Michael Jackson reached into the pop culture zeitgeist and influenced an entire generation, giving pieces as simple as military badges and a fedora an imprint that, for a time, was as powerful as his music. At the height of his career in the mid-1980s, he was a fresh representation of how a male pop singer could look, with his perfectly chiseled face, long curls, white T-shirt, black pegged pants, white ankle socks and black loafers.