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August 24, 1991 | KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The idea of racial transformation is not new to the movies. In the '40s and '50s, "Pinky" and "Imitation of Life" explored the myth of the Tragic Mulatto, and in director Melvin Van Peebles' 1970 "Watermelon Man," Godfrey Cambridge starts the movie in whiteface, but awakens one day to discover he's black. He begins to realize, with painful rapidity, that the world treats him differently. Touchstone Pictures' "True Identity" taps the same metaphoric vein.
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August 24, 1991 | KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The idea of racial transformation is not new to the movies. In the '40s and '50s, "Pinky" and "Imitation of Life" explored the myth of the Tragic Mulatto, and in director Melvin Van Peebles' 1970 "Watermelon Man," Godfrey Cambridge starts the movie in whiteface, but awakens one day to discover he's black. He begins to realize, with painful rapidity, that the world treats him differently. Touchstone Pictures' "True Identity" taps the same metaphoric vein.
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December 10, 1988 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, Times Staff Writer
The Bravo Cable System has launched a nationwide campaign to introduce Lenny Henry, a black comedian from England, to American audiences. But the company has been so protective of its new client, both in his videocassette promo and his single West Coast appearance at Crackers Restaurant and Comedy Club in Anaheim, that he's come and gone without leaving much of a trace. At 30, Jamaican-born Henry has co-starred with Tracey Ullman on British TV's "Three of a Kind," as well as a number of shows.
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December 10, 1988 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, Times Staff Writer
The Bravo Cable System has launched a nationwide campaign to introduce Lenny Henry, a black comedian from England, to American audiences. But the company has been so protective of its new client, both in his videocassette promo and his single West Coast appearance at Crackers Restaurant and Comedy Club in Anaheim, that he's come and gone without leaving much of a trace. At 30, Jamaican-born Henry has co-starred with Tracey Ullman on British TV's "Three of a Kind," as well as a number of shows.
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February 13, 1988 | LEONARD KLADY
A capsule Review of this weekend's screening in the American Film Institute's BritFest during the UK/LA '88 Festival. 'COAST TO COAST' Monicas, Sunday, 4 and 9:30 p.m. John Shea and Lenny Henry partner in a mobile disco and fall in with bad company in this misfired tongue-in-cheek thriller. Director Sandy Johnson and writer Stan Hey pack their film with so many plot and character red herrings that one quickly becomes more pickled than tickled.
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July 15, 1998 | RUSS PARSONS
Gareth Blackstock is a chef with the perfectionist soul of an artist and the scabrous tongue of a longshoreman. Starring Lenny Henry, the BBC comedy series "Chef!" has developed a cult following among foodies, though it has rarely been broadcast in the United States (and never, as far as we can tell, in Southern California). Now you can find out what all the fuss is about. The first six episodes have been released in this country by CBS/Fox Video and are available on Amazon.com.
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April 16, 1990 | from United Press International
More than 70,000 rock fans thronged to an anti-apartheid concert televised to a potential audience of 1 billion people today as a tribute to black nationalist leader Nelson R. Mandela and his campaign to end white minority rule in South Africa. Mandela and his wife Winny both smiled broadly and raised their right fists in a symbol of defiance as they entered London's Wembley Stadium and sat in a special section with other dignitaries.
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August 23, 1991 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"True Identity" could have been the best thing that ever happened to director Charles Lane. Let's hope it doesn't turn out to be the worst. That would be a shame, because even in its ineffectual moments, of which there are many, "True Identity" reveals Lane to be a filmmaker with a very engaging sensibility and nicely idiosyncratic comic style.
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