December 2, 1999 |
Vida Spears, a creator of UPN's hit comedy "Moesha" and one of the TV industry's few African American show runners, has been fired from the comedy because of a power struggle with star Brandy and her mother and manager, Sonja Norwood, sources said. The ousting of Spears, which took place Tuesday, was not wholly unexpected to those working on the series where tensions had been building for weeks over the show's creative direction.
November 29, 1999 |
Huey: I used to be a firm believer in the economic philosophy of black nationalism. Jazmine: What's that? Huey: That's the belief that black people have a responsibility to support all black businesses, because that creates a strong black economic base. . . . Those powerful black business people would then act in the best interests of black America. Jazmine: You don't believe in that anymore? Huey: Let's just say BET shot a few holes in that theory.
November 26, 1999 |
In an event that has already been clouded by prickly tension and last-minute maneuvering, the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and the television industry will square off Monday in an unprecedented public hearing over the lack of diversity in the fall prime-time schedule.
November 19, 1999 |
Though it's still months before "City of Angels" hits prime time, CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, legendary producer Steven Bochco and the creative team behind the drama series about an inner-city hospital have gone on the offensive in hopes of reversing the jinx: For years, mainstream audiences have turned off network dramas built around predominantly black casts, which "City of Angels" is, resulting in a history of quick cancellations and few projects in development.
November 11, 1999 |
The NAACP laid out its first specific demands of the major television networks Wednesday in its ongoing campaign to increase the role of minorities in the television industry. The sweeping initiatives, listed in a five-page document that landed on executives' desks at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, propose timetables for adding minorities to corporate boards, hiring more minority writers and producers and other steps to dramatically change the industry's diversity policies.
November 4, 1999 |
The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, as expected, backed away Wednesday from threats to stage a boycott of one of the four major broadcast networks this month and instead said it would hold hearings in Los Angeles, beginning Nov. 29, on the lack of racial and ethnic diversity at the networks.