- Posted October 15, 2012 by
- Great Start to Immigration Reform: Convicted felonious illegal immigrants will work picking crops while incarcerated to defray taxpayer expense, very much like the "Chain Gang of the South". Deportation will begin at the end of the sentence served!
- Indeed Eddie Glaude. Also, it is refreshing to know that President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Colin Powell, Magic Johnson, and/or other prominent Blacks have not duped all US born Descendants of Slavery!
- Send the LA County DA Fraud Division After Danny Bakewell, Sr. et al. Typically, Black leaders have been Serving Themselves and not the Black Community!
- It is the Republican State Senate and Republican Senators who are Demanding the Removal of Convicted Felon Senator Roderick Wright from Office, and not the Democratic State Senate, nor the Democratic Party the so-called Vanguard for the Little Guy or Gal
- ...Thank You Sandy Banks! RE : "Roderick Wright was Wrong"... To Date, By Far this is the Best Los Angeles Times Articles that You Have Authored! The Felon and Carpetbagger Roderick Wright Should be Removed from Office and Banned from Public Service!
Slim Chance that Any Ethical & Law Abiding Individual Would Have any Respect for FAME's Sacrilegious Reverend John J. Hunter. The Demise of the Black Family has More to Do With a Dysfunctional Black Community or Leadership than Racism by Caucasians, etc.
(The perjured testimony of Julius Butler, a long standing and prominent member of First AME Church, resulted in the unwarranted and unlawful prison incarceration and damage to the stellar reputation of Geronimo Pratt, an honorably discharged purple heart Veteran of the Vietnam War.)
““First AME's new pastor preaches forgiveness” The Rev. J. Edgar Boyd replaces John J. Hunter, who was reassigned to San Francisco after a controversial tenure that included a sexual harassment lawsuit and federal tax investigation.” by Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2012
“This church holds regular giveaways during the holidays and summer events food etc......beginning to see more Latinos there than blacks, then right after the backpack and food giveways...you see the Latinos holding yard sells of the same items. Another issue I see here is the money black putting into the basket is the money use to support the others in the community and the blacks stay on the bottom after getting visit from democratic leaders.” by Darrell Nelson
Indeed, Darrell Nelson, the hypocrisy of FAME and our own no good black elected leaders, kicking U.S. born blacks to the curb and beyond, while the sheer ignorance of a primarily black congregation serves and feeds Hispanic illegal aliens, etc., etc., who take full advantage of every opportunity, including the ignorance of FAME…..which explains why U.S. born blacks remain and stay at the bottom, socially, politically and/or economically.
Not quite a prime time for black families on network TV, Cedric the Entertainer's new sitcom 'The Soul Man' underlines the rarity of seeing a black family on prime-time television decades after 'The Cosby Show.'
by Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 5:00 AM PDT, October 13, 2012
A crowd gathers at First AME for a screening of the new TV sitcom “The Soul Man,” with star Cedric the Entertainer and other actors in attendance. (Earl Gibson, The FrontPage Firm / October 13, 2012)
On a recent Sunday at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, an overflow crowd gathered hours after services to see a screening of TV Land's "The Soul Man," starring Cedric the Entertainer as a Las Vegas singer who uproots his family and moves to St. Louis after hearing a divine calling to become a pastor.
The well-dressed congregants gave a hero's welcome to Cedric, costar Niecy Nash and TV Land head Larry Jones. Their accomplishment? Putting on one of the few television shows that spotlights an African American family.
"We're excited about seeing role models for our community and for America," FAME Pastor John J. Hunter said. "It's very important for our youth to see the moral foundation of a family. 'The Soul Man' has to succeed so we can have more shows like this."
Despite the rally, Hunter's faith may be tested in the coming months. "The Soul Man" may not return — executives have yet to give a green light for a second season. And that uncertainty underscores a chronic complaint: More than two decades after "The Cosby Show" broke new ground in the pop-culture mainstream with its portrayal of a loving two-parent black family, shows featuring nuclear black families or families of color have all but vanished.
"The conventional wisdom in Hollywood is that building a show around a black family would be a liability in terms of attracting a wider audience," said Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. "The executives
feel that the mainstream or larger groups just would not be interested in a black family."
In some ways, TV has gotten more diverse. A study released last week by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) concluded that the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters on the five broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and the CW — are at their highest levels ever, with 31 roles. However, the vast majority of those characters are white; only seven are black.
It's also true that depictions of family life in general have been on the decline for years in television. But those that remain, including the returning "Parenthood," "Up All Night," The Middle," "Last Man Standing" and "Raising Hope," typically revolve around white families. (One notable exception is ABC's "Modern Family," which includes a white and Latina couple.)
The only returning shows with ethnic families at the center are TBS' "Are We There Yet?" and Fox's animated "The Cleveland Show."
Of the new series among the major networks' lineups with a substantial family component, including NBC's "The New Normal" and "Revolution," ABC's "Malibu County" and Fox's "Ben and Kate," only one — NBC's "Guys With Kids," about three new fathers trying to hold on to their youth while confronting the responsibilities of parenthood — features a black family.
But that family, with parents played by Anthony Anderson and Tempestt Bledsoe, are only one-third of an ensemble dominated by white characters. In the pilot episode, the black family was given relatively short shrift, while the white couples had more developed story arcs.
Subsequent episodes of the series, which so far has drawn lackluster ratings, have given more focus on the black family. But the near-absence of black families in prime-time spotlights how race and cultural issues continue to shadow the TV arena, more than a decade after the four major networks were blasted by civil rights groups for fostering a "white landscape" in prime time.
The void continues even though African Americans rank as one of TV's most devoted audiences: A recent report by Nielsen revealed that the average African American viewer watches nearly seven hours of TV daily, more than any other single demographic.
Among the slate of new fall shows just launched by the major networks, there is only one African American lead in a new drama: Andre Braugher of ABC's thriller "Last Resort."
Last month's Emmy Awards didn't help burnish the industry's diversity credentials. The vast bulk of the show's audience, nominees and presenters were white. No black female performers were nominated in the major categories, and the three black actors nominated in marquee categories were shut out.
The trend among scripted programming runs counter to other areas of entertainment, such as film and music, where blacks and other minorities have a more prominent role. Despite
Will Smith and Denzel Washington's status as major box office draws, television executives have less confidence that a black lead will have crossover appeal to a mainstream audience, industry experts say. As a compromise, blacks are often integrated into a larger white cast where they are usually limited to a supporting role.
"There's a perception at the networks that shows that feature minority leads involve an element of risk in the marketplace," said Ron Taylor, a former diversity and programming executive at Fox. "And the networks are risk-adverse."
To be sure, the major networks, particularly NBC, which was once the home of "The Cosby Show," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and other black shows, have largely ceded the development of ethnic-oriented programming to smaller, niche cable networks such as BET (Black Entertainment Television) and ABC Family. (For four seasons, the latter network aired "Lincoln Heights," a drama about a black police officer and his family living in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood.)
Another factor is the lack of minority producers and creators in television — the vast majority of show creators are white, and they typically envision whites as their main character, insiders said.
"The pipeline of projects that involve black writers and producers is also exclusionary of people of color," said Hunt, who is working on a study with the Writers Guild of America, West that examines multicultural involvement in TV. "The numbers are worse than they were years ago."
Cedric the Entertainer, who created "The Soul Man" with Suzanne Martin ("Hot in Cleveland"), said that though industry executives still have interest in including minorities in shows dominated by whites, "TV by and large is not interested in African American culture. They always want us to fit in."
TV Land's Jones said his network is trying to step into the programming void in an effort to attract an underserved demographic.
"We wanted to create a show about a family you don't really see," he said. "That was one of our main priorities."
Still, TV Land's effect on the diversity landscape is relatively small. The network averages close to 800,000 viewers in prime time, and the first episodes of "The Soul Man" averaged about 1.1 million viewers. By contrast, even a struggling series like "30 Rock," which returned last week to the NBC lineup, drew 3.4 million viewers.
Occasionally, of course, a show featuring black families, such as "The Cosby Show" and "The Bernie Mac Show," emerges as a major hit. Tim Brooks, a television historian, said that if a show like "Soul Man" were to gain a huge following, viewers would likely see more of the same.
"That would be a very hard feat to pull off," he said. "But it's not impossible."
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-825822 (The perjured testimony of Julius Butler, a long standing and prominent member of First AME Church, resulted in the unwarranted and unlawful prison incarceration and damage to the stellar reputation of Geronimo Pratt, an honorably discharged purple heart Veteran of the Vietnam War.)
YouTube: "My Problem with the Black Church" Uploaded by SpadeProject on Mar 23, 2008
Slim chance that any ethical and law abiding individual would have any respect for First African American Methodist Episcopal (FAME's) sacrilegious Reverend John Hunter or other individuals of similar disgraceful character.
The demise of the black family in the U.S. has more to do with:
2. A disgraceful and inept past or present day elected black leadership or other public servants whose contempt for the "rule of law", the U.S. Constitution, and a respective State Constitution has done more harm to the black family and the black community than the vestibule of slavery in the U.S.
3. Other disgraceful individual such as:
Unethical black journalists or a black owned newspaper such as the Los Angeles Sentinel who practice "Yellow Journalism" and who are so dysfunctional that truth and fact in the promotion of real journalism must be meaningless.
Incompetent and dysfunctional black lawyers who have contempt for the U.S. Constitution, a respective State Constitution and the U.S. born black family structure.
With or without Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Clarence Thomas’s “Affirmative Action Interpretation”……..the days of granting extra privileges based upon any “Affirmative Action Ruling” are numbered…..ending….being terminated.
…….An even more serious issue, is the contempt that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has for the Constitutional rights of law abiding U.S. born black men and women found to be innocent by DNA evidence, physical evidence, etc., etc., while no good Clarence Thomas bends over backwards to deny redress for the atrocities of government.
President Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus have the power to recommend that Clarence Thomas be impeached, BO and the CBC won’t even use his or her influence to make this a reality.
I commend you, Marvin Stewart, former Board Director of the Minuteman Project, for your understanding of a most important function of all elected officials and the duty of elected officials to respect the Constitution and his or her oath of office when serving U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.
Oath of Office,: "I, (President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressperson, Assemblyman, Mayor, City Councilperson, Judge, ), during such times as I hold the office, I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States (the Constitution of the State of California, Maryland, Illinois, etc., etc.), against all enemies foreign (terrorist enemies of the U.S., illegal immigrants, un-American or un-Constitutional anything and everything, etc.) and domestic (treasonous individuals or organizations, any Police Chief who condones this and the Police Chief's rogue police officers, unethical or criminal elected officials or public servants, illegal aliens or his or her advocates, un-American anything and everything), and that I will bear true faith and allegiance, to the Constitution of the United States , (State Constitution), and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter."
U.S. Senate and Congressional Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."
“ …….Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. 'An employee who is asked about possible wrongdoing has only two legal choices:Tell the truth or say nothing”. (LA Times, January 22, 1998.)