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Baldwin Hills: TV Critics Weigh In On BET’s Black Beverly Hills

It's a simple formula perfected by MTV from Laguna Beach to The Hills: Young, rich, beautiful and white. Producers throw in a dose of mediocre drama about love, betrayal and the revolving door of BFFs, and a TV hit is born. But it wasn't until BET created their version of Laguna Beach in the mold of The Hills, Baldwin Hills--which premiered its second season this summer--that there was another piece to the formula: race. BET's hit show follows a group of affluent black kids who live in the L.A. neighborhood that's dubbed the "Black Beverly Hills." The show's opening proclaims, “Not all black people live in the ghetto.” Besides the fact that Blindie found it interesting that it took BET this long to highlight this side of young black America, we're glad that the show, like The Cosby Show before it, is helping America realize that yes, we can be spoiled and rich too, just like the pouty blonde beauties on The Hills. With its second season now making waves for the all-black network, the show's castmember, Gerren Taylor, is also featured in this week's PEOPLE magazine, which charts her rise at age 12 as the fashion industry's "Baby Naomi" to having no modeling jobs at 15. Here's what the critics have said about Baldwin Hills:....
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LA Times Columnist Says Obama’s Candidacy Has Yet to Result in Meaningful Progress

A Los Angeles Times Opinions contributor wrote about the historical aspects of Barack Obama's candidacy, claiming "whether his candidacy (or presidency) is a turning point beyond the racial symbolism remains to be seen." The writer Erin Aubry Kaplan also notes that although Obama is not running "as a 'black' candidate," he "should certainly address issues of concern to African Americans, not simply because he's one of us (though that helps) but because such issues impact all of us. The state of black people has always been a barometer of how well America is fulfilling its democratic ideals." Ending her column, Kaplan writes, "We can congratulate ourselves for having a black candidate, but that candidate can't identify too much with other black people or he risks losing his appeal, magic or whatever. It's the same old game America has always played, defining the limits and qualifications of blackness to its liking and comfort level. That's not justice." PHOTO: AP
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Black Reporter Forced To Leave John McCain Rally

A black reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat was booted from a John McCain rally on Friday by a Secret Service agent, according to the AP. His newspaper is asking the McCain campaign why he was asked to leave the backstage area when there were other state reporters in the same area. The other reporters were white. Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said, "Race played absolutely no role in any actions taken by our employees or anybody else in this case." PHOTO: AP
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ObamaNation: McCain Says Obama Playing ‘Race Card’

John McCain’s camp is accusing Barack Obama of playing “the race card," according to the New York Times. “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck,’’ Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, said in a statement, citing remarks Obama made on Wednesday, where he said Republicans are scaring voters by pointing out he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills." “It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong," Davis adds. A spokesman for the Obama campaign said: “This is a race about big challenges...Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about.”
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Samuel Jackson Fights Kerry Washington’s Miscegenation in Lakeview Terrace

In the upcoming thriller Lakeview Terrace, Samuel L. Jackson plays a veteran LAPD police officer who doesn't care for his new neighbors, played by the beautiful Kerry Washington and the equally stunning Patrick Wilson. Jackson's character primarily doesn't like the incoming yuppies because they are an interracial married couple. "It was a different take, something that is not often portrayed," James Lassiter, who with Will Smith produced the film, told the Los Angeles Times. Race, Lassiter added, "is not the singular driver of [Turner's] hate. But he is a racist." "People will say they are not voting for [Barack Obama] because he's black, but of course they are. They have no idea what his platform is," Jackson said of the topical nature of the film. "Race is an issue that everybody thinks about but you avoid talking about." Speaking of race: Lakeview Terrace, which opens September 19, also refers to the neighborhood where Rodney King was beaten by police in 1991.
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House Set to Apologize for Slavery & Jim Crow

The House of Representatives is set to pass a resolution that would apologize to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow, according to CNN. Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee, introduced the nonbinding resolution. If passed, it will be the first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery. By passing the resolution, the House will acknowledge the "injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow," an aide to Cohen said. This piece of legislation has the Internet buzzing, with the Washington Post's readers sparking serious debates on Ben Pershing's "Capitol Briefing" blog. In response to another Pershing reader--who asked why we can't "just move on" since it's been 140 years since slavery--a commenter, who calls him/herself "Black and Bitter Like Coffee," said:

We can "just move on" when America owns its role for slavery in America and the results of forcibly taking men, women and children from their native continent so that white America can become the privileged class. When white America learn to refuse and give up their benefits of "white privilege", then we can "move on." Until then, the division will exist. It's that simple.
PHOTO: Karen Walker's "The End of Uncle Tom and the Grand Allegorical Tableau of Eva in Heaven" (1995)
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Hate Crimes At Five-Year High in Los Angeles

Hate crimes in L.A hit their highest level in five years in 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest number of racial hate crimes involved Latino suspects against black victims, followed by black suspects against Latino victims. Although blacks made up nearly half the hate crime victims, Latinos made up the largest number of suspects in hate crimes based on sexual orientation, while whites were the leading suspects in religion-based incidents. "What we're seeing is the democratization of hate crimes," said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. "We're not only seeing a diversification of victims but also increased diversification of offenders." PHOTO: AP
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Baldwin Hills: TV Critics Weigh In On BET’s Black Beverly Hills

It's a simple formula perfected by MTV from Laguna Beach to The Hills: Young, rich, beautiful and white. Producers throw in a dose of mediocre drama about love, betrayal and the revolving door of BFFs, and a TV hit is born. But it wasn't until BET created their version of Laguna Beach in the mold of The Hills, Baldwin Hills--which premiered its second season this summer--that there was another piece to the formula: race. BET's hit show follows a group of affluent black kids who live in the L.A. neighborhood that's dubbed the "Black Beverly Hills." The show's opening proclaims, “Not all black people live in the ghetto.” Besides the fact that Blindie found it interesting that it took BET this long to highlight this side of young black America, we're glad that the show, like The Cosby Show before it, is helping America realize that yes, we can be spoiled and rich too, just like the pouty blonde beauties on The Hills. With its second season now making waves for the all-black network, the show's castmember, Gerren Taylor, is also featured in this week's PEOPLE magazine, which charts her rise at age 12 as the fashion industry's "Baby Naomi" to having no modeling jobs at 15. Here's what the critics have said about Baldwin Hills:....
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LA Times Columnist Says Obama’s Candidacy Has Yet to Result in Meaningful Progress

A Los Angeles Times Opinions contributor wrote about the historical aspects of Barack Obama's candidacy, claiming "whether his candidacy (or presidency) is a turning point beyond the racial symbolism remains to be seen." The writer Erin Aubry Kaplan also notes that although Obama is not running "as a 'black' candidate," he "should certainly address issues of concern to African Americans, not simply because he's one of us (though that helps) but because such issues impact all of us. The state of black people has always been a barometer of how well America is fulfilling its democratic ideals." Ending her column, Kaplan writes, "We can congratulate ourselves for having a black candidate, but that candidate can't identify too much with other black people or he risks losing his appeal, magic or whatever. It's the same old game America has always played, defining the limits and qualifications of blackness to its liking and comfort level. That's not justice." PHOTO: AP
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Black Reporter Forced To Leave John McCain Rally

A black reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat was booted from a John McCain rally on Friday by a Secret Service agent, according to the AP. His newspaper is asking the McCain campaign why he was asked to leave the backstage area when there were other state reporters in the same area. The other reporters were white. Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said, "Race played absolutely no role in any actions taken by our employees or anybody else in this case." PHOTO: AP
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ObamaNation: McCain Says Obama Playing ‘Race Card’

John McCain’s camp is accusing Barack Obama of playing “the race card," according to the New York Times. “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck,’’ Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, said in a statement, citing remarks Obama made on Wednesday, where he said Republicans are scaring voters by pointing out he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills." “It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong," Davis adds. A spokesman for the Obama campaign said: “This is a race about big challenges...Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about.”
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Samuel Jackson Fights Kerry Washington’s Miscegenation in Lakeview Terrace

In the upcoming thriller Lakeview Terrace, Samuel L. Jackson plays a veteran LAPD police officer who doesn't care for his new neighbors, played by the beautiful Kerry Washington and the equally stunning Patrick Wilson. Jackson's character primarily doesn't like the incoming yuppies because they are an interracial married couple. "It was a different take, something that is not often portrayed," James Lassiter, who with Will Smith produced the film, told the Los Angeles Times. Race, Lassiter added, "is not the singular driver of [Turner's] hate. But he is a racist." "People will say they are not voting for [Barack Obama] because he's black, but of course they are. They have no idea what his platform is," Jackson said of the topical nature of the film. "Race is an issue that everybody thinks about but you avoid talking about." Speaking of race: Lakeview Terrace, which opens September 19, also refers to the neighborhood where Rodney King was beaten by police in 1991.
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House Set to Apologize for Slavery & Jim Crow

The House of Representatives is set to pass a resolution that would apologize to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow, according to CNN. Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee, introduced the nonbinding resolution. If passed, it will be the first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery. By passing the resolution, the House will acknowledge the "injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow," an aide to Cohen said. This piece of legislation has the Internet buzzing, with the Washington Post's readers sparking serious debates on Ben Pershing's "Capitol Briefing" blog. In response to another Pershing reader--who asked why we can't "just move on" since it's been 140 years since slavery--a commenter, who calls him/herself "Black and Bitter Like Coffee," said:

We can "just move on" when America owns its role for slavery in America and the results of forcibly taking men, women and children from their native continent so that white America can become the privileged class. When white America learn to refuse and give up their benefits of "white privilege", then we can "move on." Until then, the division will exist. It's that simple.
PHOTO: Karen Walker's "The End of Uncle Tom and the Grand Allegorical Tableau of Eva in Heaven" (1995)
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Hate Crimes At Five-Year High in Los Angeles

Hate crimes in L.A hit their highest level in five years in 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest number of racial hate crimes involved Latino suspects against black victims, followed by black suspects against Latino victims. Although blacks made up nearly half the hate crime victims, Latinos made up the largest number of suspects in hate crimes based on sexual orientation, while whites were the leading suspects in religion-based incidents. "What we're seeing is the democratization of hate crimes," said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. "We're not only seeing a diversification of victims but also increased diversification of offenders." PHOTO: AP
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