‘Fresh Prince’ Star Puts Grace, Soul and ‘Motherwit’ into New Cookbook
10/17/2018 9:19:10 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   For those who only know Daphne Maxwell-Reid as “Aunt Viv” from the smash 1990s hit comedy, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” there’s so much more to behold. Maxwell-Reid, the wife of acting icon Tim Reid, started her career as a model and became the first African American to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1969. In addition to the “Fresh Prince,” which featured superstar Will Smith and the late James Avery, Maxwell-Reid appeared on the police drama “Hill Street Blues,” and the comedy hit,...

Review: 'American Dreamers' Presents Huge Talents, Ambitions
10/10/2018 11:57:41 PM

By Pablo Gorondi   As a certain recent Nobel laureate from Minnesota once said, we live in a political world. “American Dreamers” is a political album but also a collection of outstanding tracks that target both your senses and your conscience, presenting the musical talents of young people, often called “Dreamers,” brought to the U.S. illegally as children and who now face an uncertain future as politicians are at a stalemate over their fate. The album includes testimonies from a handful of those young musicians—Juan Carlos, an organist from...

Denzel Washington Looks Back Fondly on Some Crucial Advice
10/10/2018 11:56:17 PM

By John Carucci   NEW YORK (AP)—Denzel Washington joined the Boys & Girls Club of America when he was 5. He's never really left. The 63-year old Oscar and Tony-winning actor says the lessons he learned from the youth organization became the foundation of his success. One valuable lesson came after a track and field event where Washington found he wasn't as fast as one other child. “I was real nervous about that, and I was thrown off by it,” Washington recalled. A counselor noticed that something was wrong and came over. “I remember him...

#MeToo Movement Sends Hollywood Figures into Exile, Not Jail
10/10/2018 11:53:57 PM

The (hash)MeToo ethos, which encourages victims to come forward years or even decades after abuse and harassment that they've kept private, and a legal system that demands fast reporting of crimes and hard evidence. The task force has considered charges against 22 suspects, including Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, director James Toback and former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, all of whom have denied engaging in any sex that was not consensual. Charges have already been rejected for most. Cases involving six suspects, including Weinstein and Spacey, both of whom have multiple accusers, remain...

Tina Turner Reveals Husband Gave Her Kidney for Transplant
10/10/2018 11:51:54 PM

LONDON (AP)—Tina Turner has revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her husband. The 78-year-old singer says in an upcoming autobiography that she has suffered from kidney disease, and by 2016 her kidneys were at “20 percent and plunging rapidly.” She says her husband, Erwin Bach, “shocked me by saying that he wanted to give me one of his kidneys.” Turner says she was “overwhelmed by the enormity of his offer.” Turner writes that afterward she felt “happy, overwhelmed and relieved that we'd come...

Setting the Example in This Moment
10/10/2018 10:54:03 PM

By Marian Edelman Wright   As parents and grandparents once again struggle to determine how to explain to their children current headlines of moral indecency at the highest levels, adults everywhere are reminded that we must all continue to strive to be the examples we want our children to emulate. We cannot depend on anyone else. I believe the Old Testament prophets, the Gospels, the Koran—indeed all great faiths—history, moral decency and common sense beckon us anew to examine as individuals and as a people what we are to live by and teach our children by precept and...

CRL Calls for Firing of CFPB Fair Lending Official Who Used N-Word
10/10/2018 10:53:01 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Recent and stunning disclosures of racially-offensive writings by a high-ranking official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has unleashed an escalating barrage of criticisms, including calls for the official to be fired and more probing questions regarding the agency’s commitment to fair lending. Since a September 28 Washington Post article first reported how Eric Blankenstein, CFPB’s Policy Director for Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending, used a pen name in blogs dating as far back as 2004, a spate of fury has been...

Chance the Rapper Giving $1M to Boost Mental Health Services
10/10/2018 9:57:24 PM

CHICAGO (AP)—Chance the Rapper says he's donating $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. The Chicago native made the announcement Thursday during a summit for his nonprofit organization SocialWorks, saying those involved Blackwant to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed.” Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called BlackMy State of Mind” to help connect people with treatment. Members of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the...

Los Angeles Celebrates First Indigenous Peoples Day
10/10/2018 9:52:17 PM

By Craig Clough   LOS ANGELES—The first official Indigenous Peoples Day was celebrated in Los Angeles Monday, with a daylong lineup of activities and events in the Civic Center, including a grand finale concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas. The holiday was recognized for the first time in Los Angeles following the City Council's vote last year to cancel Columbus Day, siding with critics who said the explorer's connection to brutality and slavery makes him unworthy of celebration, although the vote was not unanimous or without controversy. In making the move,...

Sheriff's Freeway Arrests Under Investigation
10/10/2018 9:51:34 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County inspector general has launched an investigation into whether a Sheriff's Department highway enforcement team engaged in racial profiling when it stopped thousands of innocent Latino drivers in search of drugs on the 5 Freeway, it was reported today. The probe follows a report in the Los Angeles Times that nearly 70 percent of drivers stopped from 2012 through last year were Latino and that two-thirds of them had their vehicles searched—a rate far higher than motorists of other racial and ethnic groups. County Supervisor Hilda Solis...