Posts Tagged ‘African American’
(Moderate Voice) Sherman Hemsley, known to many for his starring role on The Jeffersons has died at 74, and is remembered by many as the peevish, nervous, reactive funny man playing George Jefferson, a ‘movin’ on up’ patriarch of a newly affluent black family who also, much like Ralph Cramden of The Honeymooners, was a sometimes schemer. In the sit-com, George owned a dry cleaning business, lived in a highrise New York luxury apartment with his wife, Louise (Wheezy)… and an assortment of lovably weird neighbors. They had a son named Lionel. The Jeffersons (irnonically named now that we know more about Thomas Jefferson’s actual love interest) ran from 1975 to 1985, a good long run for a comedy show. Later the Philly born Helmsley guest starred in other series.
(The Root) According to theExecutive Leadership Council, an organization focused on increasing the number of African Americans at the senior level in Fortune 500 companies and on corporate boards, the numbers are grave: Of the more than 35,000 senior-executive positions either at the CEO level or those one or two levels below CEO within Fortune 500 companies, it is estimated that only 3.2 percent – or fewer than 800 – are black.
And when it comes to CEOs themselves, just six in the country are African American — and only one of those, Ursula Burns of Xerox, is a woman.
Laysha Ward, board chair of Executive Leadership Foundation, says that the statistics "definitely can change, they must change and they will change." The Root caught up with her after the ELC's ninth annual Women's Leadership Forum and Black Women on Power discussion series, an event that offers leadership-development opportunities to its 200 high-potential African-American female members with the explicit goal of increasing their ranks in high-level positions in corporate America.
(The Guardian) A US retail chain that sells Christian products has come under fire for pulling the Oscar-winning film The Blind Side from shelves, two years after it arrived on home video, because of profanity and the use of a racial slur.
Critics – many of them also religiously-minded – say LifeWay is sending the message that Christians "must be sheltered from the world's realities", after it refused to stock copies of the John Lee Hancock film. Ironically, the Blind Side's $300m (£192m) box office success in 2009 was largely credited to Christian filmgoers: the drama, which stars Sandra Bullock in an Academy award-winning role, centres on a white evangelical family in the US bible belt that adopts a struggling African American teenager from the Memphis ghetto and sees him blossom into a star college football player. It is based on the real life story of Michael Oher, now anNFL professional for the Baltimore Ravens, and the Tuohy family which took him in.
A Winchester, Virginia lady, Lizzie Hoffman, reportedly enlisted in the 45th U.S. Colored Infantry. She was the only black regiment from western Virginia (now West Virginia). Lizzie was arrested along with her entire company while they were sailing aboard a steamer. She was sent finally to the Central Guard House in Washington where she was found out to be a woman and was ordered to put on a dress.
(RTE News) The bank is accused of engaging "in a pattern or practice of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers in its mortgage lending from 2004 through 2009."
Customers were also steered toward riskier sub-prime loans, while their white peers received standard loan terms, the Justice Department said.
(Chicago Tribune) Higher levels of childhood physical or sexual abuse are associated with an increased risk for obesity among adult African American women, researchers said.
It was the first study to look at a large group of African American women for this association, which has been found among women in previous studies, the researchers from Boston University said in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics.
The association was “modest, statistically significant” for women who reported severe abuse early in life. And the researchers note that caregivers could take this into account when working with children to prevent obesity.