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October 4, 2000 | by Cheryl D. Mills
It really was a beautiful thing: presidential candidates making nice to a black woman and meaning it. You don't see that every day in America. But when Oprah calls, even would-be presidents answer. Appearing on "Oprah" gave George W. Bush and Al Gore the chance to reach out to the all-so-important-but-only-at-election-time women's vote. Only during campaign season do you hear this many pundits and politicians talking about the "power of women. " Especially about the power of black women.
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September 28, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Staff Writer
If black women don't shift their conventional ways of thinking, joy will never be theirs, warns journalist and South Jersey native Sophia A. Nelson. And that is awful. "The journey to happiness is a marathon, not a sprint," Nelson said recently. "We all have to take a good look at ourselves and be willing to take it. " This journey is at the core of Nelson's new and much-talked-about book, Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama . In 11 chapters, Nelson takes on issues like dating outside the race, the impact of the church on black women, a tougher-than-nails attitude, and rape.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2012
WE'VE NEVER seen first lady Michelle Obama yelling or arguing with anyone. So why can't she shake the notion that she's angry? Worse, that she's an angry black woman. If you think about it, it makes no sense. Obama, who turned 48 yesterday, graduated from both Princeton and Harvard and is married to the most powerful man in the world. Her daughters are adorable. Their food - organic - is prepared by White House chefs. She has her own staff and gets to work on causes she's passionate about.
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August 8, 1990 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Talking with playwright Marian Hammonds Warrington, it's easy to understand why the voices of her characters, particularly black women, ring with what one critic called "richness of feeling. " There's an intensity about Warrington. Even when she is still, one can sense that she swells inside with emotion, that if she could, she would take all black womanhood in her arms and whisper in their ears poetic words, stirring them to confront the reality of their lives and to define themselves by their own terms.
LIVING
May 6, 1996 | By Annette John-Hall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Noise. Way too much of it. Connie Briscoe noticed it when she arrived at the Convention Center to read at Sistahs! - the recent celebration of African American women. Voices buzzed around her like flies. Background noises - the hiss of helium being pumped into balloons; music blasting through loudspeakers; a joyous but raucous gospel choir - all of which seemed to hover right over the place where Briscoe was scheduled to read from her latest novel, Big Girls Don't Cry. Uh-oh.
NEWS
October 24, 2007 | By Carlin Romano INQUIRER BOOK CRITIC
Anita Allen remembers an extraordinary remark made by one of her white, male University of Michigan philosophy professors in the 1970s when she was in graduate school seeking a Ph.D. in philosophy - a field that at the time lacked a single black woman professor. " 'Anita,' he told me," recalls Allen between the good-natured laughs that punctuate the seriousness of what she says, " 'you will have to pee on the floor of the American Philosophical Association convention to not get a job in philosophy.
NEWS
July 12, 2006 | By Orville Lloyd Douglas
Chances are you've watched her, the dark-skinned black woman with the weave and the polished clothes. She may have a couple of master's degrees or a doctorate. It doesn't matter because when you see her on TV your immediate perception is to hate her. She's the woman that people laugh about in private, the one they call the "angry black bitch. " Are all black women really like this? Of course not. Yet television networks, which control the images presented to the public, perpetuate these stereotypes.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Tamron Hall made history early this year when she became the first black woman to coanchor Today 's news hours, joining Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, and Al Roker on the morning show's plush orange sofas. In an instant, the Temple University graduate - who is serious and to-the-point on MSNBC's NewsNation , and a compassionate listener on Investigation Discovery's Deadline Crime With Tamron Hall - added fun-loving and chatty to her on-air-personality arsenal.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
An African American woman said Wednesday that two white detectives violated her civil rights by forcing her from her Southwest Philadelphia home and making her spend a night in a police district cell this month. Nicol Newman, 48, a social worker, said she had committed no crime. "It was insane," Newman said at a news conference at the local NAACP headquarters in North Philadelphia. She said she found the experience "demeaning and disrespectful. " A spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office declined to comment Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2011
HA, HA, HA. I'm laughing and smiling so no one will think I'm one of those angry, mean, overly aggressive, emasculating black women. I've been known to be curt and impatient when stressed, but I'm not an eye-roller or a neck-swiveler even when highly provoked. I know black women who fit that stereotype and who readily admit as much, but even they were incensed by the Pepsi MAX commercial that aired during Sunday's Super Bowl. In that ad, Pepsi not only resurrected the angry black woman, but had her hurling a soda can. In case you missed it, here's the recap: A black woman tries to get her guy to eat better by kicking him, pushing his face in a pie and stuffing his mouth with soap.
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June 30, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Pat Cleveland is absolutely lovely. But of course she is. Cleveland was one of the world's first supermodels, one of the first African American cover girls in the 1970s, and a favorite of the era's top designers: Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, and Halston. So yes, at 66, it's not surprising that Cleveland still has a light voice, an easy smile. She appears not to have a care in the world. How does she stay so whimsical and full of joy? She keeps a "no-mad" existence. "You don't get mad. You keep it moving," Cleveland told me from her Willingboro home, her accent unmistakably New York, despite the years she spent living in London, Paris, and Milan.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
THE BATTLE over race has reared its ugly head across the pond, and at stake is whether Hermione Granger must be white. Granger, as most of you probably know, is a fictional character from the world of Harry Potter, so she really can be anything your imagination wants her to be. The reason this is an issue now is because a new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , starts previews Tuesday night at London's Palace Theatre. The story picks up 19 years after the end of Deathly Hallows, and Entertainment Weekly reports the cast consists of Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Cherrelle Skeete as Hermione Granger's daughter Rose Granger-Weasley, Jamie Parker as Harry and Noma Dumezweni as Hermione.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
An African American woman said Wednesday that two white detectives violated her civil rights by forcing her from her Southwest Philadelphia home and making her spend a night in a police district cell this month. Nicol Newman, 48, a social worker, said she had committed no crime. "It was insane," Newman said at a news conference at the local NAACP headquarters in North Philadelphia. She said she found the experience "demeaning and disrespectful. " A spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office declined to comment Wednesday.
NEWS
February 3, 2016
PHILADELPHIA - Police were investigating an assault and possible abduction of a woman in Center City on Sunday morning. Around 6:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Walnut Street, an unidentified black man and black woman got into an argument that turned violent, police said. The woman appeared to have been knocked unconscious and was put into a gray or silver Chrysler minivan with a license-plate number of JYH3639 that headed west on Walnut, police said. The van was captured in an apparent cellphone photo, which police made public Monday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
I knew the statistics. I had made an odd peace with them. Those numbers were why I avoided watching Being Mary Jane , the BET drama that is one of a legion of shows featuring black leading ladies in prime time, including Scandal , How To Get Away With Murder , and Empire . But I caved. The pilot episode of Being Mary Jane opens with a statistic: "Forty-two percent of black women have never been married. " With that, I began to question whether I was a masochist.
NEWS
June 17, 2015
ALTHOUGH LIFE isn't always black-and-white, Rachel Dolezal should be ashamed of herself for misrepresenting herself as something other than what she was. Her lie was bound to reveal itself, no matter how much liquid tanner she must have used to darken her naturally pale skin. It was only a matter of time until someone - maybe her hair braider or one of her siblings - was going to reveal to the world that she wasn't really African-American as she claimed. It wound up being her biological parents who outed her, revealing that Dolezal is, in fact, Caucasian.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The black woman can't come out first. No matter how beautiful or accomplished she is, she simply can't come out first. It's not racist, it's just bad TV. That, at least, is according to Quinn ( House of Cards ' Constance Zimmer), the acerbic executive producer of Everlasting , a Bachelor -type show at the heart of Lifetime's UnReal . Quinn is directing which suitors will be introduced first to their prince, a hunky Brit hotel magnate (Freddie Stroma) more interested in advertising his company than in finding love.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
RAE MARIE WARNER was something of an oddity back in 1970: a black female Philadelphia police officer. In fact, there is every indication that Rae was the first African-American woman hired as a Philadelphia cop. The Police Department put her in the Juvenile Aid Division, as it did with all female police officers in those days. It didn't want them out on patrol. That policy has long been changed, and women today patrol the city streets along with the men. Rae Warner might have been one of the pioneers who helped bring about the change.
NEWS
August 31, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The worn, leather-bound diaries, each about the size of a smartphone, reveal a voice rarely found in print. In them, Emilie Davis, a young housekeeper and seamstress, chronicles her life as a free black woman in Philadelphia during the Civil War. "To day has bin a memorable day and i thank god i have bin sperd to see it," Davis wrote in an entry dated Jan. 1, 1863, the day the Emancipation Proclamation became official. It is the first sentence in a series that fills three pocket diaries, recounting Davis' life from 1863 to 1865.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
She surprised people. She was tall, more than six feet. Her voice - sonorous, precise, pleased at its own beauty - surprised, too, almost as much as the words it spoke. Poet, memoirist, and public voice Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., made a life of escaping expectations. "She lived an epic life," said poet and publisher Lamont B. Steptoe, "and her success was well-deserved for what she went through. " At a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Nutter said, "I've been a fan and admirer of hers for a long, long time . . . . She spoke to so many different people through poems.
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