Theresa Randle is star of the month Wholesome: "Girl 6" actress turned down crack-addict role, loves kids and has supported herself with odd jobs.


April 14, 1996|By Sandy Coleman | Sandy Coleman,BOSTON GLOBE

"Girl 6" actress Theresa Randle is a hot number this month. The safely sexy phone operator of Spike Lee's latest movie gives out the 411 in at least three magazines. Essence and YSB put her on their covers, and Vibe gets in the act with a quickie feature.

Although these are mostly cotton-candy pieces, we do get a few interesting details about the actress who grew up in South Central Los Angeles.

She will do anything for her craft. For the "Girl 6" role, she remained in character during the 11-week shooting schedule. To support her acting career, she has taken on odd jobs. "I was even a butcher," she says in YSB.

She turned down Spike Lee when he offered her the role of a crack addict in "Jungle Fever," she says in Vibe. Ms. Randle's words to Spike: "Look, I want to work with you, but I ain't coming out of the box in a Spike Lee joint playing no crack ho!"

In contrast to her sultry "Girl 6" character, offscreen she has a very wholesome side. Essence tells us that she loves kids so much she persuades friends to let theirs spend the weekend at her house. I know some parents who might want her phone number.

The rest of April's YSB is worth checking out. One article focuses on the changes black fraternities have undergone, moving more toward service activities and away from harsh pledging requirements that involved humiliating and sometimes dangerous hazing.

Another good read is about the environmental dangers infesting predominantly black neighborhoods. For example, on the South Side of Chicago, more than 50 landfills and 186 polluting industries produce tons of toxins. One housing development, Altgeld Gardens, is built on a landfill. It is a place where "nothing grows except death and disease," said one resident.

Blue teens

A new magazine for teen-agers has come on the scene to compete with a sea of publications that specialize in pretty faces. But this one won't help girls figure out how to make a boy like them, how to get rid of that pimple before the big date on Saturday night or how to line lips to make them look fuller.

Instead, the March/April issue of Blue Jean Magazine: For Teen Girls Who Dare deals with whether those blues are just a normal part of growing up or a serious depression that needs attention.

Dr. Beth (Beth-Marie Felima, a psychotherapist in Rochester, N.Y.) answers questions such as: "My father's a successful doctor, my mother's a writer. I feel unbearable pressure to be successful. I'm afraid I'm not going to measure up. How do I deal with this?" In addition, a monthly calendar of events lists important dates in women's history.

The cover doesn't even have a face. Instead, it features a photograph of the back of a girl's head in a helmet. It promotes a story on the RedLine Power Skating Female Hockey Camp.

Blue Jean, which aims to be multicultural, is free of advertising and written by teen-agers. Though it's named after the most comfortable piece of clothing most people own, the magazine is devoted to publishing what's on the minds of teen-age girls, not what's on their bodies. There's not one wardrobe tip. Beyond feature stories and reviews, it also has creative writing and a regular column on college issues.

The only downside is the stiff asking price: $29 a year for six issues. The magazine is available only through subscription now, and the publishers are seeking articles from teen-age writers. For information, call (716) 654-5070.

Beauty scene

On a final note, if you want to be tormented into kicking off that stalled exercise program to get ready for bikini season, check out Top Model: Fashion and Beauty Behind the Scenes. It's a magazine for people who apparently don't get enough of the gorgeous faces and bodies in other magazines. Top Model is dedicated to information about models, pictures of models, the words of models, the measurements of models. Eva is 36-24-36. Karen Mulder is 30-20-30. Aren't you glad you asked?

One look after another after another of perfection will have you power-walking toward that Jane Fonda tape now collecting dust near the VCR. The magazine even features a paper-doll cutout of the model Eva. It comes with different outfits to put on her. I've chosen instead to be creative and sketch my Eva cutout an overcoat to wear to hide the 60 extra pounds I've penciled in.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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