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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 2, 1996
While television is often celebrated for bringing Americans together in a shared viewing experience, a study released yesterday shows a much different picture -- a nation divided, with a widening gulf between what blacks and whites are watching each night in prime time.Of the 20 most popular shows among black viewers, only two -- ABC's "NFL Monday Night Football" and NBC's "ER" -- are also among the Top 20 with white viewers. Ten years ago, during the 1985-86 season, 15 of the Top 20 shows among black viewers were also among the Top 20 for whites, according to the 11th annual BBDO Report on Black Television Viewing.
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By Tricia Bishop and Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
Martin Ngwa, a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, plans to go into social work after graduation — though his school doesn't offer the major. Thanks to an unusual partnership between UMES, an historically black institution, and Salisbury University, its traditionally white neighbor, Ngwa is earning dual degrees in sociology and social work. The opportunity to take classes on both Eastern Shore campuses is the result of several decades of collaboration — a partnership that was praised this week in a federal court opinion that found some Maryland policies still promote "separate but equal" colleges and universities.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Sun Staff | December 24, 1995
"The Trouble with Friendship: Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Race," by Benjamin DeMott. Atlantic Monthly Press. 214 pages. $20This is an unsettling book for every white American who has taken comfort from the images of racial progress and amity with which pop culture surrounds us: the integrated affluence of Bill Cosby's Huxtable family; the gruff black-white buddy pairings of such movies as "Lethal Weapon" I, II and III, in which opposites Danny Glover and Mel Gibson attract; the cheery interracial camaraderie of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel on NBC's "Today" show; the ubiquitous advertisements that portray a world of exquisite racial balance.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Just as temperatures began to reflect autumn's imminent arrival on the East Coast, designers in New York City showed their visions for spring 2014 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. While many of the collections this go-round seemed to focus on safe, predictable choices, other designers took risks and attacked trends head-on. For those ready to get a jump on next year's styles, here's a primer on the top trends and the best labels of the season. Top trends Sassy skirts: From textured feather numbers in assorted colors to mesh flared skirts from Milly, spring is all about skirts with attitude.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | December 2, 1990
On the day Southern High School was racially integrated 36 years ago, Joe DiBlasi's mother kept him home.DiBlasi was only an elementary school kid in 1954, but fear swept like a plague through all of South Baltimore that day: Would there be fighting? Would it spread from Southern High across the neighborhoods? Was it safe for anyone to send their kids to any school now that integration had become the law of the land?Thirty-six years later, DiBlasi, now a city councilman from South Baltimore, stood next to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke at the Convention Center, and the two of them looked on as more than 2,000 people marched in Friday for the Baltimore Summit on Race Relations.
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By James Bock and James Bock,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Blacks and whites strongly disagree about the government's role in helping minorities, a new Gallup Poll shows, but a majority of both races agree on one thing: Race relations will always be a problem in the United States.While 59 percent of blacks polled said the federal government should make special efforts to improve the position of nonwhites, 59 percent of whites said members of minority groups should help themselves. And while a majority of blacks said affirmative action programs should be increased, only about a fifth of whites agreed.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 29, 1998
STUTTERHEIM, South Africa -- The blacks and whites of this once bitterly segregated town are setting the pace for racial reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa.Chris Magwangqana, 39, the town's first black mayor, and Nico Ferreira, 69, its last white one, are doing things together that 10 years ago would have been inconceivable, if not illegal.In a country still rived by racism, they are forging a united community of 3,500 whites and 30,000 blacks, kept separate for almost half this century by the apartheid system.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 4, 2004
VENTERSDORP, South Africa - Meshack Mbambalala grew up in this farming community understanding that being black meant "there were lines I could not cross," he says. The son of farm laborers, he played rugby and soccer with the white farm boys but was forbidden from eating at the same table with them. He used separate entrances at the post office and grocery stores. At dusk, a siren blared, warning blacks to vacate the white neighborhoods and return to their dreary township, or face arrest.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1998
Pulitzer-winning author David Shipler spent five years traveling the country to talk to black and white Americans about their perceptions of one another, visiting places that bring blacks and whites into daily contact -- schools, colleges, military bases, police departments, corporations.His conclusion:Racial prejudice remains ever insidious, often unconscious. Many right-minded Americans have deep-rooted racial prejudices they've never considered until they sit down to discuss them.A former reporter for the New York Times, Shipler is the author of the 1983 "Russia: Broken Idols, Shattered Dreams" and "Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987.
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March 18, 1994
An Associated Press article in yesterday's Sun on a study of the likelihood of blacks and whites receiving AZT before AIDS symptoms occur should have stated that of 838 HIV-infected patients reviewed at a Johns Hopkins clinic, two-thirds of the whites and half of the blacks had received AZT by the time they came to the clinic.The Sun regrets the error.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Wedding date: Feb. 9, 2013 Her story: Dana Perzynski, 28, grew up in Columbia. She is an associate planner with Ayers Saint Gross, an architectural and planning firm in Baltimore. Her mother, Karen Kurzawa, is a commercial interior representative; her father, Paul Perzynski, died in 1996. His story: Graham Johnson, 30, grew up in Davidsonville. He is a vice president and commercial relationship manager at SunTrust Banks. His father, Todd Johnson, is managing director of investor relations for National Real Estate Advisors; his mother, Gail Johnson, died in 2008.
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By Diedre A. Ware | March 29, 2013
Editor's note: Freelance writer Diedre A. Ware grew up in Havre de Grace and graduated from Havre de Grace High School. Her recollections of what it was like growing up black in an era when children's dolls were white was published recently in Dolls magazine based in Iola, Wis., http://www.dollsmagazine.com . It is republished here with permission, along with photographs that ran with the Dolls magazine version. As a child, my dolls were by best friends. When I confided in them, I knew they would never tell.
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By Michael Higginbotham | January 23, 2013
Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Baltimore-born Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights lawyer and first black Supreme Court justice who was instrumental in ending Jim Crow segregation. His representation of schoolgirl Linda Brown resulted in the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, which ended separation practiced in a wide variety of public facilities and institutions. Yet Marshall sought more than just desegregation. Explaining his vision, Marshall proclaimed that "a child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi … has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
The storms of winter 2010 shut down roads, cancelled classes, closed up shops and nearly ended a signature Baltimore event before it started. On a cold January night, organizers of the Pratt Contemporaries' inaugural Black and White Party watched the uncertain forecast and the falling snow, worried that the conditions were going to keep guests away from their humble celebration. Yet several inches of snow - usually a kiss of death for the winter-wary in Maryland - did not prevent 200 or so people from attending.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, Baltimore Sun Media Group | November 24, 2012
Wedding day: Oct. 27, 2012 Her story: Marielle Alexis Newman, 27, grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. She is a color specialist for Under Armour. Her dad, Howell Newman, works for IBM and her mother, Leona Newman, works for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. His story: Benjamin Allen Schiffman, 26, grew up in East Petersburg, Pa. He is a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office. His dad, Jeffrey Schiffman, is the sports director at WSBA, a radio station in York, Pa. His mother, Lynne Morrison, is the executive director of Hands-on House, a children's museum in Lancaster, Pa. Their story: The couple met at University of Delaware, when Benjamin was a freshman and Marielle was a sophomore.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 2, 2012
Lord help us, they're talking race again. "They" meaning Republicans and Democrats. Race is a critical, sensitive and sometimes painful issue with relevance to everything from environmental policy to education reform to criminal justice to media to health care. For a politician to address it requires political courage. That's why politicians do not address it. Usually. That changes during political season when a given pol calculates that breaking his customary silence might net some tactical advantage.
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October 13, 1997
A three-part documentary series, "National Desk" (11 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22 and 67), addresses patterns in American life that are "eroding common culture." In "Redefining Racism: New Voices From Black America," radio talk-show host Larry Elder studies the differences between blacks and whites, while offering hopeful signs that point toward reconciliation. PBS.Pub Date: 10/13/97
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September 12, 1995
AN ENGAGING essay by author Benjamin DeMott in the September "Harper's" notes the way popular culture and current social policy appear coupled in trying to dupe America into believing its race problem requires no other solution than a little more friendship between blacks and whites.DeMott provides numerous examples of movies such as "Pulp Fiction," "White Men Can't Jump," "The Pelican Brief," "Forrest Gump" and "Driving Miss Daisy" in which protagonists of variant hues win the day through friendship.
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July 15, 2012
The recent school test scores were depressing ("Stuck in place," July 11). I attended school during the Great Depression and into the early 1940s when those who did find jobs were often victims of frequent layoffs. In that environment, children had to be raised in poverty, too. There was no television and a single radio, perhaps an RCA Victor "Victrola," was in the house. Libraries were few and far between. Students walked to school in all kinds of weather or rode a streetcar to distant locations.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 31, 2012
If you didn't get a chance to attend the recent Black and White Party, a fund-raiser for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, you can get a taste of the event at this Baltimore Sun photo gallery. The event, whose theme was "Evening in Paris," was organized by the Pratt Contemporaries, a group of young professional who support the library.  Here's another Pratt event worth attending: this Saturday's Booklovers' Breakfast with Michael Eric Dyson. It will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
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