AABOOMERS.COM MOURNS THE LOSS OF FELLOW AABOOMER, JAMES “UNCLE PHIL’ AVERY
James Avery, who played Philip Banks–or Uncle Phil–on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died on New Year’s Eve, it has been reported.
He was 65. “Fresh Prince” star Alfonso Ribeiro confirmed Avery’s death on Twitter.
“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly,” Ribeiro, who played Cartlon Banks on the show, wrote on Twitter.
On Facebook, Ribeiro wrote that the “world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed. Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be missed.”
Sources told the TMZ website that he died in a Los Angeles-area hospital last night. He recently underwent surgery for an illness that was not disclosed.
Anniversary of Solomon Northrup’s Freedom
Solomon Northup, whose years in slavery are the subject of Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama 12 Years A Slave (currently in theaters), gained his freedom today in history, January 3, 1853.
Number of Black-Owned TV Stations Plummets to Zero
New America Media, Commentary, Joseph Torres and S. Derek Turner, Posted: Dec 24, 2013
We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media — and barely anyone noticed.
There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country.
This sorry state of affairs is the culmination of a trend that started in the late 1990s when Congress and the Federal Communications Commission allowed massive consolidation in the broadcasting industry. This policy shift crowded out existing owners of color and ensured that it would be nearly impossible for new owners to access the public airwaves. Recent FCC actions (and in some cases, inaction) have only hastened this decline in opportunities for diverse broadcasters.
From Little … to Nothing
When Free Press released its first report on the state of TV ownership in 2006, we found that there were only 18 African American-owned and operated full-power commercial TV stations — representing just 1.3 percent of all such stations.
By December 2012, those 18 had shrunk to just five. And now they’re all gone.
Holiday Weight Loss Secret: A Red Plate?
If you’re looking for a way to fight the inevitable holiday bulge, the treadmill may not be your only ally. Mindless snacking is a problem that, at some point or another, has afflicted even the best of us. Suddenly, “one more” chip or cookie turns into throwing the empty bag in the trash.
But there may a new, and surprisingly easy, way to curb your overeating tendencies.
According to a new study, people cut back on their food intake when it is placed on a red plate versus a white or blue one.
The study departs from sizable bodies of evidence that show fast-food restaurants use the color red so often in their logos because the color actually promotes appetite. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Department of Social and Economic Psychology gave test subjects the option to snack on pretzels while they filled out questionnaires. Depending on the experimental condition, the pretzel plate was white, blue, or red. Overwhelmingly, the subjects who were offered pretzels on the red plate ate the fewest number of them.
The researchers also had participants drink out of red or blue cups as part of the experiment. Red cups were preferred over blue cups.
The 10 Best Black Books of 2013 (Non-Fiction)
by Kam Williams
1. (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race
Edited by Yaba Blay, Ph.D. with photography by Noelle Theard
2. Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
by Craig Steven Wilder
3. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell
4. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Dr. Donald Yacovone
5. Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine
by Adrian Miller
6. This Is the Day: The March on Washington
Photos by Leonard Freed
7. No Place for Race: Why We Need to Address Economic and Social Factors that Are Crushing Us Every Day
by Rodney L. Demery
8. The Speech: The Story behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream
by Gary Younge
9. High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society
by Dr. Carl Hart
10. The Motherhood Diaries: A Humorous Look at Motherhood in the New Millennium
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
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