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A long march toward fair representation on TV for blacks

  More than 60 years ago, a new comedy boasted an all-black cast populating a Harlem community with characters that included an attorney, a small businessman and a civic-club president. “Amos ‘n’ Andy” was an instant hit in June 1951, when it made the leap to television after decades on radio. But not everyone loved [...]

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TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

    “I saw ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and thought, ‘What part of New York is this?’” recalled Barris, who is black. “It’s not about being diverse. It’s about being true to the world.” His show comes 15 years after civil rights groups, galvanized by a lineup of new network series almost entirely devoid of minority [...]

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