King has written an open letter questioning the selection process for the ceremonies, and pointing out that late Broadway star and children's TV presenter Alaina Reed Hall was left off the Emmys' memoriam honours.
In the message, published in The Huffington Post, she asks why only 53 non-white performers have been nominated in the awards' history "out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy".
She adds, "I've worked in television nearly all of my professional life, and that statistic is quite sobering to me."
In reference to Reed Hall, who died from breast cancer in December, King writes: "She was on Sesame Street for 12 years, a show that is an American institution. People of all ages and generations have seen and enjoyed this highly influential television show. You have to admit, to not recognize (sic) her contribution to television baffles the mind.
"Mistakes happen, right? Well after a few 'mistakes' of how people of color are portrayed in the Hollywood media, I decided it was important to say something about how things go down in Hollywood."
In "The Emmys: As White As Ever" on the HuffintonPost.com, she wrote that "it is impossible for me to ignore the published statistics regarding the number of people of color mentioned, celebrated or honored in the history of the televised Emmys."
Up to and including this year, there have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories. "I've worked in television nearly all of my professional life, and that statistic is quite sobering to me," King wrote. "And to add injury to my already sensitive nerve endings a picture of Rutina Wesley from 'True Blood,' who attended this year's Emmys, had a caption that read: "Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys"." King wasn't at the ceremony.
The actress also lamented that Alaina Reed Hall,
The 227 show lasted for five seasons and came to a close after 116 episodes in 1990. The final episode revolves around the plight of the homeless, a story co-written by Gibbs.
This morning, NBC's Today Show hosted a reunion of the cast of 227 and it was the first time that they'd been seen onscreen together in 20 years.
Taking part in the tribute were Gibbs, Williams, Harry, King, and Baldwin. Martin passed away back
First, here's the good. Members of the cast of 227, the 1980s NBC sitcom, will be reuniting next Thursday, March 4th Wednesday, March 3rd. Tune in to see Marla Gibbs, Jackee Harry, Regina King, Hal Williams, and Curtis Baldwin back together after 20 years. No doubt they'll talk about the recent loss of costar Alaina Reed Hall.
Tomorrow, the castmembers of Eight Is Enough are still coming together. On Tuesday, March 2nd, The Partridge Family are reuniting. Unfortunately, Shirley Jones dropped out but Suzanne Crough will now be filling her spot.
Finally, on to the bad news. Florence Henderson had to drop out of the Brady Bunch reunion but
In other tweets, Dennis Calero spoke up for everyone who grew up with "Sesame Street" actress Alaina Reed Amini. The actress who played Olivia on the show passed away last week. Check out those messages after the jump along with Brian Michael Bendis' shock over "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," Bill Willingham's birthday announcement (which we congratulate him on!) and Jimmy Palmiotti's thoughts on "Brothers."
They're all in the Twitter Report for December 23, 2009.
@DennisCalero goodbye olivia, thank you for making sesame street such a happy place
-Dennis Calero, Artist ("X-Factor," "Legion of Super-
Reed Hall was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and succumbed Thursday at a Santa Monica, Calif., hospital, her husband, Tamim Amini, told the Los Angeles Times.
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Alaina Reed Hall, star of stage and screen, the singer and actress who played Olivia Robinson on Sesame Street for a dozen years, from the mid-1970s, and later played Rose Holloway on the situation comedy 227, has died. She was just 63 years old.
Reed Hall, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, died last week Thursday at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA.
She’s survived by her husband, Tamim Amini.
The actress passed away on Thursday. The official cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but Hall battled breast cancer for several years.
Hall began her career in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including Chicago and Hair, before being cast as Olivia on classic kid's show Sesame Street in 1976.
She also starred in popular U.S. sitcom 227, and began a romance with her co-star Kevin Peter Hall, who she later married both on and off-screen.
The actor died from pneumonia in 1991.
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