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And my mother said they have never ever had a black writer in Hollywood. If they ever get one he's going to be some high-yellow black with a Harvard degree, not some high school dropout from Cabrini. I said Momma, I'm going to do this. A week later, I left with $5 and a suitcase, went out to Route 66, hitchhiked my way to Hollywood, and I had never written a word.
Formed a writing partnership with Mike Evans
, who played black neighbor Lionel Jefferson in "All in the Family" and together they came up with and created "Good Times." They supposedly rebelled against Lear, who wanted to write the father out of the show and embellish the stereotypical J.J. character.