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African-American Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (A to Z by Rachel Kranz

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Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 20. : The Gale Group, 1998. , II. ” The City Lights Reporter, 5, Issue 1. Available online. URL: http://www. html. Posted January 2002. Slavin, Al. ” Crain’s Detroit Business, August 14, 2000, p. 2. Bartholomew, Joseph Manuel (1890–1971) contractor, real estate developer, golf course designer, insurance company executive Joseph M. Bartholomew was one of the major designers and builders of golf courses in New Orleans, Louisiana, but because of segregation, he was never allowed to play on most of the courses he created.

The program Half and Half tells the story of two half sisters who share the same father but grew up very differently, one with a bohemian single mom, the other with a social-climbing second wife. Bowser feels a sense of mission about her work, which she sees as providing a much needed vision of the lives of black professionals, and of black women in particular. She is frustrated that more black women have not been brought into the industry, which heightens her own sense of needing to get her message on the air and of wanting to mentor other black writers.

Eventually she became a writer, then a producer. She went on to work briefly as a producer for the TV show Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, the story of an African-American high school teacher. Lee was frustrated by that experience, feeling that women’s views were not welcome and that her own sense of the show’s black characters was not respected, even though she was for a short time the only black person on staff. When Lee left Mr. Cooper, she was committed to creating her own show, hoping to portray African-American women in their twenties, women who resembled her and her friends.

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