updated 04/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
Rick (Super Freak) James is super ticked at what he calls "blatant racism" on MTV, Warner Amex's video-music cable channel. So ticked, in fact, that he may sue. "A lot of black asses are going to come together and explode on MTV," James fumes. "There are no blacks on MTV's program list except for Tina Turner, and she stopped being black about 10 years ago. MTV puts on little white punk groups who don't even have record deals. Blacks are missing exposure and sales." On MTV's current roster of some 800 acts, 16 are black (Turner and Michael Jackson are the biggest names). "We play rock and roll," says an MTV spokesperson. "We don't play Rick James because he's funk."
It's a steal, Lucille: Lavish 35-rm furn'd manse (drapes and antiques worth $1 mil incl.) in Bel Air on 2.3 acres on Schuyler Rd. 13 BR, 16 bths w/gld-pltd fixtures, mahog. spiral staircase. Pool, bathhouse, 2 lighted tennis cts, frnt ctyd pond w/$50,000 worth of Jpnese carp. $15 mil or best offer. Never occupied by present owner. Call Kenny Rogers.
Snoopy and Mickey Mouse phones are kids' stuff now that Pierre Cardin, Geoffrey Beene and Oleg Cassini are tying up the designer line. Beene and Cassini won't be dialing for dollars until summer. But Cardin, whose signature phones have been out since last year, will introduce his super deluxe model this spring. Among its features: AM/FM clock radio, TV and weather band, and amplification system that allows you to converse without using the receiver. It comes in sleek, high-impact plastic for a mere $139.
Last seen in CBS' Svengali as Peter O'Toole's protégée-paramour, Jodie Foster, 20, will find her next screen sweetheart, Michael (Making Love) Ontkean, 33, more her contemporary in an HBO feature, The Blood of Others. Set to roll next month in Paris, the film, which is based on Simone de Beauvoir's World War II romance novel, will be directed by Claude (Violette) Chabrol.
Carol Burnett begins a seven-episode stint on ABC's All My Children next week as spinster Verla Grubbs, who's in search of her long-lost father. (Verla's late mother was a belly dancer and snake charmer in a carnival.) Mum's supposed to be the word about Dad's identity. But a Pine Valley resident tattles it's Langley Wallingford (Louis Edmonds), a/k/a con artist Lucky Lenny.