'Sanford and Son' at 50, 'double-edged' Black sitcom pioneer

This combination photo shows comedian Redd Foxx, left, speaking to journalists about the reasons he left the top-rated sitcom "Sanford & Son," March 14, 1974, in New York and actor Demond Wilson participating in a CBS "Face the Nation" discussion on school prayer on May 5, 1984, in Washington. (AP Photo) This combination photo shows comedian Redd Foxx, left, speaking to journalists about the reasons he left the top-rated sitcom "Sanford & Son," March 14, 1974, in New York and actor Demond Wilson participating in a CBS "Face the Nation" discussion on school prayer on May 5, 1984, in Washington. (AP Photo)

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