The Power of Rumor

A folklorist studies legends that circulate among black men and women

Vacaville, California -- Have you heard the one about Liz Claiborne?

The fashion designer doesn't like black women to wear her clothing. Check out her designs in the mall: She makes the clothes small so they don't fit black women.

Spike Lee knows about it. In an interview in the October 1992 issue of Esquire, the filmmaker said: "Last week, Oprah Winfrey had Liz Claiborne on the show. I guess she wears Liz Claiborne's clothes all the time. Claiborne got on and said she