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HOUSE MARTIN Your article on Martin Lawrence was right on the money ( 208, Feb. 4). He is the brightest comedian since Richard Pryor. But you failed to mention his best movie role to date: as the wisecracking Bilal in the first two House Party movies. These movies show his true comic genius and should not be left out of any article about him. Michael Philip Fried Cedarhurst, N.Y.

I am a black woman, and I find nothing amusing about the shows Martin and Def Comedy Jam. Why must black entertainment always turn out to be a minstrel show? Lawrence is just one of the reasons Americans should kill their TVs. Edith R. Denmon Williams Dallas

I have watched the talented Martin Lawrence from Star Search to What's Happening Now!, from Talkin' Dirty After Dark to Def Comedy Jam. I love his humor and compassion for all women! Here's to you, Tichina, Tisha, Carl, and Thomas Mikal. Keep it coming, y'all! Angela Wallace New York City

STOWE'S WAY

At last-long overdue recognition for Madeleine Stowe! Although I agree wholeheartedly with Owen Gleiberman's description of Ms. Stowe as ''the most beautiful woman in American movies,'' I would go a step further: She's the most beautiful and talented actress, period. Kim Christian Washington, D.C.

DIXIE STAND

The unflattering photo of Dixie Carter in your story on celebrity exercise videos would almost be enough to prompt this letter. Together with the devastating comments about Dixie's tape, Unworkout, it leads me to question Susan Johnson's integrity and the basis on which she judged the tape. I find the tone of the article below your usual high standards and the evaluation of the tape without merit. That the workout is ''unsafe'' is a total fallacy. Dixie continually reminds viewers how to avoid muscle stress and not to attempt positions that cause strain or discomfort. The exercises were designed by a yoga instructor, the video was edited with input from professionals in the field, and it has generated a great deal of positive consumer response. Having an aerobics expert evaluate a yoga tape is like asking a long-distance runner to demonstrate proper form at the ballet barre. Maria LaMagra VP, Publicity, MCA/Universal Home Video Universal City, Calif.

'BELL' RUNG

Regarding Ken Tucker's review of Saved by the Bell: The College Years, I think it was awfully nice of him to watch an entire episode and offer an objective opinion. I usually just throw the remote and run from the TV screaming. V. Sarro Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

To call a show that promotes stay-in-school and antidrug messages the ''least worthwhile series on prime time'' is a shame. It might be a bit corny, but Saved by the Bell is somewhere kids can find great characters to look up to. Stupid, maybe. Worthwhile, definitely. Scott Resnick West Hartford, Conn.

Originally posted Mar 04, 1994 Published in issue #212 Mar 04, 1994 Order article reprints