Will American Horror Story Exploit "Freaks" this Fall?

American Horror Story released an extended trailer for the new season, and I am full of mixed emotions. I am a huge fan of the show, and especially the way it gives powerful women (including superstars Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, ...more

Exciting New Shows Premiering This Fall

I love TV. I don’t understand how people can live without a television, because I love the feeling of getting lost in a show and yelling at the characters. I get invested in the storylines and am super sad over the summer when there is NOTHING new to ...more

The Horrible Wrongness of "The Fappening"

Why is everyone saying that the nude photos published this weekend were "leaked?" Does mis-naming horrible things make us feel better about them? Leaking information to the press may happen in politics or business, but that's not what happened ...more

Watch Demetria Lucas Interview Kerry Washington

Demetria Lucas, A Belle in Brooklyn, took to the main stage at BlogHer '14 and interviewed Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress, activist, and mom. These two women brought down the house. Their stellar personalities played so well off one another ...more

RIP Comic Genius Robin Williams

When I learned that Robin Williams died at his home in Northern California today, I couldn't believe it, so I went online looking for sources to confirm. I found the release by the Marin Sheriff Department, with the heartbreaking phrase that "at this ...more

Alessandra Stanley Is Wrought In Pushing The Image Of The Angry Black Woman Stereotype

[Editor's Note 9/22/2014: The New York Times public editor issued a response to Stanley's article about Shonda Rhimes, but the newspaper management has yet to offer an official statement. --Grace]...more

Banned Books Week: Reading Alison Bechdel, a Genius to Look Out For

It's Banned Books Week, so break out your copy of 50 Shades of Grey and give it a kiss or a sassy slap on the tush, whatever you prefer. Then, stop for a moment and appreciate that the First Amendment protects your right to read that book, whether you loved it or loathed it. ...more
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Why Are There So Many Stories About Girls and People of Color on Banned Books Lists?

It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents Action Council in Minneapolis....more
I find it interesting that the declaration of independence gives us the right to free speech and ...more

Alessandra Stanley Is Wrought In Pushing The Image Of The Angry Black Woman Stereotype

[Editor's Note 9/22/2014: The New York Times public editor issued a response to Stanley's article about Shonda Rhimes, but the newspaper management has yet to offer an official statement. --Grace]...more

Shailene Woodley & Company Subvert Expectations In ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

On the surface, White Bird in a Blizzard is another book turned into a movie that stars Shailene Woodley, the apparent go-to young actress to adapt the lives of several tortured teenagers on paper to the big screen. But, it doesn’t take long to realize Gregg Araki’s film is different. Somehow (because Hollywood), Shailene Woodley became a young, up and coming actress to someone I was tired of just three.. ....more

Running an Ultra with Influenza – in 7 Easy Steps

Step 1: Get the flu.The best way is to overtrain until there is absolutely nothing left of your immune system. I will explain the secrets to "The art of overtraining" in a future post. After you have reduced your immune system to dust, hang out at playgrounds with toddlers that have recently been violently ill with Enterovirus D68. If you can, let them drink out of your colorful toy-like water bottle. Share fluids as much as possible with a kindergartener as well....more

Mommies are Magical

With the Frozen mania in my home, it’s no surprise that my girls have become rather obsessed with Elsa, and her magical powers.  Mydaughter has started asking me if real people have magic and I always answer “I have magic” to which she usually giggles and says something like “no you don’t!” or “show me then!”And while she may be skeptical, I know the truth: I really am magic! (All mommies are.)...more

‘Scorpion’ Pilot Review: A Surprising Amount Of Fun

Frankly, CBS pisses me off sometimes. Much of their programming is...more

Books I Can Sink My Teeth Into

How do you pick your next read? For a long time, I had the psychic ability to feel which book was "calling" to me from the shelves. I listened, I looked, I picked up the book and nine times out of 10, I read the whole darn thing without any issues.These days, picking books is not so simple ....more

Why Do Parents Ban/Challenge Books?

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Music Monday: Of The Night

If you’re wondering why this sounds familiar, it’s a mash-up of two ’90s Eurodance songs: “Rhythm is a Dancer” and “Rhythm of the Night”. Kind of a weird, depressing video, but then I like artsy videos that are like.. ....more

Banned Books Week: Reading Alison Bechdel, a Genius to Look Out For

It's Banned Books Week, so break out your copy of 50 Shades of Grey and give it a kiss or a sassy slap on the tush, whatever you prefer. Then, stop for a moment and appreciate that the First Amendment protects your right to read that book, whether you loved it or loathed it. ...more
BlogHerPop Just added that book to my library holds! Good one!more