Will HBO's 'The Jinx' Seek Justice for the Murder of My Friend Susan Berman?

Robert Durst is linked to three deaths, and he had the chutzpah to pitch a television show about being suspected of getting away with murder. He was rewarded with a six-part documentary airing this month on HBO. Half of the episodes of The Jinx have aired, with three more to come. ...more
I'm from Galveston, Texas so I've always been riveted by this wild story. Our town is small, so ...more

Tig Notaro To Host 2016 Oscars

An open letter to the people looking for a new Oscar host: Now, let me start by saying that I don't have a problem with Neil Patrick Harris. This letter is STRICTLY an attempt to procure work for myself and if that means bumping this dude out of the way next year, then so be it. And so without further ado— Here are the top 11 reasons why I am the obvious choice to host the 2016 Oscars: ...more
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Lessons I Learned from Watching the 2015 Oscars

On the surface, there isn’t much to be learned from watching the Academy Awards. Sure, there’s the obvious, like “Birdman” is apparently good enough to win best picture and Patricia Arquette has to make more room on her mantel for another win for “Boyhood.” Also new information? Lady Gaga can really sing. Not to mention the annual reminder that celebrities sure do clean up nice (well, most of them). ...more

Let Me Fix That For You: A Dramaturge Explains What's Wrong With Patricia Arquette's Speech

In my former life, I was, among many other things, a dramaturge for young playwrights. In theater, a dramaturge is responsible for supporting the work of the playwright by doing research when necessary to ensure the play is historically and culturally correct. My job was to dig beyond the surface of the words to uncover deeper meanings and intentions. ...more
This is a great article!  I too was moved by Patricia and that moment with both Meryl and ...more

How The Academy Awards Lived Up To The #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag

After winning Best Supporting Actress for her role as a single mother in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette said one of the boldest feminist statements I've ever heard at the Oscars. But her comments afterward, along with so many other elements of the show, left a lot of people shaking our heads....more
GREAT wrap-up Grace. BOOM: "I'm more concerned that casual remarks at high-profile events like ...more

Julianne, Patricia, Meryl, Oprah, Julie and the Triumph of Women and Age at the 2015 Oscars

In an industry that promotes irreparably broken standards that equate women's beauty and power with youth, a very welcome and unofficial celebration of women over 40 emerged during this year's Academy Awards ceremony. In a night full of meaningful moments, #AskHerMore was the red carpet theme, age was on everyone's mind, and grown-up women stole the show. ...more
It's a slow change. I'm confident, though, that by the time my daughters are 40-something ...more

All The Gorgeous 2015 Oscar Dresses By Color

So many pretty white and blushing pink gowns on the Oscar red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards! Okay, so maybe the color choices weren't the best symbolism for the #WhiteOscars … but they looked gorgeous, especially when saved from debutante/prom vibes with embellishments (like Lupita Nyong'o and her 6,000 pearls) or sequins (like Julianne Moore's dazzling Chanel dress). ...more
The turquoise necklace was stunning, but my favorite look hands down was Julianne Moore's Chanel ...more

7 Things I Didn't Know About the Oscars Until I Was In the Audience

“I need a dress!” I posted on Facebook the day the Oscar nominations were announced. My husband’s first documentary had made the list and—against all odds—we were going to the Oscars.  That was four years ago, and as the 87th Academy Awards Ceremony approaches, I feel the excitement build up again. I can hear the crowds screaming, see the glaring lights, feel the red carpet under my five-inch heels. It was every bit as glamorous as I had expected, and more. But along the way I ran into a few surprises. ...more
washtg Thank you! I'm sure you saw more of it than I did during the event. I should go back and ...more

10 Black Women Writers to Read for Black History Month

Beyond America's beloved Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Audre Lourde, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks and Octavia Butler or other such notable Negress author names who have had cultural resurgences and media prominence through the magic of our digital Internet age along with academics' scholarship, many other black American author women gave us significant bodies of work from which to learn and enjoy. ...more
Thank you Miss! We'll keep these ladies' works alive :)more

'My Big Fat Fabulous Life' is No Longer So Fabulous

After just nine episodes, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which airs on TLC on Tuesdays at 9/10c, is done for the season. The popular program, which was renewed for a second season, won’t return until the summer. ...more
Her mom is the best. She is so weird!more