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

8 Great Books for Kids This Presidents' Day

As a young child, I had a thing for presidents. I read books on presidential history over and over. I wore out one book on Abraham Lincoln. I recited facts at will. So it makes sense that my sons not only have a growing library on the presidents, but that I scour the library every mid-February to find the best books. As President's Day falls on Monday, I decided to share eight great presidential picks for your children. ...more
These are great- my son is currently obsessed with George Washington so I'll add some of these ...more

25 Things You Can Do Instead of Seeing '50 Shades of Grey'

The best thing about the opening weekend of the movie version of 50 Shades of Grey is that soon the frenzy over 50 will be behind us. Whether you love it, or love to hate it, or are just plain bored by it, no one can deny the ubiquity of this wacky Twilight fan fiction turned bestselling erotic trilogy.   ...more
I refuse to read this article because of the title but sincerely hope "have a life" is on the ...more