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The Wizard of Oz

Kansas She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar for her portrayal of Mammy in the classic 1939 movie Gone with the Wind.

Foreign Brand Power: How Countries Help Their Brands

Ira Kalb | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

While brands are typically associated with companies and products, countries have brand identities too. In fact, the image of a country can greatly contribute to (or detract from) the brands that come from that country.

Loneliness -- And Why I'm Grateful For It

Jill Shapiro | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jill Shapiro

It is loneliness that makes us ask the most important questions about our life's purpose and mission, and to listen closely for the answers.

Chatting with The Boxmasters' Billy Bob Thornton & J.D. Andrew, Plus Goodnight Moonshine, Lines West and Doug Burr Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.08.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Their aim is to pull back the curtain not only the urban legend of the Pink Floyd album but also to reveal the tension that often exists within a new marriage.

How Cell Phones Would Have Ruined Most of Our Favorite Movies

Alex Simon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

We'll take a look at a handful of classic movies, and how they literally couldn't have played out, if they had been set in a cell phone-ruled universe.

Amanda Thorpe Bewitches The American Songbook

Tom Semioli | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Tom Semioli

With Piper behind the console, Amanda's core band of drummer Robert DiPietro, bassist Rob Jost, and guitarist Tony Scherr afford Harburg / Thorpe's song-cycle a sense of warmth and immediacy not often evident in studio recordings

7 Creative Ways To Add Color To Your Wedding Day Look

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 01.26.2015 | Weddings
Evey Rosenbloom

Color is the new white! Straying from the customary Queen Victoria inspired "white dress," brides are flocking to Pinterest, Rock N Roll Bride and Green Wedding Shoes for inspiration on how to make their day as vibrant and unique as they are.

Gay Man's Guide to the 2014 Elections

Chris Cormier | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Cormier

Attention gay men: You need to vote on November 4. Here are a few campaign highlights as a Gay Man's Guide to the 2014 Elections, because pundits don't know how to explain how important this election is in "gay man's terms." Meet your ballot box divas.

6 YA Witch Books to Read This Halloween

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Whether you're a fan of the "casters" found in Beautiful Creatures, or a witch in a modern fairy tale like Spellbound, this list has something for everyone and is sure to satisfy all your spooky needs this fall.

Courage for Sale: Oz's Cowardly Lion Costume Heads to The Auction Block

Jay Scarfone | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jay Scarfone

When the Cowardly Lion costume was discovered in one of the oldest buildings on the M-G-M lot -- where The Wizard of Oz was filmed in late 1938 and early 1939 -- it was in need of careful repair and restoration to most closely return it to its original state.

Europe Goes to War: September 1, 1939

Keith Runyon | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

Although I was born more than five years after the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the horrors of the Second World War were abundantly real - and constantly present - in my childhood.

The Giver -- A Future that Evokes a Cinematic Past

Annette Insdorf | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

The Giver makes the knowledge of history a precondition for freedom. In a very American tradition, it valorizes memory and passion above serenity and predictability.

Here's How One Newspaper Wrote About 'The Wizard Of Oz' In 1939

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment

This week in 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles before its nationwide bow on Aug. 25. The Victor Fleming f...

A 75th Anniversary This Month: The Wizard of Oz!

Jay Scarfone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

In honor of its 75th anniversary, my co-author, William Stillman, of the new compendium The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, and I look back at some of the origins of what is arguably the best-loved motion picture of all time.

Yagana Shah

'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' Obit Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.15.2014 | Fifty

Most people would want to be remembered as a loving mother, a devoted wife, or a selfless friend after they've passed. But Johanna Scarpitti will be r...

There's No Place Like Home: Kathleen Sorbello Discenna Is Preserving the OZ Legacy in Central NY!

Peter Mac | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Peter Mac

In a world where we are so quick to toss aside the "old" and the antiquated without even a brief recognition of preservation and gentrification, Kathleen Sorbello-Discenna is a living example that we can preserve our rich history.

No More Mother's Day for Me: I Remember Mom

Howard Barbanel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Howard Barbanel

During the past two years of her life Mom faded out in a fog of dementia exacerbated by a series of mini-strokes which robbed her of her memory, much of her personality and her ability to live life in any kind of vital way. My mother was the personification of vitality, so to have had that taken away was a cruel punishment.

10 Totally Gay, Non-Gay Classic Movies

Pandora Boxx | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Pandora Boxx

I was recently going through my favorite movies and realized I'm a huge homosexual. Ok, so maybe I didn't JUST realize that but I digress. I realized there certainly are some "gay classics" that have absolutely nothing to do with the gays at all.

On Being Human

Maria Grazia Pozzi | Posted 06.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Grazia Pozzi

Death will be that moment for some. The death of someone you have loved and shared life with. You are struck so deeply that your grief turns into physical pain, and separating makes you remove layer after layer, one painful rip at the time, with the ripping sound filling your brain.

'Dorothy Must Die' -- Oz as You've Never Seen It

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die is hands down one of my favorite young adult books that I've read this year. Imagine all the magic of Oz mixed with the kick-ass vibe of Kill Bill. It's cool, fun and wickedly entertaining.

How Idina Menzel's Portrayal of Frozen's Elsa Finally Set Wicked's Elphaba Free

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Sprayregen

Knowing Wicked as I do, it is impossible to ignore the soul of Elphaba resounding through the kingdom of Arendelle, permeating Elsa's words and actions in Frozen. Elsa and Elphaba both come to symbolize the need for each of us to embrace our individuality.

The Flaming Lips Release 'Dark Side Of The Moon' Companion Album

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment

In honor of the 41st anniversary of Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon," The Flaming Lips have released "Flaming Side of the Moon," a companion p...

Remembering Ruby Slippers

Bianca Turetsky | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Bianca Turetsky

Even though there may be more glamorous and magical worlds out there, there's nothing like the comfort of your own family and waking up in your childhood bed underneath a cozy familiar quilt.

The Truth About Shirley Temple's "Wizard of Oz" Connection

Jay Scarfone | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Shirley Temple did in fact have an Oz connection, but one that requires clarification in lieu of urban mythology.

Meryl Streep Deserves to Win Her Fourth Oscar

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
Joan E. Dowlin

In a perfect world Meryl Streep would win her fourth Academy Award for ‎"August: Osage County." If the Oscars were awarded for pure performance, I don't see how she could not win.