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Astoria Characters: The Baker's Son

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.17.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When the outdoor table is empty, Vincenzo Vaccaro takes a break and a seat. He lights a cigarette and in between smoke rings pours black coffee down his throat.

For Ruby Dee, Who Made Me Believe

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

There was something happening out there -- mostly in New York, I gathered, as a little black girl growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 50s. I didn't understand it, but I could see and feel it, whenever I saw Ruby Dee on TV or the big screen.

Veep Actress Anna Chlumsky on Acting and Inspiration

Quora | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"Playing her, I'll feel the gamut of impulses, but it's my job to express them as Amy would in the text. I think the struggle is fun to watch - as it is fun to play. Also, as a result, I fight plenty of shoulder tension."

Momma Was a Bad Mutha... 'Shut Yo Mouth'

Monique Ruffin | Posted 08.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Monique Ruffin

Momma Was A Bad Mutha... "Shut Yo Mouth" , a one woman show written and performed by Fee King, directed by Sammie Wayne IV tells a universal comin...

Lauren Potter of Glee: Down Syndrome Couldn't Keep Me From Following My Dreams

Lauren Potter | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Lauren Potter

As a girl who has accomplished things that many didn't think were possible, I know that people can be wrong when they judge someone else just because they are different.

Acting Techniques You Can Apply to Real Life (to Some Extent)

Ko Im | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Ko Im

Sometimes, too much coaching is more detrimental than helpful. At some point, take the training wheels off and fly solo.

The Art of Now

Osi Mizrahi | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Osi Mizrahi

The connection to the earth, or the world around us, is essential to connecting with The Now and grounding us in what is in right in front of us. It is the raw moments of life that water our roots and feed our souls. So be, and be Now.

The Gifted Speaker: Baby Your Voice

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

I have found that my vocal chords and my throat are like a canary in a cave. If they don't feel right, a cold, flu or other general cootie is generally right around the corner. Does this send panic through me as I set out to sing or act? Yes it does. Does the same issue hold true for public speaking? Yes it does.

Is Jared Leto Regarded More Highly as an Actor or Musician?

Quora | Posted 06.28.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora: It's March 2014. Is Jared Leto regarded more highly as an actor or musician? Answer by Aaron Ellis, Form...

Bullets Over Broadway Comes with Guns Blazing

Danny Groner | Posted 06.17.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

With Woody Allen at the helm, Zach Braff in a starring role, and a rich ensemble cast that earns both laughs and applause, Bullets Over Broadway has a lot to offer.

The Gifted Speaker -- Throwing Yourself Under the Bus

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

Knowing where you can go wrong will help you to watch for these pitfalls. With everything positive you are attempting to put into your presentation it's good to look at what you can avoid and what may pull your speech down.

Stepping Out of Myself and Onto the Stage

Al DeLuise | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I experimented with being a thespian once, but that was back in my college days.

The Gifted Speaker: 'Like, Um, Like, Like, Like, You Know, You Know' -- Filler Overload

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

I have many students who have struggled with this problem. All of them have been able to conquer it with some success. Most important though is consider where you are and what you are trying to say. There is a time and place for everything.

The Mindy Project and Neighbors Actor Ike Barinholtz Compares Acting on Film and Television

Quora | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"In television, you are stuck with that character and you really have to commit to it. You really have to learn from it. But on a film, you're only playing that character for a week, a month, or two months. You're really holding onto the character and building onto it."

7 Secrets For Breaking Into the Film and TV Business (That They Don't Want You to Know)

Dean Silvers | Posted 05.26.2014 | Entertainment
Dean Silvers

Making films and television programs is all about mastering the art of telling compelling stories, not learning about film theory and how to use film equipment.

Lessons Learned From Kissing a Straight Boy

Mark S. King | Posted 05.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

Last night, I kissed a straight guy full on the lips. Then he tenderly put his arms around me and kissed me back. Tonight, I'm going to do it again.

A Conversation With Scott Rogers

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2014 | Hawaii
Kelly Mitchell

"Your dad makes shoes, you go into the shoe business. Your dad makes shows, you go into show business." -- Scott Rogers Scott Rogers was born into a...

The Gifted Speaker -- I've Forgotten How to Breathe

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

And you're off. You've opened your speech, you've thanked your host, you've introduced your topic and right at the end of this run-on sentence you realize, you are out of air!

The Gifted Speaker -- It's Not a Question

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

What does up-inflecting mean? It means you are ending your statements with a question mark. Why is that a problem? It's a problem because now you sound unsure. Furthermore, you are unsure even about your name.

The Gifted Speaker: Why Are You Growling at Me?

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 05.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

The Raspy Growl, The Fry -- Ouch! We've all heard it, the sudden drop in the voice, the raspy sounds connected to barely audible words. Have you been ...

Whoopi Goldberg With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 03.10.2014 | MarloThomas

I was so excited to have the fabulous Whoopi Goldberg as a guest on Mondays With Marlo. We talked about everything from her struggle with poverty, to ...

Why I'm So Comfortable Speaking My Mind, From Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

Posted 03.10.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked speaking her mind and where her confidence comes from, Whoopi Goldberg had a fascinating answer to share with us. Whoopi told us that f...

How I Got The Name Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

Posted 03.10.2014 | MarloThomas

When it comes to the story behind her name, Whoopi Goldberg has quite an entertaining explanation. Whoopi’s given birth name is Karen Johnson. Ho...

Why I Was Lucky to Grow Up Broke, From Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

Posted 03.10.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked about being on welfare, Whoopi Goldberg had some insightful life lessons to share with us. Though Whoopi did not grow up as a child on ...

A Life Lesson From My Mom, From Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

Posted 03.10.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked what the most valuable life lesson she’s ever learned, Whoopi Goldberg had a great answer. Whoopi’s mother told her, “If you're ok...