Although I've spent a fair amount of time with Morgan Freeman over the years, I can't say I feel as though I really know him. Someone once described Lake Superior to me as "a place so vast, with areas that go to such depths, they're impenetrable." That, to me, sums up Morgan Freeman.
The Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorce is making headlines once again. The couple have just given their children a new puppy, hoping to help the kids better adjust to the inevitable changes resulting from the divorce.
If you go to any toy store, the section marked for boys has sporting equipment, action figures, and race cars. The section for girls? Princess dolls and play vanity sets. What messages do we send when these are the general choices we give our kids?
Season 3 of the popular show, hosted and produced by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was put on hold until certain measures were implemented.
Following their official divorce announcement, it has been widely reported, though not officially confirmed, that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner went on vacation together with their children to the Bahamas as their statement went out to the masses.
Contrary to what everyone seems to think -- experts in the field, friends, therapists -- even Mr. Ben Affleck -- I don't believe marriage has to be work. I know this because I have been married 31 years, and I don't consider my marriage work at all. And neither does my husband.
And while no one wishes a divorce on anyone -- unless it's clearly a dangerous situation -- divorce is sometimes the right thing to do, even if there are young kids involved.
We can probably expect an interlude between the next seasons of Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots, and the duration of that lull will hinge largely on how PBS chooses to balance and accommodate the sometimes competing goals of content accuracy and viewer demand.
Jen, no matter what the outcome, take time to heal. Explain to your beautiful daughters in an age appropriate way. You two will always be connected through your children, who will never cease to amaze you.
A comparison between actor Ben Affleck's apology and the Baltimore unrest might seem trivial to some, but it actually speaks to why we need to embrace our complex pasts. Selectively editing our backgrounds is a symptom of a larger inability of Americans of all races to honestly assess our history.
The revelation of Ben Affleck's request to Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates to remove mention of a slave owning relative who lived 150 years ago caused a media brouhaha, but the actor failed to mention another illustrious relative who gave his life to the Abolitionist cause in the Civil War.
I'm sure you want this whole episode behind you. I get that: I'm related to the most successful transatlantic slave-trading dynasty in U.S. history.
The comments beneath Ben Affleck's Facebook "mea culpa" for having his slave-owner ancestor cut from the PBS show Finding Your Roots were pretty typical.
Actor Ben Affleck, recently the subject of the PBS series Searching For Your Roots, a direct copy, by the way of the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are, found out that his ancestors were once slave-holders.
In some cases, when the finished films were released, curiously, a lot of the criticism for those same "miscast" actors was replaced with effusive praise.
By not overdoing a southern accent while also reportedly voluntarily putting on some weight for the role, actor David Oyelowo shines in this film. And he's not the only one. They all shine.