To some observers, the significance of the Oscars runs deep. The awards--and what they tell us about art, commerce, psychology, and society itself--constitute a topic for scholarly investigation.
An African City is creator Nicole Amarteifio's web series chronicling the lives of five young Ghanaian women. In the comments on YouTube, someone asks, "Why are they acting like white girls?" Filmmaker, and one of the stars of An African City, Nana Mensah has never known how to answer that question.
If everyone in the world is an award-winning something-or-other, then what's the point of awards to begin with? Why bother pretending any subjective work of art is 'the year's best,' when it should be good enough for the work to be recognized as interesting and worthy of some attention.
While the annual era of hysteria is upon us here in Hollywood -- the Oscars! -- there's another one that'll last long after the Academy's fanfare has died down.
What qualifies a museum as weird? Take a pinch of strange, mix it with morbid, and add a dash of mystery. All of these museums are one-of-a-kind and speak to the curious and will leave you smiling, shuddering or bewildered. Or, all of the above.
With so many talented deaf/HoH performer working to catch their big break in Hollywood, it is inexcusable that hearing actors and actresses continue being cast for these roles. Deaf parts belong to deaf performers.
This year, many people are upset that Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, was snubbed, calling it racism... but the film itself was nominated. Is it racist to nominate the film but not the director? The bigger question is, does racism play a part in determining who gets nominated and who doesn't?
Hollywood isn't the only endeavor whose principals, as Pascal described its stars, can be "bottomless pits of need." Politics comes to mind, as well as Wall Street, Silicon Valley, the media, academia, organized religion and that bedrock of civilization, the family.
The first major box office hit charged a staggering $2 admission and reached 50 million people before sound films appeared in 1927. Its millions in profits built Hollywood. Beyond profits, it aimed to educate the public in the values of white supremacy.
Personally, I think the Hollywood hypocrite's run has gone on long enough. Women as actresses have always been a fundamental aspect of Hollywood itself. They represent the glamour and beauty that made Hollywood what it is today, but this is a new age. Beauty can exist with power, and dominance should not be defined by one's gender.
She was Annie Hall without the neurosis. She wore pants! She was beautiful, witty, gregarious, and a clever verbal sparring partner with each of her leading men.
As empowering as it is to feel oh-so-scandalous and a little bit naughty...as charming as it seems to be the star of someone else's fantasy...pull t...
Currently there are an estimated 2 million LGBT seniors in the United States; by 2030, that number will more than double. For those of us working to meet the needs of this growing and vulnerable population, the future is now. We must address the glaring need for housing that is inclusive, accepting and affordable for older LGBT adults.
When you live in Los Angeles, it's very likely you'll see a Kardashian walking out of a 24-hour pharmacy at odd hours. Why? Because they don't want to be bothered. Leave. The. Famous. People. Alone.
Every clown has a story about when they knew they wanted to be a clown. Perhaps it was that first trip to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, or an insatiable desire to affect others through laughter.
In both American Sniper and that other controversial recent release The Interview, Americans are the heroes and foreigners are the targets. And not just foreigners but furriners: an undifferentiated group of people so alien in their ways that they are practically subhuman.