In the early 1960s, when Streisand was just starting out, gay audiences instinctively recognized something very familiar about her, a shared sensibility. That was only logical, given that her sensibility had been nurtured by gay men, after all. And this was hardly a new phenomenon.
No one would credit Top 40 for being innovative, but there's a difference between "everything on the radio sounds the same" and "beyotch stole my track." Ryan Tedder's rampant recycling sends a bad message about being successful in the music industry.
It seems like a no-brainer to include diverse stars and songs that cross cultures and generations in ads. With the shifts we are seeing in our country, using diverse talent is more important than ever.
It was obvious to most people that Madonna meant it as a joke, but chances are it will have reinforced belief in the Obama-Muslim myth in others, or even planted a seed of misinformation in the minds of people who have never even thought about Obama's faith.
What are you doing for Pussy Riot? No cause is unworthy of exploitation. As Americans, we will instinctively empathize, analyze then produce an effort to right the wrong. Justice is served and the problem solved as long as you can throw enough money at it.
Frank Toskan tends to shy away from the media and rarely boasts about his success, even though he was responsible for opening some 300 MAC Cosmetics stores worldwide in just 15 years. This is the first in-person interview he's granted in more than 15 years.
If Penny Marshall's honking nasalese leaps off the pages of her memoir, My Mother was Nuts, it's not because she wrote the book. Rather, this is the w...
Imagine if we all got fed up and realized once and for all that we have a choice about how to feel in our bodies.
Madonna's not going to change her I'm-not-looking-back ways, but it is said that even she was surprised at the crowd reaction. So maybe she'll sneak in a couple more of the classics as her "MDNA" tour proceeds across the country.
At last Thursday night's show in Yankee Stadium, she spoke up rousingly (again) for the freedom of speech and expression in the U.S.A.
Maybe it's because I'm too old. Or maybe it's because I'm just plain jealous. Or maybe, seriously, it's because I train teachers and work with hundreds of adolescents. In any case, I'm seriously shocked at the lack of length of today's shorts and dresses.
Did you just roll your eyes? It's OK. I don't blame you. But here's the thing. Before Madonna, there were no female pop stars for teenage girls to identify with. None.
Madonna kept 20,000 people waiting because she's selfish and narcissistic and lives in her own egotistical bubble. Madonna chose to be late. Don't make that choice. By being late you're saying to your customer that you had other things to do that were more important.
When you read the books, which are all, apart from the one that's coming out in October, big and fat and packed with references to art, and culture, and philosophy, and religion, and written in prose that makes it all seem urgent, you can't just dismiss her as a maverick.