We live in a society where brand image is fragile, to a certain extent, thanks to social media. It's more like perceived fragility, though.
Even when asked, not all actors and directors at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) are engaging with reporters on questions about red carpet designer wear or what their shots are at getting an Oscar nod.
No one is safe from the MMT. (OK, that's not entirely true. My friend Amy is perennially thin and seems impervious, which I find annoying.)
I'm self-publishing my new novel AND GOD SAID, "BILLY!" Where's my advance? What will I live on? The New York Times won't review a self-publis...
I guess I miss the good ol' days. President Clinton was in office and was frequently photographed with a book in hand, or seen visiting a bookstore. You had your book club. But I still want to say thank you for everything you've done to support books and promote reading.
Years ago, my friend and trainer Bob Greene said to me, "Hawaii is one of the best places on Earth to live." I discovered he was right. There's a reason it's often called paradise. I am blessed that for at least two months out of the year (working on three) I get to call it home.
Look at revolutionaries like Oprah and Steve Jobs -- folks who consistently mention "intuition" as part of their process. I believe we can all thrive in our businesses and in our lives if we make intuition our CEO.
What can you, the regular consumer or family, do to help?
I was only 18, 50 years ago yesterday, when, against official advice warning of violence, a few of my friends and I trekked to the Lincoln Memorial from suburban Maryland for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
No matter how Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries define the N-word -- I have never and will never be a n*gg*r -- although I am very proud to be a black person.
As soon as we give up hope that we can save ourselves from ourselves, as soon as we're willing to put down our pride and cry out for rescue, God shows up in a yellow shirt. And we are saved.
People are unique and it is that diversity that excites me. Too many times people fear what they don't know instead of noticing the opportunity to learn from it.
Lee Daniels' The Butler works in the same way this year's Jackie Robinson film and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln work. They are sort of cinematic versions of Norman Rockwell's art.
What makes Lee Daniels' films so darn good? The brilliant casting and textured layering through and through. Knowing how to weave history with entertainment with moral message.
Film: Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Cast includes: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), David Banner (Street Kings), Mariah Carey (You Don't ...
So, what can we expect from "Lee Daniels' The Butler"? Nothing, I guess, but for the sake of some dog-days chatter let's start here: nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Forest Whitaker), Best Supporting Actress (Oprah Winfrey), Best Costumes and Best Makeup all seem possible, with Danny Strong certainly on the list for Best Original Screenplay.