Barbara Rosenblat's storied career includes time served on Broadway and more film and television roles than you could throw a pie at. But you probably know her best as Orange is the New Black's Miss Rosa, the husky-voiced, curmudgeonly, terminal cancer patient.
Time. You've got time. In the Netflix show Orange Is The New Black time is pretty much the only thing that is on the characters' side, because as Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) learned in season one, it's about all you can count on.
The series' nuanced, fair portrayal of female inmates has been hailed as its greatest strength, and as the series gains in popularity, more and more people are beginning to understand that, more often than not, a person's crime is not their defining characteristic.
Look for True Detective, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Orange Is the New Black to be among the new TV series breaking into the Emmy derby in a big way when nominations are announced on Thursday morning.
I love my job as a writer. I get to write about being a butch lesbian. I get to share that with people. And, sometimes I get to do really awesome stuff -- like sit down to talk with Lea DeLaria.
I must admit, I shouted at the TV when I heard the word "bi" uttered in the second episode this season, spoken by protagonist Piper Chapman's (Taylor Schilling) ex-fiancé, Larry (Jason Biggs). Said shout was more surprise than a cheer of happiness, however.
I couldn't find a wedding card for you, one that says, "Congratulation on being so patient, marrying though the groom won't be released from prison until 2038..."
One of the most entertaining and addictive shows around, Orange is the New Black has life lessons for even the most innocent among us.
Mostly, binge watching is a handy way to revisit old shows and catch up on missed episodes of ongoing ones. But it has a destructive dimension when it comes to new series, especially as deployed by the principal promoter of binge: Netflix.
Savvy black trans woman Laverne Cox appeared on one of this summer's Chelsea Lately episodes, and I found myself not listening to Laverne's answers but analyzing the depth and careful placement of Chelsea Handler's questions. The restraint with which Handler handled herself was dripping with streetwise smarts.
Many community leaders and activists are hard at work to reform the prison system, but they should be advocating for child welfare system reform, too. If we improve the foster care system, we will reduce the number of people in prison.
Art, in its best form, allows you to experience life and ultimately changes the way you view the world. Will & Grace was one of those rare television shows to do just that. It was entertaining, but it did more than just amuse its viewers.
When it comes to mentally ill inmates, it seems the system is caught in a bit of a catch-22 -- they're not receiving the assistance they need on the inside, but the outside often presents a similarly poor scenario, and tends to lead released inmates right back into the system.
I want to watch a show that criticizes our reliance on incarceration, not one that depicts a jumpsuit as an item every woman needs in her closet. That helps viewers see how an unequal social playing field can set women up for failure, not one that highlights women's faulty individual choices.
We Americans like to think of our nation as the "shining city on a hill," as a protector of human rights, a beacon for the rest of the world. The reality, however, is that widespread torture is happening today in our own country, especially in state and federal prisons and detention facilities.
I've been obsessed with the androgynous look ever since I saw Andrej Pejic walk the Jeremy Scott runway at Milk many years ago.