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Tinatin Japaridze
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Tinatin Japaridze (Artist/Composer) is an acclaimed Georgian-born vocalist, songwriter, journalist and radio personality. In 2009, her composition “Is It True” was the runner-up at the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest, hailed as the #1 Eurovision Song in the history of the contest, earning Tinatin her first pan-European hit. She subsequently signed a worldwide deal with Kobalt Publishing, one of the leading music publishers and the musical home to Lionel Richie, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson. Her debut single “We the Peoples,” based on the United Nations Charter is the only UN anthem endorsed by the organization’s top officials, and led Tinatin to be named one of Billboard magazine’s “Artists To Watch” with a Top 10 Critics Picks (Japaridze’s song “Wild”). Her upcoming memoir is a story of a girl’s journey through the Iron Curtain when the Great American Songbook was a forbidden fruit to all but one Soviet child with an all-American dream. She is currently completing the book and workshopping a new stage show called "Matryoshka: the Musical". It is the true story of how a Russian nesting doll rebuilt one girl's American Dream. The two-character musical is a tale of the creative relationship between a young Georgian-Russian award-winning singer/songwriter (Tinatin) and an older African-American Broadway arranger/composer/pianist/writer Timothy Graphenreed. It chronicles the meticulous reconstruction of Tinatin's nascent career after she came to NY in 2000 at age 16 ready to set the Pop world on fire only to return to Moscow, hurt, rejected and unsure of her once promising future... Upcoming staged readings are tentatively set for early fall of 2014.

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Celebrating Victory Day Beyond The Red Square Parade & Glinting Gold Medals

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 3:46 PM

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Many Russians (and to this day, even some post-Soviets) celebrate Victory Day on May 9. TV networks across the country broadcast World War II-inspired films, while younger generations quietly honor veterans that brought us the victory we can proudly brag about to our...

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The Future of Digital Is Tangible

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:23 AM

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Thursday, December 12, 1996

Dad just called and said he's already on his way home from work. I really hope we can go to The Purple Legion and buy a new CD today... Maybe Bryan Adams, or Barbra's new soundtrack for The...

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Reunion: 10 Signs We're Out of Our 20s

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Back in early 2007, while working at the United Nations covering the world organization for Russian media, I met a group of young, vibrant and incredibly bright interns. We were all in our early 20s -- idealists at heart, vying to change the world for the better. Needless to say,...

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Childhood Memories of Easters Gone By

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 3:01 PM

Easter is one of the holidays I have always looked forward to the most. Perhaps even more so than Christmas, which is still not as festive a celebration in the former Soviet Union as New Year's Eve. Back in the USSR, where I was born in 1984, Christians were discouraged...

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Louisville - Beyond KFC, Muhammad Ali and Bourbon: Welcome to the Humana Festival!

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:48 PM

"I'm flying to Louisville to attend a theatre festival," I announced to my collaborator, who even with four extensive decades of theatrical career under his belt, stared at me wide-eyed in complete disbelief. "Louisville? As in Louisville, Kentucky?"

To be fair, one doesn't automatically associate this northernmost Southern city...

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Taking a Break: 8 Reasons Why It's More Effective Than a Band-Aid

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:24 PM

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The very notion of "taking a break" from the one you love is often times misinterpreted as a somewhat cowardly way of ending the relationship without stating so bluntly for public consumption. In fact, what some refer to as one's "need...

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Funny Girl Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee: A Russian Girl's Love Letter

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:10 PM

It's truly remarkable that the hit show that almost never was celebrates its 50th anniversary. Exactly five decades ago this week, the legendary Funny Girl made its unforgettable debut on Broadway, starring the iconic Barbra Streisand.

All the numerous accolades and a wide array of hit songs later, it...

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30 Reasons to Embrace 30

(8) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 8:34 AM

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. Instead of dwelling on the potential downsides of turning the Big 3-0, I made a conscious decision to do the opposite.

The other morning, I looked into my coffee cup and saw something I would have never taken the time to see in...

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30-Something, 30-Everything. Cheers to the Big 3-0!

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 12:54 PM

And so it is: I am officially 30 years young. Yes, I use the word young instead of old, contrary to my previous belief that once I turned the big 3-0, life as I had known it prior to this milestone would never be the same again. Period.


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Culinary Do's & Don'ts From "The Worst Cook in America"

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:20 AM

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Promises, promises. I sure kept mine! As per my recent post on the culinary mission of the "Worst Cook in America", voilà just a few of the essential dos and don'ts worth considering once you make that delicious commitment...

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"Worst Cook in America" Embarks on a Culinary Mission

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:40 PM

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Many years ago, I heard a Latin American proverb advising a complete woman to be a lady in the living room, a chef in the kitchen, and a courtesan in the bedroom. Of course, the times have long changed, and...

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Ex-Lover Would Like to Be Your Friend: Accept, Decline or Ignore?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:56 PM

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"I cannot believe he still hasn't accepted you," wrote a friend of mine in reference to a former beau that I had casually attempted to add back to my friends' list on Facebook.

True, we broke up several years ago, and in...

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Russianette Comes to NYC

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:36 PM

It has just gone past midnight in New York (9 a.m. Moscow time) and here I am, celebrating my third anniversary as a proud U.S. citizen.

Who would have thought that a trial three-month voyage would turn into an almost decade-long love affair with the Big Apple. They say...

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Contraception Mandate War: The Endless Saga Continues...

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 12:08 PM

For those who haven't been following every twist and turn of this controversial issue, you may have (wrongly) assumed that the contraception mandate war has long been settled by now. Alas.

A federal appeals court on Friday turned down the University of Notre Dame's request for immediate...

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Ukraine: Western Sanctions Alone Are Not Enough

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 4:33 PM

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Are the United States and the European Union right to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials as a result of the escalating violence in Kiev? If so, should they be more proactive in solving the Ukrainian crisis?

In a lengthy cross-Atlantic...

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Where Are You From?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:45 PM

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While Sochi 2014 enters its final week before the closing ceremony, it is safe to say that the XXII Olympics will likely go down in history as the most global Winter Games ever. As of this morning, a total of 26 countries have...

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Be My Healthy Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 2:46 PM

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Warning: this is not a Valentine's Day post. No rainbows, no butterflies, no chocolate-covered hearts. Sorry.

The morning after another (surprise!) snowstorm in New York City, here I am glaring -- with one eye -- at faint reflections that vaguely resemble...

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Russian Pop Culture in the West?

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Much controversy continues to surround the host country of this year's Winter Olympics, including the two darlings of Sochi 2014 -- compatriots and colleagues, figure-skating champion Evgeni Plushenko and 15-year-old "Ice Princess" Julia Lipnitskaya. While at first glance neither Plushenko's nor Lipnitskaya's individual performances were in any way "politically driven,"...

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Remembering Phil Ramone

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 11:50 AM

There are certain names associated with longstanding history of music and entertainment that are synonymous with one's timeless legendary status. Without a doubt, Phil Ramone, the prolific and in many ways groundbreaking record producer, was one of the very few living legends that encompassed all of the essential qualities of...

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