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Russell Simmons

Open Letter to Young Black Hollywood: Ending Segregation

Russell Simmons | January 28, 2015 | Entertainment
As the minority-majority population becomes more of a reality, Hollywood has to go through a metamorphosis. I would guess that most smart executives know this and are looking for the kinds of partnerships that will keep them relevant. We must seize this opportunity and break down the tough walls of segregation in Hollywood.
Taylor Marsh

The Bachelor Weirdness Summed Up by Blake Shelton and SNL

Taylor Marsh | January 28, 2015 | Women
The Bachelor is an impossible situation for women who don't know themselves and who aren't confident. Sharing deeply traumatic events too early when meeting someone may heal you, but it won't solidify the ground on which a lasting partnership can be built.
Randee Mia Berman

A Nostalgic Glance Down Memory Lane: Remembering Joe Franklin

Randee Mia Berman | January 28, 2015 | Entertainment
Joe Franklin gave many creative thinkers and artists a start, from rocket scientists to rock 'n rollers, from Barbra to Woody. For many, he was not only the King of Nostalgia, but the King of Exposure.
Nsenga Burton

Nzingha Stewart Talks Latest Film With This Ring

Nsenga Burton | January 28, 2015 | Black Voices
Stewart, who wrote the screen adaptation and directed the film, says the movie is about more than their friendships. It's about women waiting for the next big thing in their lives to happen in order to be happy.
Em & Lo

Top 5 Love Lessons from 'The Bachelor' (Camping, Not Glamping)

Em & Lo | January 27, 2015 | Women
It's 2014. Can we please dispense with the retro myth that virginity = value? Just because you've never experienced the presence of a penis in your vagina does not make you "marriage material." (And while we're at it, let's dispense with that old-fashioned "marriage material" term, too!)
Emily F. Reese

The Real Learning Channel: A Straight Spouse Of A Gay Husband Speaks Out

Emily F. Reese | January 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
As the hype around the TLC show My Husband's Not Gay begins to wane, I find it a shame that there has been little attention paid to the perspectives of straight women who have experienced being in a mixed-orientation marriage, where one spouse is gay and the other is straight.
Tricia Spencer

More Galavant... Please!

Tricia Spencer | January 26, 2015 | TV
Spirited musical performances with lyrics that pushed the story forward, clever comic writing that brilliantly mashed up the old with the new, perfect casting, and a gorgeous setting came together to create something wonderful and watch-worthy.
Chris Barnes

Thirty Years of Thundercats: Five Things You Don't Know About the Cartoon

Chris Barnes | January 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the ThunderCats television show debuting on television. Along with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe and The Transformers, the series and its accompanying toy line were popular with boys (and their cool sisters) who grew up in the 1980s.
Damian Bazadona

Why 2015 Will Be a Great Year in TV, Film and Theater

Damian Bazadona | January 26, 2015 | Entertainment
Over the past decade, consumers have been armed with technology that allows us to do great things in our everyday life, but entertainment brands have been extremely late to the game in keeping up with these changes.
Michael R. Levin

Amazon Golden Globe Winner Seen by Few

Michael R. Levin | January 22, 2015 | Business
CIRP estimates that proprietary program viewership ranges from over 80 percent of HBO Go subscribers who have watched at least one episode of Game of Thrones to less than 40 percent of Amazon Prime members who have watched at least one episode of Transparent.
Em & Lo

Top 10 Love Lessons from 'The Bachelor' (Wedding Crashers Episode)

Em & Lo | January 21, 2015 | Women
Is Chris Soules so boring that the producers' only recourse is to turn the show into an ongoing bloopers reel? Probably.
Susan Michals

Sons of Liberty Star Kevin Ryan Talks American Rebels and British Accents

Susan Michals | January 21, 2015 | TV
Co-starring Ben Barnes, Rafe Spall and Henry Thomas, Ryan spoke briefly about who some of his heroes are in real life, playing period once again, and what his family back home might think of this Irishman playing British.
Noah Michelson

Yes, Billy Crystal DID Just Make A Homophobic Statement (And Here's Why It Matters)

Noah Michelson | January 20, 2015 | Gay Voices
That word is admittedly a scary one. Most civilized, sane people don't want to be called homophobic. It doesn't mean that you're murdering gay people. It doesn't even mean that you're a homophobe. But...
Denette Wilford

'Open Heart' Review: Teenage Mystery Drama Not Just For Young People

Denette Wilford | January 19, 2015 | Canada TV
The opening scene of YTV's new show might make parents pause, but "Open Heart" is more "90210" than "Skins." As far as the first episode goes, it's nothing too heavy, but this is coming from the people who brought us "Degrassi," so you never know where the journey will take us.
J.J. Colagrande

Binge Watching American Horror Story in All Its Glory

J.J. Colagrande | January 15, 2015 | TV
American Horror Story isn't perfect, there are some minor redundancies in plot, setting and cinematography, but it's pretty damn near perfect.
Jeff Polman

The Boys are Alright

Jeff Polman | January 15, 2015 | TV
I have a guilty pleasure. Yes, I feel really guilty about it, and it's really pleasurable. I'm also late to the party by about 14 years, so I'll apologize for that in advance. It's the Canadian comedy series on Netflix called Trailer Park Boys.
Chris Jancelewicz

What Happened to Johnny Depp?

Chris Jancelewicz | January 15, 2015 | Canada
I can't believe I'm writing this about Johnny Depp, one of the coolest actors to ever grace the screen: but what the hell happened to him? He used to be untouchable, but now he's just unrecognizable. When I picture Depp now, he's either wearing a brightly coloured hat, grown a moustache, or he's donned some ridiculous outfit and is traipsing across the screen. A lot of the time, it's all three, and that's not an exaggeration.
Jonathan Hall

Why the Golden Globes Might Be a Crystal Ball

Jonathan Hall | January 14, 2015 | Media
If we accept that the award winners function -- at least in part -- as indicators of issues society currently has on its collective radar, it's interesting to analyze what they might mean in the context of a broader cultural conversation.
Hayley Krischer

Lisa Rinna, Valerie Cherish and the Humiliating Task of Staying Relevant

Hayley Krischer | January 14, 2015 | Women
Lisa Rinna is now on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- she's a refreshing addition, especially after the really desperate women who've come through the show. Not to say Lisa Rinna isn't desperate -- she is, but she admits this.
Charlotte Robinson

Josh Sanders Talks Petition to Cancel TLC's My Husband's Not Gay and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | January 13, 2015 | Gay Voices
This week I talked with Josh Sanders, Director of External Engagement at the GO! Athletes Network, about the petition he initiated to demand that TLC cancel the reality show My Husband's Not Gay, which promotes the false and dangerous idea that gay people can and should choose to live as straight in order to be part of their faith communities.
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