Category: Pop Life

Living With Sarcoidosis: Public & Private Struggles With the Disease

Living With Sarcoidosis: Public & Private Struggles With the Disease

| August 12, 2017 | Reply

Nine years ago this week, the entertainment world unexpectedly lost actor and superstar stand-up comedian Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, better known as Bernie Mac. A Chicago native and family man who cultivated his stand-up persona in-between jobs, Mac earned national fame in the early 90s with an appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. The audience that […]

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Our Friends, Our Lives; Why “Girls Trip” Is A Movie Must

Our Friends, Our Lives; Why “Girls Trip” Is A Movie Must

| July 29, 2017 | Reply

       Music, New Orleans, girlfriends, zip-lining, absinthe….. and grapefruit? If that sentence made perfect sense to you, then congratulations—–you’ve also recently seen the new summer comedy, Girls Trip. I attended a showing with a girlfriend last Friday and yes, we both considered it a fabulous flick. At our AMC location, the theater was packed with […]

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The Danger of Being A Superwoman: Lose The Cape, Save Your Life

The Danger of Being A Superwoman: Lose The Cape, Save Your Life

| June 17, 2017 | Reply

Thanks to the numerous strides made in politics, medicine, sports and entertainment, wider opportunities have presented themselves for girls and women. In 2016, for example, The Dallas Wings became the first team in North Texas to join the WNBA franchise. Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American Muslim legislator elected to office, and performer […]

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Edgar, “John Mars” and “Tarzan” Too: ECOF 2017’s Dallas Debut

Edgar, “John Mars” and “Tarzan” Too: ECOF 2017’s Dallas Debut

| June 11, 2017 | Reply

In the year 1912, pulp fiction fan and one-time pencil-sharpener wholesaler, Edgar Rice Burroughs, became a writer in his spare time and created two of the world’s most iconic characters, space explorer “John Carter” and “John Clayton,” better known as the jungle-dwelling adventurer called Tarzan. Before his death in 1950, the Chicago native published over 80 […]

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Culture Under Fire: The Racialization of “Black Girl Magic” & Natural Hair

Culture Under Fire: The Racialization of “Black Girl Magic” & Natural Hair

| May 20, 2017 | 2 Replies

Every weekend, after Saturday dance classes and before Sunday ​evening​, the girls and I gather in the living room for a marathon of hair-styling. One by one, Nia and Layla take turns sitting between Mama’s knees, patiently accepting my commands to ​”​turn here​”​ and ​”​lean there​”​ as I oil their scalps, detangle their coils and […]

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Sundance Sensation: “Hap & Leonard” & Joe R. Lansdale

Sundance Sensation: “Hap & Leonard” & Joe R. Lansdale

| May 6, 2017 | Reply

“When I got to Leonard’s Christmas Eve night, he had the Kentucky Headhunters turned way up over at his place, and they were singing ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett,’ and Leonard, in kind of a Christmas celebration, was once again setting fire to the house next door. I wished he’d quit doing that. I’d helped […]

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Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 28, 2017 | Reply

…..Throughout the set’s tracks, MJB is running the emotional gauntlet –there’s betrayal, heartbreak, fury and yes, even a healthy dose of petty when she reminds listeners, and her soon-to-be ex, that she’s rocking “Queen” title for a reason. If folks thought she bared her soul with that first single, “Thick of It,” their ears will […]

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Book Review: “Back To Your Love” by Kianna Alexander (TDT Series)

Book Review: “Back To Your Love” by Kianna Alexander (TDT Series)

| April 26, 2017 | Reply

“Imani willed her hands to stop shaking with everything in her. She couldn’t believe they’d run into Aaron Givens here. Her short encounter with his wife had been difficult enough to get through, but seeing him was almost impossible to take. And sitting here with Xavier, the timing was the worst it could have possibly […]

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