Category: DMN Briefing Columns

“If the allegations are true….that ain’t cool.”

“If the allegations are true….that ain’t cool.”

| December 2, 2017 | Reply

Ever since last October’s allegations of sexual harassment sent the career of Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein into a nosedive, politicians and celebrities alike have witnessed their behaviors—-past and present—- held to higher levels of scorn and scrutiny. Images and ‘receipts’ make it harder for “good ol’ boys” and “business as usual,” because in the social […]

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No Husband, No Cry

No Husband, No Cry

| November 20, 2017 | Reply

I’ve got a quick question for all the ‘70s babies’ and ‘90s ladies’ out there——what did TV shows like The Golden Girls, Sex in the City, Girlfriends and Living Single all have in common? Answer: besides featuring predominantly-female casts, each one of those rom-coms depicted smart, stylish, fun-loving women who lived active and fulfilling lives…..without […]

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Call a Thing a Thing….Or Pay the Price

Call a Thing a Thing….Or Pay the Price

| November 5, 2017 | Reply

In the 1985 fiction novel, Linden Hills, the late author Gloria Naylor depicted the rise, and demise, of an opulent, upper class neighborhood. For decades, the historical roots, prestigious citizens and luxurious homes were the envy of many…..until the ones who “made it” began to self-destruct. The reason? Coveting the ‘privilege’ of an exclusive residence […]

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“Was There a TV/DVD Player/Electricity When You Were Growing Up?”

“Was There a TV/DVD Player/Electricity When You Were Growing Up?”

| October 22, 2017 | Reply

The other day, Layla was home with a tummy bug. Luckily it was nothing serious, and the regular regimen of liquids, crackers, chicken noodle and Culturelle did the trick. While Netflix was usually enough to keep her occupied, the programming wasn’t enough to stop her from chatting with Mom. So, as I sat typing a […]

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“More People Would Be Terrified When They Walk Down the Aisle If They Understood….”

“More People Would Be Terrified When They Walk Down the Aisle If They Understood….”

| September 9, 2017 | Reply

Thanks to the responsibilities in my household, the deadlines and the myriad of tasks to accomplish in a twenty-four-time frame, there isn’t a lot of spare time for TV. I can only relate to and follow a few at a time these days, and if there are books on the shelf to read, I’m good […]

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Talking “Honestly” With Lalah Hathaway

Talking “Honestly” With Lalah Hathaway

| August 26, 2017 | 1 Reply

When it comes to soul music, categorizing the ‘greats’ at any level has to include the contributions of Donny Hathaway. Thanks to an intuitive knack for musical arrangements, songwriting and his buttery, gospel-flecked vocals, the Chicago-raised Hathaway was an in-demand musician by his early 20s. By the time he left Howard University, Donny was a […]

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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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