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Don’t Be Surprised When Race Bending Comes Full Circle

I’m ambivalent about this whole “race bending” contagion spreading through the entertainment industry right now. When a Black actor wins a role from a screenplay where the race or ethnicity of a character hadn’t been established, that is a case of pure merit. I draw the line at switching the race of iconic characters whose backgrounds were clearly and reasonably understood.

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A Changed House, A Changing America

We just dodged a massive blizzard in the Northeast, but we still got snowstorms and my daughter’s school is closed today. That means I’m taking advantage of the free day to cornrow my daughter’s hair into an up-do, and watching reruns of “Fixer Upper,” a new show on HGTV. “Fixer Upper” is hosted by Chip […]

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Looking Forward to Zoe’s Story

It’s been a year since actress Zoe Saldana married Italian artist Marco Perego, and did so in such privacy that my nosy (and overworked, tired, blog-neglecting) self missed it. Well, she wants to talk about it now, and I’m interested in hearing what she has to say. The Huffington Post has a preview and excerpt […]

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Lupita’s Taking Meetings!

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o made a big splashdown into Hollywood with her appearance in “12 Years A Slave,” and it looks like her career will stay afloat. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Nyong’o has been taking meetings for potential film roles. Among the prospects: a meeting with J.J. Abrams, for the female lead role […]

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The Sweetest Tribute on St. Valentine’s Day

America is the kind of place where stories about people being vulnerable and laying their souls bare will always be popular. That’s probably why Kevin Costner will always be remembered, among other things, for the tribute he delivered at Whitney Houston’s funeral, describing a gifted, beautiful global superstar struggle to find the confidence to complete her […]

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A Heaven-Sent Voice Returns Home

Give me one moment in time, when I’m more than I thought I would be When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away, and the answers are all up to me About a year ago, I steered our family station wagon through the narrow hoary streets of East Orange, consulting a scrap of paper with […]

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