Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Darlene Love & Lisa Fischer/photo by Kevin Mazur
13 Mar 2014

Run, Don’t Walk to See “20 Feet from Stardom”

So much of the divine and powerful pop, rock and soul music of the last 50 years has been made unforgettable by the backing vocals of the women celebrated in “20 Feet from Stardom.”  Morgan Neville’s excellent Oscar-winning documentary shines a much deserved spotlight on the vital voices of women (and men) in the music industry, sharing their inspiration and heartbreak navigating a business where they work with...

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Lupita Nyong'o at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, Photo: Hubert Boesl (Credit Image: Hubert Boesl/DPA/
08 Mar 2014

Lupita Nyong’o on True Beauty vs. the “Seduction of Inadequacy”

Lupita Nyong’o’s grace and wisdom were evident not only in her speech on the night of her Oscar win for “12 Years A Slave,” but also while being honored at this year’s ESSENCE Magazine Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.  Reading a fan letter she had received from a girl who felt self-loathing because of her very dark skin, Ms. Nyong’o shared that she, too, “got...

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You Wouldn’t Guess This About Me, Would You?
30 Jun 2012

You Wouldn’t Guess This About Me, Would You?

by Anita Finlay On a dare from my buddy Linda, who has already risen to this challenge on her own blog, I am sharing a list of ten things you might not guess about me, since I strike people as pretty earnest.  They should only know how much I love defying expectations and being surprised by something new.  Here is the photographic evidence of behavior...

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