If “Babies” had you in tears, then “I Am A Girl” will be a 16 hanky affair. The Australian documentary, which is made possible by philanthropic donations, will show us the lives of 10 girls around the world to illustrate “the simple fact of being born female means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet.” Did you know 62 million girls around the world do not go to school? Or that women under age 20 experience half the sexual assaults in the world? I didn’t. “I Am A Girl” is heavy stuff, but important stuff too — especially for us Americans who sometimes need a reminder that in many ways we’ve been really damn fortunate. [IAmAGirl.com.au] Keep reading »
“Spider-Man is big in our family. The kids think he’s the coolest. If there was one superhero they would want me to play, that would be the one. I’d score big with them. … I’m sneaking in the boys tonight [to the premiere of 'Megamind']. I think they will like it, but they are tough critics. … Hopefully they will think Dad’s really cool and better than Spider-Man.”
—Brad Pitt dishes at the premiere of “Megamind” that he decided to voice a character in the flick because he thought his kids would like it. Ahh, kids. Don’t they realize that Brad trumps Tobey Maguire any day of the week? [People] Keep reading »
It’s time again for “Shortcuts.” For every question, I’ll give my advice in three sentences or less, because sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great, being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go. Today we discuss guy friends who want to take things to the next level, mercy-killing a relationship, and guilt over being “the other woman.” Keep reading »
We love this woven palm bracelet from Free People. The tribal pattern is totally on point and, since they’re handmade, each cuff varies in design. This statement bracelet will liven up the dreariest of outfits and can be paired with other patterned pieces to create a look with depth. Fantastic find!
Do you know some reality stars from TV who look like they could use a real-life kick in the pants? A “desperate bachelorette” maybe? A “d-bag”? An “angry black bitch”? These are just a few of the stock characters you see over and over again on reality TV — excuse me, “reality TV.” Media critic Jennifer L. Pozner — who just happens to be my mentor and friend — has just published Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, which examines the past decade of “reality TV” and how its statements on race, gender and class just happen to echo cultural stereotypes. (For example, men and women of color were pretty much absent from “reality TV” until Flavor of Love — a “dating” show where women clean up after and perform sexual favors for the rapper Flavor Flav.) Keep reading »