Judge Lynn Toler has practiced law for more than two decades, but her legal career has led her down a path few of her peers have traveled. She was elected judge of the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court at the age of 33, and while on the bench, she worked with several organizations focusing on battered women and domestic violence. In 2001, Judge Toler became the host of “Power of Attorney,” but you probably know her best as the judge on “Divorce Court,” a position she’s held since 2006.
Now, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I questioned Judge Toler’s abilities when I noticed my beloved Judge Mablean Ephraim was no longer on the “Divorce Court” bench. But I quickly realized that Judge Toler heard her cases with genuine concern and interest, and offered insight and practical solutions, when possible, for the couples’ problems. She truly is a fair and impartial counselor. So I was really excited to speak with Judge Toler who, along with having an extensive legal and academic career, has also written two books, My Mother’s Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius and Put It in Writing!: Creating Agreements Between Family and Friends, co-authored with Deborah Hutchison.
Keep reading to learn about her craziest experiences on “Divorce Court,” including the time Gary Coleman was a guest. Plus, the relationship red flags no one should ignore, and whether it’s OK to settle with a man who isn’t necessarily on your career and education level. Keep reading »
Beating Meryl Streep for a 2009 Best Actress Golden Globe is no small feat. After watching actress Sally Hawkins in her latest film, “Made In Dagenham,” I now fully understand her talent. In the movie, which is based on a true story, Sally plays a working-class woman in 1968 Britain who sews car seat upholstery at the Ford Motor Company factory. Her fictional character leads a strike of women workers against Ford until they agree to pay the women equal wages to male workers. The strike made history because it led the British government to enact equal pay legislation into law.
After a recent screening of “Made In Dagenham,” I briefly chatted with the soft-spoken, almost shy Sally Hawkins about the film: Keep reading »
For most of us, “Millionaire Matchmaker” is a guilty indulgence. But for professional matchmaker Amy Laurent, it’s a real-life, full-time job. Since setting up her own matchmaking agency six years ago, called Amy Laurent International, the bubbly 33-year-old has established five offices across the country where male clients dish the big bucks ($10,000 to be exact) to be matched with one of Laurent’s hand-picked ladies. We sat down with Laurent in her Madison Avenue office to find out what it’s like playing cupid for a living. Keep reading »
It’s hard not to like The Like. They’re kind of like (ha!) a ‘60s girl group plopped down in the present—their songs are upbeat and harmony-drenched, no matter what the topic, and their style feels ripped straight off The Ronettes backs. Oh, but these gals actually play their own instruments. The Like formed in 2001, when Z Berg, Charlotte Froom, and Tennessee Thomas met in high school. They put out several EPs before getting picked up by Geffen and releasing Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking? Since then, they’ve switched bassists (to Laena Geronimo), added an organ player (Annie Monroe), and started working with Mark Ronson (yes, that Mark Ronson). The result is their new album, Release Me, which came out last week.
The Frisky sat down with drummer and founding member Tennessee (second from left) to ask about the new album and where they got the L-I-K-E dresses they wear on the cover. Keep reading »
Norwegian singer/songwriter/DJ Annie is the kind of woman who looks like an off-duty model, but also has a huge record collection and likes wearing a sweater with a penis print on it to business meetings. In other words—she’s just cool. So it’s not too surprising that her new album, Don’t Stop is supremely addictive. But what is a little shocking is that it almost didn’t happen.
After her first album, Anniemal, was lavished with critical acclaim, Annie was signed to Island Records. Things went fine for a little while—until the guy who signed her left the label and she was left with executives who just didn’t get her high-energy electropop tunes with their oddball flourishes. After stalling release of the album for more than a year, Annie decided to take matters into her own hands and release the album on her own, with the help of label Smalltown Supersound. The result is a sophomore effort that breaks the curse, with songs that range from the wistful, indie-tinged “Bad Times” to the best insult song ever penned, “I Don’t Like Your Band.” We sat down to chat with Annie about writing almost 400 songs for the album, getting the right album cover, picking out stage ensembles, and what she thinks of American guys. Keep reading »