Pompeo’s Parity: Be an Ally

Ellen Pompeo's my type of woman: patient, doesn't pay attention to petty little things, but when her sense of justice is trespassed, the offender likely won't forget! Net-A-Porter's "Screen Queens" cover story on its proprietary Porter Magazine spotlighted its third annual "Women in Television" edition, which gathered the industry's top female protagonists to discuss issues …

Portraits of Power: The 10th Annual Variety “Power of Women” Conference

Earlier today, a group of extraordinary, inspirational women (and one brave teenager!) chatted with “Black-ish” star, Jenifer Lewis, about sisterhood/feminism set against the #metoo movement and the political landscape of the current White House administration. At the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, honorees Emma Gonzalez, Tiffany Haddish, Regina King, Natalie Portman and Lena Waithe were …

Video Reportage: The Color Purple at The Paper Mill Playhouse

When the national touring company of "The Color Purple" Tony Award-winning, Broadway musical revival took their bows last Sunday at the Paper Mill Playhouse, I was overcome with emotion watching Alice Walker’s characters come to life through the exceptional cast and crew! It's a total masterpiece from director John Doyle and the creative team's excellent …

Rashida Jones on Lena Horne: “That’s what God must be like”

I'm still thinking about an outstanding, inspirational piece from last weekend's NYTimes that asked women actresses, directors and writers among this fall's cinematic bumper crop about the heroines they most admired and why: Movie Stars Have Heroines, Too. Rashida Jones, who co-wrote and co-directed "Quincy", the upcoming Netflix documentary about her father, cited Lena Horne, …

Arthur Mitchell: Farewell to a Ballet Legend and a Color-Barrier Breaker

On today's passing of the virtuoso ballerino, Arthur Mitchell, it's important to understand the deeply-exclusionary history of American dance in order to appreciate the enormity of his legacy, how he re-charted the stars, and the tremendous debt that African American pioneers – particularly performers like myself – owe him. My own milestone as the first …