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 …

The Purple Effect: A Triumphant “The Color Purple” Musical Revival at the Paper Mill Playhouse

(Above: The Color Purple at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Jerry Dalia; Center: Adrianna Hicks as Celie; Background from left to right: Darnell Abraham as Adam and N’Jameh Camara as Nettie.) She had us at "Dear God." Celie, the compelling protagonist of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning epistolary novel, "The Color Purple," leads us through four …

The Color of the Paper Mill Playhouse’s 80th Anniversary Season: Purple!

Inspired by Celie, the powerful protagonist behind Alice Walker's critically-acclaimed novel, "The Color Purple", here's my first recap in true ~Color Purple~ style! Dear God, Last night I was honored to attended the Broadway musical revival of "The Color Purple," currently in its opening week at The Paper Mill Playhouse, the Tony Award-winning regional theatre …

Matte Madness! Mented Cosmetics’s Mattes + Liners Launch Party

Tonight in Harlem, Mented Cosmetics celebrates its new collection of highly-pigmented lipsticks and lip liners at its Mattes + Liners Launch Party! The black-owned luxury cosmetics brand, co-founded in Spring 2017 by Amanda E. Johnson and KJ Miller, believes in inclusive beauty with a conscience: its products are made in the USA, cruelty & paraben-free, …

Happy Second Anniversary to the National Museum of African American History and Culture!

On today's second anniversary of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, I took a moment to explore its rich collections, which has grown to over 37k artifacts in just a couple years. Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the NMAAHC is the largest cultural organization devoted to exploring and …

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, …