Storytelling is More Important Now Than Ever: Why Disney’s “Moana” is the Perfect Antidote to Trump’s America

It’s important now more than ever for stories about people of color to flood mainstream media; storytelling is the most powerful tool we have in the fight against hatred of any kind. Moana is a triumph in both storytelling and empowerment.

The Problem With Sookie Stackhouse: Thoughts on ‘True Blood’ Post-Series Finale

There’s a problem in Hollywood with the portrayal of female characters. They’re either so “strong” (objective word) that they come off as emasculating “bitches,” or they’re weak, perpetual¬†damsels-in-distress, who want to be strong and want to get ahead, but can’t seem to figure out the proper balance, which leads to them falling back on finding […]

Adam Lambert + Queen = Everything

Freddie Mercury may have passed away nearly 23 years ago, but his spirit is¬†1,000% present as¬†Queen takes the stage with American Idol finalist the bone-chilling-jaw-droppingly talented Adam Lambert on their new international tour, billed as Queen + Adam Lambert.¬†Walking into the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, it was impossible not to feel the energy […]

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Is An Exploration In the Dark Side of Humanity

When I bought my ticket for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I certainly wasn’t expecting a startling commentary on human nature and the great “Nature Vs. Nurture” debate; though I shouldn’t have been surprised that that was exactly what I got, especially given the nature of the first film, 2011’s Rise of the […]

‘Me. I Am Mariah … the Elusive Chanteuse’: A Benchmark Mariah Carey Record

Originally Published on May 27th, 2014; Updated on June 24th, 2014 “I’ll just sit right here and sing that good old school shit to ya/I won’t fool ya” Mariah coos on the first verse of “Dedicated,” a breezy throwback jam to 1980’s hip hop featuring hip hop heavyweight — and probably one of the last […]

Lady Gaga Closes Roseland Ballroom, Minds Were Blown

Originally Published on April 7th, 2014; Updated on June 24th, 2014. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Minds Were Blown. Altered. Changed forever. On April 6th, 2014,¬†Lady Gaga performed at Roseland Ballroom, the¬†penultimate show before the iconic venue closed forever EVER. On April 7th,¬†Gaga performs the¬†final show before embarking on her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour. Arriving at […]

Beware the Frozen Heart: Is Disney’s ‘Frozen’ An Allegory for Coming Out?

Originally Published: December 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 Is Disney’s Frozen An Allegory for Coming Out? **WARNING: Mild Spoilers Ahead** Walt Disney Animation Studios, the brilliant tour de force¬†behind¬†animations greatest cinematic achievements like the use of a multiplane camera to¬†help create the illusion of depth in animation, among others —¬†ahem, Snow White and the […]

The Book I Wish I Had Written: Openly Straight

Originally Published: June 14th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 What’s the difference between “tolerance,” “acceptance,” and “celebration”? I never thought much about it before. Or at least, I never sat down and had a conversation about the inherent difference in that collection of words; not in a concrete way, anyway. For the length of this […]

Looking In

On Saturday night in Central Park, my homegurl Mariah Carey performed with the New York Philharmonic for the¬†MLB’s All-Star Charity Concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy. I didn’t get to go because I already tickets for Cinderella on Broadway, but I wish I did because she performed one of her most rare cuts, a song […]

The New Kind of Problem Novel: ‘My Life After Now’ by Jessica Verdi

Have you ever come across a book that you just can’t put down? A book where the voice immediately grabs demands your attention because it’s so real, so authentic, so undeniable that it hooks you from the first page to the last, is the one quality that I look for most when I sit down […]