Speaking in Baltimore this week, feminist icon Gloria Steinem came across like a really hip great aunt, the kind of woman who’s lived a rich, layered life. But at 84, her days of organizing are largely behind her. Will anyone fill that leadership void?
I once told a female friend about a program I created called Equations of Peace aimed at helping girls in conflict areas study math. My friend thought that I didn't know enough to create such a program. When I defended my decision, she started to cry. I've never seen a man cry who wasn't cradling his dead son.
Ron Anahaw, a senior at the George Washington Carver High School, has won a national Portfolio Gold medal in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest running scholarship program for creative teens.
Fort Tilden, the debut picture from writer-directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers (with co-writer Brian Lannin), is an irreverent comedy about 20-something women struggling to get their lives started in Brooklyn. But this new film suffers from uninteresting, unlikable characters, from half-hearted, predictable jokes, and from dull, unimaginative visuals.
"Looking" doesn't present men dealing with gay issues; it depicts gay men dealing with larger, more universal questions. That sounds like a subtle tonal shift, but it puts "Looking" in the remarkable position of feeling transgressive precisely because it's not.
Amy Schumer can tell a story. Knowing how to craft a short narrative and make it pay off with a laugh has, after all, helped make her one of the hottest comedians on TV and the concert circuit these days.
The wave of winter shows that arrives this week bears prime examples of this TV truth. From the traditional, big-budget, Brit-cum-PBS halls of "Downton Abbey," to the edgy, Baltimore-made remake of "House of Cards," here are 10 midseason productions worth paying attention to.