Top Picks: Queen Latifah

Girls Trip, opening this weekend, brings another opportunity to see Queen Latifah on the big screen. It's a movie that promises humor and heart as four college friends (Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah) reunite for a girls weekend. Humor and heart are two of Queen Latifah's trademarks, so let's look at some of […]

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It’s Here! 5 Articles About Hamilton: An American Musical

The revolutionary, successful and highly acclaimed Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda starts in Chicago this week, and sadly, I don’t have tickets. I’ve heard about the show for well over a year and have listened to the soundtrack so many times. (It's even available instantly via hoopla.) Since then, I've been in awe of its brilliance, so […]

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical OR How to Write a Hit Song with the Help of a Library Book

Before Carole King’s songs were recorded by Aretha Franklin, The Monkees and Amy Winehouse, before she released her chart-topping, mega-selling album Tapestry, and before she was named a 2015 Kennedy Center honoree, she was a teenage mother in Brooklyn, struggling to make a living in the music business. She was—and remains—brilliant, though at 18 that brilliance had […]

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Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

It's hard to believe, but the ever-youthful and charming Dame Julie Andrews is celebrating her 80th birthday on October 1. Her incredible career has spanned many decades, and as the saying goes, she's not just getting older, she's getting better! I will never forget seeing her as the feisty nanny in Mary Poppins. The story of a […]

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