Speak your mind – for your sake and that of others
April 11, 2014
<p>One time – I must have been 6 or 7 years old – a semi-truck driver cut my mom off before the line into a highway toll booth. The front of the truck almost hit the side of the car, where I was sitting with my two siblings, ages 2 and 5.</p>
<p>Luckily, no one got hurt, but the driver still showed no remorse. So, once we were safely stopped behind him in line, my mom got out of the car, stood by the open driver's-side door, and proceeded to let the driver know exactly what she thought of his thoughtless, selfish, dangerous attempt to get ahead by a single car in a toll booth line.</p>
<p>The episode quickly became family folklore – a hilarious tale to tell because, well, can you imagine a 5-foot-4-inch woman getting out of a car in the middle of the highway to yell at a truck driver? It seems unlikely, even if she was defending her children in the backseat.</p>
Entertainment culture reinforces stereotypes
March 28, 2014
<p>When Sofia Vergara started her acting career, she was a natural blonde. After a number of auditions that failed because casting directors "didn't know where to put" her, she decided to dye her hair dark. Suddenly, she was "the hot Latin girl" — less of a challenge to work into a TV show or movie than a light-haired girl with a Spanish accent.</p>
<p>Vergara is most notably known for her role on "Modern Family," where she plays the role of Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, a Colombian woman married to an American man. Gloria's personality is largely defined by a lot of yelling, a lot of crying and a lot of mispronouncing words. She wears colorful, revealing clothing and always styles her hair in long, dark waves — even when she's about to give birth. She's loud and unconfined in almost every way. That is, until her "fieriness" gets out of hand, forcing her much older, wealthy husband to calm her down or shut her up.</p>
Show celebrities a little respect, they're people, too
March 07, 2014
"You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being."
Unfortunately, most of us know who said this and to whom. It's the same man who, just last week, was the subject of a first-person, 5,000-word cover story ...
Hoffman’s death reminds us of film’s capacity to impact
February 21, 2014
Two Sundays ago, upon hearing the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, one of the first images that came to my mind was of Hoffman in the 1999 film "Flawless."
In it, Hoffman plays a melodramatic drag queen who gives singing lessons to a stereotypically "tough" New York City ...
Updated views on race merit changes to 'of color' language
January 24, 2014
A few months ago, as I completed a survey for my workplace, I came across the question: "Do you consider yourself a person of color?" My gut reacted, surprisingly, with confusion.Literally, "of color" means "colored," a term which the United States, undeniable champion of political correctness, shied away from ...
Maintaining friendships requires more than Facebook likes
January 10, 2014
Once, I had a friend I thought I'd keep forever.
We laughed at the same things, played the same sports, listened to the same music. We'd stay up late into the night staring at the glow-in-the-dark stars half-stuck to her bumpy ceiling, talking about things I don't ...