By Lori Perkins It’s Bridgerton Season Two release week, so Twitter has been abuzz with all sorts of takes on how good or bad or hot the new season is. One if the repercussions of this renewed interest in romance tropes is that romance readers and writers started a Twitter thread about their real-life romances and they are as good as any novel you might dive into. @LyssaKayAdams Anyone who thinks romance novels have unrealistic plots should know that I was just friended on F
By David T. Valentin Almost two years ago, Elliot Page came out as trans and introduced himself into the world and has received mostly praise and acceptance. Now, The Umbrella Academy is bringing some of Elliot’s experiences to life with Viktor Hargreeves. Prior to coming out, Elliot Page played Vanya Hargreeves, one of seven super-powered humans based on the comic books of the same name by Gerard Way. While the producers immediately changed Elliot Page’s name to properly cre
Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett and his newly wedded husband, Jaymes Vaughan may have had the wedding of their dreams just last week, but it just got better when they received a letter from the white house. Just yesterday, the pair received a letter from the white house inside a manilla envelope. You can watch the video Bennett posted down below and cry along the way.
By David T Valentin While the 2022 Oscars will certainly be a memorable experience for all, let’s turn our attention away from the Will Smith and Chris Rock display of toxic masculinity to the more positive moments of Sunday night. While the remake of West Side Story had mixed reviews, there was one star (out of many really great ones, to be honest) who stood out to the Academy and that was Ariana DeBose. DeBose, who played the iconic Anita in 2021’s West Side Story, went hom
By Lori Perkins This is a wonderful one-woman show about the life and tribulations of the actress Rita Hayworth performed in an intimate cabaret venue for no more than 75 people. The show is worth stepping into this time capsule experience of what New York theatre once was while ordering a drink and/or a light repast. While most people who binged a few TNT/AMC movie nights/sick days know Hayworth as the star in Gilda, Blood and Sand and Pal Joey, most people don’t know that
By Judi Fennell First, put yourself in the mindset of the 1980s’ romance genre. You know, heaving bosoms, throbbing stuff, Fabio. Yeah, it’s got some cringe-worthy lines if, like me, you’re a modern-day romance author. But they’re in good fun, so just roll with it. But, seriously? Channing Tatum? Brad Pitt? Two of my main guy crushes. And then there’s my girl crush, Sandra Bullock. And Harry Potter is a bad guy! And it’s like a reverse-kinda/sorta Romancing the Stone! Could t
The Light Always Breaks by Angela Jackson-Brown Reviewed by Cardyn Brooks 20th-c. Historical fiction w/romantic elements ★★★★ As 1947 closes out, successful restaurant owner Eva Cardon considers her family's complicated past as she prepares to host a New Year's Eve party with a guest list loaded with some of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic political movers and shakers from Women’s Suffragist and Civil Rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune to Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
By David T. Valentin We all love a good cocktail for a party, but how about impressing your friends with themed cocktails to some of your favorite books? Romance author and oncology pharmacist Allison Ashley on Twitter makes themed cocktail threads, showing you what your favorite book covers would be like if they were colorful, tasty cocktails. This morning Allison put together a thread of cocktails for romance book covers. Now, I wonder if she’s going to do one for Bridgerto
By David T. Valentin Taken from Jonathan Bennett's instagram Lindsay Lohan’s Cady Harris may have snagged Jonathan Bennett’s Aaron Samuels as her boyfriend in Mean Girls, but Jaymes Vaughan tied the knot with Jonathan Bennett just this week with a heartwarming “I do.” Former The Amazing Race star Jaymes Vaughan proposed to Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett back in November 30th last year with a beautiful, original song and an equally beautiful engagement ring. The rings, an en
By Lori Perkins Image taken from FCTRY's website Both my home and work offices are adorned by action figures that inspire me. There are quite a few Wonder Woman figures on my desk and my home office is adorned with super hero Babies. About two years ago, I saw a Kickstarter for AOC, Kamala Harris, and RBG figures and ordered them. They are in the hallway entrance to my home office and almost every woman who comes in mentions them. My attorney told me she bought a RBG Christ
By Lori Perkins Let me just start this article by saying I was a young woman in the 70s (I remember trying to buy the issue of Cosmo with the Burt Reynolds centerfold but it WAS sold out everywhere), and the HBO show Minx perfectly captures the conflict of being a sex positive woman and a feminist during that time. I actually worked in magazine journalism (my internship was at Savvy Magazine, which was the working woman’s magazine founded by a bunch of New York Magazine femi
By David T. Valentin Image taken from Lambda Literary's website Just yesterday, Lambda Literary, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to uplift and celebrate queer voices, announced the finalists for their 34th annual award ceremony. “Created over thirty years ago to recognize the crucial role LGBTQ writers play in shaping the world, the Lammys celebrate the very best in LGBTQ literature,” they write on their website. In a press release, LAMBDA literary said, this year was
By David T. Valentin Image Taken from Millie Bobby Brown's Instagram On Sunday, Millie Bobby Brown made her red-carpet debut with boyfriend Jake Bongiovi for the 2022 BAFTA Awards. Millie was dressed in a simple black dress with a gorgeous silver sword pendant dangling from her neck and a long, beautiful train, while boyfriend Jake Bongiovi wore a simple tux with an unusually large bow tie. On his lapel, Jake wore an Ukranian flag pin. It’s not the first time the couple has m
By Lori Perkins If you had told me that in 2022 we’d all be swooning over an actor’s portrayal of the real-life bad boy comedian Lenny Bruce as the ultimate love interest, I’d just laugh and wonder if recreational mushrooms had been legalized country-wide. But here I am after watching the final episode of Season Four of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel thinking that the Lenny Bruce lines to Midge Maisel are the perfect declaration of love on par with Wesley’s “as you wish,” from The
By Lori Perkins Image Taken From USAfacts.org New census data is in (although it has undercounted something like 19 million people living in the country) and the new numbers are different than in the past. According to the USAfacts website, government data from over 70 sources organized to show how the money flows, the impact, and who "the people" are, Americans are now less likely to be married and more likely to live alone. When Americans do marry, they’re doing it later in