Bill Cosby Is Free: Is It Perversion of Justice or Divine Providence?

July 01, 2021

On May 9, 1985, John J. O'Connor wrote a story for The New York Times under the headline, “Bill Cosby’s Triumph.” It was the kind of accolade the comedian had become used to: “You look at ‘The Cosby Show’ and you feel, most of the time, just plain good. Television life on Thursdays at...

The Cultural Power of Anitta in Bolsonaro’s Brazil
June 25, 2021

The Cultural Power of Anitta in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

The Afterlife of Michael Jackson
June 23, 2021

The Afterlife of Michael Jackson

Bollywood’s Soft Power Is Not Enough for the Oscars
April 20, 2021

Bollywood’s Soft Power Is Not Enough for the Oscars

Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

April 16, 2021

Self-annihilation is a constituent part of many celebrity careers. While some actors or singers slide smoothly from one success to another, hardly pausing for the occasional misadventure, others are ruined, occasionally by others but much more usually by their own devices. Frankie Lymon’s...

The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

March 19, 2021

“The Elizabeth Taylor who’s famous, the one on film, really has no depth or meaning to me,” the Hollywood icon told Life magazine’s Richard Meryman in 1964. “She’s a totally superficial working thing, a commodity. I really don’t know what the ingredients of the image are exactly —...

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

March 16, 2021

“We are very much not a racist family,” shouted back Prince William at the reporter. The journalist had asked the wrong question. The right question would have been, “Is your family class conscious?” The reply to that would have been silence. When Meghan Markle, the duchess of Sussex...

Harry and Meghan: In Pursuit of Wealth and Luxury

Harry and Meghan: In Pursuit of Wealth and Luxury

March 02, 2021

"We all know what the British press can be like and it was destroying my mental health," Prince Harry said in a recent interview for "The Late Late Show With James Corden." Was he kidding? Destroying his mental health? How exactly? By expressing opinions on his behavior? Or deciding whether he has...

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

February 22, 2021

Humanity can be divided into two groups: those who know about and understand an influential American family known as the Kardashian-Jenner clan and those who may have heard their names mentioned but have no idea why. The author of this column belongs to the second group.  Of the five...

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

February 19, 2021

With movie theaters closed all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollywood studios had little reason for celebration over the past year. In business for over a century, Universal Pictures (founded in 1912), Paramount (1912), Warner Bros. (1923), Walt Disney (1923) and Columbia Pictures...

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

December 18, 2020

Since the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, non-English films from all over the world used to compete for a nomination in one single category, best foreign film, as all the other Oscars traditionally went to American and, sometimes, British productions. But in 2019, Netflix’s...

Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete

Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete

November 26, 2020

Diego Maradona was an imperfect athlete, but a perfect celebrity athlete. His faults, inconsistencies, contradictions and oddities were clear in his playing years but became even clearer as he grew older. That’s why the media loved him and made him the most dazzling and fascinating footballer of...

Racism Is in Bollywood’s DNA

Racism Is in Bollywood's DNA

September 16, 2020

We are all influenced by our experiences. Growing up, a number of women have made remarks that have irked or upset me. One colleague once remarked, “The managers like me more because I am fair and I look like a foreigner.” Another lady gave me life advice that still remains an indelible...

The Kardashians Changed Everything

The Kardashians Changed Everything

September 09, 2020

They say money makes the world go round, but Kim Kardashian West surely chooses its direction. She seems to be able to do pretty much anything. Over the past 14 years, since the launch of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kim and her family have become some of the most influential people in...

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